Wild Yoga

yoga and thought from Theo Wildcroft

Tag Archive for natural rhythms

The magical economy

There is such a thing as a gift economy (Mauss 1954)*, in which things are given to another in no expectation of exchange. Instead the gifts given are part of a larger social contract, in which the web which holds us together is formed from the noticing of another’s need or desire, and fulfilling it, in recognition of one’s own… Read more →

shore breathing

Breathe

Breathe. Paying attention to the whole body, reaching and opening. Breathe, and the world breathes with you. Each breath that enters you is the world breathing in to you. Each inhalation has been exhaled and inhaled; warmed and changed by its passage through the lungs or gills or cells of another a thousand times. Breathe, for you are in intimate… Read more →

Self-care and self-risk

As a yoga teacher, above all, I know this one thing to be true: listen to what your body-self whispers about its needs. Feeling a little sick? Wrap up warm, feed yourself well and sleep. Feeling fidgety at your desk? Get up and go for a brisk walk. Spend lots of time outdoors; stick to natural rhythms as much as… Read more →

For the love of a planet

This place, where you are, has been circled on a map for you… It’s all about perspective, in the end. Uma tells a version of the Hindu epic Ramayana that I love…it often brings me to tears. It’s essentially Sita’s story, rather than Ram’s. The story goes that a royal couple, blessed in many ways but not with children; prayed… Read more →

Spinning dreams – and a contest!

The world these days can have sharp edges, and cold winds, so in honour of all our spinning ancestors, I’m holding a competition. Join my mailing list (see bottom of page) to get in on the chance to win something tiny, filled with love and magic and history; in Angora and Merino and Shetland; in soft browns and white. It’s… Read more →

Colourfest

Yesterday morning, the first vans arrived onsite at the Rainbow Futures site in the Forest of Dean. It’s like breaking ground on the summer. As of this weekend, my life will run to a different rhythm for half of each week at least; one that will flow all the way to September. I’m nervous, not knowing how the metronome rhythm… Read more →

First person

Here’s an extract from a piece I’m writing to further my thesis – an ethnographic account of one of my favourite yoga camps. I’m using this to refine my area of research and start to consider possible field work methodologies. All photos are from the Santosa website, and used for illustrative, commentary purposes.   In the corner of a field,… Read more →

One more breath

If there’s one thing that almost every good yoga class will focus on, it’s breathing. The many forms of hatha yoga have developed amazing practices for the breath. They range from complex formulae of absolute control – in for 4 beats, hold for 2; out for 8; hold for 2; repeat for a total of 5 minutes – to beautifully… Read more →

Community Enterprise

I blog a lot about inequality and fairness. On a related note, today I want to talk about money. Personally, I live comfortably, modestly but with a certain amount of insecurity. I have education, health, and a husband who earns a fair, if uncertain amount of money. We have no children to support, and honestly, we probably wouldn’t be able… Read more →