Wild Yoga

yoga and thought from Theo Wildcroft

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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 →

Conflict and violence culture

I’ve been having some interesting conversations with my partner recently about representation and culture, and conflict. I’m becoming increasingly unable to tolerate the way mainstream film culture in particular tells stories, and I’m starting to refuse to believe that a film, or a story, or any cultural artefact can be ‘good’ if it can’t have a ring of authenticity to… Read more →

Everyone you know is okay

After a fun night out with friends, into social media drops the news that Paris is bleeding. Normality flees. I can’t quite explain why my stomach lurches to hear the Bataclan is full of hostages. Maybe because we’ve just got in from a little local gig ourselves. Maybe because the last time I was in Paris, Phil came back from… Read more →

Joining the Unspeakable Conversation

(contains difficult truths, frightening facts about disabled lives, bright moments of hope, and ways to help) A friend posted this article on social media this week. There is so much to love in it, but “the presence or absence of a disability doesn’t predict quality of life” is a key phrase for me. Last week, at the respite centre where… Read more →

BASR conference 2015

It’s instantly familiar, that slightly disconcerting feeling of being on a full and working campus out of term, with administration quietly buzzing and car parking at a premium, but empty halls, cafeterias and walkways echoing. We conference academics are a scattered tribe, coming from all points, to settle for a few days on borrowed land haunted by the rhythms of… Read more →

Sukham and Dukham

So here I am, packing again, and reflecting on what makes this time feel so tough. The weather is grey and humid, the forecast not great, and I’ve just sent off my husband and cat to one field, as I prepare for life in another. Timings are tricky. The British summer is short, and with only so many weekends, some… 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 →