Wild Yoga

yoga and thought from Theo Wildcroft

Tag Archive for politics

We are the Union @unionize_yoga

Yoga means unions?

Most of you reading this will be yoga teachers, somewhere in the world, so you will already be aware of how precarious, isolating, and badly paid yoga teaching can be. What we are all conditioned to think of as the contemporary yoga mainstream describes a highly commodified service product. Yet while yogawear mega-brand Lululemon currently reports sales of over $900… Read more →

Summer

Lineage is not heritage is not culture is not faith is not history and cannot be learnt in a weekend. But you can be certified to submerge profoundly disabled people into warm water in an afternoon, if you prove you can turn the handle on the hoist and shout really loud. Yoga is more than and yet equal to practice… Read more →

Uma talking

Comfort zones

I’m thinking about comfort zones a lot today. I made some beautiful connections at the first International Yoga Nidra conference, on behalf of the Yoga Nidra Network sangha, and I want to honour that properly, especially the immense work done by John, Richard, Stephanie and the teams of iRest, the Desai sangha, Kripalu and Yoga International to bring this vision… Read more →

True consent is justice in action

To heal we all need: agency over our own choices to create… individualised strategies to gather… personalised resources for… self-regulating our nervous systems with… time and space to integrate them. What worries me most about yoga as an adjunct therapy right now, is standardisation, and the rise of the expert voice. I’m hearing about more and more trainings in trauma-sensitive… Read more →

betel nuts

On betel nuts

There’s a lot going on right now. Personally, I’m juggling my usual teaching load and refining the edits to the thesis draft, and having lots of new conversations with trusted friends that are sparking newer ideas that I’m putting to one side for later. At some point soon the grant will run out and I have to figure out getting… Read more →

Selling Friendship

Just a quick post today. A friend asked me to comment about the recent rise in essential oil MLM franchises among yoga teachers, so I did a little online research and popped something on Facebook which went so viral and got such interesting feedback, I thought I’d share it, for UK yoga teaching friends in particular, who may be wondering… Read more →

Early morning dance at Sundara

The Responsibility of Writing

There’s a point, when the data is mostly in, and the analysis underway, and you’ve got a rough literature review and a sort of introduction and a stab at your methodology chapter and it’s time. It’s time to start writing the thesis proper. To be honest, every few months in this process I feel like I’ve scaled another cliff of… Read more →

Tattoo: still I rise

Rising Up

Things you could be doing, right now (see below for details): Care about the facts. Look after each other. Give in solidarity. Take action. Look, I know this isn’t the world we were promised, and all you wanted was a quiet life of worth and sweetness, loving and laughing and doing a little modest good on the side. I know… Read more →

Aphroditos

Wild Ones

Back in May I wrote a post asking about radical and deliberate connections with deity – the wild and wondrous gods of protest and resistance. What would they look like? Who would they be? What would their sacraments be? Then followed a really lovely series of conversations on social media and in person, and a lot of people’s personal stories… Read more →

For Orlando

It’s not about us. Half a world away a city grieves and it’s not about us. Let their voices be heard – let queer Latinx hearts bleed and mourn in Orlando. Say the names of the dead and wounded. Hear their stories. It’s not about us. I will not presume to own this tragedy, because I have no experience of… Read more →