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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 →

Radical Deity – a call

Phil and I were at the Beltane Bhakti Festival last weekend, drinking deep of that rebel heart of devotion within alternative British yoga culture. This is the latest in an occasional series of events at which the UK bhakti community gather. There were devotees of multiple gurus, and more besides like ourselves who have no guru. The communal altar was… Read more →

Occupy Wall Street meditation protest

Justice

A number of years ago now, because of a job I was already doing, I ended up taking a Master’s degree in Youth and Community Work at DeMontfort University. I was expecting a little theory and a lot of professional development, which I got, in the form of two nationally recognized qualifications on top of the Master’s, which was nice.… Read more →

image of a stack of consent flip cards

Trauma Sensitive

I’m bringing a new tool to class this week. It’s taken me a little while to get around to this, because the original concept is American, and I realised there wasn’t an easy and cost-effective way to getting hold of them, so I ended up making my own. US folk can get them here: YogaFlipChip.com, and Yoga Journal has an… Read more →

Expertise and engagement

One funny thing about doing a PhD is that you enter into the status of An Expert. By the end of the process, you should know more than anyone about this one tiny area you’ve studied in a very specific way. And PhDs can be very tiny and deep in scope. So one of the first tasks of the research… 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 →

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 →