Wild Yoga

yoga and thought from Theo Wildcroft

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Reaching Out

A fortnight before the Autumn Equinox and this is my harvest. Thesis submitted. Ten days in a field outside Glastonbury. Three days at a conference in Belfast. Two upcoming deadlines in a month – one for an article, one for a book chapter – and a viva on the horizon in November, plus a dozen online meetings with friends, colleagues… Read more →

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A Mixed Bag

This is one of those posts where a few different things, which are really part of the same thing, come together. First of all, in this post on unsung yoga teachers, I asked you to find me the teachers who are doing risky things, or who have unique perspectives, or who’ve been quietly teaching for decades. Increasingly, it’s the idea… Read more →

students at my Wednesday morning class

#RealYogaTeachers Part 2

I was checking out a brutally honest and incisive article today by Kimberley Dark – read it here – on how fat yoga teachers just aren’t as employable as ones that fit the social media-happy mould of bright eyed, bubbly, thin and white, enthusiastic and bendy practitioners. But I’d go further. Older teachers don’t get much love either. I’ve been… Read more →

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Meet the children

Most of you will have heard by now of the work I do teaching yoga to children with disabilities. I’ve blogged about it on a number of occasions, most recently here: Once Upon A Time It’s life-fulfilling, challenging, even emotional work, and it happens mostly in private sessions and environments, so apart from the occasional physiotherapist and social worker who… Read more →

yogi in cat cow

Loss of certainty

A few weeks ago in a general class, a student looked up from the cat-cow leg extension pattern we were exploring and said: “When I stretch out the leg, it hurts the back of my knee. Why is that?” I stopped, and in that moment I realised how much my teaching has changed. It’s a situation that will be familiar… Read more →

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Summer school of yoga

As a yoga teacher, I became a researcher partly to better understand contemporary yoga, and partly to share the unheard stories of those around me. As a researcher, the work we do can be measured not just by its quality, but also its impact – how well we engage with people to talk about our findings. So part of sharing… Read more →

YBIC Instagram image of a practitioner in a complex hand balance, aided by props, with the words: ‘Make the yoga work for you, don’t worry about making your body fit some image of yoga’ – Sarah Lyons

Propping up yoga

It’s not the wheelchair that makes you disabled. It’s the lack of a ramp into the building – social model of disability Recently, Dianne Bondy and the YBIC, quietly sponsored by Gaiam, have been promoting a 7-day #propitup challenge on social media. There’s lots for me to love about this. I really enjoy seeing YBIC popping up on my social… Read more →

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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 →

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 →