Wild Yoga

yoga and thought from Theo Wildcroft

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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 →

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 →

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 →

Bodies, movement, and lived religion

I gave my first academic paper last week, just before solstice. It was even more nerve-racking than I expected! A couple of people have asked if they can read it. That’s a little difficult, because I have to make sure that: What I put up isn’t too difficult to read or relies on too much academic or subject-specific vocabularly. I… Read more →