Wild Yoga

yoga and thought from Theo Wildcroft

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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 →

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 →

Epistemology

Epistemology. It’s one of those words commonly used by academics that sounds like jargon to other people. But like a lot of common scholarly words, the reason it’s not used in everyday speech isn’t because it refers to something with a simpler, common name. There isn’t a common word for epistemology, because the whole concept, and thus any debate around,… Read more →

Pain

I’m co-writing a paper with a friend at the moment. It’s a fascinating process of inspiration, negotiation and long periods of not knowing what to say next. On her suggestion, we each wrote an autoethnographic piece on our own relationship to the subject matter. They’re just short  fragments of our own, deeply personal experience to illustrate some more general, academic… 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 →

For the love of a planet

This place, where you are, has been circled on a map for you… It’s all about perspective, in the end. Uma tells a version of the Hindu epic Ramayana that I love…it often brings me to tears. It’s essentially Sita’s story, rather than Ram’s. The story goes that a royal couple, blessed in many ways but not with children; prayed… Read more →

Spinning dreams – and a contest!

The world these days can have sharp edges, and cold winds, so in honour of all our spinning ancestors, I’m holding a competition. Join my mailing list (see bottom of page) to get in on the chance to win something tiny, filled with love and magic and history; in Angora and Merino and Shetland; in soft browns and white. It’s… 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 →