Wild Yoga

yoga and thought from Theo Wildcroft

The magical economy

There is such a thing as a gift economy (Mauss 1954)*, in which things are given to another in no expectation of exchange. Instead the gifts given are part of a larger social contract, in which the web which holds us together is formed from the noticing of another’s need or desire, and fulfilling it, in recognition of one’s own… Read more →

Everything here is true…

Here in the increasingly odd limbo between thesis submission and viva I am reaching out in all directions, re-knotting my nets against the coming uncertainty, remembering who I really love to talk with, work with, share with, and making sure we stay in touch. Also, I’ll be honest, I’m doing this with one eye on what will look good on… Read more →

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 →

Tira and the bees

This post is long, but I make no apologies for that. Some things are too important, and too epic, to contain in a pithy article. Indeed, this is a very different blog post to my normal offering. But there is story here, and beauty, and so I suggest that you settle in, with a long drink by your side. There… 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 →

Post-lineage yoga

It’s a funny business, a PhD in the Humanities and Social Sciences. At least here in Europe, the heart and soul and centre of the process is the production of one thesis, by a single mind. That thesis will be 100,000 words long – that’s nearly 300 pages – and contained within must be ‘a substantial contribution to original knowledge’… Read more →

listing unsung yoga teachers on a board

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 →