Wild Yoga

yoga and thought from Theo Wildcroft

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 →

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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 →

meditation shawl

Proof of Concept

Some people love to make things. I don’t. I enjoy it, yes. But creativity is like breathing for me. It drips from my fingers and fills me with daydreams. It stops me getting to bed at a reasonable time. It makes my hands itch. I get grumpier without it than without my yoga practice. Every Yule for as long as… Read more →

Selling Friendship

Just a quick post today. A friend asked me to comment about the recent rise in essential oil MLM franchises among yoga teachers, so I did a little online research and popped something on Facebook which went so viral and got such interesting feedback, I thought I’d share it, for UK yoga teaching friends in particular, who may be wondering… Read more →

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Summer travels

I am at home at the moment, taking a couple of days to catch up with myself about halfway through my Summer and early Autumn traveling plans. As many people will know by now, the majority of my research centres on the summer circuit of British alternative yoga events and camps. And as scholars will realise, this overlaps with the… 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 →