Wild Yoga

yoga and thought from Theo Wildcroft

Early morning dance at Sundara

The Responsibility of Writing

There’s a point, when the data is mostly in, and the analysis underway, and you’ve got a rough literature review and a sort of introduction and a stab at your methodology chapter and it’s time. It’s time to start writing the thesis proper. To be honest, every few months in this process I feel like I’ve scaled another cliff of… Read more →

Tattoo: still I rise

Rising Up

Things you could be doing, right now (see below for details): Care about the facts. Look after each other. Give in solidarity. Take action. Look, I know this isn’t the world we were promised, and all you wanted was a quiet life of worth and sweetness, loving and laughing and doing a little modest good on the side. I know… 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 →

meditating with the Tor

A Harvest of Fieldwork

As I recover from another academic conference, and contemplate the news that I’ve been awarded university funding to go full-time (third time lucky), I’m looking back over an epic summer. Some parts weren’t so good – as my last blog post shows. But so very much has happened to form the epic and enormous treasure that is my fieldwork data… Read more →

Theo with sword in ritual

The morning after my heart broke

Thursday 8.20am Right now, where I’m expected to be is coming out of my morning sauna and striding across the field to where a couple of dozen people are waiting to greet the day through my yoga session. I’d tell them of my love for this land and the tribe that builds this sacred space every summer – family, one… Read more →

Aphroditos

Wild Ones

Back in May I wrote a post asking about radical and deliberate connections with deity – the wild and wondrous gods of protest and resistance. What would they look like? Who would they be? What would their sacraments be? Then followed a really lovely series of conversations on social media and in person, and a lot of people’s personal stories… Read more →

For Orlando

It’s not about us. Half a world away a city grieves and it’s not about us. Let their voices be heard – let queer Latinx hearts bleed and mourn in Orlando. Say the names of the dead and wounded. Hear their stories. It’s not about us. I will not presume to own this tragedy, because I have no experience of… Read more →

Krakow

I’m not long back from my first international academic conference: “Yoga darśana, yoga sādhana” in Kraków, 19th-21st May 2016. I’ve written this report for my supervisors, and also the BASR bulletin, but some of you might be interested here too! Elsewhere, I’m still considering radical deity and the sticky relationships between yoga and appropriation; yoga and trauma. More later, but… Read more →

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 →