Wild Yoga

yoga and thought from Theo Wildcroft

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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 →

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Trauma Sensitive

I’m bringing a new tool to class this week. It’s taken me a little while to get around to this, because the original concept is American, and I realised there wasn’t an easy and cost-effective way to getting hold of them, so I ended up making my own. US folk can get them here: YogaFlipChip.com, and Yoga Journal has an… 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 →

shore breathing

Breathe

Breathe. Paying attention to the whole body, reaching and opening. Breathe, and the world breathes with you. Each breath that enters you is the world breathing in to you. Each inhalation has been exhaled and inhaled; warmed and changed by its passage through the lungs or gills or cells of another a thousand times. Breathe, for you are in intimate… 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 →