Wild Yoga

yoga and thought from Theo Wildcroft


seasons1Most of my work is practical and visceral. But my first love, and my first talent, was really words – talking and writing about what I know, love and learn. What I share is personal experience embedded in relationships and informed by a lifetime of reading and study with some very wise teachers and friends, and increasingly by my ongoing doctoral research into yoga, moving bodies and modern sources of spiritual authority.

Amongst other occasions, I’ve given talks on living seasonally to local FHT groups; presented a paper on the body as a source of sacred relationship for the Druid Network conference; talked to undergraduate religious studies students about animism and honouring the ancient dead; written and facilitated training in community engagement for the National Trust; and laid out the history, research and modern context of transnational yoga for yoga teacher trainees.

Every time I give a talk, it represents a moment of connection and a new relationship – with an organization, a group, a school, a different faith group and so on. The more I talk about what I do, the better I understand it, and the more in tune my work becomes with other, like-minded people. If you think you have a yoga community, teacher trainees, or other grassroots group that would enjoy it, I would love to speak to them.

Some things you might want to hear from me about are:

  • yoga history, yoga research, and the currents and issues energising the transnational yoga community today, drawn from my doctoral work. Take a look at this blog post for some talks I’m currently offering based on my PhD research.
  • yoga practice in all forms, especially accessible yoga for special needs, but also the art of relaxation and stress management through breath, meditation and rest
  • finding the sacred in the everyday, seasonal living, folklore, and tips for a regular practice of self-remembrance
  • crafting a meaningful life, especially aspects of the art of living simply and happily, including ‘slow’ crafts for all talents and occasions, from egg painting to wool spinning
  • philosophies of people and earth centred spirituality, especially modern animism, druidry and East-West interfaith movements (from Hindu gods at British festivals to the diverse and thriving Anglo-Saxon-Celtic pagan scene)