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I have a little something different for you today. Rather than reflecting on the world-as-is, which is in both stasis and rapid flux right now, I woke this morning with a desire to look back. Specifically, I wanted to share a short section from the chapter I wrote back in 2014 for the volume of collected essays Pagan Consent Culture.… Read more →

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Unskilled and undocumented

I don’t usually write about the politics of nationalism here, but bear with me, I have a point much closer to home to make. Anyway, this week saw the release of the UK government’s plans for post-Brexit immigration rules, alongside ongoing violence and protests against the Indian government’s new two-pronged citizenship reform: the CAA and the NRC. If you want… Read more →

Separate the teacher from the teachings

It’s been a roller coaster of a week for ethics in yoga teaching. Credible accusations emerged about unethical sexual relationships involving one senior yoga teacher. Another was (finally) stripped of his certification after a string of well-documented cases of assault. A painstakingly-researched article landed. It details not just sexual abuse, but institutional collusion in that abuse. And still the echoes… Read more →

footprints

What would it take to walk out?

I want to talk about walking out. I’ve only had a participant leave a session or a workshop once or twice. It’s not comfortable, but it is a valuable learning opportunity. In my cases, either there had been a misunderstanding about the content of the session, or the person involved suddenly didn’t feel well. I hope I’m getting better at… Read more →

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2019

This time last year I was recovering from my viva and starting work on my final thesis corrections. It’s been a very, very busy year since then, and as the year slows to a close, I have just a handful more classes to teach, one more Yoga Nidra Immersion this weekend, and one more talk to give for Karin Carlson’s… Read more →

We are the Union @unionize_yoga

Yoga means unions?

Most of you reading this will be yoga teachers, somewhere in the world, so you will already be aware of how precarious, isolating, and badly paid yoga teaching can be. What we are all conditioned to think of as the contemporary yoga mainstream describes a highly commodified service product. Yet while yogawear mega-brand Lululemon currently reports sales of over $900… Read more →

pile of books

Books and conversations

I’m writing this on a train into London, on my way to join the SOAS School of Yoga Studies again, this time for the eagerly awaited launch of Suzanne Newcombe’s book, Yoga in Britain. More on that book, and launch, next time. This is a good week for books – I have completed the draft of my own monograph, Post-Lineage… Read more →

Yoli, Uma and Theo

Collaborative magic

It’s been a long fortnight for me – nearly two weeks at the Santosa yoga camp, then three days at the BASR conference in Leeds. They’re very different events, involving different worldviews, conversations, and even clothes! But what they have in common for me, is working hard with others, and catching up with friends and colleagues. Etienne Wenger famously defined… Read more →

Summer

Lineage is not heritage is not culture is not faith is not history and cannot be learnt in a weekend. But you can be certified to submerge profoundly disabled people into warm water in an afternoon, if you prove you can turn the handle on the hoist and shout really loud. Yoga is more than and yet equal to practice… Read more →