Wild Yoga

yoga and thought from Theo Wildcroft

Yoga

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 →

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 →

Uma talking

Comfort zones

I’m thinking about comfort zones a lot today. I made some beautiful connections at the first International Yoga Nidra conference, on behalf of the Yoga Nidra Network sangha, and I want to honour that properly, especially the immense work done by John, Richard, Stephanie and the teams of iRest, the Desai sangha, Kripalu and Yoga International to bring this vision… Read more →

True consent is justice in action

To heal we all need: agency over our own choices to create… individualised strategies to gather… personalised resources for… self-regulating our nervous systems with… time and space to integrate them. What worries me most about yoga as an adjunct therapy right now, is standardisation, and the rise of the expert voice. I’m hearing about more and more trainings in trauma-sensitive… Read more →

Disciplines and Dialogues

It’s a busy time for yoga scholars and writers at the moment. Next week sees the UK launch of independent scholar Matthew Remski’s new book: Practice and all is coming: abuse, cult dynamics, and healing in yoga and beyond, and last week saw the combination of two significant academic events: the SOAS Yoga Studies Week , and a two-day reading… Read more →

notes for Brighton

Honouring our sources

It’s just a quick post this time, after a long, full month, and a long day delivering my final, bound thesis to the university Research Degrees Office, and celebrating my supervisor, who’s retiring to spend more time with his writing and less with institutional bureaucracy. It was a day, therefore, of that particular form of enthusiastic awkwardness so common among… Read more →