Wild Yoga

yoga and thought from Theo Wildcroft

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Reaching Out

A fortnight before the Autumn Equinox and this is my harvest. Thesis submitted. Ten days in a field outside Glastonbury. Three days at a conference in Belfast. Two upcoming deadlines in a month – one for an article, one for a book chapter – and a viva on the horizon in November, plus a dozen online meetings with friends, colleagues… Read more →

betel nuts

On betel nuts

There’s a lot going on right now. Personally, I’m juggling my usual teaching load and refining the edits to the thesis draft, and having lots of new conversations with trusted friends that are sparking newer ideas that I’m putting to one side for later. At some point soon the grant will run out and I have to figure out getting… Read more →

Post-lineage yoga

It’s a funny business, a PhD in the Humanities and Social Sciences. At least here in Europe, the heart and soul and centre of the process is the production of one thesis, by a single mind. That thesis will be 100,000 words long – that’s nearly 300 pages – and contained within must be ‘a substantial contribution to original knowledge’… Read more →

students at my Wednesday morning class

#RealYogaTeachers Part 2

I was checking out a brutally honest and incisive article today by Kimberley Dark – read it here – on how fat yoga teachers just aren’t as employable as ones that fit the social media-happy mould of bright eyed, bubbly, thin and white, enthusiastic and bendy practitioners. But I’d go further. Older teachers don’t get much love either. I’ve been… Read more →

Selling Friendship

Just a quick post today. A friend asked me to comment about the recent rise in essential oil MLM franchises among yoga teachers, so I did a little online research and popped something on Facebook which went so viral and got such interesting feedback, I thought I’d share it, for UK yoga teaching friends in particular, who may be wondering… Read more →

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Meet the children

Most of you will have heard by now of the work I do teaching yoga to children with disabilities. I’ve blogged about it on a number of occasions, most recently here: Once Upon A Time It’s life-fulfilling, challenging, even emotional work, and it happens mostly in private sessions and environments, so apart from the occasional physiotherapist and social worker who… Read more →

Newgrange

A Tiny Adventure

Last week, the husband and I went on a tiny adventure: five days in Ireland. It ended up containing almost all of our favourite things: yoga and geeking out, permaculture and earth politics, faeries and standing stones, prehistoric sites, epic landscapes, road trips, old friends and new, and a lot of laughter. Oh, and a souvenir signy-doodle. More on that… Read more →

Theo and Timothy

Once upon a time

Once upon a time, after a few years teaching yoga, a student who happened to be a new friend and also a meditation teacher asked me if I would teach her disabled son yoga. I explained that I had no specific training in this area. “That’s good” she said. “You can work it out together”. Back then I was still… Read more →

yogi in cat cow

Loss of certainty

A few weeks ago in a general class, a student looked up from the cat-cow leg extension pattern we were exploring and said: “When I stretch out the leg, it hurts the back of my knee. Why is that?” I stopped, and in that moment I realised how much my teaching has changed. It’s a situation that will be familiar… Read more →