Wild Yoga

yoga and thought from Theo Wildcroft

The Experiment

Experiment satsang sessionThe Wild Yoga Experiment has grown out of Waking Wild, Slow Seasons and other courses I’ve taught previously. It is based on my years of teaching yoga, helping to run spiritual camps, and facilitating other groupwork and bodywork techniques. It is also informed by my own spiritual practices, including dance, ritual and spirit journeying, on my own and in groups.

In group practice we create something really unique. I have seen how coming together in community can support individual wellbeing and I am also convinced that it helps each of us to craft new ways of acting and relating. This is increasingly important in a human world in which many of us find it difficult to live well. This is the work of embodiment, of being well in one’s skin. But it is also the work of social justice, of being a force for gentle good in the world. Small, focused communities of ritual practice have been quietly becoming the change they want to see in the world since history began. Now we can become part of a growing tide of yoga projects reclaiming bodywork practices to the same ends.

Sessions are run on an occasional basis – see below for any that are scheduled. The Vinyasa sessions are held in the cosy village hall in Rowde, at the heart of a village community. We use these to explore how themes such as courage, surrender and self-love can be experienced through the body; in led movement, group movement, and free practice. To take part, you only need a curious heart and at least a term of yoga with me. You will not need to be bendy or confident in your practice in any way. We start with however you are feeling that day.

For each session, you pay by donation, as much as feels right.

I could continue to teach the way I have been taught to – that would be easy. Instead, this is yoga teaching as you and I have never experienced it before. This is an experiment in body practices that puts you, your unique perspective and the community we form together at the heart of what we do. We all grow together from this. It is my task and sacred aim to hold a space to do this in that feels both light and deep; like coming home. The session dates are below. If this experiment calls to you in any way, do get in touch soon.

Wild Geese – Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

Dates

Nothing currently scheduled.

Notes

I’ve also been blogging about each sesssion of The Experiment …

  • Wild Yoga Satsang 1: Setting the scene And so it begins. The Wild Yoga Experiment. After a heroic effort, mostly by Mr. Phil, our house has been turned around, and I have a yoga sanctuary large enough to fit more than one person in. It will have a lick of paint and a couple of bits to be finished, but I’m already ...
  • Wild Yoga Vinyasa 1: Action/Surrender Here’s my notes from the Vinyasa session, for anyone who wants to play along at home. The next session will be a Satsang session at my home on 21st January, 8-10pm, to discuss and share this theme and our reflections on it. The next Vinyasa session on the theme of Embodying the Warrior will be ...
  • Wild Yoga Satsang 2: Action/Surrender Last night a small group of us gathered for the second ‘satsang’ session, and set the seal on the first of our chosen themes, after the first ‘vinyasa’ session before Christmas. The theme was Action/Surrender, and present were Helen, Jill and myself, as well as the usual sacred container of those-there-in-spirit. January is a busy ...
  • Wild Yoga Vinyasa 2: Embodying The Warrior Wild Yoga Experiment: Vinyasa 2 (Embodying the Warrior) 20m: Intro Welcome + energy levels So, then, the questions we are asking are: How do we find our own practice? How do we share what we find? ...
  • Wild Yoga Satsang 3: Embodying the Warrior    So after a profound Vinyasa session, and some good early discussion on the Facebook group, we met last night for our Wild Yoga Experiment Satsang. It was a small group again – just Helen, Rachel and myself. Honestly, the discussions and wisdom coming out of these small, intimate sessions is a deep joy to ...
  • Wild Yoga Vinyasa 3: Aging (Dis)Gracefully Wild Yoga Experiment Vinyasa 3: 01/04/15 20m: Intro Welcome + energy levels So, then, the questions we are asking are: How do we find our own practice? How do we share what we find? How do we go deeper? What are we looking to find? (Namaste … we welcome your …) Signs: jazz hands; tap for assist; act suggestions Prayers: (join hands) Spirits ...
  • Wild Yoga Satsang 4: Aging (Dis)Gracefully So after a profound Vinyasa session, it was just Jill and myself for the Wild Yoga Satsang last night. We still had a long and wide-ranging discussion that for once went way over time, circling back again and again to the topic at hand. We talked a little about the sessions as a whole, and how ...
  • Wild Yoga Vinyasa 4: Finding Joy Wild Yoga Experiment Vinyasa 4: 20/05/15 20m: Intro Welcome + energy levels So, then, the questions we are asking are: How do we find our own practice? How do we share what we find? How do we go deeper? What are we looking to find? (Namaste … we welcome your …) Signs: jazz hands; tap for assist; act suggestions Prayers: (join hands) Spirits ...
  • Wild Yoga Satsang 5: Finding Joy We’re heading for the longest day of the year, and last night was clear and bright. It was just Jill and I for the Satsang this time, and we chose to walk out and look for joy in the evening air. I began by wondering how interesting it was that the Vinyasa sessions had been so ...
  • Wild Yoga Satsang 6: The end of the experiment Last night I held the last session in what I’ve been calling the ‘Wild Yoga Experiment’. It’s as much a beginning as an ending, and the work will continue in as yet unseen ways. But it was a good opportunity to reflect on the project so far. Nature of the experience We had some difficulty expressing the ...