Episode: 39

What next after yoga lineages with Theodora Wildcroft

Have you ever wondered about yoga lineage? Talking about post-lineage yoga today with Theodora Wildcroft, PHD. She's a yoga teacher, trainer, writer, scholar. She is the author of Post-lineage Yoga: from guru to #metoo, a founder member of Alt-ac.uk, a Visiting Fellow at the Open University, and Project Co-ordinator for the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies.

Lineage in yoga has always fascinated & frustrated me at the same time. So when I discovered Theo’s book on Post-Lineage yoga I knew I was excited, curious & but also cautious. Excited & curious because because lineages have played an important part in yoga’s transmission for centuries. Cautious because while having a reformist attitude is important, there’s a fine line between doing what’s right by yoga & doing what one thinks is right. 

Theo’s book was refreshing & reminded me that we need to make more space for this kind of researches in modern yoga conversations. We chat about her book in detail today. We cover a lot of ground in this conversation 

Theodora Wildcroft was intrigued by the ever on-going debate about good and bad yoga. But she didn’t see herself in any of the two practices so she started a research project involving yoga teachers in the community. It talked about what heritage, lineage, and boundaries of tradition and religion mean to them. This research led her to write her book on post-lineage yoga.

Yoga Lineage Episode Highlights:

  • What inspired Theo to write the book on post-lineage yoga
  • What is a lineage and how to know if the schools of yoga are in a lineage or practicing a style of yoga
  • Do lineages get loosely referred to as styles of yoga by someone who’s not getting deeply into this conversation?
  • Are women leaning more towards post-lineage yoga?
  • What is so unique about yoga festivals?
  • Theo’s take on standardization of yoga and its impact on post-lineage work
  • How to balance a reformist attitude without harming yoga
  • Cancel culture and how to handle it
  • The future of post-lineage yoga

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Theodora Wildcroft

Theo Wildcroft, PhD is a yoga teacher, trainer, writer and scholar, whose innovative research considers the democratization of yoga post-lineage, and the evolving practice of teaching yoga for community health. She is the author of Post-lineage Yoga: from guru to #metoo, a founder member of Alt-ac.uk, a Visiting Fellow at the Open University, and Project Co-ordinator for the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies.


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