Wolf & Eagle Yoga exists to bridge the gap between the yoga community and the mainstream. There’s lots of wonderful yoga writing available, almost all of it aimed at a relatively small community of people who are already sympathetic to the prevailing worldviews and jargon common to practitioners. Similarly, when yoga is featured in the mainstream press, it’s nearly always in the guise of an exposé or sensationalist hatchet job. Very rarely does the writer demonstrate any real interest in or understanding of yoga practice.
I believe the mainstream world and the ‘alternative’ world need to talk to one another more. Without yoga, I’d probably be a hack mainlining coffee (instead of herbal tea) to fire up my ailing synapses. Without the grounding qualities of a regular writing practice, I might well have disappeared up my own root chakra. Yoga offers vital and important perspectives on any number of issues facing the world today: climate change, poverty, racism, inequality, ecological degradation – all are amenable to a yogic perspective. By the same token, the existence of such challenges serves to remind us of that we practice to be in service, and that our yoga really comes alive when it moves beyond the mat and makes a difference in the world.
Most yogis and teachers are not professional writers. Most professional writers are not yogis. I can claim to be both. With a degree in English Literature (minor in Creative Writing), an MA in Culture and Communication, more than a decade of dedicated yoga practice, and a 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate, I’m in a unique position to write about the practice I love with the keen eye of a journalist … or, failing that, to piss everyone off in equal measure.