Lucy Weir, PhD

Lucy Weir, PhD


I was always interested in philosophy, what it means – a love of, and therefore an exploration of the meaning of, wisdom – and how it changes how I see the world. This became particularly important to me when I thought about how we act, given the kind of questions philosophy demands that we consider:

What is good? What does it mean to live a good life? What is the right thing to do, given we are all under constraints of time and circumstance?

What is freedom? What does it mean to be a free agent? How can I exercise my capacity for free agency unless I know where that lies?

And the perennial yoga question: What Am I? How do I fit into existence? Does what I do make any difference?

I started practicing yoga as a teen, deeply dysmorphic, depressed, bulimic, alcoholic. I was angry and depressed. Sometimes I these old patterns emerge again: it’s incredibly hard work to change established patterns of harmful action. But to me, it is the fundamental purpose of our lives: to loosen the ‘not’, the ‘I can’t’, and see what it is that might allow us to live well, more wisely, and more beneficially, for the good of all the systems that create and sustain us.

I’ve been teaching yoga and meditation for over twenty years. I’ve a PhD in Ecological Philosophy and I’m a published writer.