While at university Tom took up yoga to complement his main sources of procrastination… being in the ocean or up a mountain when he should have been studying. Yoga popped in and out of his life for some time, but it wasn’t until he began work in Forestry that the value of silence and stillness become fully apparent.
A few years later, having found regular practice and immersed himself in the yoga community, Tom took himself to India, where he completed his Ashtanga vinyasa training and went on to teach yoga to surfers in Sri Lanka. He has since completed a further Vinyasa immersion with Mimi Kuo Deemer and Sacred Energy Arts Qi Gong studies with Sifu Matthew Cohen.
The biggest revelations in his personal practice have come when letting go of the need to be somewhere; achieve a certain pose, feel a specific way, attain whatever goal. Not straining or over reaching for stuff so often, allows us to feel and listen to what the body and mind are telling us about our current needs, not wants. Tom encourages this in his classes through Yogic, Buddhist & Daoist philosophies, and flavours the asana practice with mindfulness and Qigong.
The practice of Yoga is learning to feel between the lines. It is tuning in to the body, breath and mind, both on the mat and off it, in order to learn about ourselves, our habits and our patterns. By gradually dropping preconceptions, new paths appear which lead us to calmer, clearer states of mind; stronger, bendier bodies; and a deeper connection to life itself. Tom’s classes create an environment for you to lift the veil and allow the inner witness to show you the way toward these things.
Through rugby, touring with musicians, tree surgery, surfing, cycling, zoology and now full time studies in Yoga & Qigong – with qualifications in Ashtanga (Abhinam School of Yoga), Vinyasa Flow (Mimi Kuo Deemer) and Sacred Energy Arts Qigong – Tom’s multi faceted path, enables him to help people from all walks of life tap into their innate wisdom.