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 surfers in Sri Lanka. He has since completed a further Vinyasa immersion with Mimi Kuo Deemer.
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.