The purpose of yoga is to enact a change…be that in the way we think, act, or live. A teacher is here to be a guide and help you navigate these changes. To walk with you down your own path to a greater Self.
Tom came to yoga after many years in the business world creating visual art, playing sports, performing music, studying philosophy, and earning an Art degree from Belmont University. Through the encouragement of one of his first teachers, John Charping, Tom enrolled in the Southern Institute for Yoga Instructors' 1000-hour teacher training program and received his certification at the end of the 13 month long program. In addition, Tom is certified in Vinyasa Flow Yoga by his teacher Shiva Rea and gives pranams to her for continually guiding him to new levels of personal change. Among many other teachers and guides, Tom has also had the pleasure to work with, learn from, and experience the rajasic jnana (passionate knowledge) of Ramanand Patel, Patricia Walden, Erich Shiffman, Mark Whitwell, David Swenson, Martin and Jordan Kirk, and Simon Park.
All of these experiences have brought Tom a greater sense of Self - mentally, physically, and spiritually - which he strives to help others achieve both on the mat and in life.
Tom is co-founder, with his wife Daphne, of Sanctuary for Yoga, Body and Spirit and manages the day to day activities of the studio. When not at the studio or on a yoga mat, Tom runs his web design business, t.a.l. imagers and enjoys spending time with Daphne and their four "furry children", Emma, Fi, Zeus, and Jala.