Tom Crews

Bristol
Avon
United Kingdom

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My yoga journey began in 2008 when I took my first class in the Indian Himalayan mountains – I have always been sporty but never heard of yoga and had no idea how much tension I was holding in my body. My first teacher joked (somewhat cruelly) that I had the body of a 90 year old man! I have been practicing virtually every day ever since (the insult spurred me on!) and yoga has become an integral part of my life. Now that I am a teacher it is my absolute pleasure to share my own practice with others and try to inspire my students to let yoga support them in their lives.

My philosophy is that in order to feel happiness and peace within we must nourish our body, mind and spirit and it can only be our responsibility to do so – it is through practicing yoga postures, proper breathing, proper relaxation and meditation that we can achieve this goal. Initially we need an experienced guide to show us the way and support us when we fall down and this is where I can come in. I know that the yoga way works because I’m practicing every day and feel more peace within me than ever before.

What I am passionate about is that yoga is not about pushing ourselves harder in order to achieve the most flexible body or master the most advanced poses – this is the route to injury and dissatisfaction. The best way is the way of regular practice, respecting the body and allowing it to open bit by bit and release the accumulated tension of our lives. There are no prizes for coming first! Remember how the tortoise beat the hare. We have our whole lives to practice and yoga is a most beautiful art form passed down through generations going back many thousands of years – we are SO lucky to have it!! Come with me on the journey to lasting happiness and a peaceful soul.

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