Tom came to yoga a few years ago after suffering panic attacks due to high anxiety and derealization. He searched for a way to become grounded, mindful and have a sense of safety in his own body. Yoga was the recommended tool. He met with a Certified Trauma Informed practitioner at Beloved Yoga who provided him with the tools of feeling safe in his own body again and, due to this, earned his own Trauma Informed certification. Through breath work, body movement, and self affirmations Tom found solace and comfort in his being. Additionally, due to the number of physical injuries he has, Tom never thought he would be able to do yoga at all. What he found was a world open to everyone. Yes, yoga is for everyone. "Yoga meets you where you are at!" "Yoga is for everybody!" Tom was inspired by this loving, caring and all inclusive philosophy to share this with others. In 2019 he entered the YTT 200 hour training at Beloved Yoga. Tom's feelings are that it is important to look across the room at your students with care, and make sure everyone feels safe and welcome during the practice. Tom believes yoga is not about judgements, comparisons, or competition. Yoga is about your personal expression on the mat. Yoga gives the practitioner the space to truly be themselves without fear. Tom is a 500-RYT who currently teaches Hatha and Yoga Stretch and Yin Yoga at Breathe. Tom has completed his recent trainings at Beloved Yoga in Reston, VA.