Hello Tom and thank you for being our Gemini student of the month. Temperature’s have risen and the Spring is here… being a curious, action loving and airy Gemini, you must be feeling alive! Have you become Tigger yet!?
You are quite right! I am having a hard time sitting still at my desk all day.
Having seen you dance – intensely – where would you say you get your ‘bounce’ from?
It just comes naturally to me as an expression of my soul. In particular, I seem to have an innate sensitivity for movement and sound. Time and time again have I found myself with my body begging to be freed whenever I hear music I resonate with, and doing so very quickly gets me into a state of trance whether dancing, massaging or meditating.
It definitely seems to come from a good place. Would you say you resonate with the many positive qualities a Gemini can be endowed with: brilliance of mind, good communication skills, gregariousness, diplomacy, vivacity, enthusiasm, tact, cheerfulness, wit, versatility, ambition, kindness, thoughtfulness, open-mindedness and having strong leadership qualities? I think that list must have been written by a Gemini – with their inherent love of understanding and ideas!
When I feel grounded and centred, yes definitely! However, my chart has a number of oppositions which express themselves as contradictions in my personality. For instance, I have to deal with an ascendant in Sagittarius, conjunct Saturn, which often gives the external impression of being taciturn. My Mars in Cancer can make my mood change from extroversion to introversion within minutes.
How did you come to join the school?
I was introduced to Tara Yoga Centre by my friend Irina who was attending the same Master’s degree in Statistics at Imperial, and is a third year student at TYC.
You said you resisted for a long time. Was this because you wanted to find your own way on the path, or a resistance to spirituality in general?
I had done a lot of Kundalini Yoga and a number of Vipassanas in the past and was starting to get interested in sacred sexuality, so I was no stranger to spirituality. But it took me a while to get properly exposed to the teachings at Tara, as my first exposures were with the drop-in classes. And I must say that Hatha Yoga without the spiritual context was just not dynamic and physically challenging enough for me. In time, I started to appreciate this form of Yoga much more as I progressed through the Tantra course and could practice along with meditation and pranayama techniques.
How do you reconcile your outer dynamism and the inner stillness required in yoga practice?
As I said, despite being Gemini, I can also be very introverted and reclusive. Stillness is an essential part of my life. I can go crazy if a significant part of my week isn’t spent in Mauna [silence]. Ironically, one of my favourite things to do in life is relaxing on a sofa doing nothing but observing my breath. Not your typical Gemini…
What have been the major turning points for you since joining the course?
Three in particular definitely stick out: the Polarity Retreat the last two years and the Retreat for Revealing the Self in Denmark last Christmas. The Polarity retreats have rewired how I approach my interaction with women. For instance after this year’s retreat, I became aware that the yoni is a source of wonder and magic that I never truly appreciated before. The Self Revelation retreat brought God into my life and made me realise the importance of the Spiritual Heart on the path.
What would you say you like about Tara Yoga Centre the most?
If I had to pick only one thing, then I would choose the community of women. London is such a hard place for women to express their femininity safely. As a man, that makes for a lifeless city in many ways. Tara gives them that safe haven, that I personally rejoice in because I find nothing more enlivening than being in the presence of a radiant woman.
Any pearls of wisdom to pass onto others?
Quit living life in your head, stop trying to control what is happening to you and follow your heart. You will make mistakes as you slowly un-condition yourself and learn to differentiate between what your heart wants and what your ego pushes you towards, but in time and with awareness, that attitude is the highway for fast transformation. I try very hard to enact this wisdom despite having an overactive intellect.