"Falling is not failing, do the best you can, this is your practice, give it 100% and when you need a break, lie down" are some of the inspiring words Tommy uses to motivate his students while he is teaching.They are more than just phrases, but rather lessons Tommy has acquired throughout his colorful past. Tommy's yoga journey started in 2011. At the time, Tommy had diabetes, he was overweight, and was on 12 different prescription drugs and 2 anti depressants. After suffering a heart attack, Tommy knew he had to change his lifestyle or he would potentially lose his life.
With the encouragement of his best friend and mentor, Mike Gumucio, Tommy took his first Bikram yoga class in December of 2011. It was the beginning of a life changing transformation that he discovered through his yoga practice. The initial class led Tommy to Manhattan, NY, where he took part in a 30 day yoga challenge . When he completed it, the teachers were inspired by Tommy’s story and urged him to become a hot yoga instructor. With the help, love and support of family, friends and extended family to include countless hours of mentoring from Jami Bailey now PBY's Lead Teacher, Tommy attended at least 1 hot yoga class everyday for 377 days through his hot yoga training.
Tommy has taught more than 5,000 hot yoga classes. He lost over 100 pounds, overcame diabetes, is no longer on any prescription drugs, and overall has a dramatically improved lifestyle. The improvements that resulted from his practice were not only on a physical level, but also emotional and spiritual. In November 2012, Tommy came to Pacifica for the week and never left. Tommy and his mentor, Mike, purchased the former Pacifica Yoga a month later and started creating our Pacifica Beach Yoga. He is passionate about having a positive impact on the community by providing others with the same opportunity that saved his life. He believes yoga is for everyone, any size, any age- if you really want it, do what you need to do to make it happen! His studio is unique to others because it encourages a humble, supportive, motivating and real atmosphere, for real people. Tommy does not claim to be a yoga guru, for him yoga isn’t about strict rules, and heavily enforced boundaries. It’s not about believing in a specific set of values but rather letting the yoga help guide you to wherever you want to go and become whoever you want to be. Everyone’s path is different. He brings to his classes the lessons he has learned through his experiences to inspire his students. He is living proof that anything is possible.
Tommy teaches a highly energized, focused hot yoga class. His organic dialog and east coast twang are one of a kind.