"If you want to learn more about yourself and about the nature of reality, Yoga is a well-tested modality that has stood the test of time."
I'm Still Here
Despite the over saturated yoga market, yoga no longer really being on trend, plus the fact that it’s hard to make a living wage, I’m still here.
Many yoga teachers have chosen to rebrand themselves as somatic and movement specialists, life coaches, womb witches, breath-work facilitators or shamans.
As much as it’s great to innovate and niche in this crowded wellbeing market, the truth is, it’s ALL still contained within the teachings of yoga. It really is.
MY BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE
+18 Years Teaching
I have taught Yoga full-time for 18 years. I did my first Teacher Training when I was 23 years old and I first started yoga practice at the age of 14 years old.
Recognised as a Yoga Alliance UK Senior Accredited Yoga Teacher, I have taught over 18,000 hours of Yoga & Pilates
+2000 hours of Qualified Training
I take my own training very seriously and have trained with other experts every single year of my career. To level up my Yogic Philosophy I did a MA Masters at SOAS University in Yoga & the Traditions of Meditation & I have trained extensively in Anatomy.
Trained +90 Yoga Teachers
I have qualified over 90 people to become yoga teachers or teach a specialist area such as pregnancy, womb health yoga and postnatal yoga
+30 Retreats Worldwide
I have taught yoga on +30 international Yoga Retreats
My online classes are available on several platforms & apps incl. Youtube (over 2 million views), Tonic, Grokker, M.Body Health, Baby2Body & YogaWakeup
I am also a qualified Pilates Instructor, Hypnobirthing instructor, Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Womb Massage Therapist, Postnatal Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner and Cranial Sacral Therapist.
6 years at West Ham Utd
I taught Yoga regularly to the 1st team & also Academy players. My clientbase has been broad ranging from stressed out executives to pregnant ladies, cage fighters, professional snowboarders and the over 70's!
ROOTS & ETHOS
"I have always been intrigued and awe-struck by the big picture... Why are we here? What’s our purpose? Is there a god? Who and What am I?! What’s the point of mosquitos?"
These sort of questions have inspired and guided me my whole life. (not so much the question about mosquitos, tho).
I think actually, the roots of self-enquiry run deep. My mother is Iranian and descended from a family of Sufis. Sufism is a spiritual path that shares many parallels with Yoga and so in a way, yoga has always been part of who I am.
My real first name is Tork-Tam, apparently it means spiritual water/ unique and it’s a Mongolian tribal name (my great grandma was a nomadic Mongol). I was taught to meditate and initiated into Trancendental Meditation aged 7 years old. I was first introduced to yoga asana (physical posture) aged 14 years old when my mother gave me an instructional yoga video featuring the teacher Erich Schiffman. Something in that 45-minute VHS captivated me and that’s was when I began my regular practice.
But really all that stuff about my name and my heritage used to embarrass me when I was young. I’m not that exotic at all, on the other side, I’m as English as they come. Born and bred in Margate, my Dad’s a builder and I grew up eating chips and drinking cheap cider on the beach with my mates.
With the maiden name Jones, that sat rather awkwardly after Tork-tam, I always found myself in this juxtaposition of trying to work out who I am.
After a brief spell of being a teenager, partying, skateboarding and boys, I was drawn fully back into yoga when I trained as a teacher at aged 23 years old, following a very random encounter in the park with a stranger whom reminded me that I liked yoga. Re-connecting to yoga at 23 was a turning point. I felt like something in me really clicked and all of the threads kind of came together and I realised that yoga is my path.
Somewhere along the line, I’ve realised that the two sides of who I am don’t need to be contradictory. Indeed the principle of hatha yoga is to bring together polar opposites so it’s quite fitting. I can be somewhat exotic and at the same time really ordinary both at the same time. Because that’s who I am. Sometimes I talk from a place within my heart where the mystic stirs and other times I’m a straight talker with a Margate-twang.
This is where I’m at with my practice. It’s about keeping it real and always getting to the heart of matters. Through years of trial and error, mistakes and heart-ache through the trials of life, I’ve come to learn that Authenticity, Integrity and Love are the only things that matter.
It’s with authenticity, integrity and love that the transformative potential of yoga practices can be unlocked. This is how I strive to connect with others.
It is from the utmost respect that I have for my students and for the practice of yoga, which allows me to share the teachings.
“As infinite as the universe beyond, so is the universe within the lotus of the heart”
From the heart
Instinct of the BodyEmbodiment Practices are the pathway to sharpening your instincts
Intellect of the MindNot only should we expand our mind with knowledge and understand culture, context and history of yoga but also cultivate the skills of mindfulness and meditation to allow the mind to rest in spaciousness
Intuition of the HeartPrana 'i.e.' vital life force is our inner essense /spirit. Working with the energetics of spirit is essential for awakening the intuition (inner wisdom)
Real Flow Yoga Teacher Training School
Tammy founded Real Flow Yoga Teacher Training School in 2017.
Delve deeper into your Yoga practice and become a Certified Yoga Teacher accredited with Yoga Alliance Professionals UK
REAL FLOW YOGA TEACHER TRAINING SCHOOL
Kirsty became a Yoga Teacher through undertaking the Real Flow Yoga Foundational Course in 2018 and Pregnancy Specialist Course in 2019. After qualifying, she hit the ground running and set up packed out classes in her neighbourhood of East London. She’s gone on to host sold out retreats and create excellent online courses. I remain in touch with the majority of my graduates and their success demonstrates the efficacy of the RFY approach to training. You can find more of Kirsty’s offerings at www.flowstateyoga.co.uk