Tom Barber

Tom Barber

Forrest Yoga

For over 5 years I’ve been teaching weekly classes in Berlin. Growing as a teacher and seeing how the practice of yoga changes lives, inspires me every day. I learn so much from the wisdom, curiosity and humour of my students.

In each class and on retreat my desire and intent is to create a space for students to change their lives for the better. Life is so short and precious and demands to be lived to the fullest, with passion and joy. This is why I teach yoga and run retreats. To share the skills and tools that have worked for me.

I know from my own personal experience how life changing yoga can be. When I walked into my very first Yoga class on a weekend trip to Amsterdam 14 years ago I was in a very different place. I struggled with addiction, depression and social anxiety. I felt lost and disconnected from myself and the world around me.

I have explored different styles including Bikram, Ashtanga, Power Vinyasa Yoga and now I teach the intensely physical and healing Forrest Yoga, a modern, dynamic practice carefully crafted by Ana Forrest over the past 40 years. Forrest Yoga ignites every cell in my body. I love the intensity and the emphasis on personal freedom, intuition, and connection to spirit and the authentic self.

Through regular Yoga practice I started to heal, nourish and respect my body and bring joy and presence into my life. Yoga for me is an exhilarating, joyful and at times painful journey of growth and self discovery – I love every second.

I completed my first 200hr teacher training in 2014 in London at Hot Power Yoga with world-class instructors Dylan Ayaloo and Craig Norris. More recently I trained with modern Yoga pioneer Ana Forrest, completing the Foundation and the Advanced Training.

I love to dance! I was one of the founders of the pre-work sober rave experience Morning Gloryville Berlin. As well as Yoga learning how to dance sober has had a profound impact on my life.

I’ve been fortunate to travel all over the world, from filming sled dog racing in Alaska to climbing mountains in Kenya, Patagonia and the Himalayas. I’m very happy to call Berlin home now.

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Sunday, 21.06
11:45 • 60 MIN
Diversity in Yoga: Practice Beyond Age, Gender, Race, and Body Dis/Ability

In this panel, we will be discussing the multitude of possibilities when it comes to the practice of yoga and the method’s universal appeal. With 5-6 remarkable speakers, we will go over the issues around age, gender, race, and body dis/ability in yoga, showing how diverse the modern yoga landscape has become!