About Tom Norrington-Davies

I  teach Mysore Style Astanga Yoga at Oru Space in East Dulwich, London. When this life enhancing practcie is offered in the right spirit, it builds communities. I started buiding my local Mysore community there in March 2022. I was born in Camberwell and have lived in South east London for most of my life. I also run evening Mysore classes at Astanga Yoga London and am available to give private tuition. I am authorised to teach the primary and Intermediate series as set out by the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Astanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI / SYC) in Mysore, India. I have studied there regularly with Paramaguru R Sharath Jois since 2010.

I am not just a teacher of Astanga Yoga. Perhaps, more importantly, I am a yoga student. I practice at Astanga Yoga London where I have been taught by  Hamish Hendry for over 15 years. Hamish is the UK’s most highly qualified and respected Astanga Yoga teacher. He has been a true mentor to me  and a major influence on my teaching style.

My path to Mysore and teaching began when I was 38, having worked in restaurant kitchens for most of my adult life. A brief flirtation with kickboxing took me to a yoga class in my local gym. Some months later I found my way to Astanga Yoga London (AYL).

AYL is one of very few places in Britain dedicated entirely to teaching traditional, Mysore style Astanga Yoga. Being able to help other students at AYL, a place that truly changed my life, is an honor and a pleasure.

Parampara is a sanskrit word meaning “unbroken lineage”. It refers to the traditional way of learning and teaching this practice through direct experience. Knowledge is passed unadulterated from teacher to student through years of dedicated practice together.

It is to my amazing teachers Hamish and Sharathji,  and to the transformative power of the practice that I dedicate all my work with anyone who wants to learn Astanga yoga. Back in the restaurant years the  practice helped me find genuine breathing space in a schedule that was anything but 9 to 5. That experience enables me to help you work with, rather than against your other commitments, to create a nurturing, sustainable yoga practice. If you can make a little time for it to begin with and let it grow naturally, it’s extremely do-able. Some patience and a sense of humour is all you really need!