Tom Blankenship

Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT® 200) & Certified Acro Yoga Instructor &  Certified Barre Instructor & 200 Hour YTT Teacher & Travel Staff Member
 
Thomas Blankenship is a W.I.T.S certified personal fitness trainer who holds the phrase "keep moving forward" close to his heart...literally. This motto has served him well while rehabilitating himself from cardiac disease and open heart surgery. It was between surgeries when Tom found yoga and he has been hooked ever since. As a result of these experiences, he has a passions for helping other people recover from medical issues and improving their quality of life.  He enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, riding bicycles and weight training. Tom invites you to join him in the adventure of life. 
 
He completed his 200 hour Ashaya Yoga training with Randy Boyd, his Barre Teacher Training through Brown Dog Yoga, and his Acro Teacher Training through the Yoga Power School.


Tom Blankenship instructs the following:
  • Beginner Yoga
  • New to yoga? This class is a great place to start. Beginner Yoga is for students who have no prior knowledge of yoga and teaches:
    • In English terms only
    • No Sanskrit
    • Brief history of yoga
    • 6 main yoga poses
    • Use of props & modifications for beginners
    • Beginner breathing techniques
    • No arm balances or inversions
    The class emphasizes the fundamentals of a beginner yoga practice and will prepare students to confidently move into our First Level classes. You don’t need to be able to touch your toes; you just have to be willing to try!

  • Yin Yoga
  • Classes involve holding postures on the floor for 45 seconds to 2 minutes in this meditative practice. A great compliment to anyone in need of flexibility.

  • First Level Yoga
  • First Level Yoga is a vinyasa class for students who have some basic knowledge of yoga and teaches:
    • Mainly in English terms
    • Basic Sanskrit
    • Basic breathing techniques
    • Use of props & modifications 
    • No arm balances or inversions
    Class is very slow paced and focuses on developing clear and safe alignment in foundational poses. Come to learn and enjoy yoga in a supportive, non-judgemental environment. 

  • Chair Yoga
  • With a chair or two for support, this class challenges the body and mind through strengthening, stretching, relaxing and breathing. Flexibility, and muscle tone will continually improve as your mind, body and spirit work together in harmony. This class is for those who have issue getting up and down from the floor and prefer a chair for their main seat.

  • Yoga Sculpt
  • Yoga Sculpt is a yoga mat-based workout that adds free weights to a yoga sequence, intensifying each yoga pose while incorporating cardio and training exercises, such as squats, lunges, bicep and tricep curls to help you build lean muscle mass.