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Cardinal Points is privileged to welcome Tom Gillette and Jude Monteserrato, Yoga Instructors, to honor Yoga Month. Tom shares how Yoga affects you on all levels. “Your body, your feelings, your emotions, and your mind and move you towards a more flexible way of relating to life.” Yoga puts you in touch with what is really real, sensations and breath. Our thoughts are distractions so Yoga allows us to “get in touch with what is going on inside your skin.” Yoga teaches us to manage our “crazy” minds. Tom recommends that Yoga should be done consistently and over time to experience lasting change. Jude tells how she has used Yoga to know and love herself more. “Yoga is not just a physical practice. It’s taking care of the whole being.” “To work towards the connection of the heart and to live from that place.” Tom teaches us that one of the goals of Yoga is to bring the heart and mind together. In our culture we are so disconnected from our bodies. Yoga can help us all to reconnect to our bodies and have fun. Tom explains that Yoga enables us to have an inner sanctuary so when big things happen in our lives we are better equipped to handle them. “It’s a way to work out our issues psychosomatically.” Our conversation then turns to the mind body connection. Jude states that Yoga teaches us to “live fully as one and not have the separation.” Tom adds ” the thing with Yoga is you verify things through your own experience.”
One of the first principles of Yoga in non violence. “Yoga is a way of purging yourself from these deep seated conflicts.” We then discuss the difference anatomically and emotionally between men and women participating in Yoga. Women’s hips are naturally more open than men and their poses should not be expected to look the same. Tom then explains that our emotions affect our physical body. Developing the “witness consciousness” is a huge part of the Yoga tradition. “You step back from the dialogues in your head and you come to the realization that you are not the dialogues.”
We as a western culture are attracted to the physical practice of Yoga which is not necessarily a bad thing. This can eventually lead to learning more about all aspects of ourselves. According to Tom “self care” is important especially in our over worked and stressed out society.
Genuine yoga will change your life, your habits, your body, your health, your mind, your breathing patterns, your attitudes, your outlook. Yoga is about learning from direct experience. You will develop wisdom of how your body works most efficiently. You will learn how your conscious and unconscious mind can either support or harm you, and then later, a deeper wisdom naturally gets revealed. Tom Gillette
Tom Gillette, the owner of Eyes of the World yoga studio in Providence, RI, isn’t the average yoga teacher, nor is he a teacher seeking guru fame in the yoga world. Instead, he teaches because he must.
Tom’s yoga journey started in his 20s when he began following and serving Guru Amrit Desai, a Kundalini Shaktipat teacher in India, setting himself on a course that would radically change his life. At 31 he moved into the ashram and devoted his days to living in love, service, and practice awakening him to knowledge of his dharma—his calling and soul’s work—which is to teach yoga and to train yoga teachers. His vision for Eyes of the World was born in the ashram many years ago.
For over 25 years, Tom has studied and achieved certification with master gurus such as Swami Prabhakar, Bikram Choudry, and Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois while continually teaching yoga and training hundreds of yoga teachers. In that time, yoga has asked him to continually evolve and change himself in a very organic way. He admits that teaching keeps him a perpetual student; with every question and every questing student, he learns there is always so much more to learn and so many ways to release ego and open and connect with Spirit. Tom is devoted to offering what he’s learned, his teaching, and his studio as an opportunity for others to experience deep healing in the course of practicing yoga asana, which is essentially a very effective, reliable, mechanical method for feeling what’s going on in one’s body and mind.
He brings to the RI community yoga with roots in Kripalu, Bikram, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa traditions and freely admits his yoga now doesn’t fit into an easy label, but instead allows for each student to experience an authentic, heart-centered yoga that acknowledges and honors how different one physical body is from the next. He ensures that Eyes of the World offers a variety of asana practices so each student can get what they need, be it a vigorous practice or a slow, nurturing class. And all classes expose students to more than just asana; at Eyes of the World, students will practice pranayama, chanting, learn mantras, and meditation all in support of offering a path to cultivate contentment, happiness, and health. Quite simply, Tom wants to help the world one person at a time.
Jude Monteserrato is a Certified Purna Yoga Instructor at the 2,000 hour level. She received this certificate from the College of Purna Yoga in Washington State studying with world-renowned yoga masters, Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri. Jude continued to deepen her knowledge by attending a 6-day organic body and an 8-day Musculoskeletal Therapeutic Teacher Trainings with them.
Jude’s love and passion for yoga come through in the safe, fun and lively atmosphere, she establishes in her classes. Students are encouraged to pause, feel and observe their bodies and mind with compassion while developing strength, balance and flexibility. Her teaching style emphasizes alignment-based asana (postures) and the use of props to deepen the student’s experience of the asana while also cultivating awareness within the Heart. In addition to studying, practicing and teaching yoga, Jude loves to cook whole, natural simple delicious food. Jude’s desire to help all humanity inspired her to embark on the Cambodia Seva Challenge in 2008 with Seane Corn, raising $21,000 by uniting with community, friends and family.