Suffolk man ‘awakened’ from life of addiction, homelessness and prison sets sights on yoga business

Tommy Legge is appealing for help starting his yoga venture. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Tommy Legge is appealing for help starting his yoga venture. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A recovering addict who credits yoga with pulling him out of the darkness has revealed plans to start his own business in Suffolk to help others tackle their demons.

Tommy has battled addictions to drugs, alcohol and sex. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Tommy has battled addictions to drugs, alcohol and sex. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Tommy Legge, 34 and from Whatfield, spent three years from 2012 battling dependencies to drugs, alcohol and sex, which also saw him serving time in prison and living on the streets.

At the peak, Tommy was taking 15 grams of cocaine a day.

This led to a suicide attempt in February 2016 after which Tommy was put into an induced coma for six days.

He said: “I had a complete alter ego, I was living two completely different lives. When I went to try and kill myself I wasn’t trying to kill me, I wasn’t trying to kill the fun loving guy, I was trying to kill the alter ego because cocaine completely changed my life.”

Tommy takes a moment of calm at his home in Whatfield. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Tommy takes a moment of calm at his home in Whatfield. Picture: GREGG BROWN


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Tommy then entered a rehab programme called Quantum Sobriety in Brent Eleigh, where he said he had a “very powerful” spiritual awakening.

He spent a year clean having found solace in meditation and yoga, but in May 2017 he suffered a relapse.

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In a bid to get back onto to right path, Tommy took a trip to Sri Lanka to try Kundalini yoga, a branch which incorporates movement, breathing exercises, meditation and the chanting of mantras.

This proved truly life-changing for Tommy, experiencing what he called a “Kundalini awakening”.

Tommy said from this moment he instantly knew his “calling” was to become a Kundalini teacher and use his story to help other people who had been through similar struggles.

In order to fulfil this ambition, Tommy has launched a £2,400 crowdfunding appeal for help funding his training.

His goal is to open a business in Suffolk, which would be called Abso Poso Fab, meaning absolutely positively fabulous.

While concrete plans are still in the making, Tommy said he wanted to use yoga and meditation along with other techniques to help “bring people out of their troubled minds and reach their full potential”.

He added: “I live and grew up in Suffolk and I spent my whole life running away from it and I went all over the world and came back and it would make me very happy to set this up here.”

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