Kathy Simon offers Iyengar Yoga classes and workshops for people of all ages and abilities. The studio space is conveniently located just 20 minutes from downtown, in one of the near suburbs of St. Louis County. The studio provides a great local alternative to larger studios.Classes are taught in a warm and inviting atmosphere with a focus on careful sequencing and individual attention. The philosophy of yoga is incorporated, along with posture instruction.
“Training of the mind and body leads to awareness of the soul.”
- -B.K.S. Iyengar
About Kathy Simon
Kathy received her Iyengar Yoga certification in 2008. She has studied Iyengar Yoga since 1997 and has been teaching since 2003. She is currently serving on the IYNAUS National Board and is Chair of the Research Committee. She served on the Ethics Committee of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the U.S. (IYNAUS) 2009-1010, and served as the Store Co-Chair for the 2010 National Teachers’ Convention.
Kathy has studied at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India with B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, and Prashant Iyengar. She studies regularly with senior instructors nationwide, and has specialty training in gentle yoga for people with multiple sclerosis from senior Iyengar instructor, Eric Small.
What is yoga?
Yoga is an ancient art, science, and philosophy. The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit work “yuj” meaning to merge, join, or unite body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is an eight-limbed practice that involves the integration of body, breath, and mind. Regular practice of yoga relieves stiffness, increases endurance, reduces stress, and tones the entire body. It is a discipline that cultivates faith, courage, confidence, concentration, discernment, and contentment. It is through perseverance that one can begin the process of physical and emotional transformation that comes through the study of yoga. The goal is to reach a balance in life, greeting our daily struggles with equanimity and poise, integrating the physical, psychological, and spiritual layers of our lives.
Who can practice yoga?
Anyone can practice yoga! Students do not have to be flexible, young, or athletic to practice yoga. All that is needed is the willingness to learn and the desire to practice.
What is Iyengar yoga?
Iyengar Yoga is the world’s most widely practiced method of yoga taught by Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar. Iyengar Yoga utilizes props, including blocks, blankets, belts, etc., to modify the asanas (postures or poses) to help students’ access and develop a deeper understanding of the postures. Iyengar Yoga emphasizes correct alignment and is tailored to help students build strength, stamina, balance, flexibility, and a general sense of well-being.
Certified Iyengar teachers are held to a rigorous standard, earning their certification only after years of training and evaluation. Only certified Iyengar Yoga teachers may display the certification mark.
About B.K.S. Iyengar
Mr. Iyengar, named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, is universally acknowledged as the world’s greatest yoga teacher. Through his personal life and study of yoga, Mr. Iyengar developed the use of props to facilitate learning of asana (pose/posture) and to aid those who are unable to practice without assistance. He brilliantly adapted yoga to help many in need due to therapeutic and other health issues.
His book, Light on Yoga, has been used by generations of yoga practitioners. His other literary works include: Art of Yoga, Light on Life, Light on Asthanga Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Tree of Yoga and Yoga – A Path to Holistic Health.