Jonathan Simons, Psy.D.
Psychotherapist, Woodland Hills, CA
Like many people, I initially found my way to the physical practice of yoga following a sports related injury that resulted in surgery. During my recovery, I stumbled toward the notion that my physical salvation would eventually lay in my ability to touch my toes. Following my new found relationship with those oft ignored nether digits, I realized that my body was beginning to open up in ways that I could never have imagined and it just felt so incredibly good. It may have taken a while, but I was getting hooked.
Then came the even cooler part. I have a Masters Degree and Doctorate in clinical psychology and have earned my keep as a psychotherapist since 1992. The exploration of the inner self through therapy is a wonderful expedition and I have been no less humbled by both my own growth and the growth of those whom I have been privileged to guide. But through this practice of yoga, I discovered that the exploration of the physical body leads to a deeper connection to one’s inner world and eventually to those spiritual threads, whatever we may call them, which connect as humans. That is indeed really cool.
I am privileged to have deepened my understanding of yoga through my training at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center and to have studied with some of today’s most illustrious and insightful yoga instructors. And from the moment I first walked into her class at Inner Power Yoga in Calabasas, I have been, and continue to be, so greatly enhanced through my friendship with Linda Pushkin. I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certified by the Yoga Alliance and currently rewarding myself with an advanced teacher training, also at Santa Barbara Yoga Center. As I continue to progress and learn, my hope is to share with others the magnificent bliss that comes with discovery and the excitement of realizing that discovery is never ending.
I currently teach five classes a week at Inner Power Yoga in Calabasas, CA.
Monday and Friday Mixed Level Flow at 4:00 PM
Thursday and Saturday Mixed Level Flow at 8:00 AM
Tuesday Yin Yoga at 6:00 PM
I am also available for private instruction.