Jeremy Simon is one of AcroYoga’s most consistent and dynamic teachers. In a global family of wonderfully nomadic teachers, Jeremy has been a lynchpin for one of the largest (and oldest) kulas in the world: the San Francisco Bay Area. Equal parts flyer and base, yogi and acrobat, Mr. Simon is a shining example of how this inspiring practice can lead to a great many things.
– How long have you been teaching acro?
I’ve been teaching AcroYoga here in the bay area for the past 5 years.
– How did you start the journey?
My journey with AcroYoga began here in San Francisco. I met Jenny and Jason not long after I moved here in 2006. They were gearing up for their first TT that year. I knew several of the teachers who went to the training. Many of them came to live in SF after the training. It was then that I really started to fall in love with the practice. In 2007, I went to Burning Man and met more teachers who were just coming out of TT2. However it wasn’t until the next weekend at Power to the Peaceful in Golden Gate Park that I decided it was time for me to go the training. I met a super talented base from Columbia and he flew me in my first foot-to-foot and through many washing machines. I knew right away that I wanted to be able to share that experience with people. I went home and discovered the next teacher training was 3 months away in Hawai’i. I immediately sent in my application and got ready for my life to be forever changed.
-You’ve done a lot to contribute to the Bay Area Acro community. What are the biggest challenges / rewards?
I feel truly blessed to live in San Francisco and teach AcroYoga here. We often meet students from around the world who travel here because this is the home of AcroYoga. It’s quite an honor to meet them and hear their stories. Recently, a TV crew from France came to film the Friday night class at Yoga Tree. Many of the local teachers who are going to the next TT were there in support, along with dozens of students. It was such a pleasure to be able to represent AcroYoga with everyone from the local community. So the greatest reward is the dedicated studentship that we’ve all cultivated here. Each week we meet new students and having regular students there always makes it such a warm welcome. To me one of the greatest challenges to being in the bay area is there are so many amazing offerings and it’s just not possible to do all of them. There are so many offerings and fabulous teachers here that it’s really been a practice of mine to pace myself so that I can keep up.
– What does your daily practice look like?
My daily practice begins with meditation each and every day. This year I’ve been training every week with Master Lu Yi to refine my handstands. He has me doing forearm stand, supine pike leg lifts and elbow stretches everyday. Beyond that I practice yoga asana, acrobatic flying, stand acrobatics on a weekly basis, with a concerted effort to receive massages whenever I can. 🙂
– What are you currently working on?
This is a great question. I’ve spent the last few years focusing on getting certified to teach all three AcroYoga immersions and my Anusara yoga certification, plus becoming a certified massage therapist. This year I’ve chosen to take some much needed rest and time to contemplate what the future holds. I can feel that there is something ready to be born from all this experience, we’ll just have to wait and see what naturally unfolds.
– What’s next? (What do you have planned in the next few months)
I’m excited to be teaching my first AcroYoga Elemental Immersion in San Francisco from July 21-25. This is the first Immersion to be hosted by Yoga Tree, which was the first studio to ever host an AcroYoga workshop. We’ll be assisted by Daniel Scott & Amy Impellizzeri, both local teachers, and several local students have already registered. It’s great to be facilitating such a homegrown experience. I’m also thrilled to be teaching at three Wanderlust Festivals this year – with Jenny at Copper Mtn, CO, with Jason, Jenny & Adam at Squaw Valley in Tahoe, CA, and with Jason at Whistler in Vancouver, BC. It’s going to be a jam-packed summer!
Article by AcroYogaBlog contributor: Daniel Scott Spaminato