Get to Know Simon Park

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Simon Park is dedicated to the teachings of his first teacher Shiva Rea and focuses on intelligent, fluid movement. He leads workshops and teacher trainings in Vinyasa (flow) yoga and Thai massage worldwide. Born in the rural mountains of Kwangju, Korea as the second of three boys, Simon had an idyllic childhood surrounded by pets and filled with adventures to nearby mountains and rivers. Upon moving with his family to suburban Philadelphia in 1978, his lifestyle changed dramatically. He was raised to assimilate with other American children and grew up playing team sports that changed with the seasons. However, a new world of Asian influence took hold when he met Shiva Rea at UCLA in 1995; there he began his yoga journey. He studied Ashtanga yoga with her and soon after furthered his studies at YogaWorks in Santa Monica.

Today Simon draws inspiration from many styles (Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Thai massage, and martial arts) and teachers (Shiva Rea, Maty Ezraty, Joan White, Duncan Wong, and Dharma Mittra). He is a guest teacher at studios around the world for workshops, teacher trainings and retreats. Simon was chosen by Yoga Journal as “one of the most influential and gifted … next generation of yoga teachers.”

Dubbed “The Flying Nomad” by Shiva, he draws inspiration from road legends such as Keith Richards and Jack Kerouac. Based in Philadelphia, he roams the planet in search of radical nature and revolutionary characters.

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