Simon was introduced to yoga at age six, learning breath retentions from his father and the main bandhas (internal locks) from Basil Brown, an Olympic athlete. At age 17, Simon studied with a Tibetan Lama who introduced him to tantric yoga. In 1980, Simon began the postures of hatha yoga and eventually learned with BKS Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois and TKV Desikachar.
Simon met his main teacher Natanaga Zhander (Shandor Remete) in 1985 and studied with him for almost two decades. To this day, Zhander remains an inspiration and mentor to Simon.
Simon studied and taught at Sydney University over a 20 year period. He completed a Bachelor of Science in human biology, a Master of Science in molecular biology and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy. In 1988, Simon met physiotherapist and yoga teacher Bianca Machliss. Over the last 20 years, Simon and Bianca have developed the unique YogaSynergy system.
Simon has contributed chapters to several technical books including ‘An Introduction to Complementary Medicine’ (2005), edited by Terry Robson and ‘Integrative Medicine Perspectives’ (2007), edited by Professor Marc Cohen. He regularly contributes to ‘Australian Yoga Life Magazine’, ‘Well Being Magazine’, ‘Australian Natural Health Magazine’, Art of Healing Magazine’ and several Russian Yoga Journals.
Simon is regularly invited to speak on radio and has had numerous television appearances. He has also been invited to be a guest speaker at numerous conventions and conferences across a range of industries, including yoga and Ayurveda, pilates, fitness and physiotherapy.
Simon is a highly sought after yoga teacher trainer and is an invited lecturer on many major training courses both in Australia and internationally. He specialises in the Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga. He has trained teachers at the YTAA, IYTA, Sydney Yoga Centre, Yoga Arts, InspyaYoga, ‘Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Training’ (Bali), Yoga Jaya (Japan) and others.
Simon is the main lecturer of the ‘Integrative Applied Eastern Anatomy and Physiology’ course that is part of two internationally recognised degrees – the Bachelor of Wellness and the Master of Wellness, RMIT.
Simon teaches about 10 classes a week and gives private consultations. He teaches special workshops and conferences 20 to 30 times a year. He lives in Sydney with his wife, Vitoria, and their children, Amaliah and Eric