Simmin Joy is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Occupational Therapist (MS-OTR/L) who credits yoga with slowing the spin-cycle of her mind, and awakening a sense of possibility in her life. She began teaching yoga in 2004 after practicing for a decade, earned her Anusara Yoga certification in 2007, and now holds the highest level of registration, E-RYT 500, through the Yoga Alliance. She especially recognizes John Friend, Jim & Ruthie Berneart, Abby Tucker, Sianna Sherman, and Darren Rhodes as having a profound influence on her understanding and integration of yoga. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Simmin holds a M.S. in Occupational Therapy from San Jose Sate University.
Simmin has designed yoga programs for special populations and taught yoga in a variety of settings, including:
Baywood Court Skilled Nursing Facility, Castro Valley, CA
Alta Bates Hospital Adult Crisis Unit, Berkeley, CA
Civicorps Academy High School Recovery Program, Oakland, CA
Yoga Kula, Berkeley, CA
Namaste Yoga, Oakland, CA
One Yoga Center, Santa Cruz, CA
The Om Room School of Yoga, Santa Cruz, CA
CA State Department of Health, Richmond, CA
Oakland Museum of Art/First Fridays, Oakland, CA
Fernandez Family Chiropractic Center, Oakland, CA
A decade of professional experience as a Certified Massage Therapist, brings a deep understanding of anatomy and therapeutics to Simmin’s teaching. She has a special interest in yoga therapeutics and works with individuals in private yoga sessions to begin or expand their practice, or to clear therapeutic challenges and injuries. Simmin has spent summers in residence at the Omega Institute (NY) and the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm (CA), as well as three years as a massage therapist at the world-renowned Canyon Ranch Health Resort (AZ).
Simmin is also a visual artist with a BFA from CCAC in Oakland, and a BA in sociology-anthropology from Skidmore College, NY. A native Jersey girl, she now lives with her family in Oakland, CA. She loves to take hip-hop dance classes in her spare time.