About St. Kilda Iyengar Yoga School

Welcome to St. Kilda Iyengar Yoga School (SKYS). We are located in the heart of St. Kilda – the beach, the restaurants, the palms and Luna Park are all at our doorstep. For over 26 years SKYS has been teaching Iyengar Yoga to students and training teachers in St. Kilda.Guruji-aboutpic

At SKYS we teach you “How to do Yoga” from the Yoga Courses for Beginners to more advanced classes. We teach clear sequential sequences of asanas that build up the foundation of the body with the innovative approach emphasising precision and alignment, planned sequencing, timing and the use of props.

Achieve relaxation and therapy with the poses and stretches that are part of the practise of Yoga. A wonderful holistic health technique for young and old.

Our teachers are trained extensively through the accreditation of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia and after passing and gaining the BKS certification mark, which is respected worldwide, they maintain a regular practice of asana and pranayama and regularly visit our yoga home, the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India.

The Iyengar approach to yoga is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga expounded by Patanjali in his classic treatise, The Yoga Sutras, written over 2,500 years ago. It is a disciplined and deeply researched system developed over 80 years by Yogacharya BKS Iyengar, who practised daily – exploring, studying, writing and teaching about yoga.

Our Guruji passed away peacefully in August 2014, he was practising right up to 2 weeks prior to his departure at the age of 95. Now the institute is under the guidance of Guruji’s daughter, Geeta Iyengar and son, Prashant Iyengar and Guruji’s good work are now being spread all over the world by his teachers.

About Simon Marrocco

Simon Marrocco is the founder/director of the St. Kilda Iyengar Yoga School in Melbourne, since September 1989. The first time he met Guruji, it had such a profound impact on his yoga journey…

Guruji had come to Australia for the second time in 1992, there was a Teachers Convention in Sydney, I was a little late and rushing to the event. I ran in to get into this lift, to my surprise Guruji and 2 of his Indian students also got in at the same time. It was a small lift and I was forced immediately to stand very close and up front of Guruji. He gave me a smile but it was a very intense 10 seconds of my life. I was blessed on that day, I see it as a symbolic lesson in Tadasana.

India has become Simon’s second home going nearly every year to study with the Iyengar family. Simon attended Guruji’s 75th birthday Intensive in Panchagani India in 1993 and 1996 and both Pranayama Intensives with Guruji in Pune in February 1995 and 1996 as well as the Rishikiesh Intensive’s with Guruji. He has attended many other conventions with Guruji & Geeta.

Simon has served for many years on the BKS Iyengar Yoga Australian Association Certification Committee and has trained many teachers over the years through his teacher training programs. He has taught in major countries around the world. In 1995 he decided to purchase land up in the northern rivers of NSW in the Tweed Valley, where he opened his Iyengar Yoga Retreat Centre ‘Yoga Gurukul’.