KYC, whose owner-director is Ron Felix, started offering ongoing daily yoga classes here in the spring of 1991. Now 24+ years later we are still here as seasoned veterans, but with the same two decades old mission of teaching students about yoga, a 5,000 year old eight-limbed philosophical system designed to improve physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
After receiving a master’s degree in Wellness (M.P.H.) from U.T. in 1988, Ron accepted a job in Key West as the health director at a European style resort & health spa. It was here he became a regular practitioner of Bikram’s style hatha yoga. When he moved back here two years later his teacher encouraged him to teach it.
After a year of teaching, and wanting more understanding and knowledge of yoga, Ron went to a week long teachers training in the Iyengar method in Miami, Florida. The Iyengar method is known for its quality of instruction and for teaching correct movement and proper alignment. There Ron experienced a thoroughness to what was being taught, as well as how it was taught, that convinced him he wanted to study more Iyengar yoga. Since then, he has participated in 50+ workshops and/or teachers trainings and has studied with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced teachers in the Iyengar tradition. Ron has now been teaching in Knoxville for 24+ years and is registered with Yoga Alliance as both an RYT and an E-RYT, at the 500 hour level.
Ron is joined in his teaching by Jeannie Lane who has now been teaching at KYC since 2005. What started as a hobby for her is now an integral part of her life. Since the 80’s she has been teaching a variety of fitness classes in Knoxville, always incorporating yoga into the warm ups and cool downs. Yoga instruction became her main focus in 1998 when she realized the total health benefits of her own practice. She originally became certified to teach yoga through the American Aerobic Association International / International Sports Medicine Association. In 2000, seeing the need to improve her yoga teaching skills, better understand correct movement and proper alignment and provide instruction for the use of supportive props, she became a dedicated student of the Iyengar method of yoga. Since then she has participated in over 18 weekend intensive workshops with noted names in the Iyengar tradition including George Purvis, Dean Lerner, Laurie Blakeney and Jan Campbell. She now has been teaching at KYC for over 7 years.
All of KYC’s classes are based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar
Here is what you can expect:
- Beginner’s get to start at the beginning.
- You’ll be taken step by step in learning the poses. It’s a safe orderly, systematic progression which is why it’s taught in series.
- A supportive environment that is respectful to all students.
- A highly developed teaching format which includes the precise use of language, demonstrations, teaching of specific points of action in a pose, individual correction and adjustments.
- Props such as blocks, blankets and straps will be used to attain ideal alignment and to adjust for individual differences.
Benefits of yoga:
- Increased strength, flexibility, and endurance.
- Improved balance and concentration.
- Stress reduction and more inward awareness.
- Greater sense of well-being.
- Harmony of mind, body and emotions to help you face the turmoil’s of life.