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How Yoga Saved My Back

Fox TV The Mike & Juliet Show by Kathy Simonik


Watch the video about Kathy's battle with 3 back surgeries and how yoga
and holistic medicine and yoga helped her prevent a 4th and 5th back and neck surgery.





Naprapathic Interview on Fox Morning Show and in Prevention Magazine

Date: 07.08.2009

Categories: Interview on Fox

New starting in January: Yoga paired with Rebounding. Benefits include weight loss, increased lymphatic flow and immune boosting, special needs children, seniors with balance etc.

Yoga Chicago Magazine: Kathy fearured teacher profile

Date: 04.15.2003

Categories: Featured Teacher Profile

By Nikki Deasy  Photos by Anthony M. Tortoriello II

Kathy’s yoga journey began in a coffee shop. She was seeing a napropath for her back problems, but he made it clear she would need to take charge of her health with more self-care. He pointed her towards yoga and how it could help her.


Kathy was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 21. Subsequent to her diagnosis, she experienced a ruptured disc, a laminectomy, another ruptured disc three years later, epidural steroid injections, multiple rounds of traction, two sleepless years due to back pain, spondylolisthesis (condition in which a vertebra slips out of proper position onto the vertebra below it), a procedure to place rods in her spine, and a screw breaking a vertebra in half and lodging in her spinal canal with her sciatic nerve wrapped around it. Her surgeon suggested more procedures, but Kathy had reached her limit.


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Client Reviews

Dear Kathy & Jim:


I left class earlier tonight with peace in my heart and tears in my eyes. The class was just perfect...It felt so safe and serene in that room. This is what yoga is supposed to feel like! many blessings to you this day and for at least 20 years to come. You have found your special niche in the big picture and we are so lucky to be a small part of it. Congratulations! I am bursting with pride!


DM (September 2011)



Dear Jim & Kathy,


As your dreams of opening your own studio, Pulsation Yoga has become a reality, may it be to those who enter a place to find and develop their "core".


2-1/2 years ago when I first began your class, at age 75, never have taken yoga before, I suffered from severe back issues along with having several spinal injections. Now the muscles in my back have strengthened and I no longer need the injections for pain. I also had previously shrunk 2" and in the first year you taught us yoga, I regained 1". Jim and Kathy, may you and your staff have many wonderful years teaching at Pulsation Yoga.


JM  ((September 2011)



Jim and Kathy,


Thank you for letting me join your amazing yoga retreat in Sedona. It was a wonderful trip and experience, and I'm so grateful that you were willing to let me share in it. You have clearly had such a positive impact on your yoga students, based on your loyal following. I loved the yoga, meditation and the journaling. I loved the hiking and will never forget climbing up cathedral rock! Thanks again


SM (September 2012)



Hi Kathy,


Don't know how I can thank you for that wonderful private. I've followed up with a new orthopedic surgeon who really really likes what you taught me and about putting curve in my flat back, the standing cat/cows and learning to 'ignite' my leg muscles. He actually listened!
No surgery! Hope, peace and love to your family during this joyous season.


JT (December 2011)



Prevention Magazine

Date: 09.15.2007

Categories: Featured Story

Featured story in Prevention Magazine, September 2007 issue.  Aired on the Fox Morning Show Mike and Juliette show in New York August 9th. Click to read the article.


Trib Local Article

Local residents Kathy & Jim Simonik bring their 20 years of yoga experience to Lake Zurich when they opened their second studio in the Village Green shopping Center at 729 W Route 22 on Sunday, August 24th. After building their yoga community 3 years ago in Arlington Heights, they decided to expand to the Lake Zurich community.


click here to read the article from December 2016 Daily herald.


Teacher Training Review

Review from the

Hi Kathy,


Thank you for sending me my certificate! I can't being to thank you enough for so much more than a yoga teacher training course, it was my therapy, my motivation and my inspiration. Your authenticity in your delivery and passion and commitment in our training speak volumes. I am reminded of how amazing of a teacher you are not only when I am in your classes but when I visit any other yoga studio and start critiquing other "teachers". It is evident I was taught by the best on how to be a teacher not an instructor and you have made an art out of teaching people yoga and I am so grateful to have learned from you. You and your dedication to your studio do not go unnoticed and I intend on being my best for you and your continued faith in me through this process. I have learned so much from you. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!



Monica Fresas