A Yoga Synergy Online Course

Advanced Yoga Fundamentals

Blending the science of physiotherapy and traditional yoga.

WHO can safely perform a pose (with modifications, precautions, and contraindications)
deepen both your yoga practice and your teaching
gain an in-depth knowledge of yoga postures and pranayama
Expert Instructors
Gain CEP Points with Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia
Highly Acclaimed


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Advanced Yoga Fundamentals: Essentials for teaching Yoga

This is a must-do course for anyone who wants to become a yoga teacher and/or deepen their yoga practice. Between them, Bianca Machliss and Simon Borg-Olivier have practised and studied yoga for over half a century. This thirteen week online course will ground you in the fundamentals of yoga.


  • WHAT each pose entails including internal actions usually undetected visually
  • WHERE to focus activity in the body to reach the desired outcome of the pose
  • WHEN a pose is best performed in the sequence/when the body is ready for more challenge
  • WHY the pose affects movement of energy and information in the body’s deep pathways
  • HOW the body can achieve the greatest benefit from each pose through tips and mindsets
  • 120 hours online & 60 Continuing Education Points (CEP) credited with Yoga Australia
  • Expert instruction from qualified physiotherapists and experienced yoga teachers, Simon Borg-Olivier & Bianca Machliss
  • Based on the award winning RMIT university course.

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Weekly Topics You Will Cover

Topic 1: The history and philosophy of yoga
Session 1.1: The purpose of yoga
Session 1.2: The history of yoga
Session 1.3: The philosophy of yoga

Topic 2: Basic applied anatomy and physiology of yoga
Session 2.1: Bones, joints and muscles
Session 2.2: Regulation and control of the body
Session 2.3: Circulation and breathing
Session 2.4: What you need to know in order to safely and effectively execute a physical yoga exercise

Topic 3: Physical yoga practice: introductory and finishing sequences
Session 3.1: The nerve-lengthening sequence
Session 3.2: the pure spinal movement sequence
Session 3.3: The salute-to-the-sun sequence
Session 3.4: The salute-to-the-moon sequence
Session 3.5: The seated finishing floor sequence

Topic 4: Physical yoga practice: Standing sequence part A
Session 4.1: The triangle sequence
Session 4.2: The side-spine lengthening sequence

Topic 5: Physical yoga practice: Standing sequence part B
Session 5.1: The elephant sequence
Session 5.2: The standing one-sided forward-bending sequence

Why study with us?

Yoga Synergy offers the most comprehensive Yoga Education and Training in Australia. We provide the support and flexibility you need to learn.


Not just in body and mind - study anywhere, anytime. All of our courses are accessible 24/7 on your PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet.


Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss are experienced yoga practitioners and physiotherapists and have been training teachers for over 20 years.


Our excellent support team is here to help you get the most out of your studies. Contact us whenever you have a question.

  • Highly Qualified teachers

    The course is explained simply and practically by experienced yoga teachers and physiotherapists, Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss.

  • Certification

    Study at your own pace. Receive a certificate of successful completion

  • Earn CEP

    This course is a minimum 24 hours online and worth 24 Continuing Education Points (CEP) credited with Yoga Alliance, 12 CEP with Yoga Australia.

What others say

Advanced Yoga Fundamentals: Essentials for teaching Yoga

David Cunningham

I’ve been studying with Simon & Bianca in person and online since 2011. I have done all their online courses and participated in many of their workshops. Before that, I’d been trained as an Ashtanga teacher and suffered several self inflicted injuries. It was only when Yoga Synergies teachings started to sink in that I realized how little I know about the human body, and that yoga can make conditions worse if you apply it unintelligently. Simon is a biologist, physiotherapist and yoga teacher and his knowledge about the human anatomy and physiology, and his insight about how traditional yoga and modern western physiotherapy can be brought together is so unique and profound that I have retrained with him as a Yoga Synergy teacher and I also taught 25 Yoga teachers how to teach with respect and understanding of the Yoga Synergy style. This Yoga Therapy course is one of the most helpful courses I have ever done in Yoga and it informed not only myself but also my students and teacher trainees to a level where I am confident that our teachings will be safe effective and importantly promote a confidence in both the teachers and the students to promote health in addition to managing pain and conditions that present in class. I insist that all teachers at our studios have completed the Yoga Synergy online courses and actively encourage anyone with a strong interest in Yoga to take this course.

John Butler

It all started in 2017 for me after watching a video on YouTube with Simon, see link below: https://youtu.be/q0wfA3GYo58 This inspired me at the age 45 to begin my yoga practice, I saw something in Simons movement that I found impressive, from my past as a martial artist I saw some elements that reminded me of this, intertwined with flowing moves I had never seen before, and I saw in Simon the movement and grace that I aspired to be. From my time is martial arts I had naturally formed my own type of flowing moves from the various arts I had studied but I didn’t have the Yoga Asanas, vinyasa and flexibility that was demonstrated in Simons videos. Soon after I began my journey with some online yoga synergy videos, and then more recently decided to take the Yoga Advanced Fundamentals course. It wasn’t long before I realised that yoga is far more than stretching and fancy moves, and realized that I didn’t need be the most flexible person in the world. I could just happy being who I was and be happy with what I have. Even though I still strive for improvement within myself I do not have to compare myself with anyone else. I initially found studying hard but after the first week I gained momentum and started to enjoy every minute, every bit of reading work and every Asana and sequence, I looked forward to studying every day, it was never a chore. I was quite sad when it came to the end, Simon and Bianca are great teachers and explain things really well. The last few weeks of my course were during the start of the world wide Coronavirus epidemic and I found great comfort in the course at this time as it helped me to focus, stay calm and at times to meditate. I would highly recommend you take this course if you want to deepen your understanding of yoga. I look forward to building on what I have learnt so far, progressing and becoming a better version of myself every day. I also would love to meet Simon and Bianca in real life and take part in a class. 5-star rating from me. John Butler.

About the Teachers

  • Bianca Machliss BSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy) is a co-founder and owner of Yoga Synergy and has over 27 years experience teaching yoga, managing a studio and creating a community. She is a registered physiotherapist, research scientist and ACHPER graduate. Read more about Bianca
  • Simon Borg-Olivier MSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy) is a co-founder and owner of Yoga Synergy. Simon has been teaching yoga since 1982. He is a registered physiotherapist, research scientist and a university lecturer. He teaches classes and workshops in Australia and around the world. Read more about Simon

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Study at your own pace with 6 months access including downloadable course material


Discounts for Further Study

We offer discounts to those who study more Essential Online Courses with us.
This is our recommended progression of study, but of course you can choose whatever order you like:

1st Course

Full Price

AUD $587

We highly recommend you start with 'Advanced Yoga Fundamentals: Essentials for Teaching Yoga'

12 week course + exams and revision

Total access period 12 months including  downloadable videos &b course material

2nd Course

25% Off

AUD $440

We recommend studying Applied Anatomy and Physiology (AP) of Yoga as your second course.

12 week course + exams and revision

Total access period 12 months including downloadable videos & course materials

3rd & 4th Course

25% Off

$290.25 - $365.25

Continue your studies with Yoga Therapy: Therapeutic Applications of Posture, Movement and Breathing. or Asana Biomechanics - 84 Postures

Total access period 12 months including downloadable videos

"I insist that all teachers at our studios have completed the Yoga Synergy online courses and actively encourage anyone with a strong interest in Yoga to take this course"David Cunningham, The Yoga Shala, Ocean Fitness, Galway Ireland

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