SBO Figure8 Core Strength

An exercise: Core strength by moving from the core

The exercise I show here is really good for strengthening your abdominal muscles as well as the muscles of your arms, your legs, your neck and your trunk. If practised at your appropriate level you can help relieve pain in your lower back, your upper back and your neck. This can also be especially good for enhancing the health of …

salute to the sun moon

Revisiting the Salute to the Sun and Moon

Here is the broken down version of the ‘Salute to the Sun’ Sequence (Surya namaskars vinyasa). Each of the postures with letters in front of them are the more accessible first stage of each major posture, that should be mastered first, and then the postures with an asterix (*) in front of them are more challenging or more advanced version of the …

SBO Nauli Article

Is the ‘alien yoga’ trend really healthy? By Jo Hartley

Simon Borg-Olivier was recently interviewed by The Age newspaper for his thoughts on Nauli… “Nauli is something that real yoga practitioners tend to keep to themselves, and newer, less experienced teachers don’t learn because it’s very hard to master as it involves a very different breathing technique,” says Simon Borg-Olivier, Director of Yoga Synergy in Sydney. As far as Instagram …

Best postures for Pranayama

When you are practising seated meditation and/or breath-control exercises (pranayama) the most important thing is to be sitting in a comfortable pain-free position with a lengthened and relaxed spine and trunk. For most normal people the best way to do this is to sit up straight on a chair without leaning against the back of the chair. However, For those …

Yoga, Injury and Therapy – Interview with Simon Borg-Olivier

My friend, Francesca d’Enrico, has just published and article after interviewing me on the subject of Yoga and Injuries, and therapy in general. It is translated to Italian but the original english is at the end… Here I am again on Yoga and Injuries, this time talking with one of the world’s top Yoga Teacher and Therapist: Simon Borg-Olivier. Simon …

OM – What’s it all about?

We chant OM at the beginning and end of every class. The symbol is everywhere, and although many of you enjoy the feeling and the unity that comes from a group chanting OM together, you’re probably also wondering what its all about!! Here’s some information to help deepen your understanding and connect your heart to this ancient sacred syllable.  AUM …

Are your hamstrings okay?

Do you have a hamstring tear? Over-stretching can easily damage your hamstrings and if you keep ‘trying to stretch them out’ they can get more damaged and take years to heal. Whenever you injure the body there is an “acute phase” of the injury where there is often pain and inflammation. During this acute phase it’s very important to rest …