How to slow the heart from 88 beats to 32 beat per minute in 45 seconds

How to slow the heart from 88 beats to 32 beat per minute in 45 seconds

This video was shot in the Bahamas in October 2009 at William Truebridge’s Freediving Masterclass where I had the honour of being invited to teach these amazing elite athletes yogic techniques of how to be relaxed in stressful situations. The video shows me using breath-control techniques (pranayama) to slow my heart beat from 88 to 32 beats per minute in …

Ancient secrets of the breath

In this short video I am talking about pranayama and what I learnt from traditional yoga teachings and also from western medical science.

Regulate your breath to control body and mind

    The ultimate state of pranayama (yogic breath-control) and meditation is a state where breathing is reduced as much as possible without force. However this is a process that can for most people take a life time. In order to work towards the mastery of yoga it is sometimes useful to breathe more than normal (hyperventilation) but eventually the …

Zen Hua Yang: Taoist Yoga Master

by Simon Borg-Olivier Master Zhen Hua Yang has been my main yoga teacher since 2006. After practicing yoga for more than 40 years and teaching for 30 years Master Yang has helped me make a fresh beginning to my practice that has resolved many of the physical and physiological challenges that my previous practice was unable to resolve. He has …

Creating happiness with yoga

Creating happiness with yoga By Simon Borg-Olivier MScBAppSc(Physiotherapy) Course Coordinator / Lecturer Master of Wellness Degree, RMIT University, Melbourne; Director Yoga Synergy, Sydney & Bianca Machliss BScBAppSc(Physiotherapy) Director Yoga Synergy, Sydney Yoga can be thought of as the art of creating happiness for yourself and those around you. Yoga has physical and non-physical aspects. All physical exercise, including posture, movement …

Traditional Australian Yoga of the 1980’s: a light-hearted look

Our last few posts have been a little on the serious side so this one is a little more light-hearted… This is classic australian yoga of the 1980’s – well sort of – there is a series of handstands and a spinning headstand and Humphrey B Bear doing hanumanasana (the splits). But best of all is the classic Humphrey B …

Pranayama at its highest level in the practical sense: William Truebridge’s world record free dive to 124 metres with only one breath

by Simon Borg-Olivier A few days ago my inspirational friend, amazing freediver and inspirational yogi William Trubridge has just broken his own world record twice in two days by diving down 124 metres and coming back up with just one breath. This article describes the event and lets you hear from William himself. You can see two short videos of this below. In the …