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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 …

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Traditional Yoga For the Modern Body

In these two short videos physiotherapist and Yoga Synergy Director Simon Borg-Olivier explains how to practice traditional yoga if you have a body that does not have natural features inherent in the bodies of traditional cultures, such as the ability to squat and sit cross legged on the floor. Differences between the traditional body and the modern Western body are …

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Don’t Lock Your Core … Move From Your Core

Be firm but calm. Move from your ‘core’. Breathe from your ‘core’. Open your ‘heart’ from your ‘core’. In this blog we discuss how to move towards advanced postures safely and effectively. More importantly, we discuss how, if you learn to move in the way described here, you don’t need to do advanced postures to get the main benefits of yoga on …

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Yoga Therapy for Knee Problems

by Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca  Machliss One of the highlights of running our Live Yoga Therapy courses is meeting people like Matthias St. John, an amazingly talented young man who came to see us to get help with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). We have developed 17 co-activation exercises that are progressively more challenging for the knee and to …

Why After Ten Years of Teaching Yoga We Became Physiotherapists

By Simon Borg-Olivier Fit, healthy and natural people move easily without the heart racing and while hardly breathing and move without sensations of  stretching or tensing muscles as they move easily during their activities. This is what defines them as fit and healthy and also is part of what allows them to feel connected physically and energetically in a state we could call ‘yoga’ (union). However, …

When it is Good to Hunch Your Shoulders Up

by Simon Borg-Olivier When you should lift your shoulder blades up as high as possible As I travel around the world I see many people in the world of exercise and yoga teach and practice that when you lift your arms up in the air you should pull the shoulder blades down (scapula depression). While there are times when you …