Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Core Stabilisation

This is a beautiful video of Derek Ireland, who was an advanced Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practitioner and a very noble man. Derek inspired many people in this world i think. When I went for my first trip to Mysore in the 1980’s to meet with Pattabhi Jois Derek was the first person I saw practice in the old Shala. He …

Surfing Kids Yoga: Do you let your kids walk all over you?

I have two passions in my life, family and yoga. What is better than joining them together. Playing with the kids while doing your yoga practice and they get a bit of exercise yoga at the same time. The video (best is to play it large so you get music) is of our son Eric (aged 3) playing on my …

How to move your arms and shoulders easily into bound lotus postures

The following two minute video is an extract from one of our lectures from our 120 hour Online Course ‘ The Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga’ showing how you can practically use theoretical information to make your yoga practice better. Essentially the video shows you how to make it easier to for a relatively stiff person to get into …

Secrets of advanced breath-control (pranayama) with internal locks (bandha), energy-control gestures (mudra) and internal cleansing (kriya)

This is a video segment on breath-control exercises (pranayama) and in particular breath retention (kumbhaka) with internal locks (bandhas) from a workshop I was invited to teach in June 2012 in Moscow by the really amazing teachers and students of the Yoga 108 School in Moscow and Wild Yogi Magazine. Along with fellow physiotherapist and co-director of Yoga Synergy, Bianca Machliss, I …

Underwater Yoga: Fish pose (lotus) swimming

This is a short video of underwater yoga freediving of two types of fish pose (lotus) swimming by me (Simon Borg-Olivier in the black Stingray suit) and Christopher Morey (in the blue Orca Suit). The video was shot at William Truebridge’s Freediving Master Class (brilliant) at the Blue Hole Long Island Bahamas, September 2009. Thanks to Freediver Photographer Alfredo Romo …

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 …