Secrets of the ‘Downward Facing Dog’

This short video is part of a class I am about to upload to our Synergy class membership site. Bianca Machliss and I are regularly uploading both instructional and flow-through classes – Please see our Online class pass for details. I received the following QUESTION: “I am confused about how to do ‘Downward-facing dog posture’. In Ashtanga Vinyasa we are …

Can you inhale 1 minute then exhale for 1 minute?

“It is only if you can somehow reduce your resting minute ventilation to less that one full breath per minute (or ideally one full breath every two or more minutes) that the benefits of this type of practice really begin to show up.” Simon Borg-Olivier. My regular morning breath-control sequence for the last few years is to very slowly breathe …

Simon in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Join Simon at a series of workshops in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in March. Find out more Workshop Schedule 2nd March, Monday 11.30-14.30 ‘Active Movements From Your Core: How to get into a Posture’ Bodytree Studio, Al Manhal, Abu Dhabi People often think of ‘core’ work in yoga as the hardening of the abdomen, whereas in fact it is more …

Yoga in the Modern World

Yoga in the modern world with Simon Borg-Olivier from Yoga Synergy on Vimeo.  For me, true ‘Yoga’, is a way of recognising we are all connected as one, within ourselves, and between each other. Yoga reflects and resonates with a way of feeling content with how we are, with where we are, and with who we are, throughout our lives, …

Yoga Therapy for Hip Problems

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-50181155 The link above is an article from the BBC that is reporting a high incidence of hip injuries in many yoga practitioners and teachers. Our Synergy Teacher and Journalist in the UK, Eva Kincsei has written the following after reading this article … “Simply contorting your body into fancy postures does not give you yoga. Especially, if your yoga …

The key aspects of the meditative state

This is one of my favourite postures to practice on the beach. My legs are in the lotus posture so it’s quite hard to balance on the knees alone. But in the sand it can sometimes make it a bit easier. On the hard ground I mostly have to move my knees back and forth to stay balanced. Here on …

Simple Spinal Movements for Health and Wellbeing

* Appropriate movement can regulate breathing and enhanced circulation with profound calmness. * These simple combined spinal movements create synchronised patterns of expansion and contraction within the body that regulates your breathing provided you are relaxed. * If you simply allow the air to come in and out as you move through these 4 main linked positions you will notice …

8 SAFE, ACCESSIBLE & EFFECTIVE, TRUNK MOVEMENTS

Here are 8 SAFE, ACCESSIBLE & EFFECTIVE, TRUNK MOVEMENTS. This SPINAL SYNERGY is what we use as the basis for all our posture, movement and breathing. Please try and practice this. It can really help almost everyone on so many levels. Here are some instructions. (1) REST & RELAX THE TRUNK (2) LENGTHEN THE TRUNK/SPINE (3) LENGTHEN THE BACK TRUNK/SPINE …