Mobilise your spine with the Salute to the moon sequence

The ‘Salute-to-the-moon Sequence’ (Candra namaskara vinyâsa) is a very effective exercise to build arm strength while mobilising the spine and releasing your psoas muscle. *** Instructions and notes on how to execute the ‘Salute-to-the-moon Sequence’ (Candra namaskara vinyâsa): • Stand in the ‘Mountain posture’ which is also known as the ‘Standing erect posture’ (Tadâsana) • Bring the back of hands …

3 linked postures to improve strength and flexibility

3 linked postures to improve strength and flexibility of your arms, legs and core that are great at relieving back and knee pain and giving great energy. In this sequence you can see me rolling my spine and trunk in a way that strengthens my core and regulates my breath for enhanced heart rate variability for enhanced energy and internal …

8 Spinal Movements for Energy

  Move actively from your core for health, happiness and longevity. Health – means the functional well-being of your muscles and bones – strength, flexibility and fitness – as well as state of your internal organs – energy, vitality, immunity and the ability to regenerate. Happiness – means your ability to have this as your default setting. Longevity is your …

Breathing Techniques for Abdominal Self Massage with Simon Borg-Olivier

The many benefits of abdominal self-massage, going for walk or maybe even doing mayurasana: The ability to relax the abdomen and especially the sides of the abdomen reflects a very healthy regular practice of abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing. Diaphragmatic breathing directly stimulates the immune system. One of the best places to learn diaphragmatic breathing is any of the variations of …

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, …