Cardiovascular work is very important

Cardiovascular work is very important. But many people have it the wrong way. Cardiovascular health is when the blood flows and circulates very easily but the heart hardly has to beat. Many people, especially in Australia, shorten and abbreviate words and by calling ‘cardiovascular exercise’ simply ‘cardio’ this puts the emphasis in the wrong place. The emphasis should be on …

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Preparations and pre-requisites for headstand

In traditional yoga teaching you could only progress to a more advanced posture after you had satisfactorily demonstrated to your teacher that you could do the postures that have come before it. This guarantees that the new more advanced posture can be performed safely. To be adequately prepared for the Headstand (Sirsasana) you have to have first mastered  the ‘Shoulderstand posture’ (Salamba …

What to do Before, During and After a Yoga Practice

This blog is based on  a video  interview I did with my dear friend and film maker Erick Joseph at the Bali Spirit Festival last year. You can also read the article i wrote about it recently. “There are certain things we should all be doing before, during and after our yoga practice on a physical (anatomical), energetic (physiological) and emotional level. …

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 …

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 …

Treating knee problems with yoga therapy

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 …