Yoga, Injury and Therapy – Interview with Simon Borg-Olivier

My friend, Francesca d’Enrico, has just published an article after interviewing me on the subject of Yoga and Injuries, and therapy in general. It is translated to Italian but the original english is at the end… Here I am again on Yoga and Injuries, this time talking with one of the world’s top Yoga Teacher and Therapist: Simon Borg-Olivier. Simon …

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 …

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 …

Principles of Yoga Therapy: Practical Therapeutic Applications of Yoga

How does the practical application of some physiology and anatomy theory can make a difference in your yoga practice? Below we have presented  some ’quickies’ on how to make not just your yoga practice but your daily exercises more intelligent, more effective and safer. Then we have some of the basic principles of Yoga Therapy that have been adapted from …

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Is it Correct to ‘Pull the Navel towards the Spine’? Answer: Yes and No!

Many people in the world of yoga, Pilates and fitness tell their clients and students to do something like ‘pull the navel to the spine’. If you google this expression you find articles that give a flurry of controversy on whether on not it is a good idea to ‘pull the navel to the spine’.   In this video, exercise-based physiotherapist …

Spinal Movements Sequence (Part 16): Vinyasa – balancing forward bending with backward bending

This video is Part 16 of a YogaSynergy Spinal Movements Sequence taught by physiotherapist and Director of Yoga Synergy, Simon Borg-Olivier, which he teaches in person in courses throughout the world as well as Online in courses at RMIT University  and Online in courses at YogaSynergy called Yoga Fundamentals and Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga. Video Transcript: Each extension movement is followed by a flexion movement of the spine. …

Pranayama at its highest level in the practical sense: William Truebridge’s world record free dive to 124 metres with only one breath

by Simon Borg-Olivier A few days ago my inspirational friend, amazing freediver and inspirational yogi William Trubridge has just broken his own world record twice in two days by diving down 124 metres and coming back up with just one breath. This article describes the event and lets you hear from William himself. You can see two short videos of this below. In the …