Ten things to do that can improve your life

Here are ten great reminders for the day that have been shown to have a positive effect on your life. This is inspired by an article by Eric Barker but I have adapted it to be more inclusive of Yoga practitioners. 1. Get out in nature – bare feet on the earth if best and in the water if you …

Kundalini, Chakras, Prana and Two Real Intertwining Snakes

by Simon Borg-Olivier In this blog I want to discuss some points about Kundalini energy and Chakras. Much of the information available on the subject of Kundalini is esoteric and so not easy to justify with rational conventional science. I think the best explanation of the science of kundalini comes from Jana Dixon and her excellent book ‘The Biology of Kundalini”. …

The Sad Passing of Guruji Sri BKS Iyengar

 By Simon Borg-Olivier, 20th August 2014 Today was the passing of our beloved Guruji. For those of us who were privileged enough to have met him and study under his guidance it is a sad day. We send our love to him and his beautiful family, especially to his two children Geetaji and Prashantji from whom we have also learnt so much. I …

How to Practice Any Yoga Style and What Makes a Good Teacher

by Simon Borg-Olivier MScBAppSc(Physiotherapy) I am constantly being asked during workshops and after classes what my opinion is about different yoga styles. I do not want to speak against any style of yoga because, with the right principles, all yoga can be performed in a safe and effective way that will help you both physiologically and anatomically. A yoga practiced …

Niyamas – Sauca, Santosha, Tapas, Svādhyāya, Ishvara Pranidhana

NIYAMAS by Claudia Blaxell Once we begin practising yama, we can strengthen these behavioural restraints with five specific actions that constitute the second limb of yoga, niyama. In niyama, Patañjali gives us tools to help us refine ourselves, so we can live more happily and wisely. Sauca means purity. You are practising sauca if you have pure food, pure intentions …

Yamas – Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Bramacharya, Aparigraha

YAMA by Claudia Blaxell Yama, the first limb of yoga, is a code of behaviour designed to build moral conduct. In the Yoga Sutras Patañjali names five actions that must be restrained if we wish to act for the right ends. These restraints are the yamas, and they are as relevant today (if not more) as they were to humans …

Patañjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga

   The Eight Limbs of Yoga  by Claudia Blaxell There is no better place to discover the wisdom of the body-mind connection than on our yoga mats, where the physical postures or āsanas we do cultivate strength, flexibility and vibrant health, as well as an awareness of the psychological effects of the practice. However, yoga entails much more than stretching, …

The Sad Passing of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Posted on our facebook site by Simon Borg-Olivier on May 20, 2009 at 6:59am In case you had not heard two days ago Sri K. Pattabhi Jois passed away. He was such an great man and has such influence on most people doing some sort of hatha yoga in the world today. Certainly the Yoga Synergy Style was profoundly influenced by …

Anatomy of Yoga

Read the article below for a simple to understand article by Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss written for Well Being Magazine on The Anatomy of Yoga. It explains the four main things you can do in a yoga pose around the nine main joint complexes in the body. This concept is elaborated in the YogaSynergy Text Book ‘Applied Anatomy and Physiology of …

Hatha Yoga Stretching and Muscle Strengthening Exercise

A Guide for Physiotherapists by Simon Borg-Olivier & Bianca Machliss (A paper Presented at “The Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference for Alternative Therapies”, at Byron Bay, Australia July 1997) Introduction Yoga has a recorded history of at least five thousand years (Feuerstein, 1996). Hatha yoga involves the physical aspect of this ancient Indian science. Some of the elements of Hatha yoga …