Complete Spinal Movements Sequence by Simon Borg-Olivier

This video is an experienced demonstration of a complete fifteen minute Yoga Synergy spinal sequence practice. This sequence can be practiced at the beginner or the intermediate level.

Image – Simon Borg-Olivier. Padmasana in a Clovelly Cliff Storm, by Stuart Fell

In the next few blogs we will be presenting a series of short videos that break down and explain this sequence in order help to understand its anatomical (physical) and physiological (energetic) effects. Once the applied anatomy and physiology of a sequence are understood it is then possible to maximise physical benefits such as strength and flexibility, and more physiological benefits such as circulation, energy, nervous system control, internal organ function and healing powers.

This is a video of a Yoga Synergy Spinal Movements sequence that forms part of a series of videos and live courses taught by physiotherapist and Director of Yoga Synergy throughout the world as well as part online courses at RMIT University ( and Yoga Synergy (Yoga Fundamentals and Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga) This video was one of a series filmed by David Samulenok of RMIT University.


Hear Simon discuss this sequence in detail. View Parts 1-28 here.

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  2. Wow. The idea of awakening your spine is not that new, but Simon’s way of doing works better than any other yoga or related discipline I’ve ever tried. Instructors trained in the Iyengan tradition often provide detailed asana instruction. Those rare instructors, like Simon, with diverse and deep experience in several of the the world’s body technologies such as T’ai Chi and Physiotherapy give particularly valuable instructions. In my opinion Simon’s teaching are a potent and valuable confluence of traditions that stand out from the other asana based Yoga schools of the world like a rare jewel.

  3. Cham – I never took a class. I had a friend who took one. He taguht me a little bit. And, I read “Yoga, Youth and Reincarnation” by Jesse Stern (sp?) which had a little instruction it.The flexibility thing is over rated, I believe. I played basketball in high school and couldn’t touch my toes. Never pulled or strained a muscle or had any sort of injury related to flexibility or the lack of it. Too much flexibility in the shoulders increases the likelihood of a shoulder separation.

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    Hi Angel – i agree re flexibility being overrated and i agree it is not good to get to ‘flexible’ in the ball and socket joint of the shoulder but it is really important to move the shoulder blades

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