Getting started

Posted on our facebook site by Genevieve Godwin on February 18, 2009 at 3:14pm

I’m a bit of an outsider because I’ve only seen Simon doing a demonstration: I haven’t actually attended any classes (I live in regional NSW).
I attend a weekly Ashtunga class and do as much as my rather short hamstrings will allow.
I’d like to buy a YogaSynergy DVD to start learning that style but don’t know what sequence to get.
Any advice?

Posted on our facebook site by Simon Borg-Olivier on February 18, 2009 at 7:01pm

Hi Genevieve – any sequence is fine for you but knowing you as i do for so long i suggest getting one of the dvds i made last year which have a one hour lecture on how to practice followed by a 10 minute beginner sequence and an instructed one hour class done at a reasonable slow pace. i suggest maybe DVD entitle “Dynamic Rejuvenation and Relaxation: Beginner Instructed AIR sequence”
Best wishes and lots, Simon

Posted on our facebook site by Genevieve Godwin on february 19, 2009 at 1:55am

Many thanks – I’ll let you know how I go!

Posted on our facebook site by Genevieve Godwin on May 4, 2009 at 5:47pm

OK so now I’ve got the DVD – watched the DVD – and actually done the introductory sequence (just the first bit of the 1 hr class) a couple of times.

The good news is that it’s easier than it looks….

but I am pretty stiff and sore around the shoulders and hips now – I think I overdid the pushups.

At least I’ve made a start!!

Posted on our facebook site by Bianca Machliss on May 11, 2009 at 5:25pm

Hi Genevieve,
Glad you found the DVD easy to follow – i think if you take it slowly you will be following it all really easily in no time. Go easy on the push ups!! In classes we always give the options to either stay in plank, or kneeling plank, or…to do a kneeling push up and stay on your tummy for the simple up dog.
I always tell my students that its better to do one or two excellent push ups than lots of really sloppy ones – and build that up slowly over time and depending on how you are feeling on the day. Some days it just isnt appropriate to do many push ups, or any at all, depending on your energy level. At YogaSynergy one of the main things we try to teach our students is how to practice appropriately in response to what your body needs.
Good luck with your practice,

Posted on our facebook site by Genevieve Godwin on May 11, 2009 at 6:33pm

Thanks Bianca,

Simon’s narration is very reassuring. I’ll take it easy.

Namaste ♥

Posted on our facebook site by Slobodanka Cica Stojkovic on May 15, 2009 at 6:39pm

I have a similar question to Genevieve. I have done yoga synergy with Roman in Melbourne, and have attended two of Simon’s workshops. But I haven’t done any yoga synergy for a year, due to being pregnant and having a baby (unfortunatelly I wasn’t aware of your prenatal DVD).

I would like to get back into it, and would like to get a DVD to practise mainly at home, and once a week with Roman.
So, the question is – what sequence/DVD to get, but more importantly (excuse my ignorance), is there a particular time of the year for each sequence? How do you decide when to do each sequence?

I am planning to attend the workshop in Melbourne at the end of the month, looking forward to that.


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