A Yoga Synergy Online Course

Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga

Enhance your yoga practice, improve your yoga teaching.
A must-do course for anyone interested in yoga!

Learn to avoid injury in your practice or that of your students
Become proficient in your knowledge of the anatomy of the body
Understand the effects of exercise on all the systems of the body
Expert Instructors – Highly Acclaimed
Gain CEP Points – Study over 13 or 26 weeks

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About the course

Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga Online provides yoga teachers and students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the basic workings of the body while practicing asanas (static postures), vinyasas (dynamic exercises) and pranayamas (breathing exercises) of Hatha yoga.

Learn how to safely increase strength and flexibility whilst minimising the risks of injury due to unsafe practice.

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$597

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Weekly Topics You Will Cover

WEEK 1:

Introduction to the applied anatomy and physiology of yoga

Topic 1.1: The purpose of yoga

Topic 1.2: Introduction to functional musculoskeletal anatomy
Includes how to simplify 250 joints of the body to 9 joint complexes and how to simplify 650 muscles to 20 muscle group pairs.

Topic 1.3: Introduction to the functional anatomy and physiology of the nervous system
Includes how to use your nerves to develop length, strength and relaxation in your muscles without stress, strain or pain.

Topic 1.4: Stretching, strengthening and relaxation and the relationship between them
Includes how to create 18 bandhas throughout the body that can stabilise your joints and move energy and information. through your body

Week 2: Applied functional anatomy of the upper limb (A)

Topic 2.1: Applied functional anatomy of the shoulder joint complex (Amsa Bandha)
Includes how to use your shoulder during yoga and exercise to develop core strength as well as nourish your trunk, neck, heart and lungs.

Week 3: Applied functional anatomy of the upper limb (B)

Topic 3.1: Applied functional anatomy of the elbow joint complex (Kurpara Bandha)
Includes how to control and strengthen your your elbows during yoga and exercise and use them to stabilise and strengthen your wrists and shoulders.

Topic 3.2: Applied functional anatomy of the wrist joint complex (Mani Bandha)
Includes how to strengthen your arms during yoga and exercise and use them to manipulate your spine.

Week 4: Applied functional anatomy of the lower limb (A)
Topic 4.1: Applied functional anatomy of the hip joint complex (Kati Bandha)
Includes how to use your hips during yoga and exercise to develop core strength as well as nourish your trunk, digestive organs and reproductive system.

WEEK 5:

Applied functional anatomy of the lower limb (B)
Topic 5.1: Applied functional anatomy of the knee joint complex (Janu Bandha)
Includes how to keep your knees safe during yoga and exercise and how to recover after knee injuries.

Week 6: Applied functional anatomy of the lower limb (C)

Topic 6.1: Applied functional anatomy of the ankle joint complex (Kulpha Bandha)
Includes how to strengthen your ankles and use your legs during yoga and exercise to mobilise the spine and treat your internal organs.

Week 7: Applied functional anatomy of the spine and the torso (waist, chest, neck and head)
Topic 7.1: Applied functional anatomy of the waist joint complex (Mula Bandha)
Includes how to achieve core stabilisation without causing excessive stress and inhibiting your internal organs.

Topic 7.2: Applied functional anatomy of the chest joint complex (Uddiyana Bandha)
Includes how to use your chest and upper back to mobilise your spine, stabilise your trunk and control your heart and lungs.

Topic 7.3: Applied functional anatomy of the neck joint complex (Jalandhara Bandha)
Includes how to maintain a pain-free and stable neck while allowing a free conduit for the flow of energy and information between your brain and the rest of your body

Week 8: The effects of exercise and breathing on the cardiopulmonary system
Topic 8.1: Applied functional anatomy and physiology of the cardiopulmonary system
Topic 8.2: The effects of breath-control exercises of Indian hatha yoga and Chinese Taoist yoga on the main body systems (Pranayama)
Includes how to use breath-control to control the movement of oxygenated blood from your heart and lungs through the rest of your body effectively.

Week 9:

The effects of exercise and breathing on the nervous system

Topic 9.1: Applied functional anatomy and physiology of the nervous system

Topic 9.2: Effects of Indian hatha yoga and Chinese Taoist yoga on the nervous system, the acupuncture meridian system and the cakra-nadi-marma system
Includes how to use an understanding of your nervous system to tension (stretch) nerves and acupuncture meridians; how to direct the movement of energy and information through your body; and what you need to do to achieve blissful and nourishing states of internal silence and meditation.

Week 10: The effects of exercise and breathing on the body systems (A)

Topic 10.1: Applied functional anatomy and physiology of the digestive system

Topic 10.2: Effects of Indian hatha yoga and Chinese Taoist yoga on the digestive system
Includes yogic nutrition and how you can learn to comfortably eat less to live longer and healthier.

Topic 10.3: Applied functional anatomy and physiology of the immune system

Topic 10.4: Effects of Indian hatha yoga and Chinese Taoist yoga on the immune system
Includes how to use exercise, diet and breathing to nourish your immune system to quickly and effectively recover from injury or illness.

Topic 10.5: Applied functional anatomy and physiology of the renal system

Topic 10.6: Effects of Indian hatha yoga and Chinese Taoist yoga on the renal system
Includes how to use exercise and breathing to nourish your kidneys and harness your inner energy.

Topic 10.7: Applied functional anatomy and physiology of the male reproductive system

Topic 10.8: Effects of Indian hatha yoga and Chinese Taoist yoga on the male reproductive system
Includes how to use yoga and breath-control to nourish the male reproductive system, enhancing fertility, hormone health and sexual function.

Week 11: The effects of exercise and breathing on the body systems (B)

Topic 11.1: Applied functional anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system

Topic 11.2: Effects of Indian hatha yoga and Chinese Taoist yoga on the female reproductive system
Includes how to use exercise, diet and breathing to nourish the female reproductive system; how to approach yoga during menstruation; how to practice yoga and exercise during and after pregnancy; and how to present safe yoga to the developing child.

Topic 11.3: Applied functional anatomy and physiology of the endocrine system

Topic 11.4: Effects of Indian hatha yoga and Chinese Taoist yoga on the endocrine system and the cakra-nadi-marma system
Includes how to use exercise, diet and breathing to nourish your endocrine system; the use of mental control in the emerging field of pyscho-neuro-immunology; and the relationship between the endocrine glands, nerve plexuses and yogic chakras.

Week 12: Comparative eastern/western applied anatomy and physiology of exercise and breathing

Topic 12.1: The effects of special yoga asanas (static postures), vinyasas (dynamic exercises), pranayamas (breath-control exercises), kriyas (cleansing processes) and mudras (energy control techniques) of Indian hatha yoga and Chinese Taoist yoga on the body
Includes explanations and instructions on yogas most closely guarded secrets, the incredible abilities they can offer and the reasons why they have been kept as secret traditions for so long.

Topic 12.2: Comparison of the systems of Indian and Chinese medical science with western medical science
Includes how to benefit from a western scientific approach to traditional yoga, and how to benefit from an eastern approach to Western exercise.

Week 13: Exam
Topic 13.1: Course revision
Topic 13.2: End of course multiple choice exam

Ebook Included

When you enrol in the Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga Online Course you will be able to download your copy of our Text book straight away.
Or, purchase the hard cover version at a special price discounted for students.

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Featuring detailed annotated illustrations

Why study with us?

Yoga Synergy offers the most comprehensive Yoga Education and Training in Australia. We provide the support and flexibility you need to learn.

Flexibility

Not just in body and mind – study anywhere, anytime. All of our courses are accessible 24/7 on your PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet.

Community

Connect with other students and share your progress. Each course offers a vibrant community to engage with.

Experience

Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss are experienced yoga practitioners and physiotherapists and have been training teachers for over 20 years.

Support

Our excellent support team is here to help you get the most out of your studies. Contact us whenever you have a question.

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    Highly Qualified teachers

    The course is explained simply and practically by experienced yoga teachers and physiotherapists, Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss.

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    Certification

    Study at your own pace. Receive a certificate of successful completion

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    Earn CEP

    This course is 120 hours online and worth 60 Continuing Education Points (CEP) credited with Yoga Australia.

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Study over 13 weeks ( 3 months) or 26 weeks ( 6 months)

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What others say

Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga

I’ve been studying with Simon & Bianca in person and online since 2011. I have done all their online courses and participated in many of their workshops. Before that, I’d been trained as an Ashtanga teacher and suffered several self inflicted injuries. It was only when Yoga Synergies teachings started to sink in that I realized how little I know about the human body, and that yoga can make conditions worse if you apply it unintelligently.

Simon is a biologist, physiotherapist and yoga teacher and his knowledge about the human anatomy and physiology, and his insight about how traditional yoga and modern western physiotherapy can be brought together is so unique and profound that I have retrained with him as a Yoga Synergy teacher and I also taught 25 Yoga teachers how to teach with respect and understanding of the Yoga Synergy style.

This Yoga Therapy course is one of the most helpful courses I have ever done in Yoga and it informed not only myself but also my students and teacher trainees to a level where I am confident that our teachings will be safe effective and importantly promote a confidence in both the teachers and the students to promote health in addition to managing pain and conditions that present in class. I insist that all teachers at our studios have completed the Yoga Synergy online courses and actively encourage anyone with a strong interest in Yoga to take this course.

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I got a great deal out of the course. It’s a funny thing because Simon starts and ends the course saying ‘breathe less, bend less, move slower’ and then in between there’s these incredible 12 topics packed with SO MUCH knowledge and experience. A great deal of what he demonstrates is well beyond my current physical capacity, so the wisdom for me was not in trying to copy what he was doing, but in finding my own body’s version of what he was explaining or demonstrating. It’s so easy to go too far.

In terms of time, it took me much more than 120 hours. Having said that, I watched each lecture numerous times and deliberately took my time so that I could steadily apply my learning to my practice over time.

Probably the key learning for me was developing an anatomical and physiological perspective for what I was already experiencing intuitively in my body. I think this broadens my base for understanding other peoples’ bodies better.  And of course, it deepens my awareness of my own practice.

I also noticed that with so much new information going through my brain, I was getting a bit cerebral about my practice. For example, I would be thinking about the protraction/depression/rotation of my shoulders rather than just feeling them and my breath and working from there. I guess this is part of the ongoing challenge with my practice – to embrace new knowledge but to always let my practice grow from within.

In summary, I would absolutely recommend the course. And I have, to those who have asked me about it.

I very much enjoyed Bianca’s involvement. Since I have this opportunity, I want to say how much I enjoyed your lecture on the female reproductive system. You bring a different energy and with all respect to Simon (who did an incredible job), I think the course as a whole could be strengthened with more of you on screen.

So thank you very much to you all. The course interface was user-friendly and the content itself was a beautiful and deepening complement to the current yoga apprenticeship I am undertaking.

With gratitude.

How our Pricing Works

Basically we offer discounts to those who study a second and third course with us. All our courses can be done over 12 weeks (3 months) or 26 weeks (6 months) period, price adjusted accordingly. This is our recommended progression of study, but of course you can choose whatever order you like:

Course 1

Your first online course is full price 

We highly recommend you start with ‘Advanced Yoga Fundamentals: Essentials for Teaching Yoga’

 

12 week (3 month) course $587
26 week (6 month) course $647

 

Course 2

25% off Your Second Course 

We recommend studying Applied Anatomy and Physiology (AP) of Yoga as your second course.

 

12 week (3 month) course approx. $440
26 week (6 month) course approx. $485
 

Course 3

$200 off Your Third Course 

Complete the trio with Yoga Therapy: Therapeutic Applications of Posture, Movement and Breathing.

 

12 week (3 month) course and 26 week (6 month) course both $387

 


More About the Teachers



  • Bianca Machliss BSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy) is a co-founder and owner of Yoga Synergy and has over 27 years experience teaching yoga, managing a studio and creating a community. She is a registered physiotherapist, research scientist and ACHPER graduate.
    Read more about Bianca
  • Simon Borg-Olivier MSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy) is a co-founder and owner of Yoga Synergy. Simon has been teaching yoga since 1982. He is a registered physiotherapist, research scientist and a university lecturer. He teaches classes and workshops in Australia and around the world.
    Read more about Simon

About our Other Online Courses


Advanced Yoga
Fundamentals: ‘Essentials for teaching Yoga’

Course One

Blending the science of physiotherapy and traditional yoga, you will gain an in-depth knowledge of yoga postures and pranayama which will deepen both your yoga practice and your teaching.
 
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Yoga Therapy: Therapeutic Applications of Posture, Movement and Breathing

Course Three

This thirteen week online course will ground you in the principles and practice of basic physical (physio) therapy and yoga therapy and how to prevent and approach many of the most common injuries.
 
Find out More or Enrol now


Thank You and Namaste
Simon and Bianca

New to Yoga Synergy?

At Yoga Synergy, we welcome every body who wants to learn about the ancient art and practice of yoga, whether you’re a novice or have practiced yoga daily for years. It’s our aim to provide everyone who walks through our doors with an inspired space in which to practice and learn. The Yoga Synergy method is accessible for every body, to help enrich your life and meet the demands of the modern day in a more present, heart-centred and vibrant way.

Our experienced team of teachers will gently guide you through detailed instruction and adjustment based on a sound knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and traditional hatha yoga. (See About Yoga Synergy for more information about the Yoga Synergy method.)

Before long you will start to notice the benefits that a regular yoga practice can bring: deeper self-awareness, enhanced physical vitality, emotional stability and mental clarity, the fundamental aim of yoga to bring union to body, mind and spirit.

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