Online Course for Yoga Teachers & Students

Yoga Therapy:

Therapeutic Applications of Posture, Movement and Breathing

make the yoga you teach safer and more effective
Deepen your knowledge of how to manage injuries and health conditions
help your students to feel safe in your classes
increase your student retention rate

Is this Course for You?

  • Would you like to learn how to use yoga to assist in healing ailments and managing conditions?
  • Are you interested in how traditional yoga, modern exercise and physiotherapy can be brought together?
  • Are you experiencing persistent problems and not finding ways to alleviate them?
  • Would you like to learn more about how your body works?
  • Do you have chronic pain?

Deepen your knowledge with our continuous education about how yoga can help heal injuries and health conditions, and how to apply the principles of yoga therapy to help yourself and your students.

"It was only when Simon’s teachings started to sink in that I realised how little I knew about the human body, and that yoga can make conditions worse if you apply it unintelligently."David Cunningham (The Yoga Shala, Ocean Fitness, Galway Ireland)

What others say

Yoga Therapy

Nicoline Breedt

Such a great course! Very informative and engaging. I love the way how Simon invites students to participate whenever he explains something in order to put his words into action. It was truly a joyful learning experience. Simon offers effective delivery methods for each problem or case study and teaches all therapists and teachers to remain humble and positive. I am overall satisfied with the course and would highly recommend it!


Good morning Simon and Bianca, I am currently up to week 7 in the online Yoga Therapy course. I feel so grateful to you both for offering me the opportunity to complete this learning. It has been direction changing for me. I am very new to being a yoga teacher and feel so fortunate to be being empowered with this knowledge at such an earlier stage of my Yoga journey. After attending many Yoga classes and feeling confused and often concerned about  poses being offered ( especially in beginners classes ), its similar to a door being opened and finding a whole new wing of a building to explore. The course make so much sense to me, connects with what I feel instinctively, is engaging and has given me so much more in depth knowledge and confidence. Being able to complete online is great for me to fit in with a full family life but I still feel so connected. I love Simons teaching style. Its expert, heart felt, gentle and generous and I often am at the computer having light bulb moments and/or shaking with laughter. I love sitting at the dinner table, sharing what I have learned that day with my family starting with " Simon says" Thank you very much for your kindness and generosity. Sending you many warm wishes


After 18 years of consistent asana practice, with no little or no medical or anatomical background, I now feel like I've been fumbling around in the dark. BUT, when I discovered the online availability of Simon and Bianca's work, every single aspect of my practice found a stronger foundation; the physical (I'm safer), the philosophical (so much more of the mysterious Sanskrit makes sense) and the meditative (I'm calmer and more focussed). It is truly summed up in their own 'mission statement' (Yoga for the modern body). I'd like to extend this review to include all of the download products that I'm enjoying, and not only the therapy course. If you care about not damaging yourself or, if applicable, your students, then you really will not regret investing the time and money into this work. It's also important that we are supported well when necessary, (in the world of I.T.) and to know that you're a real student / customer and not just another sale. On that I would add that every time I've had reason to contact them, they've listened and helped so, these days that's not too far from being at the feet of your guru I guess. Highly recommend this course, it's well structured, clear and very well indexed for future reference. If nothing else, Simon's injury list alone, will help you practice and teach with caution!

Stephane R

Deep and thorough knowledge of all disciplines relevant to yoga, decades of practice at a very high level and an incredible generosity towards students of all levels. No calculation, political correctness or other superficiality here; this is the essence of yoga taught with joy and with an open heart. Highest respect and gratitude.

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from the Yoga Therapy: Therapeutic Applications of Posture, Movement and Breathing Online Course

28 mins - Exercises for lower back pain


About the course

You will have access to the online course for 6 months in total. Including:

  • You will learn to make the yoga you teach safer and more effective.
  • Over 40 hours of Video Lectures (total 6.1gb in downloads)
  • Downloadable course videos and notes
  • Final exam
  • Certificate of Completion

Why study Yoga Therapy?

Many people practice exercises way beyond their understanding and physical capability, which is why it is so easy to get injured. If you're a yoga teacher and would like to deal with your students’ ailments and conditions safely and effectively, first you have to understand the anatomy and physiology of your own body. Once you have understood how to manage your own ailments and injuries, it's then much easier to start giving advice to other people.

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AUD $487

What does this course aim to provide?

The intention of the course is to make yoga practitioners and teachers safer and more knowledgeable in relation to the human body however, at the completion of the course you are not qualified to practice as a "Yoga Therapist".

We highly recommend that all yoga teachers and practitioners refer to qualified health and medical professionals for diagnosis of any conditions before applying any of the principles outlined in this course.

Yoga Synergy takes no responsibility for the individual’s interpretation of the material taught.


Weekly Topics You Will Cover

WEEK 1: Introduction; and Principles of Therapy (1)

Video 1: Important Stages of Therapy - Overview
Video 2: Important Stages of Therapy - Pre-treatment assessment
Video 3: Important Stages of Therapy - Physical observation
Video 4: General principles of therapy
Video 5: Basic Anatomy
Video 6: Stretch and reciprocal reflex in practice
Video 7: Ten ways to enhance blood flow through the body
Video 8: Nerve-tensioning movements in practice
Video 9: Anatomy of the lower limb
Video 10: Four muscle states around a joint complex

WEEK 2: Musculoskeletal problems of the Upper Limbs, Upper Back and Neck

Video 11: Anatomy of the shoulder, elbow, arm, wrist and hand
Video 12: Yoga therapy for the shoulder, elbow, arm, wrist and neck 01
Video 13: Yoga therapy for the shoulder, elbow, arm, wrist and neck 02
Video 14: Yoga therapy for the shoulder, elbow, arm, wrist and neck 3.
Video 15: Exercises for the Shoulder, elbow, wrist & neck
Video 16: How to create shoulder stability

The study of Yoga Therapy ...

fosters a greater feeling of safety and personal attention in your classes

Over the last 30 years, students have shared with us many reasons why they chose not to return to Yoga after their first class experience. This course has been designed with that in mind.

You will learn how to help your students:

  • Feel safe in the class
  • Feel that their conditions are being considered and/or noticed
  • Approach the class so they don't overdo it or feel too sore afterwards to return
  • Feel assured that you have a thorough understanding of their body and their personal limitations
  • Please note this course does not qualify you to be a "Yoga Therapist"

About Us

Simon Borg-Olivier & Bianca Machliss

Hi I'm Simon Borg Olivier and this is Bianca Machliss, Co-directors of Yoga Synergy and Yoga teachers for over 35 years.

I’ve been treating people’s injuries and conditions as a registered physiotherapist for 30 years and practicing yoga for 45 years.

I have the experience and know-how to bring modern physiotherapy and traditional yoga together to help you with the conditions that have continued to plague you. And I can also teach you how to help your clients and students with their conditions.

Myself and Bianca Machliss have developed this unique course. After an introduction to the principles of diagnosis and therapy, you will be expertly guided through simple approaches and therapeutic sequences of posture, movement and breathing that can help to improve physical problems and energetic conditions of the body.

Throughout the course you will also see me assess and treat many real life cases with yoga therapy. Bianca and I are both qualified, exercise-based physio (physical) therapists who are also experienced and advanced yoga practitioners and teachers.

Hope you enjoy the course! Simon Simon Borg-Olivier MScBAppSc(Physiotherapy)APAM and Bianca Machliss BScBAppSc(Physiotherapy)

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Become a safer, more skilled Yoga teacher

  • Highly Qualified & Experienced teachers

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

  • Certification

    Study at your own pace. Receive a certificate of successful completion. Please note this course does not qualify you to be a "Yoga Therapist" however it can contribute to Continuing education for Yoga Teachers

  • Fully Downloadable

    All course materials are fully downloadable to keep and you will have 12 months access to the online course.

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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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Course Two

This is a 'must do' foundational course for anyone wanting to practice or teach safe and effective yoga. This course uniquely applies the knowledge of medical anatomy and physiology to the practice of yoga.

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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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Discounts for Further Study

We offer discounts to those who study more Essential Online Courses with us.
This is our recommended progression of study, but of course you can choose whatever order you like:

1st Course

Full Price

AUD $587

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

12 week course + exams and revision

Total access period 6 months including  downloadable videos & course material

2nd Course

25% Off

AUD $440

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

12 week course + exams and revision

Total access period 6 months including downloadable videos & course materials

3rd & 4th Course

25% Off

$290.25 - $365.25

Continue your studies with Yoga Therapy: Therapeutic Applications of Posture, Movement and Breathing. or Asana Biomechanics - 84 Postures

Total access period 6 months including downloadable videos

Thank You and Namaste Bianca and Simon