Yoga Teachers Training Courses

Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss have been training teachers for over 20 years. Join their Yoga Teacher Training for an in-depth, practical training in the Yoga Synergy method, which integrates traditional yoga for the modern body. The Yoga Synergy method can be applied to all styles of yoga. Our Yoga Teacher Training courses offer in-depth training in Techniques of Yoga, Teaching Methodology, Anatomy and Physiology, Philosophy, Ethics, & Lifestyle, Group Practicum and Presentation Skills. Courses are currently offered in Sydney & Byron Bay, Australia and Goa, India.

Upcoming Teacher Training

Goa, India
Level 1 (200 hr) Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga Teacher Training by Yoga Synergy

Learn to teach Yoga Synergy style Yoga in beautiful Goa, India. Our teacher training centre in Anjuna, Goa is surrounded by lush gardens and situated within a peaceful coconut grove surrounded by endless paddy fields, with a gorgeous swimming pool and just 5 min taxi or 30 min walk to the nearest beach. Stay in spacious tented eco-chic lodges and fuel your studies with delightful gourmet vegetarian Indian food with a twist, inspired by ancient vedic principles and modern permaculture ideas.

February 2018 200h Goa Course Information

Sydney & Byron Bay, Australia
Level 1 (200 hr) Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga Teacher Training by Yoga Synergy

This Yoga Synergy Teacher Training course in Sydney Australia is designed to be a flexible, modular training that you may start in May, August or October 2016 and complete Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga Course and Yoga Therapy Course in 2017 or 2018.

2017 200h Sydney / Byron Bay Course Information

    Study Yoga Synergy’s comprehensive yoga method online anytime from anywhere. Deepen your Yoga practice or learn to be a better Yoga teacher.


Course Information

Our Philosophy

Yoga Synergy is a comprehensive method for practicing and teaching traditional yoga for the modern body. The practice of yoga brings awareness to the self and awakens the heart and soul of the individual. The more we practice yoga, the more we awaken and are able to guide others in this process of realizing our incredible human vitality. Practice is the key, and at Yoga Synergy we use methods to make the practice safe, responsive, dynamic, meditative and fun so that it is becomes a lifetime practice, enhancing and bringing joy to all aspects of life.

The Yoga Synergy Method

Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss, both advanced yoga practitioners, experienced teachers and physiotherapists, have spent 30 years developing a scientifically based method for practicing Yoga and for Yoga teacher training called the ‘Yoga Synergy Method’. This method offers a yoga practice that is accessible to all, easy to understand and to teach. At the same time it is a challenging practice that develops strength, flexibility, fitness, internal health and a meditative flow.

The Yoga Synergy method will:

  • increase flexibility without painful stretching
  • build strength without stressful muscle tension
  • increase circulation without increasing heart rate
  • bring more oxygen to your cells without breathing more than normal
  • bring intelligence to your cells without needing to have to think

After more than a decade of learning directly from yoga masters such as Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sri T.V.K. Desikarchar in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Simon and Bianca returned to Sydney University to complete degrees in Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) in 1993, to learn more about the human body for the benefit of their yoga practice and teaching. Their deep understanding of anatomy and physiology of yoga is applied in the Yoga Synergy Yoga teacher training method. This practical method aims to prevent and assist in recovery of, the many musculoskeletal injuries and medical conditions that occur as a result of modern yoga and exercise practice.

Our aim in Yoga teacher training is to begin the process of imparting what we have learnt as teachers to others who are enthusiastic about what we do. We would like to have people involved in Yoga Synergy who are dedicated, passionate, intelligent, safe and knowledgeable in their teaching, spreading the art of yoga to all people of different abilities and backgrounds around the world.

In the Yoga Synergy teacher training we aim to nurture the ‘teacher-to-be’ and empower you with teaching skills that will enable you to teach and practice safely, professionally and with a secure knowledge in what you are doing. We hope to nurture you on the journey of self enquiry, deepening your understanding and transformation of self.

There is no guarantee that at the end of this basic training you will be ready to teach but we hope you will be better prepared to do so when and if you are called to teach.

For us, teaching yoga is its own reward and we are constantly on a learning path. We hope that you will appreciate the enormity of what we have to communicate to you and the years of study it has taken for us to learn the little we know of the art and science of yoga from our many teachers, who we gratefully acknowledge.

Hopefully we can cut down the time of your learning as our teachers have done for us, however all learning takes time.

While practicing yoga is an art that takes dedication, consistency and time to develop, teaching yoga requires a far greater level of commitment. Teaching yoga requires consistent self-practice, passion, compassion, selflessness and dedication.


Successful applicants to this course will be taught:

  • the basic application and understanding of hatha yoga principles and the principles of applied anatomy & physiology of yoga, which can be used in all postures.
  • a generalized way to safely approach posture, movement and breathing.
  • how to approach the teaching of individuals and groups and gradually progress them in a safe and effective way.
  • the contraindications – warning markers – how to deal with people in special situations
  • safe and effective posture, movement, breath-control and mental-control for practising different types of yoga
  • the basic principles of teaching yoga, which include:
    • How to teach a postural exercise in stages from the most simple to most complex versions
    • Choosing a posture to teach and structuring a sequence around it which will safely and effectively lead practitioners up to it, and then appropriately release them out of it
    • Basic guidelines on how to teach visually-instructed classes, verbally-instructed classes and give simple physical adjustments and guidance

We will also be working with variations of the 5 key elemental YS sequences which in their full form include most of the asanas from BKS Iyengar’s Light on Yoga and Sri K Pattahbi Jois’ Ashtanga Vinyasa Series.

The course will give you Yoga Alliance accreditation at the 200h level. It includes 180 contact hours plus 240 hours of online course material including:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga (120 hour Yoga Synergy online course)
  • Essentials of Teacher Training: Yoga Fundamentals (120 hour Yoga Synergy online course)
Recommended Reading
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology of YogaSimon Borg-Olivier & Bianca Machliss
  • Digital package of 50 articles by Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D.George Feuerstein – available at:
  • Heart of YogaTKV Desikachar
  • Light on YogaBKS Iyengar
  • Tree of YogaBKS Iyengar
  • Light on Pranayama BKS Iyengar
  • Health Healing and BeyondTKV Desikachar
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translated by BKS Iyengar
  • First Steps to Higher YogaSwami Yogeshwaranda 
  • The Anatomy Colouring Book  W. Kapit, & L.M. Elson. 
Sample Course Curriculums for Level 1 and Level  2 Yoga Synergy Teacher Training
Sample Course Curriculum – Level 1 (200 hours)

Level 1 Yoga Synergy Teacher Training is accredited with Yoga Alliance for 200 hours.

Techniques of Yoga – 95 hours

Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Sequencing, Satsang

Teaching Methodology – 30 hours

Yoga Synergy method of teaching, adjustments for standing poses, floor poses, inversions, backbends. Modifications for injuries and special conditions. Learning how to cue movement, pace class, use of props. Teaching beginners with effective communication.

Anatomy and Physiology – 35 hours

Basics of skeletal, muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular anatomy, injury and recovery, esoteric anatomy including chakras, nadis, prana, and bandha, anatomy of adjustments.

Philosophy, Ethics, & Lifestyle – 30 hours

Basic yoga philosophy, Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Advaita Vedanta, Tantra and Ethics of being a yoga teacher.

Group Practicum and Presentation Skills – 10 hours

Student observing, teaching, assisting in classes and presentation of assignments to group.

Sample Daily Schedule for 4 week Intensive

Each week will be approximately five full days, one half day, and one day off. We will have varying topics throughout the 4 weeks in the 2-6pm time-slot. The following is the basic schedule which varies slightly as benefits the group and may need to be varied depending on weather.


7:00am – 10:00am Asana, Meditation and Pranayama
10:00am – 11:00am Breakfast
11:00am – 1:00pm Anatomy & Physiology, Teaching Methodology, Philosophy, Practicum
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch
4:00pm – 7:00pm Teaching Methodology, Practicum, 7.15pm Dinner
Sample Course Curriculum – Level 2  (300 hours)

Level 2 Yoga Synergy Teacher Training is accredited with Yoga Alliance for 300 hours.

Techniques of Yoga – 83 hours (20 x 4h session + 1 x 3h session)

AsanaPranayama, Meditation, Sequencing, Satsang

2 hours practice of YogaSynergy style sequences with, adjustment by and guidance by ERYT. Each practice includes asanas, pranayama, chanting, mantra, meditation and relaxation.

Assessment – each student will be assessed via a checklist during a 1.5h self practice. Both ERYT will observe with the checklist, checking the student teachers competency in executing each of the techniques that have been study. Competency is an ability to understand how the technique should be performed and to do so to their best ability. Feedback will be given after the exam and if student is deemed not yet competent they will be given another chance to show their competency at another time.

Pranayama techniques – overview of how to do, each tecnique will be practiced in classes
Meditation, Kriyas,
Intro Section A, B , C
Candra Namaskar C & Standing Pose Introduction
Trikonasana Vinyasa
Parivrtta Trikonasana Vinyasa
Parsvakonasana Vinyasa
Gadjasthana & Parsvottanasana Vinyasa
Eka Pada Vinyasa & Virabhadra Vinyasa
Headstand releasing
Pashima & Janu Vinyasa
Parsva Janu Vinyasa
Supta Yoga Dandasana Vinyasa & SYD releases
Padma Bhadvajrasana & eka pada padma Mayurasana
Vajroli Vinyasa & ps Bak
Shoulderstand variations and releasing
Pregnancy yoga


Teaching Methodology – 80 hours (20 x 4h sessions)
This is a very hands on section whereby the ERYT will be demonstrating techniques and explaining methodology behind the techniques for all ranges of students abilities and body types. Students will then go and practice on one another, with the guidance of the ERYT. Students will be randomly assigned to adjust one another to get the maximum experience with different types of bodies.

Adjusting floor postures 1
Adjusting floor postures 2
Adjusting standing postures 1
Adjusting standing postures 2
Teaching inversions 1
Teaching inversions 2
Techniques for teaching whilst adjusting and demonstrating
Instruction training

Assessment will be done in each session. Each student will be assessed for competency by the ERYT via a checklist to determine if they have understood and can execute what has been taught in the classes.

Anatomy and Physiology – 20 hours (7 x 3h sessions)

This is a very practical course dealing with the physical applications of the information taught in the pre-requisite course in the 200h Teacher Training.
This course presents theory and practice of bandhas (internal locks), which can increase strength and flexibility; kriyas (yogic cleansing processes); and mudras (energy-regulating exercises), which can stimulate nadis (yogic energy channels), tension (‘stretch’) nerves and acupuncture meridians. It also shows how theoretical understanding and practical application of bandhas and mudras during asana and pranayama can be used to circulate energy and information around the body as required; and prepare the body for meditative practices.
Student teachers will be given guidelines for treating a number of musculoskeletal injuries and medical conditions with hatha yoga

Assessment is via a 1 hour exam, and written assignment.

Bandhas & Kriyas
Mudras & Nadis
Yoga Therapy 1 – Spine
Yoga Therapy 2 – Upper and Lower Limbs
Yoga Therapy 3 – Physiological conditions

Philosophy, Ethics, & Lifestyle – 40.5 hours (25 x 1.5h + 1x3h sessions)

Students will be assigned topics at the beginning of the training program and given which session they will be leading the discussion in. Presentation to the class and essay to be submitted for assessment.
Prior reading of each chapter for that particular day will be required by all students.
The number of topics will be divided equally amongst the students, so there may be more than one presentation/leading of discussion per student, but only one essay per student is required for assessment.
Assessment – Assignment of a 1000 word essay and presentation of that topic to the class is required.
One hour written exam.

Group Practicum and Presentation Skills – 50 hours (17 x 3h sessions)

Practicum time will be spent teaching the student teacher group with the guidance and feedback immediately from the ERYT. Students will teach part of each class and be adjusting in part of each class, in rotation. It is a group learning experience so that everyone learns from others mistakes and from where they perform well.
Rotation and amount of teaching and adjusting in these classes will be subject to the number of student teachers in the teacher training class.

First hour will be spent revising teaching and/or assisting in the class, second hour will be spent in teaching and adjusting, third hour in feedback on their performance in teaching and assisting.

Assessment is via a checklist for competency done by the ERYT who will be observing all classes. If a student is found not yet competent they will be given an opportunity to try again at a later date.

Sample Daily Schedule for 4 week Intensive

Each week will be approximately five full days, one half day, and one day off. We will have varying topics throughout the 4 weeks in the 2-6pm time-slot. The following is the basic schedule which varies slightly as benefits the group and may need to be varied depending on weather.

6:00am – 10:00am Asana, Meditation and Pranayama
10:00am – 11:00am Breakfast
11:00am – 1:00pm Anatomy & Physiology, Teaching Methodology, Philosophy, Practicum
1:15pm – 2:15pm Lunch
3:00pm – 7:00pm Teaching Methodology, Practicum, 7.15pm Dinner
Benefits of becoming a Yoga Synergy teacher

Level 1 Yoga Synergy Teacher Training is accredited with Yoga Alliance for 200 hours.

Level 2 Yoga Synergy Teacher Training is accredited with Yoga Alliance for 300 hours.

Yoga Synergy Certified teachers:

  • Will be advertised on the Yoga Synergy website as an authorized (certified) teacher of the Yoga Synergy style
  • Will be given and expected to adhere to programming and guidance as to how to teach all 5 of the Yoga Synergy sequences in accordance with teaching at Yoga Synergy schools. This material is only available to certified  500h Yoga Synergy teachers.
  • Receive ongoing support from Yoga Synergy
  • Will be expected to purchase and promote Yoga Synergy DVDs/books for sale to their students
  • Submit all adverting material relating to Yoga Synergy before printing to show how they are representing Yoga Synergy
  • Will be invited to partake in affiliate marketing of our online courses
  • Be invited to host workshops led by Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss at their studios
  • Will receive invitations to ongoing training and be expected to attend workshops run by Yoga Synergy when possible
  • Please note that studios other than those owned by Simon & Bianca cannot be called Yoga Synergy (this is a protected Trademark) but you will be authorisedin writing to enable you to represent and promote teaching the Yoga Synergy style
Due to space at our venue we can only accept limited numbers in your Yoga teacher training courses. See below for pre and co-requisites. Once we have received items 1-3 below, we will contact you to let you know where your application stands.

  1. Fill out our preliminary application form.
  2. Email 10 pictures of yourself doing yoga, plus a head shot to be used in our Yoga Teacher Training manual to both and . There is no judgement on how well you do the postures so just get a friend to take some snaps on your phone, we just want to ensure that everyone can do these basic postures. If you cannot do headstand or shoulderstand please choose alternative postures and let us know if there is a reason you cannot do the postures – there is no problem if you are unable to do any of them. Postures to be included are: Trikonasana, Paschimottanasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Urdvha Mukha Svanasana, Virabhadrasana 1, Headstand, Shoulderstand, Bakasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana.
  3. To be accepted onto the Yoga teacher training with Yoga Synergy, students will need to have completed a minimum of 2 years dedicated yoga practice under the guidance of qualified yoga teacher(s). You will need to provide a reference from the qualified yoga teacher that you have been studying with to verify this, please include in the email with your photos to both and

Upon confirmation of your invitation to join us in Sydney or India, we will appreciate receiving your A$1,000 deposit immediately to secure your place. Your payment will be non-refundable since you will receive access to the online course and be sent your Yoga Video downloads set to start you on your journey.

Commencing the Course
  • 200h & 300h (who have not attended Yoga Synergy 200h): As soon as you are invited to attend and have paid your deposit, you will be enrolled in both online courses and encouraged to commence the course straight away. The Yoga Synergy online courses – Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga and Advanced Yoga Fundamentals are co-requisites of the 200Hr Level 1 Yoga Synergy Teacher Training course. We strongly recommend that these courses are completed before the Yoga Teacher Training commences. (Note that you will not be able to receive certification until these courses are completed.) You will also be sent your confirmation and 5-Downloadable Set of Yoga Synergy 5 Elements sequences.

500Hr Teacher certification – to teach 5 Yoga Synergy Elements sequences once the 300h training is complete.

Recommended Reading
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga. Simon Borg-Olivier & Bianca Machliss
  • Digital package of 50 articles by Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D., George Feuersteinavailable at:
  • Heart of Yoga, TKV Desikachar
  • Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar
  • Tree of Yoga, BKS Iyengar
  • Light on Pranayama BKS Iyengar
  • Health Healing and Beyond, TKV Desikachar
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translated by BKS Iyengar
  • First Steps to Higher Yoga, Swami Yogeshwaranda 
  • The Anatomy Colouring Book  W. Kapit, & L.M. Elson.

Please Note:

  1. Applicants must complete the full registration process before being accepted into the course, we will confirm if your application is successful.
  2. This training is not for everyone!

 We expect you to arrive with an attitude of genuine interest in this intensive program, commitment to be present and participate to the best of your ability in all classes. If you’re only interested in getting a 200 hour Yoga Teaching certification, or a relaxing yoga retreat or holiday, this training is not for you.
  3. The training will be in English and we require you to be able to speak and understand easily so as to get maximum benefit and not slow down the learning for others.
  4. You will not be eligible to receive Yoga Synergy Teacher Training certification until both online courses are completed.
  5. If you have already done one or both of these online courses please let us know as you may be eligible to be credited 75% of the fee you have paid for the course – please provide evidence of payment.

Teacher Training Testimonials

“If you were to invest your money somewhere then go and do a Yoga Synergy course with Simon Sir. Your investment will grow several times “

This is yoga and a health approach that can take you through the rest of your life.  No gimmicks. Endless learning and understanding.

“Do it, most intelligent, beautiful, evolutionary style of yoga. Do this teacher training and you will never have to do another.” Anna Maria Conneely (Ireland)

“If you want a solid investment into education, that is very credible and backed up with years of practice, study and experience, you should choose Yoga Synergy”

“If you want to learn a way to free your body, spine, mind and unleash energy, letting it flow through your body, causing a joy while moving, while staying relaxed and while breathing calmly then try Yoga Synergy”


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