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, Bali and Goa, India.

I think before synergy my practice had been one based on competing with my body, forcing it into submission. But Yoga Synergy teaches you to find the subtle practice, allowing you to actually begin hearing and synchronizing with your own body, opening up a whole universe of healing.James Marsh (UK)

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Upcoming Teacher Training

Bali: 200 and 300 hr Teacher Training 2018
Yoga Teacher Training by Yoga Synergy

Learn to teach the Yoga Synergy method in beautiful Bali, Indonesia. 200h or 300h option, and option to join for just 100h if you have previously completed 200h with Yoga Synergy.


November 2018 200h / 300h Bali Course Information
Sydney & Byron Bay: 200 hr Training 2018
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, September or October 2018 and complete whichever modules you missed in 2019.


2018 200h Sydney / Byron Bay Course Information
Yoga Teacher Training by Yoga Synergy

Learn to teach the Yoga Synergy method in beautiful Bali, Indonesia. 200h or 300h option, and option to join for just 100h if you have previously completed 200h with Yoga Synergy.
More info >>

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 September or October 2018 and complete whichever modules you missed in 2019.  More info >>



 
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Course Information

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.

Upon confirmation of your invitation to join us on a training, 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
  • In order to qualify for and receive your 200h certificate you need to complete at least 20h of Online study as well as the 180 contact hour courses. This will qualify you to become a Level 1 Yoga Synergy teacher. If you complete the two online courses you will then become a Level 2 Yoga Synergy Teacher.
  • Please see our certification section for further details..

 

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. If you have already done one or both of these online courses please let us know as you will be eligible to be credited for the fee you have paid for the course.
Yoga Synergy Teacher Training Certification Levels
Level 1 Yoga Synergy teacher completed:
Attended 180h training (4 weeks in India  or modular Australian)
Minimum 20h active time on Advanced Yoga Fundamentals Online course
With this level we will issue you a certificate that you can use to get registered with Yoga Alliance (200h) or Yoga Australia (Provisional-200h). You may then be included in our website “Find a Teacher” Level 1 section.
Level 2 Yoga Synergy teacher completed:
Level 1 (as above)
Advanced Yoga Fundamentals Online course: 120h, 2 exams + discussion posts
Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga Online course: 120h, 2 exams + assignment
Yoga History & Philosophy assignment
or
Attended 270h training (4 weeks in India) plus 200h training outside of Yoga Synergy plus minimum active time 30h on any of the online courses.
You will be listed in the Level 2 section to recognise the extra level of study you have done.
Level 3 Yoga Synergy teacher completed:
Level 2 (as above)
Attended 270h training (4 weeks in India)
Minimum 30h active time on Yoga Therapy Online course
or
If you have done 200h Training outside of Yoga Synergy you need to complete in addition:
  • Advanced Yoga Fundamentals Online course: 120h, 2 exams + discussion posts 
  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga Online course: 120h, 2 exams + assignment
or
Completed Yoga Synergy Teacher Training prior to 2014
Those of you who’ve completed 4 weeks in India (270h) will be issued a certificate that will allow Yoga Alliance (300h) or Yoga Australia (300h). You can also be included in our website “Find a Teacher” Level 3 section.
If you have done a 200h training course outside of Yoga Synergy, you will need to complete both Online courses Advanced Yoga Fundamentals and Applied Anatomy & Physiology in order to proceed to be a Level 3 Yoga Synergy teacher
Level 4 Yoga Synergy teacher completed:
Level 3 (as above) 500h training
Yoga Therapy Online course: 120h (2 exams)

or
Completed Yoga Synergy Teacher Training prior to 2014, plus
Continued study with at least one online course
You will be listed in  “Find a Teacher” as Level 4.
Level 5 Yoga Synergy teacher completed:
Teaching Yoga Synergy method for over 10 years, or teaching in a Sydney based Yoga Synergy studio for 3 years.
You will be listed in  “Find a Teacher” as Level 5 .

Yoga Synergy Certified teachers:

  • Will be advertised on the Yoga Synergy website as an authorized (certified) teacher of the Yoga Synergy style
  • Receive ongoing support from Yoga Synergy
  • Submit all advertising material that uses the Yoga Synergy name 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 authorised in writing to enable you to represent and promote teaching the Yoga Synergy style and using it for promotional purposes
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.

Objectives
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
Headstand
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
Shoulderstand variations and releasing
Pregnancy yoga
Assessment

 

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.

Objectives
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.

Objectives
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
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.

Objectives

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: http://www.traditionalyogastudies.com/store/articles/
  • 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. 
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    Teacher Training Testimonials

    “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 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”

    “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”

    I think before synergy my practice had been one based on competing with my body, forcing it into submission. But synergy teaches you to find the subtle practice, allowing you to actually begin hearing and synchronizing with your own body, opening up a whole universe of healing.

    “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 “