A Yoga Synergy Online Course for Yoga Teachers

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
increase your student retention rate
Study over 13 or 26 weeks
Gain 60 CEP Points

Highlights

  • 90 Video lectures covering all aspects of Yoga Therapy
  • Expert instruction from qualified physiotherapists and experienced yoga teachers
  • ’Must do’ course for anyone who wants to practice or teach safe and effective yoga.
  • 60 Continuing Education Points (CEP) credited with Yoga Australia

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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 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)

Yoga Synergy Bianca Machliss Simon Borg-Olivier

About Us

Hi I’m Simon Borg Olivier and this is Bianca Machliss, Co-directors of Yoga Synergy and Yoga teachers for over 30 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)

Become a more knowledgeable practitioner and teacher
who can help themselves and other people heal

About the course

Over 12 weeks of Video Lectures, you will learn to make the yoga you teach safer and more effective.

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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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

WEEK 3: Musculoskeletal problems of the Upper Limbs, Upper Back and Neck; & Introduction to the Lower Trunk and LImbs

Video 17: How to do push-ups safely and effectively
Video 18: How to train the joint complexes of the arm in different positions
Video 19: Exercises for Upper Back Pain
Video 20: Exercises for a torn rotator cuff
Video 21: Basic Anatomy of the lower limb 1.
Video 22: Basic Anatomy of the lower limb 2.
Video 23: General exercises for strength & flexibility around the hip, knee & ankle, and their effect on the lower back

WEEK 4: Musculoskeletal problems of the Lower Limbs Pelvic Girdle and Lower Back (1)

Video 24: Specific exercises for strength & flexibility around the hip, knee & ankle, and their effect on the lower back – ankle problems
Video 25: General exercises for knee problems
Video 26: A progression of exercises for knee problems
Video 27: Yoga Therapy for Hamstring Problems
Video 28: How to relieve and prevent lower back pain
Video 29: Exercises to lengthen the psoas muscle

WEEK 5: Musculoskeletal problems of the Lower Limbs Pelvic Girdle and Lower Back (2)

Video 30: Case study – Inner thigh and knee pain
Video 31: Case study – How breathing can affect healing
Video 32: Case Study – Inner knee and inner thigh problems
Video 33: Case study – Managing chronic ankle, knee and hip injuries 1
Video 34: Case study – Managing chronic ankle, knee and hip injuries 2
Video 35: Case study – Managing chronic ankle, knee and hip injuries 3.
Video 36: Case Study – Lower back problems and referred pain across the buttocks

WEEK 6: Principles of Therapy (2); Introduction to the Spine and Body Systems

Video 37: Important stages of yoga therapy – Revision 1.
Video 38: Important stages of yoga therapy – Revision 2.
Video 39: Important stages of yoga therapy – Revision 3.
Video 40: Important stages of yoga therapy – Revision 4.
Video 41: Yoga therapy for spinal, cardiovascular system and nervous system problems
Video 42: How to bend the spine backward and forward
Video 43: Sideways movements of the spine

WEEK 7: Therapy for the Spine (1)

Video 44: Combining spinal movements
Video 45: Using spinal movements to move the shoulders & chakra-opening exercises
Video 46: Case study – Yoga therapy for lower back pain 1.
Video 47: Case study – Yoga therapy for lower back pain 2.
Video 48: Case study – How to use reciprocal relaxation
Video 49: Case Study –Yoga therapy for upper back pain 1.
Video 50: Case Study –Yoga therapy for upper back pain 2.

WEEK 8: Therapy for the Spine (2)

Video 51: Case Study – Yoga therapy for herniated discs and lower back pain
Video 52: Breathing techniques for spinal problems
Video 53: Case Study – Sacroiliac joint discomfort
Video 54: Yoga therapy exercises to mobilise the spine 1.
Video 55: Yoga therapy exercises to mobilise the spine 2.
Video 56: Guidelines and principles for practicing the spinal movement sequence
Video 57: Spinal movement sequence combined with leg movements 1.
Video 58: Spinal movement sequence combined with leg movements 2.

WEEK 9: Therapy for the Spine Body Systems

Video 59: Case Study – Spondylolisthesis & degeneration of the discs & vertebrae of L4/L5 & L5/S1 1.
Video 60: Case Study – Spondylolisthesis & degeneration of the discs & vertebrae of L4/L5 & L5/S1 2.
Video 61: Case Study – Scoliosis 1.
Video 62: Case Study – Scoliosis 2.
Video 63: Case study – Lower back pain and disc protrusion 1.
Video 64: Case study – Lower back pain and disc protrusion 2.
Video 65: Case study – Lower back pain and disc protrusion 3.
Video 66: Case study – Endometriosis and abdominal pain 1.
Video 67: Case study – Endometriosis and abdominal pain 2.

WEEK 10: Therapy for the Body Systems (1)

Video 68: Case study – Lower back and sacroiliac joint pain 1.
Video 69: Case study – Lower back and sacroiliac joint pain 2.
Video 70: Case study – Lower back and sacroiliac joint pain 3.
Video 71: Abdominal breathing
Video 72: Spinal movements with abdominal breathing & the stages of Pranayama
Video 73: Bandhas and breathing
Video 74: How to do complex pranayama and train the muscles of breathing
Video 75: How to enhance circulation

WEEK 11: Therapy for the Body Systems (2)

Video 76: Spinal movement sequence with breathing 1.
Video 77: Spinal movement sequence with breathing 2.
Video 78: Case study – Recovery from ischeamic stroke 1.
Video 79: Case study – Recovery from ischeamic stroke 2.
Video 80: Case study – Recovery from ischeamic stroke 3.
Video 81: Case study –Treating the stomach region and the kidneys 1.
Video 82: Case study –Treating the stomach region and the kidneys 2.
Video 83: Case study –Treating the stomach region and the kidneys 3.
Video 84: Moving Energy

WEEK 12: Therapy for the Body Systems (3)

Video 85: Case study – Yoga therapy for pregnancy 1.
Video 86: Case study – Yoga therapy for pregnancy 2.
Video 87: How to modify postures
Video 88: General principles of managing lower back pain
Video 89: General principles of managing knee problems
Video 90: Managing muscular skeletal problems and medical conditions in a yoga, or exercise class 1.
Video 91: Managing muscular skeletal problems and medical conditions in a yoga, or exercise class 2.
Video 92: Question Time

WEEK 13: EXAM

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

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.

 

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

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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.

Established in 1984, Yoga Synergy is one of Sydney’s largest and most respected yoga schools. We teach thousands of students in our local schools in Sydney , through our Teacher Trainings (Australia and India) and Online students from all over the world.
For more information about us please visit our About Us pages.

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 insights. We encourage students to engage with our vibrant community via our Facebook group.

Experience

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

Support

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


  • Connector.

    Highly Qualified & Experienced teachers

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

  • Connector.

    Certification

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

  • Connector.

    Earn CEP

    This course is 120 hours online and you will gain Continuing Education Points (CEP) credited with  

    • Yoga Alliance (20 CEP per course)
    • Yoga Australia (60 CEP per course)

What others say

Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga

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.

Simon’s Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga course is an invaluable course for anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the body. It is practical and interactive, highly informative and a lot of fun. Simon is clear in his teaching, passionate, holds your attention and presents the content in an easy to understand manner. The Science of Yoga is presented in a way which can be applied by everyone very practically both in their own practise and in the teaching of others. Simon focuses on working intuitively and encourages us to be mindful of our individual limitations but at the same time urges us to do our best. It has made a huge difference in my own personal practise giving me a greater increase in strength, flexibility and a deeper awareness of my body both internally and externally. You walk away with the feeling that you have received a unique gift. I have completed the course 3 times and I look forward to doing it again! So many gems of wisdom from a truly inspiring man.

What Others are Saying

It is important to me to keep learning even after years of teaching Yoga. This course has stimulated by curiosity and helped me to be more useful to my students. Mr. Lange

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

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.

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

 

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“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”David Cunningham, The Yoga Shala, Ocean Fitness, Galway Ireland

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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.
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  • 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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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.

Thank You and Namaste
Simon and Bianca