Whether you're a novice, an advanced practitioner, or a seasoned yoga teacher, I'm excited to share my Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Course with you. This course is designed to be a thorough journey through the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, as I learnt it in India in the mid-1980's and continued to practice it for the next 40 years. This course is tailored to meet you exactly where you are in your yoga journey.
Research shows that 62% of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practitioners have suffered a musculoskeletal injury lasting more than a month, with the most common injuries occurring in the hips, hamstrings, knees, and lower back. As a practicing physiotherapist and experienced yoga teacher, I have created a unique approach to traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for the modern body that helps to eliminate the risk of these common injuries.
In this course, I provide detailed instructions on how to get the most out of each posture in the primary Ashtanga sequence, including tips for advanced practices and modifications and adaptations for beginners and those with musculoskeletal injuries or medical conditions. I'll guide you through the traditional Ashtanga yoga vinyasas safely and effectively and show you how to perform simple versions of each posture and movement that are safe but very effective.
One of my goals is to make the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga first series accessible to everyone, regardless of their current level or physical or physiological limitations. I also provide an in-depth discussion and instruction on breath control and breathing in each posture, a crucial aspect of Ashtanga yoga.
This course has about 20 hours of video material, including:
• PART B: Primary (PS) Series Interactive Lectures
• PART C: Supplementary Series (SS) Interactive Lectures
• PART D: Lead Practice (LP) Sessions
This course has detailed workshop-style lectures on each Vinyasa (set of postures, movement and breathing) and visually instructed practice sequences. Each lecture and practice sequence shows two practitioners working at different levels in each posture and movement, giving you a clear understanding of how to adjust the practice to your level. You'll receive verbally and visually instructed sequences for anatomical precision, ensuring safe and energising practice. I am very thankful to Kim Wainer for her masterful demonstrations and assistance in making filming this course.
Additionally, I'll share detailed explanations and instructions on how to use 18 different bandhas in your practice. These bandhas will help improve your strength, flexibility, and circulation of blood and energy in your body. I'll also instruct you on how to use your eyes in practice and the purpose of drishti, or gaze.
All course material is streamable, and you'll have lifetime access to revisit and deepen your understanding over time. So, are you ready to deepen your Ashtanga practice and unlock a new level of body-mind unity? Join me on this journey, and let's transform your practice together!
This is more than just a course; it's a lifetime journey into the heart of Ashtanga Vinyasa.
This course was filmed in a unique semi-CGI format by the masterful Tone Wonderland in Byron Bay, Australia, using a green screen to allow a variety of backdrops for each section of the course. This gives a course a surreal look that is visually interesting.
My Introduction to this Ashtanga Course
Welcome to my course on the Ashtanga Yoga primary series (with elements of the second and third series). My aim with this course is to systematically go through every posture of the first series and some of the poses of the other series, which are necessary to practice even for first-series practitioners to compensate for the problems associated with living in the modern world, especially the effects of a predominantly sedentary chair lifestyle. I will dissect every posture and explain not just its physical and physiological purpose but also its hazards.
The Ashtanga Vinyasa sequence is a powerful and effective practice of a fixed series of postures traditionally taught on a one-to-one teacher-student basis. In modern times the practice is often taught in large groups as a led practice, where there’s only counting of vinyasas and little to no explanation about what is going on in a posture anatomically and physiologically; or in groups of so-called Mysore style classes where students progress at their own pace with various amounts of guidance from their teacher.
I have taught yoga for over 40 years and have been a practising physiotherapist for three decades. My experience is that many yoga teachers start teaching prematurely without having sufficient knowledge about the anatomy of the modern body. To suit their underlying health conditions, many practitioners need modifications of their postures, which might not be obvious from the outside. So especially in a fixed series like the Ashtanga one, where you are only given few, if any, instructions during the practice, it is imperative to know some functional anatomy and physiology and the possible risks of every pose. The Ashtanga vinyasa sequence can have tremendous benefits, and it is one of the most energising yoga practices if you can do it safely and effectively. With this course, I’d like to help you perform the Ashtanga sequence safely, carefully and effectively.
I was in a car accident a few years ago that shattered my right shoulder and I had to wear a neck brace for month. Recovery was slow, I still have to be careful with what I do and how I do it, especially now that I am in my fifties. ... Sadly, I cannot do too intense a yoga practice any more. I started doing his Joint Synergy Program which not only helps my aching joints, but it also makes me feel stronger while improving my poor circulation. Thank you, Simon!
I have been doing Yoga Synergy for quite a few years, but Simon’s classes and workshop are always so jam-packed with valuable info that it always takes month to digest all the theory and apply it to my practice. And because Simon himself is continually evolving his practice and teachings, there’s always a lot that I still don’t understand, but this Joint Synergy program clarified so many thing for me that I feel I am doing his yoga sequences much more efficiently because of the understanding this course gave me.
I used to be a gymnast and dancer before I came to yoga. My first yoga class was with Simon in Tel Aviv, and I have never experienced a movement system like his. I have been suffering from back pain for 5 years, but his circular movements don’t just make me feel stronger without feeling stressed out, but made it much easier to do any other movement system and use the Joint Synergy principles in any type of exercise.
The Joint synergy sequences get me in the zone, I become warmed up and energised and it makes so much easier to do my high-intensity exercise regime.
I thoroughly enjoyed Simon's course on Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. I've been practising Ashtanga Yoga for many years already, but the information that SImon shared has revolutionised my practised. Now I can practice with so much more ease and after my practice, I feel energised rather than drained. Thank you Simon. George Symonds, Brisbane, Australia
I'm quite new to Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. I was slightly nervous to start as I heard it was quite a challenging practice, but someone suggested I try Simon's course. I have found this course to be really accessible. It feels like a very safe and fun way to practice, even though I mostly only do the simple versions of the posters that Simon offers. I feel like I'm getting a combination of meditation and exercise at the same time. This is a great way to practice at home.
Maryia Dubenko, Ljubljana, Slovenia
I have loved doing Ashtanga Yoga for some time but in the last few years I've been hampered by a number of injuries. I was thrilled to find SImon's online course because it is helping me manage my injuries and I feel like they are healing really well now. Previously my practice was only making my problems worse it seemed. This course helped me fall in love with Yoga again.
Eva Stevens, Barnard Castle, UK
Simon Borg-Olivier MSc BAppSc(Physiotherapy) APAM c-IAYT has been teaching how to use posture, movement, breathing and mental control for health and well-being for 37 years, while also treating people as a physiotherapist. His unmatched wealth of knowledge comes from merging modern medical science with what he learned from great masters in Tibet, India, Japan and China.