Dynamic meditation and fluid movement for the urban body
Restore natural posture, movement and breathing through exercise-based physiotherapy fusing traditional eastern wisdom with western medical science
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I have been studying traditional forms of posture, movement, breathing and mental control for more than 50 years. Over this time I have worked as a research-based scientist, exercise-based physiotherapist and a university lecturer in several science fields. My passion for these subjects has led me to understand that the world is a very connected place. I believe that to make the world a better place people should treat each other, all life and the Earth itself in a way that acknowledges the connections between everything. I believe the best way of beginning this practise is to acknowledge and enhance the connections within yourself.
In my teaching, I show safe, accessible and effective ways of developing practices which can give you the essence of being in connection, or being in the zone or the flow state, as some athletes might say. I believe this state is equivalent to the meditative state that is meant to be part of the traditional yoga but is often lost in modern yoga.
I believe that while it is important to maintain the health of your physical body, in terms of improving functional strength and flexibility in your muscles and joints, it is also important to address the needs of your physiological body, in terms of your energy levels, your nervous system, as well as the health of your digestive, immune and reproductive systems. I believe it is also essential for health happiness and longevity to address the state of your mental body, Including things like your ability to think clearly with a focused calm mind and to be able to make happiness your default mental state and not be affected adversely mentally by the external environment.
Thanks to my brilliant traditional teachers from Tibet, Japan India, and China and my amazing teachers from the Western scientific world, I have synthesised many ways of helping people’s physical bodies in terms of strength and flexibility, while the same time sharing good energy (enhanced circulation of blood) and loving information (dominance of the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the ‘rest, rejuvenation, relaxation and regeneration response’) inside themselves. I believe that once we learn to share good energy loving information inside ourselves in this way we are much more able to share good energy and loving information with those around us in the world in general.
I created this website to share this type of information. I look forward to being able to share it with you and I welcome your feedback and your questions and I will try and address them.
– Simon Borg-Olivier
I still remember the first Yoga Synergy class I walked into in 2006. I had been practicing yoga for 5 years by then, so I had some experience and learnt from a few very skilled, excellent teachers. However, my first class with Simon had a definite WOW factor which lasts even today after 13 years of guru-shisja relationship. He never ceases to amuse me with his one of -a-kind teaching style, his warm, approachable, humble personality. I’m forever indebted to him for sharing his knowledge and wisdom with me. He is the most authentic teacher I have ever met. His wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm, creativity, sensibility, and sense of humour is unprecedented. Once you’ve had the chance to experience Simon, there is no other place to go. Grateful forever. THANK YOU.
Monika Lenkefi, yoga teacher and director of Izisz Yoga Studio, Hungary
As a professional athlete and yoga practitioner for more than 30 years, I’ve experienced how yoga can enhance an athlete’s life, but I struggled to find yoga practices that would boost my energy instead of depleting it. It was only after I had found Simon and Yoga Synergy that I realized yoga can make conditions worse if you practice it in an unsafe and unintelligently manner, which was BKS Iyengar’ s major concern too. After training with Mr Iyengar, I had found Yoga Synergy, the missing link between traditional yoga and the needs of the modern human body. 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 all over the world. There was a cascade of positive results manifesting in all aspects of my life: in my health, relationships and even in my professional life. Go to a class, a teacher training, or do an online course with Simon, and you will realize what the sages have been saying about yoga as Kaivalya: freedom in presence.
Tite Togni, professional athlete, founder of YogaXrunners
Here is a full posture, movement, breathing, and mental control class I have taught in Goa during one of our Yoga Synergy Teacher Training Courses (it was shot by Love Yoga Anatomy)
Simon Borg-Olivier speaks on the Ancient Secrets of the Breath
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