By Simon Borg-Olivier MSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy) APAM
April 23-25th 2021
|for the 5 sessions||for YogaBellingen members (those on fortnightly direct deposit unlimited passes)|
Friday April 23rd 6pm-9pm
Saturday April 24th 9am-12noon and 1-4pm
Sunday April 25th 9am -12noon and 1-4pm
No part bookings
In this weekend (15 hour) workshop, Simon Borg-Olivier, a research scientist and physiotherapist who has taught posture, movement and breathing for 35 years, shows ways to energise, nourish and strengthen your body while developing blissful, grounded calmness. In this safe and accessible practice Simon will show you how to move actively and fluidly from your core while initially allowing your body breathe for you, and later developing breath-control. You will shown special types of core stabilisation for the whole body that can stabilise and nourish your joints and muscles, prevent and heal injuries, and relieve physical pain. This practice allows you develop fitness and internal health by using spinal movements and graded diaphragmatic breathing into an abdomen firmed through posture. Techniques taught in this workshop also help improve the digestion of food, absorption of nutrients, elimination of waste and stored toxins, and the health of the reproductive system. The main purpose of this practice is to share good energy and loving information through the body.
This practice can:
- improve flexibility without feeling intense stretch
- improve strength without feeling tense or stressed
- become more relaxed without needing to be completely passive
- improve your energy levels without having to breathe more than normal
- promote circulation without needing to make your heart beat faster
- improve the intelligence of your body cells without having to over-think
- satiate your appetite and feel nourished without having to eat
- feel rested and rejuvenated without having had to sleep
During these workshops Simon will show you how to work systematically with your practice by teaching four fundamental principles of traditional yoga that are in line with modern concepts of strength and conditioning, and the science of exercise-based physiology and physiotherapy. These principles can help you develop a yoga practice that will enhance your health and wellbeing on a physical, energetic and emotional level.
Each of the five 3 hour long sessions in this course includes 1-2 hours of detailed instruction on posture, movement and breathing by physiotherapist and yoga teacher Simon Borg-Olivier, followed by a flowing and meditative visually-instructed led practice to music (no verbal instructions). You will develop a practical understanding of how to use yoga to maintain and enhance health and longevity, as well as to help you recover more rapidly from musculoskeletal problems and medical conditions. This course can help you be a better teacher for yourself if you practice yoga, and can also help you teach other people.
Please note that the classes are progressive. Each session builds on the information and practice of the previous session.We therefore encourage you to attend all workshops.
Registration is currently open for all 5 sessions. Students cannot register for session 4 & 5, unless they have attended at least 2 previous sessions.
Session 1 Friday April 23rd 6pm-9pm
Moving your spine for core strength and internal health Learn to use your spine to create core stability via core mobility. This knowledge can not only improve your flexibility and strength, but can also help you improve your circulation, energy levels and the health of your internal organs.
Session 2 Saturday April 24th 9am-12noon
Physical power and a pain-free lower back
In this session Simon will show you how to use your legs effectively in order to develop the strength, flexibility and fitness needed to lead a healthy, active life. This understanding can also help you to improve the function of your lower back, as well as the health of your digestive and reproductive system.
Session 3 Saturday April 24th 1pm-4pm
Internal energy, enhanced immunity and a pain-free neck
Learn to effectively use your arms in order to improve circulation and develop the strength and flexibility to do arm balances, binding postures, backbending postures and inversions. This understanding can also help you to improve the health of your neck and upper back, as well as the effectiveness of your hormones, your heart and your lungs.
Session 4 Sunday April 25th 9am -12noon
Breathing for enhanced circulation and stress-reduction
Learn to effectively use your breath in order to develop your vitality and help to improve your longevity. The techniques taught in this class can also improve levels of happiness, mobility, relaxation, as well as increasing the circulation of energy and information through the body. This understanding can also help you reduce stress, regulate your body temperature, improve your energy levels, and reduce your dependence on food and sleep.
Session 5 Sunday April 25th 1pm -4pm
Blissful meditation from movement to stillness ~
In this session Simon will show you techniques that can bring you to a very focused state of mind that can be then progressed to a blissful ‘mindless’ yet conscious state called the ’empty mind’. Many of these techniques draw on a practical understanding of the nervous system, and the use of reflexes. You will be shown tools that can help to the achieve stillness in breath and mind both during static postures as well as in complex movements, which is the true essence of yoga.
Simon Borg-Olivier MSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy) is a director of YogaSynergy, one of Australia’s oldest and most respected yoga schools with a style based on a deep understanding of yoga anatomy, yoga physiology and traditional hatha yoga. Simon has been teaching since 1982. He is a registered physiotherapist, a research scientist and a University lecturer. Simon has been regularly invited to teach at special workshops and conferences interstate and overseas since 1990.
Simon was introduced to yoga at age six, learning breath retentions from his father and the main bandhas (internal locks) by Basil Brown (an Olympic athletic). At age 17, Simon studied for one year with a Tibetan Lama who introduced Simon to the philosophy and practice of tantric yoga. In 1980, Simon started the postures and movements of hatha yoga, eventually learning with BKS Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois and TKV Desikachar.
Simon met his main teacher Natanaga Zhander (Shandor Remete) in 1985 and had the privilege of studying intensively with him for almost two decades. Simon credits Zhander as being the most important person in his pursuit, passion and understanding of hatha yoga.
Since 2007, Simon has continued his training with Master Zhen Hua Yang, who has achieved remarkable levels of physical and physiological skill due to the knowledge his family gained from Tibet as well the Shaolin and WuDang temples in China.
Simon studied and taught at Sydney University over a period of 20 years. In that time he completed a Bachelor of Science in human biology, a research based Master of Science in molecular biology and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy. In 1988, Simon met physiotherapist and yoga teacher Bianca Machliss. Together, over the last 20 years, Simon and Bianca have developed the unique YogaSynergy system.