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Co-written by physiotherapists and yoga teachers, Simon Borg Olivier (MSc BAppSc Physiotherapy) and Bianca Machliss (BSc BAppSc Physiotherapy) of Yoga Synergy in Sydney, Australia.
"This thirteen week online course will ground you in the fundamentals of yoga. After an introduction to yoga history and theory you will be expertly guided through foundational sequences in a way which will positively change your yoga practice."
Each course is 120 hours online and worth 60 Continuing Education Points (CEP) credited with Yoga Australia.
Australian Dollars, inc. GST
Our new online course Teacher training essentials: Yoga Fundamentals is a must do for anyone who is a serious practitioner or teacher of yoga or any of the similar related exercise forms. The course is explained simply and practically by the teachers – Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss – who have decades of experience teaching yoga, practicing as physiotherapists and lecturing at Universities. Each of the 12 topics is subdivided into several sections that each have learning objectives that once achieved can be practically applied to your yoga, exercise or therapy. Below are listed the main teaching topics and some of the learning objectives.
This online course provides an overview of yoga as it was originally taught in the pre-industrial East and how yoga can be adapted to a Western context.
Topic areas include:
Click on each topic to show its sessions.
The most important thing you can achieve from this course is information. However, if you wish to receive a certificate of successful completion then you need to pass 2 online multiple-choice exams (in weeks 7 and 13) and submit an assignment. You do not have to do any of these assessment criteria if you wish to just do the course and learn what you do on the way, but we have repeatedly found that it is studying for the exams and attempting the assignment, which provides maximum benefit.
The enrolment fee is $587.00 (Australian Dollars, including GST in Australia) for the entire thirteen week course. Participating students also receive advance extracts from the yet-to-be-released Teacher training essentials: Yoga Fundamentals book, a course learning and objectives manual, and a set of presentations when they enroll.
The Yoga Synergy Teacher training essentials: Yoga Fundamentals course is an amazing and indispensable synthesis of ancient yogic wisdom, modern physiotherapy and human biology translated into an easy understandable language with the possibility to experience the different yogic principles on your own body.
We tried during the course what works best for us, for our individual yoga practice, for our individual bodies so each of us can practice safely, with an enhanced understanding of how our body functions and why. It is so enjoyable to scientifically test ways of applying theory in practice. This way of learning is very efficient and so full of ‘wow’ effects &endash; like: “yes of course this is so logical or how on earth can I be a biologist, knowing all this in theory but having no idea how to really apply it in my body!”
Theoretically we often know a lot but this course is completely set out to make you finally feel it, to develop body intelligence, all the way. In this course thanks to Bianca’s and Simon’s professionalism, teaching talent, enthusiasm and ability to motivate I finally can put very complicated yogic and scientific teachings in every day practice, I found the link which was missing most. Bianca and Simon empower us with this course to be free spirited in searching our own yogic way but with the in depth knowledge they have gained over the past 30 years as a basis.
I cannot express the gratitude I feel for your teachings Bianca and Simon! Thank you so much!
Agnes Pinnel MSc(Biology)
CEO Argint International Clinical Research and Development
Wow. The idea of awakening your spine is not that new, but Simon and Bianca’s way of doing it works better than any other yoga or related discipline I’ve ever tried. Instructors trained in the iyengar tradition often provide detailed asana instruction. Those rare instructors, like Simon, with diverse and deep experience in several of the world’s body technologies such as T’ai Chi and physiotherapy give particularly valuable instructions. In my opinion Simon’s teaching are a potent and valuable confluence of traditions that stand out from the other asana based yoga schools of the world like a rare jewel.
Physiotherapist and Director Yoga Chi Gung Pilates
Sunshine Coast, Australia
Dear Bianca and Simon, I love the new Yoga Synergy Teacher training essentials: Yoga Fundamentals DVD series. They are excellent and I am studying, watching, and practicing one of them everyday. Thank you for doing it all again. You are at the top of your field.
Perth, Western Australia
Dear Simon and Bianca, I wanted to thank you both for all the time, effort, care and compassion that you have put into the Teacher training essentials: Yoga Fundamentals course Your teachings have not only helped to broaden my understanding of yoga and exercise but has also provided a necessary incentive to maintain a regular wellbeing program, which now includes daily yoga practices as well as regular meditation. Thank you again for all that you have done and provided. It has been greatly appreciated by all of us in the course.
For me the Yoga Synergy Teacher training essentials: Yoga Fundamentals course is the most inspiring yoga teaching ever. It leaves me so relaxed and in tune with my heart, body and breathing.
Yoga teacher and massage therapist
Greenbean Health Ranch, Belgium
Since almost 20 years I have studied various yoga systems, I am a physiotherapist (University Düsseldorf, Germany) and ayurvedic therapist. When I started doing the course I felt a big relief to find a yoga teacher who has a deep understanding of the biomechanics, the biochemistry and ayurveda. I often found either that the way yoga was taught didn’t mention enough modern standards of movement science regarding secure alignment and making the energy really unblock and then move; or I found almost too technically perfect asana teaching styles where the traditional wisdom of yoga was completely missing. What I find extraordinarily inspiring in the Yoga Synergy Online Course is the mixture between a lot of experience in traditional yoga and very high quality modern movement science techniques. Simon is as far as I know the only teacher that has so much experience and at the same time can think as a beginner of yoga. That to me is an extraordinary skill, because normally you will find not so experienced yoga teachers that of course then can relate to a beginners mind and body or you meet very experienced teachers who are beyond…
I am also deeply impressed by his teaching method, being very well structured and audibly easy to follow step by step, which is the direct translation of ‘vi-nyasa’! I have been teaching anatomy for yogis regularly since 1996 and I couldn’t put it any better than Simon! He is an authentic yogi and by that I mean he is using his own body, mind and life as a laboratory and then shares with everybody what he finds out. I recommend this course to anybody who is interested in real yoga!
Anne Devamaya Heydenreich
Founder of Soboco Yoga
After having completed Simon’s Live version of the Teacher training essentials: Yoga Fundamentals Course I am very impressed with the ‘Synergy’ of Physiotherapy, Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Knowledge, which is to me a rare jewel of ‘eastern body, western mind’. The very safe way of practicing Yoga Asana is firmly based in the understanding of physical therapy and modern movement science, yet at the same time a deep understanding of the Chinese System of meridians and the Indian System of Nadi and Marma are brought together in a cohesive balance. In my over twenty years of teaching and practicing yoga I have rarely found a teacher who teaches advanced yoga posture in such a safe and accurate way. I thoroughly recommend this course to anybody who wants to deepen and extend their practice into old age. So after having completed this course I consider Simon to be one of my main teachers! Hari Om Tat Sat.
David Pushava Winch
Co-director of Soboco Yoga
Teacher training essentials: Yoga Fundamentals is a must do course for both students and teachers of yoga! It is the most useful and enjoyable online yoga course I have found, and includes really practical and easy to understand yoga anatomy and yoga physiology principles. I think this course should be part of all Yoga teacher-training programs. The explanations and demonstrations are all common sense, easy to follow and can be practically applied to all physical yoga. It is a clear interpretation of ancient yogic methods for the modern body and mind. I highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to deepen their practice or teach yoga, and for those who want to learn how to tweak their yoga towards holistic health and healing, safety, vitality and longevity! Thank you Bianca and Simon for the groundbreaking work you have done for the yoga community.
Yoga teacher, Izisz Joga Studio