Yoga Synergy is a comprehensive method for practicing and teaching traditional yoga for the modern body. The practice of yoga brings awareness to the self and awakens the heart and soul of the individual. The more we practice yoga, the more we awaken and are able to guide others in this process of realizing our incredible human vitality. Practice is the key, and at Yoga Synergy we use methods to make the practice safe, responsive, dynamic, meditative and fun so that it becomes a lifetime practice, enhancing and bringing joy to all aspects of life.
Yoga Synergy 200h Teacher Training
with Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss
MAY 4 – 26, 2020
Description of the retreat
Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss, both advanced yoga practitioners, experienced teachers and physiotherapists, have spent 30 years developing a scientifically based method for practicing Yoga and for Yoga teacher training called the ‘Yoga Synergy Method’. This method offers a yoga practice that is accessible to all, easy to understand and to teach. At the same time it is a challenging practice that develops strength, flexibility, fitness, internal health and a meditative flow.
The Yoga Synergy method will:
- increase flexibility without painful stretching
- build strength without stressful muscle tension
- increase circulation without increasing heart rate
- bring more oxygen to your cells without breathing more than normal
- bring intelligence to your cells without needing to have to think
After more than a decade of learning directly from yoga masters such as Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sri T.V.K. Desikarchar in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Simon and Bianca returned to Sydney University to complete degrees in Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) in 1993, to learn more about the human body for the benefit of their yoga practice and teaching. Their deep understanding of anatomy and physiology of yoga is applied in the Yoga Synergy Yoga teacher training method. This practical method aims to prevent and assist in recovery of, the many musculoskeletal injuries and medical conditions that occur as a result of modern yoga and exercise practice.
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The YIS retreat centre is located in Zollino, in the heart of the Salento. Twenty minutes from both coasts and from cultural centres such as Lecce, Otranto and Gallipoli.
Our yoga retreats are also an opportunity to get together, share good moments, pamper yourself and enjoy the beauty of the Salento in a peaceful environment. Give yourself an energetic recharge through vegan and vegetarian organic food, eco-sustainable tourism and relaxation in our spaces.
Our staff are at your disposal for the entire duration of the retreat to advise you about the must–see places in the Salento, organise excursions, guided tours, gastronomic tours, transfers, rentals and anything else to make your stay enjoyable.
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Our retreats take place at Agricola Samadhi, a unique organic farmhouse because it proposes something more than just recreation.
In this charming oasis, the lifestyle revolves around well being: you can combine your stay with a SPA, Ayurvedic consultations and treatments, and a wide range of massages and more.
You can regain your well being through a variety of top–level yoga classes. There is also a SPA Healing Centre and the HQ of YIS, Yoga In Salento, a European leader in yoga retreats, for years a favourite destination of the best internationally renowned teachers in the world.
An energy recharge and psycho–physical well being will be the most precious gifts of your stay that you’ll take home with you, together with the new friendships you’ve made during the retreat.
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7 vegetarian dinners
double, single or shared rooms
A very wide swimming pool and beautiful gardens
Spa Healing Center. Treatments and massages on request
In 1984, the doors of Yoga Synergy opened for the first time in Newtown, Sydney, with only two classes taught per week. Over 30 years later, Yoga Synergy has two studios – the original studio in Newtown and one in Bondi Junction, international teacher-trainer courses, acclaimed online courses, plus workshops taught worldwide. The journey for Yoga Synergy founders, Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss, began as a part-time venture, until 1993 when they decided to further embrace the yoga journey, since it was what they loved to do and were deeply passionate about. Simon and Bianca decided they would need to study more about the body, if they were to be the caretakers of other people’s bodies, and so they went back to university to study physiotherapy. While at university, the Yoga Synergy method was developed – a unique style of yoga that incorporates Eastern and Western knowledge, to provide students with a safe yoga practice that is both dynamic and meditative. During their studies, Simon and Bianca also started the first ‘Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga’ course, specifically for yoga teachers and practitioners, and wrote the book ‘Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga’, which accompanies the course. (For more information see Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga.) Simon and Bianca believe yoga is for every body, and that the world can become a better place through the experience of yoga. Simon travels the world teaching workshops and Teacher Trainings and Bianca manages the studio’s in Sydney and the Teacher Trainings.
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