is an approach to movement, breath and posture derived from Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar yoga styles originally. It also has influences from far eastern yoga traditions such as Tai Chi and Qigong and western medical physiotherapy. The founders of the Yoga Synergy school based in Sydney Australia, are Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Matchliss, also fully qualified exercise based physiotherapists as well as instructors of a combined 60+ years teaching experience.
What makes the style of movement unique?
It teaches how to move with awareness, the musculoskeletal and physiological (energy of blood and nerves) elements of nature as a foundation of the style. It is not Synergy’s intention to create a new yoga, or any other physical activity style for that matter, but simply to develop a system of movement which can be applied to various disciplines to improve overall performance, health and longevity.
The classes work on a fundamental sequence which is systematically worked through. This style offers alternatives to make postures safe and suitable for anybody (including those who practice full chaturanga vinyasa), but it’s particularly beneficial to those who may otherwise have difficulty putting most of their body weight on the hands (as in pushups). These should always be modified for appropriateness and ease.
Each week will be a breakdown of a particular aspect of posture or set of asanas. For those with an already established yoga practice it will be beneficial to take a fresh approach on applied anatomy in the context of their posture and movement. For beginners it’s an absolutely simple yet effective way to increasing energy instead of feeling tired or sore, and to improve flexibility without stretching.
Most importantly this practice leads to a very calm sense of well-being throughout and following the sessions. Aiming to establish a long running practice which is enjoyable and will lead to long term health for both physical and mental wellbeing.
It’s an especially useful approach for dealing with anxiety.
It is particularly recommended for anybody who wishes to enhance their ability to gain calm yet alert awareness and the focussing of energy. Particularly good style if you have attended yoga classes in the past but experienced pain during or after.
You don’t need to be flexible or strong to get the benefit from these classes.
If you have a physical or physiological ailment which you believe will prevent you from being able to participate then there is no need to worry. Due to the nature of the style being devised by physiotherapists as well as yoga teachers you will be guided in a way that will help to heal injuries and conditions that may otherwise prevent you from enjoying the practice and cultivating long term health, please notify in advance of class.