Monthly Archives: July 2010

Yoga Teacher Training – your set texts

Hello trainees!

I will provide course notes for every module and give you links to pertinent information on the web. There are two set texts for your Yoga Training. One is the best YOGA  Anatomy and Physiology book on the planet and it was authored here in Australia by Simon Borg-Olivier and Biance Machliss.

Best way to purchase it is directly through their site     It is available both as hard copy and pdf – I have both and use them differently. Thanks to my students who wanted to buy directly from them rather than through Amazon – yes the price is the same and thank you for your desire to honour the authors and put the money back to dedicated Australian yogis who did so much research for us. 

The second is The Kybalion. You can buy the hard copy [make sure you get the original by the three initiates published in 1912], or you can see it online at this site in English:  

When you attend the YogaPhil module, I will direct you more specifically to Indian traditional texts.

Who Is Simon Borg-Olivier?


Based in Sydney, Simon runs Yoga Synergy, established in 1984 – one of Sydney’s largest and most respected yoga schools. In fact, the Yoga Synergy style has emerged as a uniquely Australian style and the largest ‘style’ of yoga in Australia.

Simon’s scope of knowledge enables him to instruct classes for beginners to advanced students based on a deep understanding of yoga anatomy, yoga physiology and traditional hatha yoga.

This Yoga Synergy style has been developed over 30 years by physiotherapists (physical therapists), Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss, and continues to develop as yoga becomes more and more popular in the west. They describe the Yoga Synergy effect like “a flowing self-massage, that is very effective in developing strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, internal health, energy, grace, meditative bliss and the ability to deal with stress.” Simon’s passion as he lectures and teaches internationally is his specialisation of adapting the traditional Indian teachings safely to the western body.

The Yoga Synergy system incorporates all the asanas (postures or poses), vinyasas (exercises) and pranayama (breathing control) used in the main yoga styles as well as special execises developed from those we use in daily life. Simon runs special workshops and courses for regular students and for Yoga Teacher Training in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Byron Bay and Adelaide as well as internationally in places such as Ubud (Bali), Japan, Thailand, New Zealand, Malaysia and occasionally in Europe in America. He regularly contributes to the Australian Yoga Life Magazine and the Australian Yoga Journal.