The Purpose of Yoga

Yoga means union. To a new student this can mean connecting the mind with the body. For those more advanced it can mean remembering that the individual is one with the universe (all things).

About Yoga Synergy

Yoga Synergy combines traditional hatha yoga with modern medical science. This has particular value in addressing issues related to individuals living in a Western culture. Kari has been trained in this unique style of yoga and offers it in London Ontario.

Simon Borg-Oliver and Bianca Machliss designed Yoga Synergy in 1984 in Sydney Australia. They studied with many of the Western influential yoga masters from India over a 30-40 year time frame. As Simon points out, Yoga Synergy draws many of its foundational principals from Professor T. Krishnamacharya and 3 of his students Sri. B.K.S. Iyengar (author of Light on Yoga); Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (who developed Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga); and Sri T.K.V. Desikachar (author of the Heart of Yoga).

Simon and Bianca also have their Masters in Physiotherapy, which allows them to combine a deep understanding of anatomy and physiology with this rich understanding of hatha yoga.

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Yoga Synergy Philosophy (by Simon Borg-Oliver)

Yoga Synergy is about moving energy (prana) and information (citta) throughout the body to help you connect with your true nature and discover your higher self (atma/divine). This unique style combines asanas (poses and postures), vinyasa (dynamic exercises that combine movement with breath), pranayama (breath control) and meditation. Yoga Synergy helps to develop strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness, increase energy and enhance the ability to deal with stress.

What to expect in a Yoga Synergy class

Spinal movements are a key component in a Yoga Synergy class. The postures and movements physically move the intra-vertebral joints, lengthening and strengthening the “true core” muscles around the spine. Physiologically the spinal cord and spinal nerves are lengthened and this increases nerve conductivity and the flow of energy and information via the nerves.

It also combines active movements with diaphragmatic breathing, which creates firmness in a “calm manner.” This in turn increases strength, flexibility and relaxation as well as increases circulation of blood without stressing the heart.

All the postures start in their purest, simplest form with the option of building to a more advanced version of the same pose. This allows all levels, from beginners to those with many years experience, to enjoy the benefits this style of yoga has to offer.

Meditation increases blood flow and slows down brain patterns while decreasing the need for sleep and food, it also increases energy, happiness (contentment) and helps to bring your body into balance so it can heal itself.