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Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga

Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss

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Co-written by physiotherapists and yoga teachers, Simon Borg-Olivier MSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy) and Bianca Machliss BSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy), 'Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga' includes recent and previously unpublished research into the science of hatha yoga and yoga therapy.

The effects of yoga on each part of the body are explained with thorough analysis and explanations of asanas, vinyasas, bandhas, mudras and kriyas.

Using basic principles of biomechanics and neurophysiology, this book explains how to improve strength, flexibility and fitness while maintaining joint stability and minimising risk of injury.

This comprehensive text includes hundreds of photographs, diagrams and tables, and is a practical, useful and informative guide for teachers and students of all styles of yoga.

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Simon Borg-Olivier was first introduced to yoga at age 17, when he was introduced to the philosophy of yoga by a Tibetan Lama. Then, in his early 20 s, Simon started the physical practice of Hatha Yoga, along with aerobics and weight training. In 1983, he stopped weight training and aerobics and began a rigorous daily practice of Iyengar yoga with Eve Grysbowski and Peter Thompson. By end of 1985, Simon had completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Mathematics and his Masters of Science in Molecular Biology at the University of Sydney, where he was also employed as a teacher of Biology. Over the next few years, Simon continued to work at the University, whilst teaching yoga at the Yoga Synergy Newtown School, The Australian School of Yoga, The Sydney Yoga Centre and at Shandor s Hatha Yoga Shala, which became Yoga Synergy at Bondi in 1997. Between 1986 and 1997, Simon made 14 trips to India and studied 7 times with the Iyengar family in Pune, and with many other teachers. In 1988, Simon met co-author, Bianca Machliss, who began teaching with him and organising retreats and workshops in 1990. They travelled to India together and taught in Europe and throughout Australia. From 1993 to 1996 Simon and Bianca did full time study in Physiotherapy at the University, which profoundly affected their yoga practice, enabling them to teach and practice in a way which gives the maximum benefit to the body with the minimal effort and risk of injury. Since 1995 Simon has been teaching courses in the Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Hatha Yoga for teachers and students in Sydney, Adelaide, Byron Bay, Noosa, and New Zealand, and regularly throughout Australasia. Simon has also been a guest teacher for the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) annual conference in 1990, 1997, 2001, and 2002. Bianca Machliss first began yoga in 1989, whilst studying for a Bachelor of Science (majors in Human Psychology and Biology) at the University of Sydney. After her first eye-opening trip to India in 1990, there has never been a moment s doubt or faltering in her commitment to the practice of yoga. Bianca has trained with Simon Borg-Olivier (Sydney), Shandor Remete (Sydney), BKS Iyengar (Pune, Rishikesh and Sydney), Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Sydney), Clive Sheridan (Sydney, India, France). After completing her BSc, Bianca worked at the University of Sydney as a research assistant in Microbiology and at Sydney Water as an algal taxonomist, while co-directing the then Newtown School of Hatha Yoga (now Yoga Synergy Newtown). In 1993, Bianca qualified as an ACHPER-certified physical instructor and a certified masseuse. During this time many trips to India to study Yoga, inspired Bianca to return to university in 1994 to study Physiotherapy. Bianca studied Physiotherapy (University of Sydney) to further her knowledge of the human body and western medicine in order to enhance her yoga teaching. In 1998, Bianca and Simon took over the Hatha Yoga Shala from Shandor Remete in Bondi Junction and opened Yoga Synergy Bondi. Together, with Simon, she has organized and taught in workshops on Yoga, Anatomy & Physiology and Nutrition throughout Australia and also in Europe and India since 1990.

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