A WEEK WITH SIMON BORG-OLIVIER
Learn, Practice, Connect & Expand
March 27th – 1st April 2019
40-Hour Intensive Training with Simon Borg-Olivier MScBAppSc(Physiotherapy) APAM c-IAYT
“Posture, Movement and Breathing for Physical Fitness, Internal Energy, Mental Wellbeing and Longevity:
Interactive Learning, Visually – Instructed Meditative Practice, Expand your Consciousness and Connect with the Source Field”
YOGA ALLIANCE CONTINUOUS EDUCATION -YACEP – CREDITS WILL BE GIVEN.
What comes to mind immediately about Simon is his ability to practice and teach wavelike fluid movements of the trunk and limbs, initiated from the core of your body, that feel like you are giving yourself a blissful therapeutic massage in a warm bath, that is making you stronger, more flexible and fitter, at the same time as being virtually effortless.
Simon is a master of explaining how physical practices such as classical yoga, martial arts, dance and most sports, yield superior results when activated from the core with a systematic progression of individual then combined spinal movements. Each practice becomes more fluid and relaxed, yet quickly develops a warmth, that reflects blood-flow, while maintaining a low heart heart and calm nervous system. Perhaps surprisingly, functional strength, flexibility, balance and keen skill sets are nevertheless still acquired during this type of practice.
Besides teaching yoga and body movement Simon has multiple skills. Storytelling is one of them. At times Simon’s workshops turn into a fascinating experience of bringing back to life past masters and their legacy with anecdotes rooted in his multiple practices with Sri BKS Iyengar, Sri K Patthabi Jois, and Sri TKV Desikachar, to name a few. Introducing Simon cant be summarised. Those who know him trust the practice will be fun. Those who first him remain amazed at his tremendous energy, humble listening skills, and his ability to assist everyone to practice yoga as it inhabits himself. Simon teaches from the core of his wealthy radiating knowledge, his heart and of course his experience and is dearly missed when completes his workshops. Actually, with Simon your practice transforms, movement becomes spacious and breathing totally adapted.
The workshop series is open to all levels of practitioner, but each session builds on the previous sessions. If you can only some sessions then it is recommended to do the earlier sessions. Do not enrol in the last session of the series unless you have attended at least two previous sessions.
All sessions include some practical theory plus a fluid and meditative visually-instructed led-practice with music.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
How to move actively and fluidly from the core. You will be shown special types of core stabilisation to nourish joints and muscles, prevent and heal injuries, and relieve physical pain;
• Improve flexibility without intense stretching;
• Improve strength without excess tension or stress;
• How to breathe and experience relaxation in your practice;
• How to improve energy levels without over-breathing (hyperventilating);
• How to promote circulation without increasing heart rate;
• How to improve the intelligence of the cells without over-thinking;
• How to satiate appetite, and nourish your cells without over-eating;
• How to experience rest and rejuvenation without over-sleeping.
🧘♀Simon Borg-Olivier is a research scientist and physiotherapist who has taught posture, movement and breathing for 35 years. Using a safe, accessible and effective way of practice Simon will allow you to develop fitness and internal health by using spinal movements and graded diaphragmatic breathing into an abdomen firmed through posture.
Wednesday, March 27th
- Day 1
- AM – Yoga and the Science of Breathing / Pranayama / Practice
Breathing is part of life and Yoga practice is anchored in breathing. Correct breathing maybe hampered by stress, lifestyle, nutrition, and patterns. To loose quality breathing is to loose much more than just energy, it means losing the free-of-charge wealth given by birth to all humans. Learn to breathe and live long, practice healthily and happily.
- PM – Biomechanics of basic asanas / Practice
Asanas, yoga postures, are not mere postures to achieve or to perform, rather moving energy or Mudras and transform the inner intelligence of the body. Learn essential bio-mechanics to move fluidly and with a safe practice.
Thursday, March 28th
- DAY 2
- AM – Yoga, Injuries and Rehabilitation (Simon and Coachshav) / Practice.
Simon and Coachshav will discuss and present prevention of Injuries in everyday yoga practice.
- PM – Sequencing / Practice
An intelligent sequencing method dwells from informed biomechanics rather than from erratic moods of movement. Learn to draw your practice from the intelligence within your body.
Friday, March 29th
- DAY 3
- AM- Nutrition for Health / Basics / Practice
Nutrition like breathing is voluntary and involuntary patterns within each of our lifestyles. Bad nutrition as bad breathing depletes the body’s energy levels. Learn to feed the body and the mind and remain as healthy as possible as long as possible.
- PM – Yoga – Martial Arts – Energy System/ Practice
Yoga and Martial Arts move energy and Simon is a master of body movement. His wealth of knowledge and experience draws from both practices and we have asked him to share some of his wisdom with us.
- DAY 4
- AM- Chai with Simon: A morning of Q&A followed by Practice
What’s the best way to start a day with Simon and chat on all your topics waiting for answers. Bring them on!
- PM – Yoga Philosophy – The Sutras and the Evolution of Yoga /Practice
Those who know Simon, know well how often he quotes Baghavad Gita, Patanjali Yoga Sutras or Hatha Yoga Pradipika here and there talking about tapas, Yamas, Nyamas, Svadyaya, Samadhi and much more. An afternoon with Simon to discuss philosophy and get back to the roots of Yoga!
- DAY 5
- AM – Silent Practice: Silent practice with Music.
No talk till the end. Walk-in practice with Simon. Talk after. Simon always concludes his sessions with practice in music. This morning’s practice will be ashram-style in silence, no words, no conversations, only fluid movement.
- PM: Breathing/ Prana/ Aging/ Yogi Secrets
The Yogi Secrets of Prana, Bandhas, Energy, and Long life. Learn from Simon beyond asanas and practice.
Monday 1st April
- DAY 6
- AM – Teacher Training, Teaching Yoga and the Business of Yoga – Q&A to a Senior Master
Simon runs a 35 yr old Yoga School and teaches at the University of Melbourne. Yoga is the largest and fastest growing health and fitness industry sector. Who better than Simon, teaching for 35 yrs is qualified to give us insights on how to run a Yoga business or how to behave as a yoga teacher and much more? Learn from the senior master how ethics and business can merge.
- PM: PRACTICE TIPS / Practice – Closing
Practice, Practice, Practice and all is coming!
2-Sessions (not same day) 399AED
Weekend Special 599AED (Fri to Sat)
Full 6-Days programme 1,549AED
Last Day for the booking is March 20th, 2018
Mornings: 9-12am – Evenings 6-9pm
For booking, you can do payment via Bank Transfer, Cash or Cheque
Lifestyle Yoga at Fairmont Hotel near the Trade Centre.
Shower and changing room
2-Minutes walk from Trade center metro station.