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Yoga Synergy

Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga

Co-written by physiotherapists and yoga teachers, Simon Borg Olivier (MSc BAppSc Physiotherapy) and Bianca Machliss (BSc BAppSc Physiotherapy) of Yoga Synergy in Sydney, Australia.

An invaluable resource, this book includes recent and previously unpublished research into the science of hatha yoga, yoga anatomy, yoga physiology and yoga therapy. Available for purchase as a downloadable PDF or in hard copy.

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Co-written over 15 years by physiotherapists and yoga teachers, Simon Borg Olivier (MSc BAppSc Physiotherapy) and Bianca Machliss (BSc BAppSc Physiotherapy) of YogaSynergy in Sydney, Australia, this book includes recent and previously unpublished research into the science of Hatha Yoga and yoga therapy.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 minimizing 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 Hatha Yoga.

The information in this 460 page book, is based on a unique combination of 30 years of practical experience of yoga and theoretical study of human anatomy and physiology. This is a very helpful reference book for all yoga practitioners and especially for yoga teachers. It also contains practical information that is not available (and has not been published) anywhere else.

This book is unique in that it contains useful information on the following aspects of Hatha Yoga:

  • Find out how to get a simple and practical understanding of anatomy for use in yoga so that instead of having to learn about more than 250 joints and 650 named muscles you only need to learn 9 main joint-complexes and 15 pairs of opposing muscle groups.
  • Gain knowledge about 3 important nerve reflexes and see how these can be practically used to increase strength, flexibility and the ability to relax. Learn how an understanding of these important reflexes can also be very useful in yoga therapy.
  • See how there are 4 ways that each opposing muscle group can be used around each joint-complex in any yoga pose. Find out how this can totally change your yoga practice and give you control of your physical body.
  • Discover the important relationships between joint-complexes, muscle groups and nerve reflexes, and how they interact to allow the generation of bandhas.
  • Learn how the physical aspect of a bandha can be defined as the co-activation (simultaneous tensing) of antagonistic (opposing) muscle groups across a joint-complex.
  • Find out how to create 9 pairs of bandhas that can significantly increase joint stability over the entire body, help reduce injury and promote an increase in circulation and healing.
  • Discover the basis of how yoga actually works to make you feel instantly different. Learn how this is due to the action of 7 circulatory pumps. Some of these, such as the bandha (co-activation) pump, are unique to Hatha Yoga. Total control of 18 bandhas in conjunction with the other 6 circulatory pumps allows the possibility to regulate and control the flow of prana (energy) and citta (consciousness) through the nadis (channels of the body which include blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerves and acupuncture meridians).
  • Learn 9 special mudras which specifically tension (stretch) 9 important nerves and acupuncture meridians. When properly applied these mudras can help the functioning of many of the joints, regulate the nervous system, control body temperature and affect the functioning of internal organs.
  • Discover the most important aspects of the little understood science of pranayama. Learn how ideal yogic breathing is the opposite of what most people think it is, i.e. that breathing in advanced yoga should eventually be less (not more) than it is in everyday life. This is the key to understanding the bandhas, being able to meditate easily, have lots of energy and be able to live happily with relatively little food and sleep.
  • Learn how to use all this information to enhance strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, the ability to relax, ability to heal old injuries, ability to avoid new injuries and do yoga with maximum results and minimum effort.