YogaSynergy with Simon Borg-Olivier @ Union Yoga UK, Edinburgh [from 2 to 3 August]

YogaSynergy with Simon Borg-Olivier

2 - 3
18:00 - 21:00

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Union Yoga UK
25 Rodney Street, EH7 4EL Edinburgh, United Kingdom
“Synergy Posture, Movement and Breathing for Energy, Health and Longevity.” — Simon Borg-Olivier

On the first workshop (Wednesday night) I will focus on the principles of safe and effective posture, movement and breathing.
August 2nd Wednesday 18:00-21:00

In this safe, accessible and effective practice Simon will show you how to move actively and fluidly from your core while initially allowing your body breathe for you, and later developing breath-control.

This practice can:
• improve flexibility without feeling intense stretch
• improve strength without feeling tense or stressed
• become more relaxed without needing to be completely passive
• improve your energy levels without having to breathe more than normal
• promote circulation without needing to make your heart beat faster
• improve the intelligence of your body cells without having to over-think
• satiate your appetite and feel nourished without having to eat as much
• feel rested and rejuvenated without having had to sleep as much

August 3rd Thursday 18:00-21:00

On the second workshop (Thursday night), I will develop these principles further and focus specifically on how to develop breathing and the control of energy.

He is an experiment that Simon did some time ago to indicate some the work he researches and practices.

SCIENCE EXPERIMENT: My best meditation ever after first holding my breath in for 6 minutes: My breathing was scientifically tested in a laboratory at RMIT University. I was hooked up to a calorimeter with a gas mask to measure energy use in terms of the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels In my expired air.

1. Breathe more than normal for 5 minutes (hyperventilation)
2. Hold my breath in for 6 minutes (hypoventilation)
3. The best meditation I have ever had with the computer saying I did not breathe for about 8 minutes, but for me I was feeling like I was totally peaceful, calm, energised and clear and just no thought of breathing in my head and no measurable breathing according to the computer.

DETAILS: In this experiment I hyperventilated (breathed more than normal) first using ten full breaths per minute (50 litres of air per minute) as opposed to the normal 5 litres of air per minute. Then I held my breath as long as I comfortably could, which turned out to be just over six full minutes.

That day amazed me. According to the computer I hyperventilated for 5 minutes then did a conscious very easy breath retention for 6 minutes. This was the longest I have ever consciously held my breath, and it was without straining, yet I decided to stop in case I fainted since, hyperventilation can give you a false sense of not having to breathe that can cause blackout. After holding my breath I consciously took two normal breaths. Then according to the computer I didn't breath for the next 8 minutes. But to me, I was not conscious of my breathing at all as I was having the best, most clear, most grounded, most energised and most blissful meditation of my life. The energy and positive feelings I got from this practice lasted for days. This is what I presume meditation (and yoga) is meant to feel like and the true purpose and method for breathing more than normal (hyperventilating) before holding the breath (hypoventilation) and then meditation
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