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Enhancing Blood Circulation Without Increasing Your Heart Rate

Broadcast on June 07, 2023
With Simon Borg-Olivier
Hosted by Dr. Martha Eddy, RSMT

Simon Borg-Olivier discusses the importance of doing physical practices that are gentle on the body yet develop strength, flexibility, and fitness. You can enhance blood circulation without needing to increase your heart rate (which he refers to as sharing good energy in your body), keeping you in a relaxed state of parasympathetic dominance (which he refers to as sharing loving information), while still doing things that many people would find stressful. This experience can be a model for life.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Exercise has benefits including increased blood circulation, but can also induce stress, while meditation and relaxation can remove stress but rarely increase circulation
  • It is possible to create practices that improve blood circulation without needing to increase heart rate, allowing you to enter a meditative state like the zone of an elite athlete
  • A 5-10 min experiential practice 

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Simon Borg-Olivier

Co-Founder & Director of Yoga Synergy

Simon Borg-Olivier, MSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy) APAM, c-IAYT, has practiced various types of traditional posture, movement, breathing, and mental control for 55 years. His primary modalities include hatha yoga, Qigong, non-contact internal martial arts, dance, music, chanting, and massage. He has been a registered physiotherapist for 25 years. 

Simon is a research scientist and university lecturer. He has been regularly invited to teach about exercise, meditation, therapy, nutrition, and life coaching at conferences, festivals, and intensive teacher training courses internationally since 1990. He also teaches online courses on the applications of posture, movement, and breathing for fitness, internal health, wellbeing, and longevity.

Simon has studied intensively with great traditional masters worldwide, including masters from Tibet, Japan, India, and China. Along with his business partner and fellow physiotherapist Bianca Machliss, Simon has co-authored many books and scientific articles, including Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga, the textbook for two courses taught at Australia’s RMIT University.

Simon Borg-Olivier