Yoga Sutra III:29: “Concentrated attention on the
primordial navel center brings understanding of all bodily
In both Western and Eastern traditions the centre of gravity within
the pelvis is considered the calibrating keystone for organizing
the entire body. Sometimes referred to as the hara, dantien or the
deep navel centre, refining the position of the navel centre gives
us the ability to both release and contain the energy that moves
through the pelvis. Having a strong yet mobile core not only has a
powerful physical effect, it also affects us energetically,
emotionally and spiritually.
The intensive will begin by establishing continuity and connection
with our breath. Building upon this work we will then investigate
the way in which energetic support from the deep navel centre is
reinforced through our physical structure. A key feature of this
intensive will be learning to fluidly release and then activate the
support of the “primary” inner core muscles, the psoas, a complex
stabilizing muscle that lies parallel to the lower spine and
connects the spine and pelvis to the legs. As these inner muscles
come into balance, we can strengthen our core body to protect and
support the sacroiliac joint, lower back and spine. Donna will
present several anatomical PowerPoint presentations and provide
extensive digital illustrated handouts to support your ongoing
study and practice.
A particular emphasis of this workshop will be using the practice
of yama or “restraint” as a way of bringing our fullest attention
to stability within both the body and mind. Stability is then used
as the prerequisite condition from which to expand and a stable
reference point to which we can return. The mindful practice of
yama serves to develop a sense of calmness in the nervous system
and steadiness of the mind and heart.
Each day will be divided into two sessions. Morning and afternoon
classes will include some lecture, guided movement inquiry and a
diverse range of both active and restorative asana practice.
Participants should have a sound working knowledge of the basic
asanas and have had a consistent Yoga practice for at least one
year. No partial attendance will be allowed for this intensive.
***If booking for more than one person, please do so by
calling 020 3362 3355 otherwise the second person's place will not
be allocated. Do not book via website***
Donna Farhi is a Yoga teacher who has been
practicing for 39 years and teaching since 1982. She is one of the
most sought after guest teachers in the world, leading intensives
and teacher training programs internationally. Her approach to Yoga
is informed by the refinement of natural and universal movement
principles that underlie safe and sustainable Yoga practice. This
concentration on fundamental principles allows student of all
levels of experience and from all traditions to build their own
authentic Yoga practice. Considered the “teacher of teachers”
students return to Donna’s intensives year after year to be a part
of the inspiring evolution of Donna’s own practice and
Donna is the author of four contemporary classics; The Breathing
Book, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness and
Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living.
Her fourth book Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student
Relationship is a curricular text for teaching trainings worldwide.
In 2017 Donna will release a fifth book, Anatomy of a Centered
Body, co-authored with Leila Stuart. She has been profiled in
four separate publications on exceptional contemporary teachers of
our time, including Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga. After
nearly four decades of practice Donna believes that Yoga is about
learning to befriend our self and to be in friendship with others
as a means to building greater fellowship with all of humanity.
American born, Donna now resides in Christchurch, New Zealand on a
30-acre farm with her horses, Santosha, Liberty and Ambrosia.