We are delighted to host world renown Yoga teacher of teachers Donna Farhi, for a one day workshop.

Empowering People
Through Interoception
with Donna Farhi

1st February 2021, $150
10am-1pm, 2.15-5pm

Taitamariki Hall
Auburn Street Reserve
Takapuna, Auckland
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There are also still places on Donna’s weekend workshop, Building Resilience: Renewing our Capacity for Regeneration, 29th-31st January 2021, which is hosted over at sacredmoves.com

For further info please email us on info@yogateachertraining.nz

From Simon says to self-sovereignty, empowering people through interoception: a teacher’s intensive.

Most historic yoga lineages and methods have relied on models for teaching that are hard wired to ensure the student’s dependence upon the teacher as the ultimate (and sometimes only) point of reference.

This pedagogic model has persisted within contemporary yoga styles with new yoga hybrids simply filtered through the same archaic lens. Encapsulated in the phrase “Simon says”, teachers are trained to deliver authoritative instruction, and students strive to accurately replicate the posture or practice.

This makes for students who become passive recipients of information rather than active participants engaged in shared inquiry and adaptive learning. This externally referenced model for teaching can gradually erode people’s ability to access and trust their own perception, kinesthesia and interoception.

In this teacher’s intensive, Donna will explore the conscious steps teachers can make to create a context for students to become adept at investigating, deducting, adapting and evolving their yoga practice.

We will learn about the conditions that foster people’s ability to perceive, process and integrate the signals from within their bodies. Not only can this approach yield exceptional results for participants; crossing the bridge from Simon says to self-sovereignty teaching can make teaching a more satisfying lifelong career.

This one-day intensive also includes access to an online one-hour keynote speech from Donna on Empowering People through Interoception - as a prerequisite to attending the course. 

About Donna Farhi

Donna Farhi is a Yoga teacher who has been practicing for over 40 years and teaching since 1982.

As a post-lineage pioneer, Donna has been at the forefront of generating a new model for teaching and practice that fosters self-inquiry through the cultivation of each persons inner reference system. Going beyond the archaic pedagogic model that is characterised by “Simon Says” mimicry and rigid formulaic methodology, her approach is to create a safe learning environment where her students can investigate, adapt and evolve their practice to honour their individual needs.

Incorporating the rigorous backing of anatomical principles for safe and sustainable practice, Donna offers progressive levels of engagement that allow people 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 teaching.

Donna is the author of four contemporary classics: The Breathing BookYoga Mind, Body and Spirit: A Return to WholenessBringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living, and Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship which is a curricular text for teaching trainings worldwide.

Her fifth and most recent book, co-authored with Leila Stuart, Pathways to a Centered Body: Gentle Yoga Therapy for Core Stability, Healing Back Pain and Moving with Ease is becoming the go-to text for Yoga teachers, therapists and somatic practitioners.

Her latest online tutorial courses on Anatomy of a Centered Body and Yoga for Lower Back Pain: Keys to Sacroiliac Stability and Ease of Movement, are making her expertise more accessible to teachers and students worldwide (donnafarhi.co.nz).

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