Donna Farhi 2017

Befriending the Body, Befriending the Self:
A Yoga Intensive with Donna Farhi

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27th – 31st October 2017
Gold Coast, Australia

“I use the word “yoga” to mean all those physical and verbal and emotional and meditative things I do in loving response to the needs of my body and spirit.”
~ Todd Walton, “Open Body: Creating Your Own Personal Yoga”

“Working with Donna is like deep sea diving … being invited to access a deeper, more subterranean part of myself that I’m not used to spending time in. Slowing down, diving in and really allowing myself to ask questions about my physical, mental and emotional state of being.”
~ Emily Buttle, Sydney

What does it mean to be in friendship with our selves?  What would it feel like to welcome all of our experience with the same acceptance and kindness we would offer a good friend?  This intensive is an opportunity to develop a more compassionate and nourishing approach to your practice of Yoga.  By cultivating a quality of perception that is “without an ideal” we learn to accurately gauge our physical, mental and emotional state as well as the practices that may bring us back into balance.  As we learn to perceive and trust the subtle sensation of the body, we can adapt our practice moment-to-moment in a way that is firm and disciplined yet infinitely caring of self.

Many of us unconsciously bring a quality of striving to our Yoga practice, which can play itself out as forceful self-coercion, frequently resulting in injury.  This intensive is a chance to learn how to befriend the body by gently warming, hydrating and softening body tissue in preparation for safely increasing range-of-motion.  We will also investigate the way in which individual differences in anatomical structure and constitution require each posture and practice to be adapted to the person.  In this way our Yoga practice becomes a practical tool, relevant to our unique life situation and our personal objectives.  As our needs change, our Yoga practice can be in a state of continual evolution.

Each day will include the practice of guided sitting meditation and movement inquiry, gentle asana practice and Restorative Yoga, combined with a daily period of self-study and Yoga Nidra.  We will explore how to meet and greet our experience in a step-by-step process that fosters self-acceptance and the ability to self-regulate.  Abiding in loving friendship with ourselves we pave the way toward a greater connection with others.

Those with at least one year of consistent Yoga practice up to teacher level are welcome to attend this intensive.

Workshop Schedule
Friday October 27th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday October 28th – Tuesday October 31st
9:30am – 12:30pm and 2:00pm – 4:30pm each day

Please arrive on Friday from 5pm and no later than 5.30pm so you have time to register and settle in. We suggest that you give yourselves ample time to arrive.

$645 AUD
Booking deposit of $300 is required to secure a place.
Balance due no later than 25th August, 2017
No partial enrollment possible.
Due to the sequential nature of this work, students must attend ALL sessions.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation before August 25, 2017 will be refunded minus a $70.00 administrative fee.
Cancellations after this date will only be refunded if your place can be filled from the wait list.

Albert Waterways Community Center
61 Sunshine Blvd
Mermaid Waters
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About Donna Farhi
Donna Farhi is a Yoga teacher who has been practicing for 40 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 teaching.

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. 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.  Her fifth book, co-authored with Leila Stuart, Anatomy of a Centered Body: Yoga Therapy for Strengthening Your Core, Healing Back Pain and Moving With Ease, will be released in 2017.

What to bring
1x Yoga mat
2x Yoga blocks
3 x wool or cotton blankets
1-2 bolsters
2, yes TWO, x 8-foot long yoga belts made from wide cotton webbint with strong metal D-rings. Narrow, nylon belts with plastic cinches or metal pull-through ends will not suffice.
1x hand towel (approximately 440 x 580mm, ideally thin)
1x wash cloth/face cloth (any size will do)
1x thick bath towel (approximately 710 x 1340mm, ideally soft and luxuriously thick)
A bag lunch each day (optional but highly recommended)
If you have a Gertie Ball, please bring it with you to the workshop (not essential).

NOTE: It is essential that students bring ALL of the above props in order to participate fully in the workshop. 

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