The Art of Teaching

There are thousands of yoga teacher training programs throughout the world. Most are heavy on content and light on the art and technique of delivery. The Art of Teaching is for teachers, young and old, beginning and experienced, who wish to radically hone their ability to teach with clarity of purpose and to provide their students with captivating learning experiences. As a post-lineage pioneer, Donna has been at the forefront of generating a new model for practicing and teaching Yoga that goes beyond prescriptive methods and heralds a return to Yoga as a path of self-inquiry. In this bi-monthly practice, discourse and discussion, Donna will share the defining principles of her model for teaching and how this can be used as a template to revolutionize your practice and instruction. Together we’ll explore the nature of a personal practice and how the teacher’s self-nourishment and deepening perception can provide embodied resources for teaching from a place of deep authenticity. She’ll expand on how to progressively lay the foundation for fostering inquiry-based learning–creating the context to increase the student’s capacity to investigate, deduct, adapt and evolve based on their unique life and journey. Over the course of a 35-year teaching career, Donna has come to recognize how difficult it can be to offer safe and sustainable Yoga within a commercial market that pressures teachers to deliver workouts in increasingly short class times. This series on the art of teaching, is intended to provide valuable resources, thought-provoking discussion and peer support for teachers who want to offer powerful learning experiences to their students and successfully forge a career that is both sustainable and satisfying.

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Ready, Set, Slow: A Stay-At-Home Retreat - Broadcast Live - 6th December 2020

Attending a retreat is a chance to reignite our yoga practice, refresh our spirits, and reset our lives on a course that feels more balanced and sustainable. But what can we do when leaving home is neither wise nor possible?  Together, we’ll bring the atmosphere of a retreat into each of our individual homes, consciously setting aside the day for self-care and self-renewal. 

Your home retreat will begin with a morning yoga class led by Donna designed to gently enliven the body and calm the mind and emotions.  After a short break, Donna will lead a fun Ayurvedic cooking class, sharing two of her favourite kitchari recipes; one for warm summer conditions and one for cooler climes. In the afternoon, Karla Brodie, will guide you through a series of Restorative Yoga postures with handy hints for tailoring each practice to create ambrosial comfort.

You can download the PDF of recipes for both main dishes and some tasty side dishes and condiments to tempt your taste buds from inside Lesson One now so that you can finish your retreat day fully prepared for a nourishing dinner.  

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Lower Back Health Webinars

The recording of the first support webinar is now available. Please log in to watch.

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Empowerment Through Interoception

Journey with internationally-renowned “teacher of the teachers” Donna Farhi as she shares her 45 years’ experience and the wisdom gained from listening to and learning from teachers around the globe. Absorb the processes and techniques that transform students from passive receivers of content to active participants in a model for learning that leads to self-sovereignty. At the same time, enrich your own yogic experience and gain the deep knowledge that will enable you to look forward to a satisfying, enduring and rewarding career.

5 Lessons

Minimum requirement - 1 year of personal practice

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Coming Back to Our Senses: The Yoga of Sensory Awareness

How long should I stay? How deep should I go? What should I do today? What should I be feeling? These are all questions that arise through seeking an external reference and standing outside our own direct experience. Yet, the “breaking news” of the body’s weather is arising moment-to-moment as a fresh and accurate portrayal of our inner experience, whatever it may be. Learning to adapt, clothe, and to tailor our approach based on this body weather report can transform Yoga practice into a powerful self-inquiry that paves the way towards self-knowledge and self-healing. Our sense perception offers us knowledge through direct experience versus knowledge as information, yet from a very young age we’re taught to distrust our felt perception. Years of indoctrination in methods, techniques, and formulaic paradigms developed by outside authorities can tyrannize perception, pulling us away from, rather than towards our own insight. Unconscious conditioning about pain, comfort, effort and relaxation, can thwart self-care towards self-coercion. This intensive is a chance to explore building a greater connection to and confidence in your own kinesthesia (interoception). As you shift from the outward striving of acquisition towards the inward journey of inquisitiveness the body suggests new options, vectors, and subtle possible entry points into movement leading you back to what is true and helpful. There are six sessions, each 2.5 hours including a presentation of the days' focus, followed by experiential practices such as Body Weather Reading in sitting meditation, guided movement inquiry, both active and Restorative yoga practice, and deep relaxation. An additional section mostly less than 30 minutes of questions and answers was recorded and is presented here. This intensive is for practitioners of Yoga and somatics with at least one year of consistent personal practice.

10 Lessons

Minimum requirement - 1 year of personal practice

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SIJ Dos and Don'ts

These three short videos were produce in response to three common questions from attendees of the full online course. In total, approximately 20 minutes viewing time.

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Donna Farhi's Sacroiliac Mini Tutorials

There is over an hour of teaching in these ten mini tutorials that have been watched by thousands of viewers. They cover some of the most common mis-conceptions about the relationship between yoga and discomfort of loss of function in the sacroiliac joint (SIJ). This video set will give you tangible action you can take to maintain a healthy SIJ and avoid life-long compromise and is a valuable introduction to the material covered in greater depth in the full-length Keys to Sacroiliac Stability and Ease of Mvoement course.

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