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21st – 25th September 2018
Gold Coast, Australia
Yoga Sutra III:29:
“Concentrated attention on the primordial navel centre brings understanding of all bodily systems.”
In both Western and Eastern traditions the center 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 center, refining the position of the navel center gives us the ability to both release and contain the energy that moves through the pelvis. Building mastery of the core body, can lead to much more than the attainment of physical strength. Learning to center ourselves is the key to developing energetic groundedness, calmness of mind and emotions, and a deep feeling of connectedness to Life.
The intensive will begin by establishing continuity and connection with the breath, not only as a means to relax and release, but also as a foundation for core stabilization. Building upon this work we will then investigate the way in which energetic support from the deep navel center 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 to support a deeper understanding of these principles.
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. Students of this work share that this shift of focus leads to a state of feeling more grounded, connected and supported. Fragility is transformed into the resilience and self-regulation. Striving and ambition are replaced with an increasing capacity to be present with whatever is arising in the moment.
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.
Friday 21st September, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 22nd – Tuesday 25th September
10:00am – 1:00pm and 2:30pm – 5:00pm 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.
$657AUD (if paid in full, includes booking fee)
Booking deposit of $300 (+booking fee) is required to secure a place.
Balance due no later than 27th July, 2018
No partial attendance is allowed for this workshop.
Due to the sequential nature of this work, students must attend ALL sessions.
Cancellation before 27th July, 2018 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
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What to bring to every session:
1x Yoga mat
2x Yoga blocks
3x wool or cotton blankets
1x yoga belt (belts should be 2.5m long made from wide cotton webbint with strong metal D-rings. Narrow, nylon belts with plastic cinches or metal pull-through ends will not suffice. Required belts can be purchased online Yoga King Australia)
1x wash cloth/face cloth (any size will do)
1x hand towel (approximately 440 x 580mm, ideally thin)
1x thick bath towel (approximately 710 x 1340mm, ideally soft and luxuriously thick)
1x Muscle Release Ball (aka Gertie Balls) preferably 7 inch diameter size (18 cm) and no larger than 9 inches (23 cm). These are sometimes known as Pilates balls. This is essential equipment and there will be an option to purchase one at the time of booking.
1x copy of the required textbook Pathways to a Centered Body by Donna Farhi and Leila Stuart
A bag lunch each day (optional but highly recommended)
NOTE: It is essential that students bring ALL of the above props in order to participate fully in the workshop. Donna is offering workshop participants a discounted workshop bundle including a copy of the book and a Muscle Release Ball which can be pre-ordered here. Orders must be received by 20th August 2018.
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, Pathways to a Centered Body: Yoga Therapy for Strengthening Your Core, Healing Back Pain and Moving With Ease, which was released in 2017.