Mastering the Art of Adjusting with Donna Farhi
Become a Teacher with Hands that Heal

Monday 17th Sep 2018

A Two-Day Intensive for Yoga Teachers

We are currently taking a waitlist for this workshop.
There’s still a good chance you can attend so do register.


Introduction: Considered the mother of all senses, touch is to human beings as sunlight is to plants–– essential to survival and nourishing to growth.  For over twenty years Donna Farhi has been actively researching a model for teaching Yoga in which all instruction (including adjustments) are intended to lead  students toward their own inner teacherSomatic research shows that movement is learned more quickly through the sense of kinesthesia (felt sensation) than the auditory senses (hearing instructions and translating them into action) or through the visual field (seeing and copying what we see).  One of the most direct means of communicating qualities of movement and awareness of the body is through the medium of touch. 


Day One: On our first day together we will learn how to offer neutral cellular touch as a means to connect, listen and establish a kinesthetic ground from which more distinct and nuanced qualities of movement can be both felt and suggested.  This base level touch then acts as an anchor for all other levels of communicating.  We will then explore how to communicate the fluidic breath current through touch creating a foundation for more directive use of the hands.  We will also explore how to “speak” to different body systems such as the skin, muscles, bones, and internal organs through subtle shifts of quality of touch and intention.

Integral to this work is a model for teacher-student communication that embodies compassionate witnessing and acceptance, respect for the individual in setting the threshold for optimal learning, and analysis of techniques in light of whether they cultivate inner reference systems or dependence upon the teacher.

Day One will include:

  • A PowerPoint presentation on inquiry-based learning
  • Dyad work establishing neutral touch and touch that elicits a fuller breathing process.
  • Engaging more specific touch to bring awareness to the musculoskeletal and organ systems.
  • Application in simple asanas.


Day Two: 

Doing Yoga with the help of a sensitive partner or teacher can quicken our understanding of the postures and teach us the subtle and neglected art of communicating with others through touch.  Whether we are a teacher working to suggest a new possibility to a Yoga student, or two students working together to go further than we might on our own, partnerwork can be a potent medium for powerful change.  Many of us, however, have had negative experiences of being forcefully adjusted, even injured by well-meaning teachers and fellow students and may feel justifiably leery of working with another. 

On our second day together you will learn how to practice safe lifting and body mechanics as well as setting clear boundaries for working with rather than on each other.  Centering ourselves and entering a neutral state of receptivity as the prerequisite to each exchange, we’ll explore how we can use touch to:

  • Educate (help our students learn a new skill)
  • Sensitize (increase awareness of particular body parts, places and movements) • Support (offer assistance when learning scary postures like handstand and headstand)
  • Expand and Increase Range-of-Motion (learn to safely and accurately gauge new movement potential)
  • Remember (be on the receiving end of some of the adjustments we may use in our classes: crucial for teachers)
  • Heal (Come up with new solutions to old problems, difficulties and limitations)

We will explore a broad range of asanas and practices to anchor these new skills.  Come prepared to feel new pleasure in both giving and receiving intelligent touch. 

Recommended reading “Touch: The Human Significance of Skin”  by Ashley Montagu

(N.B. Please wear a T-shirt and tights or pants and leave your jewelry at home so we do not have to navigate our way around bangles, necklaces and metal rings!)


North Sydney Leagues Club,
12 Abbott Street, Cammeray
See location map HERE

WORKSHOP LENGTH/DATES 11 hours total (worth 11 CPD points for YogaAustralia members)
Monday September 17: 9:30-12:30 and 2:00-4:30 pm
Tuesday September 18: 9:30-12:30 and 2:00-4:30 pm

COST: $339
You may opt to pay deposit:$148 
Balance $191 due by August 1st

Donna’s events are usually oversubscribed so cancellation conditions are:

  • Cancellations before August 1 will incur a $25 processing fee.
  • Refunds after August 2 can only be made if we can fill your place from a wait list

Please try to bring 3 yoga blankets, yoga mat, a strap, bolster and block.
Limited props will be available to borrow at the workshop.

A bistro is located downstairs, and several local cafes and delis are nearby. We recommend bringing your own lunch to enjoy in the local park.

Free parking : available in North’s Car Park. We encourage car-pooling if at all possible.
Regular public transport (bus) is also available from North Sydney station
Public transport times and routes:


Google local Cammeray or North Sydney accommodation.
We also recommend Stayz and AirBnB.
Choose from hostels, hotels, home-stay, motel and holiday apartments to suit your budget.


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.  

Her fifth book, co-authored with Leila Stuart, Pathways to a Centered Body: Gentle Yoga Therapy for Core Stability, Healing Back Pain and Moving with Ease, will be released in May, 2017. 

American-born, Donna now resides in Christchurch, New Zealand on a 30-acre farm with her partner and three horses.


Monday 17th Sep 2018 To Tuesday 18th Sep 2018
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


North Sydney Leagues Club,
12 Abbott Street, Cammeray


(Option for deposit $148 and balance $191 by Aug 1st)

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