Moving from the Core with Donna Farhi
5 day Yoga intensive

Friday 6th Sep 2019

Yoga Sutra III:29: “Concentrated attention on the primordial navel center 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. 

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.  

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 as well as the practice of Yoga Nidra.

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.


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

WORKSHOP LENGTH/DATES 24 hours total (worth 24 CPD points for YogaAustralia members)
Friday September 6th 6.30 – 8.30pm
Saturday September 7th 9:30-12:30 and 2:00-4:30 pm
Sunday September 8th 9:30-12:30 and 2:00-4:30 pm
Monday September 9th: 9:30-12:30 and 2:00-4:30 pm
Tuesday September 10th : 9:30-12:30 and 2:00-4:30 pm

COST: $625
You may opt to pay deposit:$250 
Balance $375 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.
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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, was released in May, 2017. 

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


Friday 6th Sep 2019 To Tuesday 10th Sep 2019


North Sydney Leagues Club,
12 Abbott Street, Cammeray


(Deposit $250, Balance by August 1st of $375)

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