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.
Register now to access 10 hours of recorded material and two live sessions with Donna Farhi held on April 18th and May 2nd 7-8:15pm EST
Thank you so much for this workshop. I appreciated being able to go over the material at my own pace and was able to embody the new knowledge I gained from Donna's insightful teachings.
What You'll Receive
2 live sessions with Donna Farhi held on April 18th and May 2nd 7-8:15pm EST. Live sessions will be recorded for viewing on demand
6 month access to over 10 hrs of video instruction
Downloadable .pdfs and illustrations
6 CEUs recognized by the North American Yoga Alliance
Desktop, iOS and Android compatible formats
Certificate of completion from Naada Yoga
Session One - A New Pedagogy for Teaching Yoga: This session will begin with a PowerPoint lecture where Donna will elucidate some of the central principles that underlie a shared-inquiry pedagogy. Using the more contemporary self-determined learning strategies enabled through a shift to Heutogogy (from the Greek verb “to discover”), we’ll look at how enhanced ability to inner reference can support autonomy and capability. We’ll finish the session with several guided inquiries that foster a felt experience of whole body breathing.
Session Two - Rules versus Principles. Drawing on the work of Philip Shepherd, author of New Self, New World, this session will begin with a discussion about the difference between rules and principles and how a reorientation towards exploring principles can act as a springboard into limitless forms of integration. Donna will model how a singular principle can be explored in a 1.5 hour class designed to give you a direct experience of
Session Three- From Giving Answers to Posing Questions: The Language of Guided Inquiry. In this session we’ll cover:
-The language of guiding inquiry: from giving answers to posing questions.
-Balancing form and content, structure and exploration.
-Strengthening the inquiry process by limiting what is explored.
-The power of pause, open exploration, and non-interference.
-Identifying limiting pedagogic assumptions (teacher knows best) and learning to see with “intelligent not-knowing”.
-Using the technique of “Body Weather Reading” to engage the student’s own navigational process.
Donna will lead an experiential session where she will juxtapose old and new pedagogic strategies so that teachers can directly experience how one’s approach can either foster or suppress investigative learning.
Session Four - Using Templates for Kinesthetic Learning Offering Student Stages of Inquiry, Progressive Points of Entry, and Layered Instructions. In this class Donna will demonstrate how the human developmental pattern of Navel Radiation can be used as a template for guided inquiry, offering each person the ability to choose which stage of inquiry is most relevant to their experience. We’ll also explore how progressive points of entry can allow different individual abilities and levels of experience to coexist happily in a group class.
Session Five: Planning Classes - Considering the Class Plan as an Artistic Process. Keeping classes fresh and engaging can be truly challenging, especially when working with students over many months and years. Working on and revising class plans can radically improve the skillfulness of your teaching. Donna will share the planning template she has used throughout her career as well as strategies and approaches to developing class material.
This course qualifies for 6 CEUs via the Yoga Alliance.
Leading yoga teacher Donna Farhi has been practicing for over 45 years’ and teaching since 1982. As a post-lineage pioneer, Donna has been at the forefront of generating a new model for teaching that fosters self-inquiry through the cultivation of a deepening trust in one’s own perceptions.
Through creating a warm atmosphere free of judgment and competition she invites her students to investigate their experience and to adapt and evolve their practice according to their individual needs. Incorporating the rigorous backing of anatomical principles for safe and sustainable practice, Donna offers progressive levels of engagement that allow people of all levels of experience and from all traditions to build their own authentic yoga practice. Considered the “teacher of teachers” people return to Donna’s intensives year after year to be a part of the inspiring evolution of her own practice and teaching.
Donna’s livestream and online courses make her expertise accessible to teachers and students worldwide. In 2021, Donna will become the first yoga teacher to present the practice of yoga to a global audience through MasterClass USA. This e-learning platform provides classes taught by some of the world’s foremost minds and experts in their fields.
Donna is the author of four contemporary classics: The Breathing Book, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness, Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living, and Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship which is a curricular text for teaching training worldwide.
Her fifth and most recent book, co-authored with Leila Stuart, Pathways to a Centered Body: Gentle Yoga Therapy for Core Stability, Healing Back Pain and Moving with Ease is becoming the go-to text for Yoga teachers, therapists and somatic practitioners. The book is grounded in personal experience. In April 2017, Donna fractured her pelvis in two places as a result of a serious riding accident.
Her lengthy rehabilitation has given her extraordinary insights into the profound consciousness of the body and its ability to heal.