Befriending the Body, Befriending the Self:
 A Yoga Intensive with Donna Farhi

What does it mean to be in friendship with our selves?  What would it feel like to welcome all of our experience with the same acceptance and kindness we would offer a good friend?  This intensive is an opportunity to develop a more compassionate and nourishing approach to your practice of Yoga.  By cultivating a quality of perception that is “without an ideal” we learn to accurately gauge our physical, mental, and emotional state as well as the practices that may bring us back into balance.  As we learn to perceive and trust the subtle sensation of the body, we can adapt our practice moment-to-moment in a way that is firm and disciplined yet infinitely caring of self.

Many of us unconsciously bring a quality of striving to our Yoga practice, which can play itself out as forceful self-coercion, frustration, and even injury.  This intensive is a chance to learn how to befriend the body through incorporating gentle warming, hydrating and conditioning movement in preparation for safely increasing range-of-motion.  We will also investigate the way in which individual differences in anatomical structure and constitution require each posture and practice to be adapted to the person.  In this way your Yoga practice can become a practical tool, relevant to your unique life situation and your personal objectives.  As your needs change, your Yoga practice can be in a state of continual evolution.

Each day will include the practice of guided sitting meditation and movement inquiry, gentle asana practice and Restorative Yoga, combined with a daily period of self-study and Yoga Nidra.  We will explore how to meet and greet our experience in a step-by-step process that fosters self-acceptance and the ability to self-regulate.  Abiding in loving friendship with ourselves we pave the way toward a greater connection with others.

Those with at least one year of consistent Yoga practice up to teacher level are welcome to attend this intensive.

Donna Farhi is a Yoga teacher who has been practicing for over 40 years and teaching since 1982.  As a post-lineage pioneer, Donna has been at the forefront of generating a new model for teaching and practice that fosters self-inquiry through the cultivation of each person’s inner reference system.  Going beyond the archaic pedagogic model that is characterised by “Simon Says” mimicry and rigid formulaic methodology, her approach is to create a safe learning environment where her students can investigate, adapt and evolve their practice to honor 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” students return to Donna’s intensives year after year to be a part of the inspiring evolution of Donna’s own practice and teaching.

Read more about Donna Farhi
More about Donna Farhi
Donna is the author of four contemporary classics: The Breathing Book, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to WholenessBringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living, and Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship which is a curricular text for teaching trainings 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. Her latest online tutorial courses on Anatomy of a Centered Body and Yoga for Lower Back Pain: Keys to Sacroiliac Stability and Ease of Movement is making her expertise more accessible to teachers and students worldwide (

“I use the word “yoga” to mean all those physical and verbal and emotional and meditative things I do in loving response to the needs of my body and spirit.”

- Todd Walton, “Open Body: Creating Your Own Personal Yoga

“Working with Donna is like deep sea diving ... being invited to access a deeper, more subterranean part of myself that I'm not used to spending time in. Slowing down, diving in and really allowing myself to ask questions about my physical, mental and emotional state of being."

- Emily Buttle, Sydney

Friday 14th of June 2019: 18:00 - 20:00
Saturday 15th of June - Tuesday 18th of June: 10:00 - 13:00 and 14:30 - 17:00

Norges Idrettshøyskole
Sognsveien 220
0863 Oslo
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What to bring:
Yoga mat, x1 belt, x2 blocks, x3 blankets, x 1 bolster, x 1bath towel, x1 face cloth, x1 18cm gertieball.

Please note that there will be no partial enrollment for this intensive.

Class numbers will be limited for this engagement. Depending on numbers Donna will have at least one experienced teaching assistant to help participants integrate the material.

Fees and cancellation policy
Fees and cancellation policy

Full price: 5 500 kr
Early bird: 5 000 kr (until 1 February 2019)
Full price can be payed in instalments:
1000 kr for signing up
2250 kr due November 1st 2018
2250 kr due March 1st 2019

Cancellation policy:
Cancellations before 1 April 2019 will be refunded minus a 500 kr cancellation fee.
Cancellations after 1st of April will only be refunded if your space can be taken by others.
After 5 th of June 2019, no refunds will be given.

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