Donna Farhi Workshop

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Moving From The Core

A Five Day Yoga Intensive With Donna Farhi

June 16-20th 2017 Edinburgh


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. Having a strong yet mobile core not only has a powerful physical effect, it also affects us energetically, emotionally and spiritually.

The intensive will begin by establishing continuity and connection with our breath. Building upon this work we will then investigate the way in which energetic support from the deep navel centre 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 and provide extensive digital illustrated handouts to support your ongoing study and practice.

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. The mindful practice of yama serves to develop a sense of calmness in the nervous system and steadiness of the mind and heart.

Structure Of The Workshop

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.

Who May Attend This Workshop?

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.

What Do I Need To Bring?

Essential: Yoga mat, 1 belt (long, wide, cotton with metal D rings) , 1 brick, 3 wool or cotton blankets, 1 thick bath towel, 1 face cloth, 1 bolster & a Gertie Ball

A packed lunch each day (optional), there are also plenty of cafés nearby



Friday 16th June 6.00-8.00pm
Saturday 17th June to Tuesday 20th June
10.00am-1.00pm & 2.30-5.00pm (each day)

Registration opens at 5.00pm on the Friday (please aim to be settled by 5.45pm)

Depending on numbers Donna may have two experienced teaching assistants to help participants integrate the material



Prince Philip Building
Surgeons Hall
Nicolson Street
Edinburgh EH8 9DW

A lovely, light filled studio space within a refurbished Georgian Building in central Edinburgh



Workshop Fee: £440

Payable by Bank Transfer


Venue Directions and Accommodation Options

Location & Directions To The Venue

Prince Philip Building,
Surgeons Hall
Nicolson Street,
Edinburgh EH8 9DW

The Prince Phillip Building is a lovely, light filled studio space within a refurbished Georgian building in central Edinburgh.  It can be accessed via the pillared front entrance to the Surgeons Hall opposite the Festival Theatre. Walk through the private gardens and enter the Prince Phillip building through the lobby area.

About Prince Philip Building – Deacon Suite


Location of Prince Philip Venue within the Surgeon’s Hall complex


Directions and transport routes to venue (including parking options)


Accommodation Options

The venue for the 2016 Donnah Farhi workshop, Prince Phillip Building, Surgeons Hall, is situated in the centre of Edinburgh. It is 10 minutes walk to Princes Street the main shopping area of the city, and the UNESCO world heritage ‘New Town’.  It lies in close proximity to the University of Edinburgh and straddles the old town and the south-side of Edinburgh with the Central Mosque just around the corner, making its location a vibrant and lively cultural mix of Mediterranean, North African and Middle Eastern cafe’s and restaurants, as well as the more traditional Scottish and British pubs and eateries.
The Royal Mile and Old Town has a large number of hotels catering for every budget, and given that Edinburgh is such a popular tourist destination a vast selection of B&B’s and self catering apartments within 10 minutes walk. For a less urban feel there are leafy suburban areas within a 20-40min walk that also offer an excellent range of hotels, B&B’s and self catering accommodation.

The following web sites are a good place to start but there are many more: (edinburgh/scotland)

Transport Links:
Edinburgh has an excellent local bus service

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations on or before 28th March 2017 will be refunded minus a £40 administrative fee

Cancellations after 28th March until 2nd June 2017 will only be refunded if your place can be filled from the waitlist minus a £40 administrative fee

We regret to inform you that after 2nd June 2017 no refund is available

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 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.

Your Hosts

For many years now, Aileen Orr (  and I (Jahna Clark) have been deeply inspired and nourished by the wonderful teachings of Donna Farhi.  We are therefore delighted and honoured to be hosting her here in Edinburgh and warmly invite you to come join us for what promises to be a truly life-enriching experience.