Lower Back Health Webinars

These two webinars will be recorded in November 2020 to support registrants of the online course Yoga for Lower Back Pain, offered as an alternative to the in-person course scheduled for late October in Wellington NZ, cancelled due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions.

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Empowerment Through Interoception

This is a recorded workshop.

Most historic Yoga lineages and methods have relied on models for teaching that are hard wired to ensure the student’s dependence upon the teacher as the ultimate (and sometimes only) point of reference. This pedagogic model has persisted within contemporary Yoga styles with new yoga hybrids simply filtered through the same archaic lens. Encapsulated in the phrase “Simon Says”, teachers are trained to deliver authoritative instruction with students striving to obediently replicate a posture or practice. This makes for students who become passive recipients of information rather than active participants engaged in shared inquiry and adaptive learning. This externally referenced model for teaching can gradually erode people’s ability to access and trust their own perception, kinesthesia and interoception. Donna will explore the conscious steps teachers can make to create a context for students to become adept at investigating, deducting, adapting and evolving their yoga practice. We will learn about the conditions that foster people’s ability to perceive, process and integrate the signals from within their bodies. Not only can this approach yield exceptional results for students; crossing the bridge from Simon Says to Self-Sovereignty teaching can make teaching a satisfying lifelong career.

All people enrolled in the course are encouraged to review the bonus 1-hour keynote address “Empowering People Through Interoception”. This gives an overview of the material covered in the course.

Each session will include an introductory lecture followed by a guided experiential practice intended to model shared-inquiry pedagogy. The experiential part of each session may include sitting meditation, Body Weather Reading, guided movement inquiry, and both active and passive gentle yoga practice. There will be time at the end of each session for questions and answers. 

5 Sessions

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Coming Back to Our Senses: The Yoga of Sensory Awareness

How long should I stay?  How deep should I go? What should I do today? What should I be feeling? These are all questions that arise through seeking an external reference and standing outside our own direct experience. Yet, the “breaking news” of the body’s weather is arising moment-to-moment as a fresh and accurate portrayal of our inner experience, whatever it may be.  Learning to adapt, clothe, and to tailor our approach based on this body weather report can transform Yoga practice into a powerful self-inquiry that paves the way towards self-knowledge and self-healing.

Our sense perception offers us knowledge through direct experience versus knowledge as information, yet from a very young age we’re taught to distrust our felt perception.  Years of indoctrination in methods, techniques, and formulaic paradigms developed by outside authorities can tyrannize perception, pulling us away from, rather than towards our own insight. Unconscious conditioning about pain, comfort, effort and relaxation, can thwart self-care towards self-coercion. This intensive is a chance to explore building a greater connection to and confidence in your own kinesthesia (interoception).  As you shift from the outward striving of acquisition towards the inward journey of inquisitiveness the body suggests new options, vectors, and subtle possible entry points into movement leading you back to what is true and helpful.

There are six sessions, each 2.5 hours including a presentation of the days' focus, followed by experiential practices such as Body Weather Reading in sitting meditation, guided movement inquiry, both active and Restorative yoga practice, and deep relaxation.  An additional section mostly less than 30 minutes of questions and answers was recorded and is presented here.

This intensive is for practitioners of Yoga and somatics with at least one year of consistent personal practice.

12 Sessions

Minimum requirement - 1 year of personal practice

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SIJ Dos and Don'ts

These three videos were created in response to persistent areas of concern since the SIJ course was first released in 2017. 

In 20 minutes Donna covers three common yoga practices that contribute to gradual and unknowing erosion of the SIJ integrity, provokes questions and offers alternatives.

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3 Sessions

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Donna Farhi's Sacroiliac Mini Tutorials

Thank you for visiting. Lifetime access to this ten part mini-tutorial series is available to members only. 

You can become a member by buying the product  here.

However you can watch the first of the ten videos here.

If you have any questions please email support@embodiedwisdom.pub.

About this Course: This series of Mini Tutorials is an introduction to Donna's 8 hour in-depth course on Lower Back Health with a focus on the Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ). The objective is to understand SIJ anatomy, which gives insights into how your yoga practice can support SIJ stability and strength, and how some common mis-informed instruction can degrade and actually cause SIJ instability, weakness and pain.

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