What Others Are Saying About Pathways to a Centered Body

Learn Multiple Protocols

I love this book! Farhi and Stuart have created a manual that is intelligent, in-depth, and manages to be grounded in the physical realm while connecting us to our hearts, our histories and our spirits. It roots us in the anatomy illuminating our true core, and offers beautifully illustrated explorations, exercises and approaches to familiar Yoga poses. We learn multiple protocols designed to help us find, release, balance and/or strengthen the Iliopsoas system safely and mindfully. This gentle work will be of interest to yogis and Yoga teachers, bodyworkers and anyone who wants to live a centered and healthy life.

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Annie Carpenter Creator of SmartFlow Yoga

Taking the Concepts Far Beyond Standard ... Textbooks

Donna’s teaching has greatly increased my understanding of biomechanics and human movement, taking the concepts far beyond standard health science textbooks. Applying this knowledge to yoga creates a profound awareness of subtle changes and possibilities within the human body and spirit. I am looking forward to integrating this with my studies in yoga, remedial massage and mind-body medicine. Above all, I really appreciated Donna’s grounded, practical approach to yoga and teaching.

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Kelly Elizabeth Fox

I Turn To This Book Weekly

Personally, I have L4, L5 disc issues and many, many clients with back pain.

I turn to this book weekly as I really like how the sequence pages are clear and easy to follow. My students keep coming back saying it’s the only class where they can learn simple poses that they can do at home that really work!

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Joan Miller Therapeutic Yoga Teacher

Sequence Pages Are Clear And Easy To Follow

Personally, I have L4, L5 disc issues and many, many clients with back pain.

I turn to this book weekly as I really like how the sequence pages are clear and easy to follow. My Students keep coming back saying it’s the only class where they can learn simple poses that they can do at home that really work!

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Joan Miller, Australia

My Back Has Been Much Happier

My lower back has been bothering me increasingly for several years. Its not quite pain. More like discomfort. It seems to have been aggravated by the construction work that I do.

I began heating my back and stretching in the evenings. I saw a spinal doctor at the Veterans Administration several times. I went through a course of physical therapy. I went through a chiropractic sequence. I tried an inversion table. I’ve used a Med Massager. I went to a masseuse for most of a year.

These treatments provided me with some temporary relief but none of them had lasting effects.


Somewhere on Facebook several months ago I came across Donna Farhi, Leila Stuart and Yoga U Online. I bought the Pathways to a Centered Body book and then the Anatomy of a Centered Body online course.


I began reading the book. I was struggling to get through the anatomy and happened to catch Donna on Facebook. She said to not worry about the anatomy and to try the exercises on pages 168-9 in the Pathways book. I did and my back has been much happier since I began integrating these practices.


Many thanks.

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Brian Sorensen Construction worker and novice yoga practitioner.

Simply the Best of the Best

Donna’s work is of the highest integrity, cohesion and value I have ever found in 37 years of my Yoga path. Simply the best of the best.

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Carol Stall Yoga Teacher

Fifteen Years of Strong Asana Practice Left Me In A Lot of Pain

If you want to go deeper into your understanding of how your body works, to find blind spots and start working with the core buy this book! I now approach my personal Asana practice and teaching with much more confidence. Several long-standing issues in my body have been addressed and improved.

Fifteen years of strong Asana practice left me in a lot of pain (sacroiliac joints, lumbar, dorsal, meniscus and cervical spine). My science background led me to look outside my lineage for answers. I return again and again to this book, re-read and re-experiment. Now the core is central to my work. My favourite new insight is that “Mobility of the periphery depends on the stability of the core”. It is NOT strong abdominals that give stability, but the sense of the central cylinder.

I now understand my own imbalances (scoliosis, QL, psoas) and have found new ways to balance them. Daily, I can help my students find new ways to move with ease, some of these students have been with me for a decade.

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Martina Marre Practising since 1994, full time teacher of since 2002 , 1:1 teacher trainer and mentor

An Exquisite and Important Book

Pathways to a Centered Body is an exquisite and important book. The writing, photographs and illustrations are lucid, accessible and gorgeous. Donna’s ability to weave together objective, scientific data with living, breathing, first person experience is unusual and extremely satisfying. I felt addressed at every level – physical, energetic, mental/emotional, intellectual and spiritual – and I felt respected and cared for as the reader. Donna offers us a detailed map and guides us gently and with consummate skill through the vast terrain of our own experience, taking us home to our true center. As a Yoga practitioner and teacher I refer to this book often, rereading particular passages, practicing appropriate sequences and being inspired by the embodied wisdom that is reflected in these pages. I’ve never had the privilege of studying with Donna in person so I am especially grateful to have this book as a vehicle to learn from a compassionate, wise master.

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Judy Orloff Yoga Practitioner and Teacher

The Number One Muscle to Know If You Have Back Pain of Any Kind

The Number One muscle to know if you have a back pain of any kind, or physical practice of any kind, is the psoas. There’s a tremendous buzz about core strength in the fitness world, usually limited to building abs of steel, but there’s so much more to it. This book is the best way to get to know the psoas in all its subtlety, all its versatility, all its crankiness, and all its power and glory. Your body will be grateful.

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Ellen Saltonstall E-RYT500 Yoga and bodywork teacher and teacher trainer, author of Anatomy and Yoga: A Guide for Teachers and Students, co-author of Yoga for Arthritis and Yoga for Osteoporosis

Empowers Us to Self-Heal

A pragmatic, cutting-edge, intelligently applied therapy that empowers us to self-heal. This extensively researched, thorough exploration describes the profound role of the psoas muscle as a core stabiliser. It educates us to gently come in touch with, and move from our centre in the pursuit of internally focused, integrated, and wholesome being.

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Dr Monica Gauci Rehabilitative Chiropractor, PAK, Yoga Therapist (IAYT, AAYT), E-RYT 500

This Book Should Be Required Reading For Yoga Therapists, Physical Therapists, Pilates, Somatics and Other Movement Teachers

A unique contribution to a deeper understanding of core stability, back pain, and easeful movement. With a focus upon the role of the psoas, this book provides clear, step-by-step guidelines for a somatic self-inquiry that will lead to structural and functional balance and deep healing. This book should form an important part of the required reading for Yoga therapists, physical therapists, Pilates, Somatics and other movement teachers, and sports trainers.

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Leigh Blashki C-IAYT, Past President Yoga Australia, IAYT Certification Committee, Associate Director Integrative Restoration Institute Australasia

This Book Is Unique With Its Focus On The Centre And The Core

The psoas has always intrigued me but I found it a challenge to find content so I could teach with confidence. This book is unique with its focus on the centre and the core. Whenever I pick up this book I feel, I see and I read something new each time, even though I have read it cover to cover. The illustrations are very helpful for students to see and the clear exercises have been very easy to bring into general classes and private sessions. I am now able to confidently teach with more depth around the psoas and the lower back. I find this part of the body to be amazing, and I haven’t met anyone that doesn’t benefit.

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Haidee Stairmand Yoga Teacher 200 Hour

I return again and again to this book

If you want to go deeper into your understanding of how your body works, to find blind spots and start working with the core buy this book! I now approach my personal Asana practice and teaching with much more confidence. Several long-standing issues in my body have been addressed and improved.

Fifteen years of strong Asana practice left me in a lot of pain (sacroiliac joints, lumbar, dorsal, meniscus and cervical spine). My science background led me to look outside my lineage for answers. I return again and again to this book, re-read and re-experiment. Now the core is central to my work. My favourite new insight is that “Mobility of the periphery depends on the stability of the core”. It is NOT strong abdominals that give stability, but the sense of the central cylinder.

I now understand my own imbalances (scoliosis, QL, psoas) and have found new ways to balance them. Daily, I can help my students find new ways to move with ease, some of these students have been with me for a decade.

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Martina Marre Practising since 1994, full time Yoga teacher since 2002, 1:1 teacher trainer and mentor.

Rethinking One of Yoga’s Most Misunderstood Concepts, The “Core.”

This beautifully and succinctly written book will change the way we think about Yoga practice. The authors present a sound anatomical case for rethinking one of Yoga’s most misunderstood concepts, the “core.” They provide common sense practices to engage, stabilize, and integrate the core to create a ground for sensible and graceful movement. Simultaneously radical and down-to-earth, Pathways to a Centered Body will help readers create a sustainable Yoga practice—both on and off the mat

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Charlotte Bell Author of Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life and Yoga for Meditators Image
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