Help Your Students Rebuild Their Backs From the Inside-Out
Release, Relax and Re-balance the Psoas

Knowing how to modify practices for each person is the hallmark of great teaching.

Many people arriving at your Yoga classes have preexisting lower back problems and back pain.  How confident are you that your Yoga class is not only “spinal safe” but is helping your students find long-term solutions to lower back discomfort? 

Most Yoga practices over-emphasize flexibility to the detriment of stability, especially in the lower back and sacroiliac joints.  And unfortunately, “core fitness” programs rarely address the fundamental imbalances in the primary core muscles: the psoas. When you have a deeper understanding of how the psoas functions you can incorporate simple, effective, and pain-free practices into your classes that build strength, mobility and restore ease of movement.  

The download you’ve just been sent introduces you to a deceptively simple practice that can have remarkable results.
11 Red Flags that Signal Trouble:  
Become a Teacher who Sees and Understands the Body
#4 of 11:  Knees Bent
There are many tell-tale signs that a student is experiencing discomfort.  How many times have you asked a group of students to lie down for relaxation with the legs extended straight and after 30 seconds, without being asked to, many people bend their knees?

The need to bend the knees is a red flag that excessive tension is being placed on the deep psoas muscles.  When these muscles are already under tension straightening the legs can cause immediate discomfort, which can be felt as:
  • Discomfort in their lower back or sacroiliac joints.
  • Nerve sensations that can travel down the legs and into the feet.
  • One-sided or bilateral “ache” in the lower back.
Pain is the body’s way of saying: try another way. 

Intuitively, people know that bending their knees will help to relieve this discomfort.  While bending the knees helps a little, positioning the legs with precision into Constructive Rest Position optimizes the release of the psoas, often with remarkable results.

Through using very gentle and accessible practices like Constructive Rest Position you can help your students literally rebuild their backs, improving overall body posture and movement function.
Unraveling the Psoas Can Sort Out Many Other Issues . . . 

Sometimes Phenomenally Quickly
I’ve struggled with hyperlordosis (an accentuated curvature of the lower back) for most of my life, and tried to release my back through forceful and often very painful yoga “stretches”. These strategies often made my back pain worse and gradually eroded my spinal stability.  

Newer research was revealing that targeted work with the psoas muscles could effectively shift the position of the pelvis and spine.  

Through integrating these gentle pain-free techniques into my own practice I now have relatively few episodes of lower back pain.  Often called “the hidden prankster”, the psoas has multiple functions but its key role is to provide central body support and to act as a lumbar stabilizer.

Together with my co-author we’ve done the hard research, and made the complex anatomy of the core body accessible through newly commissioned anatomical illustrations. 
Are You Looking to Build Your Tool Kit to Work More Effectively with Yourself and Your Students?
  • How to identify the key red flags that indicate that the psoas may be the culprit for lower back pain.
  • A proven 6-step protocol for regaining optimal function.
  • How to confidently translate these practices into your teaching with 100 clear colour photographs, step-by-step instructions, as well as the benefits, contraindications and equipment for each pose.
  • Gain over 20 new tools for your teaching tool box including the Pelvic Reset, a self-help osteopathic technique that can help to realign the pelvis, sacroiliac joints and lower back.
  • Nine trusted practice sequences from the Office Workers Spinal Recovery to Balancing Scoliosis.  These sequences may become your next class plan for “spinal sensitive” students.

Book extract: Sequence D. Click to enlarge.

The Pathways Book and Ball Package

I am on a mission to heal lower back pain, so I am offering two great bonuses to make it easier to implement the practices in the book.
Buy the book at the standard rate of $34.95 plus shipping of $11.80 and you’ll get these two bonuses for free (USA mainland only):
  • The Muscle Release ball (normally $11.95) a simple prop as used in the Pathways book.
  • Companion video– a downloadable 20-minute video with three dynamic core practices, (normally $11.95).
  • Total bonus value of $23.90.
Bonus One
The Muscle Release Ball
  • This can help provide profound relief in lower back discomfort. Easily adjusts for different body sizes and shapes.
  • Very comfortable to use.
  • Long lasting, non-slip and phthalate free.
  • Normally $11.95 and today - FREE.
Bonus Two
Pathways to a Centered Body – Companion Video
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the subtleties of 3 dynamic practices as Donna unpacks them step by step.
  • 20 Minute downloadable video of 3 of the core practices in the Pathways book.
  • Normally $11.95 and today - FREE.
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About Donna

Donna Farhi

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. 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.  Pathways to a Centered Body: Gentle Yoga Therapy for Core Stability, Healing Back Pain and Moving with Ease her fifth and most recent book, co-authored with Leila Stuart, is fast becoming the go-to text for Yoga teachers, therapists and somatic practitioners.