Empowering People Through Interoception: Restoring Full Sensory Capacity with Donna Farhi

Donna Farhi is a Yoga teacher, sought after international teacher trainer and acclaimed author.
“Almost anyone can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel.  Why?  Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people, but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.”  E.E. Cummings

For most people educated within a Western context, learning takes place almost exclusively through the visual and auditory sense channels with the kinesthetic sense remaining undeveloped, ignored, and mistrusted.  So it should not surprise us that people, young and old, arrive at Yoga classes in a state of kinesthetic kindergarten. Whether you work one-on-one, or whether you teach group classes, Donna will explore how you can create structures for learning that improve people’s ability to tap into their felt sensation and to use it as a potent navigational system.  She’ll discuss why the myth of “no pain, no gain” has created an epidemic of both chronic and acute Yoga injuries, and how unravelling the unscientific basis of this myth can help people to appreciate pain as a messenger asking them to make new choices.  

You will learn –
•  Why “Simon Says” learning perpetuates disconnection from felt sensation and how you can shift from being an audiovisual teacher to a kinesthetic facilitator.   
• The importance of establishing a perceptual baseline as a kinesthetic reference point through which you can appreciate changes (both positive and negative).
•  How the practice of pratyahara (restoration of the senses to their fullest function) leads to an awareness of the neutral ground upon which sensation occurs and can foster non-reactive, creative problem solving.
•  The importance of extrapolating meaning from sensory input and how this can build a sensory memory bank that can become a rich internal resource for growth and learning.
•  How to use kinesthetic information to determine the difference between good pain and bad pain  and differentiate between sound and unsound practices.
•  The radical self-inquiry of uncovering unconscious higher allegiances that perpetuate poor choices and poor outcomes.   

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