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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rodmell Press; Pap/Com edition (31 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930485174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930485174
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Internationally renowned and bestselling author Donna Farhi moves yoga practice beyond the mat into our everyday lives, teaching us the tools to fight the weight of laziness, inaction, and misplaced attention, to rediscover the true values of our lives, and those parts of living that most deserve our attention and will reap the healthiest benefits. Moving away from trivial pursuits and petty grievances, we can find a connection to our inner divinity, creating a life where every moment is precious.


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I am surprised to see that there are no reviews yet for this wonderful and well-considered book. I was not familiar with any of Donna Farhi's work previously, but I had heard good things about this book, and thought it would be helpful, as I am training to become an adult yoga teacher this year. The book addresses many important and relevant ethical issues relating to yoga teachers and their business, including their relationship with their students, their relationships with fellow teachers and their relationship with money, amongst other things.

I am already trained as a children's yoga teacher, and while this book does not specifically mention the subject of teaching children, it addresses issues which may arise in either teaching situation (such as when you should dismiss a student from the class, due to their behaviour). Yoga is not just a "fitness" activity - it is a philosophy which carries its own ethical code (Patanjali's Sutras) and Donna Farhi examines how this applies to yoga teachers in the modern world.

I have come back to this at several points already to re-read sections and to gain insight from the case study examples that Donna gives as real-life demonstrations of ethical problems for teachers.

All in all, a wonderful resource and highly recommended for anyone who teaches or who is training to teach.
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I didn't like this book though I've read several by Farhi and identified with them and liked them enough to buy more. In this case though the author is set up as a kind of Icon, plagued by demanding or even neurotic students demanding time and emotional commitment from the teacher. She doesn't seem to like her students. There is really very little said about the positive side of the teacher / student interaction and it is all about how it is draining, demanding and the teacher needs to protect her/ himself. I really think the author let herself down.
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As a trainee yoga teacher I found this book an interesting read. The most useful section was a series of questions which asks the reader to contemplate why she or he wishes to teach, and how to assess the places they are considering doing their training at. In my opinion the book is justified reading for people considering teaching for that section alone. I found the book's pragmatism and approach to discussing delicate yet easily overlooked factors such as finances for aspiring yoga teachers very useful to set reasonable expectations (her recommendation: don't give up your normal job at least initially).

The book is an eye-opener in terms of some of the discussions of ethical breaches that Ms Farhi has come across during her teaching career. These include instances of teachers inappropriately touching their students and/or embarking on sexual relationships with them. The damage done to the abused students highlight the consequences. That she has found that often such behaviour has gone unpunished is upsetting and shocking in equal measures. Most of Ms Farhi's arguments are regarding points I incorrectly assumed every teacher would agree on. From reading her experience it is clear that there isn't consensus. Regulating teachers' behaviours when there is no ethical code we all sign up to is clearly not possible, and I think this alone proves that her point that one is required.

Becoming aware of some of the skeletons in the yoga teaching community closet, and politics within the profession, was a little sad for me. Sometimes it's nice to imagine we can escape politics but even in yoga they're there. It's not a fun topic to think about, but it is I believe a necessary one for teachers. I'm grateful for her effort in bringing these matters to my attention.
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As a yoga teacher for just over a year, a blink of an eye in yoga terms,
I found this book invaluable in many ways. It raises many questions about why we practice or even teach and sets out ways to set boundaries for students and teachers alike to enrich the practice of yoga. A must for every yoga teacher.
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First, a confession: I have not yet finished the book.

I'm about one sixth of they way through. But I've already had more than my money's worth.

This is, quite simply, one of the best books I've ever read about yoga.

I think I will be missing much sleep tonight, becuae I'm not going to be able to put this down.
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This is a must for all yoga teachers and student yoga teachers. Donna Farhi covers most ethical probabilities in the yoga class situation and gives realistic solutions. For me, the section on enmeshment was especially insightful and useful. The approach is intelligent and the CD that accompanies the book is interesting and informative. Highly recommended.
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