Author: Dona Holleman

Equi Yoga

Introduction to EquiYoga Very few people realize that our world is entirely based on the presence of the horse next to us. Until six thousand years ago human beings were confined to their villages, and to the ones within walking distance. Horses were hunted for meat. Then something amazing happened that changed the world forever. […]


Wu-Wei or Not-Doing as Philosophy In fifty years of studying, practicing and teaching yoga I have developed a way of working with the body, the breath and the mind, which is at once simple and sophisticated. After having been exposed to so many religions and philosophies, with their myriad rules and regulations, I finally condensed […]

The Eight Vital Principles of Practice

In 1981 I wrote ‘Centering Down.’ It was my first attempt to describe – not the practice of yoga itself – but the way to practice. Centering Down became straight away a classic and is still in demand. For many schools and practitioners it has become the basic book for practice. In it I describe […]

Dona practising Yoga in the snow

Centered Yoga

What is ‘Centered yoga’? Centered yoga is the search for balance between the two polarities of the human being, the outgoing, extrovert, active side and the ingoing, introvert, receptive side, in which there is no ‘leakage’ of energy, and no holding back. It is the understanding and application of the old yin-yang symbol, where the […]

Dona practising Yoga with Iyengar

Iyengar and Dona

Dona met B.K.S Iyengar in August 1964 while attending the annual Jiddu Krishnamurti Gatherings in Gstaad, Switzerland. She had known Jiddu Krishnamurti already since 1960, and was also practicing yoga since a couple of years. While in Gstaad she heard that Iyengar taught both Krishnamurti and Vanda Scaravelli at chalet Tannegg, which Vanda Scaravelli rented […]


Till the day of his death Cisco gave everything he had. Even while wasting away he would still give himself unconditionally. That was his act of love towards me. At moments there would be an unfathomable sadness in him. He would withdraw into himself, aloof and far away, as if he was absorbing all our […]


Lessons from an old horse

I own a small property in a village on a lake in Northern Italy. When I was sixty years old I bought a fourteen year old gelding, semi abandoned. I had been riding since childhood, but had never actually owned a horse, so I was a complete greenhorn as far as husbandry was concerned. I […]