I am delighted to share that we now have Forrest Yoga available in the clinic: Wednesday evenings from 6.30-7.30pm. Forrest Yoga is a powerful healing practice that has been developed by Ana T. Forrest over 40 years to specifically address the physical and emotional stresses and challenges that we face in our modern lives.
You probably know your astanga, Iyengar, Bikram and vinyasa. Now get ready for Forrest yoga, a modern form that’s not only physically intense, it’s an emotional workout too.
Only the most jaded would fail to be impressed by Ana Forrest, the American yoga teacher who created Forrest Yoga in the years following her harrowing experience as a sexually abused child, drug and alcohol addict, bulimic, epileptic and manic depressive.
As if her personal story of triumph over such adversity isn’t enough, her physical capabilities at 56 years of age are awesome. I’ve seen advanced yoga practitioners pull off some gravity defying feats, and Ana ranks up there with unbelievable control, flexibility and strength.
With a focus on the four principles of Breath, Strength, Integrity and Spirit, Forrest Yoga is an inspiring workout that teaches you to breathe deeply and connect in feeling to your body.
Forrest Yoga does not require strength and flexibility, only a willingness to feel and respond with honesty. Through intelligent sequencing you will learn to build flexibility, intelligence and strength, while connecting to your core and unwinding the neck, shoulders and hips. Alongside this physical evolution comes a deeper connection to your authentic self by cultivating self-awareness, integrity and playful curiosity in your practice.
Forrest Yoga is unlike any other yoga. Ana takes the asana (posture) work from India, but spins it with Native American Indian healing philosophy. (She does not have any Native American Indian blood, but spent some years on a reservation.) It’s all about ‘connecting with your Spirit,’ a rather woolly way of saying find out who you really are, and be true to it when you make practical decisions.
Forrest Yoga is influenced by well-known schools Sivananda, Iyengar and Ashtanga and Ana has studied with the late Pattabhi Jois, the godfather of Ashtanga; and BKS Iyengar, creator of Iynegar yoga.
That Ana has in effect created her own form of yoga is most certainly a break with tradition that many purists are not comfortable with. She rails against tradition – “bullshit,” she replies when asked about the common recommendation against practicing inversions when a woman has her period.