According to its founder and North American yoga pioneer, Ana Forrest, Forrest Yoga is “an intensely physical and internally focused practice that emphasizes how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life.” This style of yoga is more about healing the body and mind than trying to achieve fancy poses. If practiced regularly, however, Forrest Yoga will guide you to a safe, beautiful and strong practice – enhancing beauty inside and out.
Forrest Yoga addresses current stresses in our contemporary lives, focusing on cultivating a practice that responds to the stresses and injuries common in the world we live in today. For example, it is so common these days to carry stress in our gut, leading to various eating disorders and digestive problems. Our necks and backs also become places of undue stress when we spend so much of your time seated either working at desks, driving, or watching TV. Forrest Yoga’s poses and principles offer a roadmap to retrain our bodies to redirect stress to areas of the body to cultivate strength and release.
Classes always begin with breathing exercises, followed by core-strengthening, and upper body strengthening. Sun salutations are then used to warm up the body and encourage the flow of energy and breath. After salutations, you will hold poses for 10-15 breaths to allow for deep integration of the benefits of each posture. Throughout the practice, you are encouraged to relax and even release your neck to take away undue tension in this area. Stronger poses are introduced in a progressive fashion to help you realize the possibilities in yourself for transformation and letting go of struggle in your life.
With a series of modifications always available, Forrest Yoga is designed to help you progressively and safely develop strength and flexibility for a sustainable and healthy yoga practice. Whether you are working through prior injuries or emotional challenges, the practice can be tailored to meet you where your needs are.
The warm temperature of the room allows you to release toxins as you reinvigorate your body through powerful and progressive sequences that help you safely develop a strong and centered yoga practice. According to Ana Forrest, the warmed room helps you go deep in your poses and cleanse anything stored in your cell tissue. All of this leads to a truly visceral and connected practice.
Try out a Forrest-Inspired Yoga class for a strong and playful, yet challenging, practice to help you find rejuvenation and transformation – on and off the mat!
Angela Regnier is a yoga teacher at PranaShanti Yoga Centre where she offers Forrest-Inspired classes. She recently completed her Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest. You can find her on Instagram.
Ana Forrest has been changing people’s lives for nearly 40 years. An internationally recognized pioneer in yoga and emotional healing, Ana created Forrest Yoga while working through her own healing from her life’s trauma and experience. She is returning to PranaShanti for the fourth time this July to host her Master Class weekend from July 10 – 12th, 2015. Read up on the details!