Hi, I’m Ana Forrest.

I’m a Medicine Woman, Author, and creatrix of Forrest Yoga. I’ve been teaching yoga and evolving Forrest Yoga since 1975.

I created Forrest Yoga because the traditional forms of yoga did not address most of my deeper injuries; my lost Soul, the addictions—the helplessness around the addictions—and the on-going suffering.

The blend of Ceremonies, the poses I’ve created, the sequencing and the infusion of Medicine I learned from the First Peoples of this planet are what healed the suffering and the anguish from being disconnected from my own Spirit.
Over 40 years on, my Forrest Yoga teachers, my husband Jose, and I delight in sharing these life tools with you.
My Friends, I invite you to breathe deeply as you practice and live.
Practice Forrest Yoga daily.
Risk perceiving as much of the truth as you can encompass each day.
Deliberately create experiences and moments where Beauty dances in your heart.

 Aho!

My Mission:

  • Establish Forrest Yoga in the river of humanity, as a healing element of change and transformation for seven generations into the future.
  • Teach my students (and embody) deepening our relationship to our Spirit.
  • Entice my students into building Good Medicine relationship with Earth, Sky and the Sacred Ones.
  • Use my practice to fulfill my needs… of healing, adventure, delight and Vision Quest.
  • To Spread the sparkle of Good Medicine everywhere I go.

How yoga became part of my life:

I took my first class at around age 13 or 14. It was a dare from a girl at school. We had never talked before and this quiet, soft-spoken, pale teenager challenged me to go to a yoga class, saying “I have something you can’t do!’ I was shocked to be having this conversation, so as a play for time, I took out a cigarette and tamped it down, lit it and blew smoke at her, and took up the gauntlet. Robin took me to my first yoga class and it completely shocked me.  I wasn’t good at it, it was difficult for me, but there was something there that drew me in — that tapped a deep craving.

At the time I didn’t know why this girl approached me; now I think it was a nudge from what the Native Americans call the ‘Sacred Ones’. And that’s how I began the journey to save my own life.

There’s an innate teacher in me and when I find something worthwhile, I have to teach it. I took a teacher training in 1975 – aged 18 – in Mexico. It was the most intense month of my life, yet gentle and healing at the same time. By the time I left, my body was clean of drugs and alcohol for the first time since I could remember. I realised that I was a healer not only of horses (at the time, I was an up-and-coming horse trainer), but of humans too. I finally connected to a reason to live!

CREDENTIALS

•Creatrix of Forrest Yoga
• Author of Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body & Ignite the Spirit
•Ordained practitioner of Native American Medicine
•Reiki Master
•Certified Regression Therapist
•Sundancer
•Pipe Carrier
•Trauma & abuse therapist
•Graduate of Anthony Robbins Master University
•Faculty Member at The University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic
•Board Member of F.A.R.E. Play (Foundation for Athletic Research and Education)
•Member Earth & Sky Circle (organization for Native American Ceremony)
•Los Angeles Mayoral Commendation recognizing outstanding service to the community
•Presented with an award for service to ‘Warriors in Transition’, Fort Carson
•‘Presented for excellence’ medal for her work with EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal), Fort Carson Co.
•Spiritually adopted member of Descendance., Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander cultural performance group
•Writer/contributer to Yoga Journal, Elephant Journal, Mantra Yoga + Health, Origin Magazine, Women’s Health, Spirituality & Healing Magazine, Om Magazine, Yoga Magazine…
•Guest Lecturer at California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) and Mount Carmel Academy, Houston
•Featured in the movies: YogaIS, Titans of Yoga, Blue Thunder…
•Co-author of Double Yoga
   • Contributing author to Magickal Art by Heyoka Merrifield
•Consultant to the US Air Force 48th Fighter Wing (RAF Lakenheath, UK) and Exalted Warrior Foundation (Tampa, FL)
•Consultant to hiwecanhelp.org (Newcastle, UK)
•Featured in the books: Yoga as Medicine, Yoga Phd, How to Become a Yoga Rockstar…

STUDIES & INFLUENCES

•Native American Medicine, including Sweat Lodge & Vision Quest
•Yoga
•Clinical application of healing modalities including;
   ◦Homeopathic and naturopathic remedies
   ◦Functional anatomy
   ◦Reflexology
   ◦Pressure point therapy
   ◦Cranio-sacral therapies
   ◦Shiatsu
   ◦Chiropractics,
   ◦Hands on healing
•African Healing
•Aboriginal Medicine & Healing
•Martial arts