Forrest Yoga

Forrest Yoga was started by Ana Forrest and is billed as responding to the emotional needs of the modern day yogi. It is a very physical type of yoga, full of Vinyasa-like acrobatic movements that is said to clear the psychic wounds of the body and mind.

The practice of Forrest Yoga acts as therapy, and there are elements of Native American tradition added into yogic philosophy. Its theory includes the four principles of Breath, Strength, Integrity, and Spirit. In practice it focuses on abdominal strengthening and pranayama. Poses are typically held for long periods of time, which Ana says helps one to flush, oxygenate and rejuvenate every cell. Although it emphasizes tailoring the poses for individual needs, it also encourages performing at your “edge” so that you learn to deal with fear and struggle.

Beginners to Forrest Yoga often focus more on breathwork and connecting authentically to their own heart and then gradually move into more advanced poses as they become more flexible.

Forrest Yoga is known for a kind of lyrical, acrobatic style that provides an intense workout designed to deal with intense inner wounds. It’s great for a person who wants a rigorous yoga practice but whose ultimate goals lie in deeper emotional healing.