Ana Forrest is a yoga teacher for the modern world. She’s developed a form of the ancient art that weaves types we’re familiar with such as Ashtanga or Iyengar but there’s a difference. She infuses them with ancient medicine practices to address the very real and often confronting aspects of our everyday lives
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In her book Fierce Medicine, Ana chronicles the path that got her to this place and even if you aren’t into yoga, you might find something that you relate to in her story. She survived a sexually and emotionally abusive childhood that in her words “left her numb on 50 levels”. The bullet points of that numbness include that she was an alcoholic, a bulimic and survived a suicide attempt, to name just a few of the ways she tried to quash her trauma. Despite the darkness, Ana embarked on a journey of personal healing which sprung from working with horses, through discovering yoga and a gravitation towards indigenous medicine – all of which came together to form Forrest Yoga, a worldwide yoga movement. Forrest Yoga flies in the face of the “new-agey” peace and “nirvana-ish” overtones that many of us associate with yoga and instead goes straight for the jugular, stalking the stuff we’re often afraid of. Forrest Yoga uses the concept of fear as a tool for growth. This is Ana to a tee.
Ana is also in her late 50s and it’s no surprise that the concept of stalking what’s confronting for some, such as ageing, is exactly the stuff Ana lives for. This interview is going to give you a fresh take on essential issues that we always talk about in my podcasts and vlogs, whether it’s how to deal with menopause symptoms to the possibilities of falling in love at midlife. In fact, even though we reference yoga a little bit, we really don’t talk much about it at all.
But, if you need a visual of Ana Forrest in her yoga element, this clip should do the trick:
The podcast is a little chopped up because some of our chat is going to be used for an article that I’m writing for an upcoming issue of Australian Yoga Life Magazine. We did the interview sitting on the floor of a practitioner room at the Body Mind Life – a yoga and pilates studio here in Sydney. Jose was with us at the start and the end of the interview and if you read and listen to this in real time, you’ll be able to experience them together in early 2015 at the beginning stages of their collaboration in Australia for workshops in Sydney and Melbourne . They then head to Wanderlust in New Zealand.
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Descendance song “Movement” used at the end of the podcast