Ana Forrest is an inspiration and has been changing people’s lives for over 45 years. She is an internationally-recognized pioneer in yoga and emotional healing. She is the Creatrix of Forrest Yoga, a mystic, visionary, philanthropist, author, and Medicine Woman. Forrest Yoga is a powerfully physical, internally focused practice that emphasizes how to integrate the transformative experiences from the mat into purposeful daily life. Since 2015, Forrest Yoga has evolved into a new form. Forrest Yoga is now an exquisite collaboration between Ana and her husband Jose Calarco. He is a Musical Shaman, embodying and bringing alive the ancient spiritual technologies of Aboriginal culture through stories and songs. He also teaches on the intelligence of the Vegan lifestyle and is the creative director of Forrest Yoga.
By teaching asana, breath and an awareness of the movement of energy through the body, Ana teaches yoga from an intuitive and highly developed understanding of the human body and psyche. With her meticulous guidance, Ana’s students cultivate an acute awareness of their own practice and life process, resulting in an exhilarating journey into self-discovery, cleansing and healing. For Ana, this is her intent. “In teaching Forrest Yoga, I am doing my part to mend the hoop of the people - to inspire people to clear through the stuff that hardens them and sickens their bodies so they can walk freely and lightly in a healing way, in a Beauty Way.”
Ana took her first yoga class at age 14 and became a certified instructor in 1975. Ana used yoga and Native American ceremony to save her own life. It is her intent to pass that lifesaving ability forward. Her study and clinical application of healing modalities is vast, and includes homeopathy, naturopathy, anatomy, reflexology, acupressure, craniosacral treatments, regression therapy, reiki, polarity and hands on healing. All these inform her work and lead to her becoming a wise, intuitive teacher & healer. In her life-long love for evolving, Ana has journeyed into Indigenous Sacred ceremonies, like Sweat Lodge, Pipe Ceremony, Vision Quest, and Sundance, and has been informally adopted as a sister by Native American leader Debbie Finley Justus into her tribes. Ana has now taught and toured in over 33 countries.
Ana serves as a minister at Earth and Sky, an organization dedicated to teaching Native American ceremony, principles & art. Ana is a Certified Regression Therapist, and a graduate of Anthony Robbins Mastery University. Ana is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, Origin Magazine, Mantra Yoga and Health Magazine, and Yoga Journal Magazine. Ana is the recipient of a Los Angeles Mayoral Commendation recognizing her outstanding teaching and healing work in the community, the first time a major U.S. city bestowed such an honor on a yogi or yogini.
Ana authored Fierce Medicine, the book that represents the spiritual legacy from her earlier years, and contains the treasures that saved her life. Released in May of 2011, Fierce Medicine is an extension of Forrest Yoga, and teaches you how to design your life in a way that makes you proud to live it.