What is Forrest Yoga?
Forrest Yoga was created by Ana Forrest. Forrest Yoga does not require strength or flexibility; it only requires a willingness to learn how to feel authentically and respond honestly. Forrest Yoga is great of beginners through experienced yoga students, prenatal/postnatal, athletes, and injury/pain management. Anyone can do Forrest Yoga, including you. Forrest Yoga Teachers are trained to tailor poses to individual needs.
The practice is founded on four pillars -- Breath, Strength, Integrity and Spirit.
Breath: Forrest Yoga teaches you how to breathe deeply, connect in feeling with your body, use the power of breath to bring aliveness into every cell of your body and ignite your passion for living.
Strength: Forrest Yoga teaches you to connect to your core, to be strong and centered. The intense pose sequences are designed to help you develop the skills to awaken each of your senses. The long holds help you progress in the poses and go deeper. Aided by the use of heat, your body is freed from toxins; the deep breathing oxygenates and rejuvenates every cell in your body.
Integrity: Forrest Yoga teaches you to become proficient at safely tailoring each pose to work best for you, particularly with physical and emotional injuries. By learning to work honestly at your edges, you develop effective tools to deal with fear and struggle. This makes it possible for integrity, self-awareness and playful curiosity to become part of your daily life.
Spirit: Forrest Yoga's intent is to create a sense of freedom, a connection to your Spirit and the courage to walk as your Spirit dictates.
What is a typical Forrest Yoga Class like?
A Forrest Yoga group class is separated into 3 main parts - the warm up, the hot part, the wind down. The sequence intelligently and strategically progresses up to an apex pose (i.e., a challenging yoga pose that is appropriate for your level of practice). The warm up usually consists of breathing exercise, seated poses, and abdominal exercises. The hot part is a bit faster than the warm up; this is where you move your body through standing poses, vinyasas, or inversions / arm balances. Alternatives are always offered to students who don't want to do inversions or arm balances. The wind down down-regulates your whole body so that you can relax. Forrest Yoga students feel like they've just received a massage after the class is over.
Room temperature is around 80 degrees F throughout the class. Class is usually sweaty. Wear comfortable clothes that support and contain you. Bring your basic yoga materials - a yoga mat, body towel, and water. We encourage you to bring a rolled up mat and strap, too. Classes are usually 60 minutes, 75 minutes, or 90 minutes long.
I can't touch my toes. Can I do yoga?
Yes, it’s not important how flexible or how strong you are. The yoga will guide you toward balance where ever you need it. Decide to participate with quality attention and breath and the rest will happen.
I have injuries. Can I come to yoga?
Yes, talk to your teacher before class by phone/e-mail or plan to arrive early. As Forrest Yoga teachers we are trained specifically to work with you and your injuries.
Where can I learn more about Forrest Yoga?
How can I contact Forrest Yoga Houston directly?
Email us at forrestyogahouston [at] gmail [dot] com