What is Forrest Yoga?
Forrest Yoga isn’t like your typical yoga. According to Ana’s website, it stresses and challenges, both physical and emotional. It uses intense pose sequences, compassionately taught, to develop skills in awakening each of the senses. Forrest Yoga pays special attention to abdominal work and breathing. Vigorous sequences of poses are intended to build heat in order to sweat out toxins and release emotions stored in the body. The main difference from “regular” yoga…the physicial and emotional tie. You are asked to go inside yourself and work through your personal issues while working your body.
Ana Forrest invented this type of yoga by drawing upon her personal history of abuse, epilepsy, alcoholism, and bulimia to create an intensely physical vinyasa-style (the type of yoga people think of when they do typical yoga) practice that aims to heal psychic wounds. Thus the emotional aspect to this type of practice.
Is Forrest Yoga for You?
Forrest Yoga appeals to those who want a strong physical and emotional practice. For those interested in taking a Forrest Yoga class here or there, be prepared to sweat and have it hurt when you laugh the next day! This is the yoga class to give you bathing suit abs. It also can emotional help you work through issues from the day, week or your life.
According to the Forrest Yoga website, “Forrest Yoga does not require strength or flexibility; it only requires that you bring a willingness to learn how to feel authentically and respond honestly. As you advance in Forrest Yoga, step-by-step, you learn to intelligently ride your breath into the exhilarating advanced poses. In addition, you learn to exercise your emotional body through the full spectrum of feeling.”
Where to take Forrest Yoga in Chicago
- Equinox (Lincoln Park and 900 N. Michigan Ave)
- Turbodog Spirit Center
- Echo Yoga Studio
- Moksha Yoga Center
- David Barton Gym