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Ana Forrest
Ana Forrest is an internationally recognized pioneer in yoga and emotional healing. In her search to become a better healer and teacher, she studied Native American medicine and ceremony, homeopathy, hands-on healing, martial arts, psychotherapy and regression therapy. Ana is a well-known contributing expert to Yoga Journal and other national wellness publications. She has journeyed to India, Nepal, Costa Rica, Canada, Japan, Mexico and throughout Europe and the United States and currently teaches internationally at yoga conferences, workshops and teacher trainings. Ana is on the board of Advisors for the Foundation for Athletic Research & Education (F.A.R.E. Play) and is an instructor for continuing education at the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic. She lives on Orcas Island, Wash.

Ana's book, "Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit" (HarperOne), is available in English, German, Russian, Turkish and as an audiobook, read by Ana Forrest. To learn more about Forrest Yoga, visit

Entries by Ana Forrest

Never Waste a Good Trigger: Part Two

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 2:59 PM

We can use emotional and physical triggers to lead us onto a path of discovery. The unwinding and healing of the trauma trail has many steps. Each step taken is an act of power, which also builds self-respect.

The emotional charge of an unresolved experience is archived in cell tissue. (To...

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Never Waste a Good Trigger: Part One

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 6:01 PM

I have a saying that I've taught to the Forrest Yoga community: Never waste a good trigger.

Triggers can be an incredible ally. Triggers lead to what needs healing. Instead of being ashamed of being triggered, get excited because you have a clue for where to do...

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Stalking Your Fear, Part Four

(2) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 2:19 PM

My last article explored how to manage your fear after a fright, like a car swerving. This time, I'd like to teach you a new way to walk through another common dangerous situation. I offer you some very useful tools to survive and emerge victorious. Learn to shift from being...

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Stalking Your Fear, Part Three

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2012 | 10:00 PM

In my previous articles in this series, I gave you steps to stalk your fear and some Forrest Yoga tools to use immediately in frightening situations. Let's look now at some common scenarios that are very scary. We all need to learn to handle everyday fearful situations, like walking alone...

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Stalking Your Fear, Part Two

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 2:52 PM

In my last column, I gave you five steps to take to work with fear. Now I would like to share with you some examples of how I have stalked and worked with my own fear. The first happened just a short time ago. I was on the phone with...

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Stalking Your Fear, Part One

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2012 | 10:00 AM

Stalking your fear is chapter one in my book, Fierce Medicine, because we need to deal with our fear, first and foremost. We are all affected by fear. Whether we push it away or deny it, the reaction to fear is usually toxic and unhelpful, numbing us out and making...

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Exercising Your Caring Heart

(6) Comments | Posted January 7, 2012 | 5:40 AM

Recently, I had the privilege of working with the Exalted Warrior Foundation to bring yoga to wounded veterans at Haley VA Hospital. I would love to inspire everyone to give back in their own way by sharing my experience and ideas for adapting yoga for people with big...

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Meditations From a Breast Cancer Survivor

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 8:41 AM

I would like to introduce you to someone who is near and dear to my heart. My friend and student Kelley Rush is a breast cancer survivor. Truly though, she is -- to use Kelley's own phrase -- a breast cancer "sur-THRIVE-or," because she has chosen to use this serious...

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Sexual Healing With Yoga

(3) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 11:47 AM

What if you made ecstasy part of your daily spiritual practice? How would that change the richness and the quality of your life? If you want to reclaim your sexuality, and learn how to live on the ecstatic spectrum, do yoga. You don't need to learn 450 positions; that won't...

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How To Exercise While You Sit

(5) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 8:19 AM

I've written recently about the sequences I designed for our military to help with the stress of their work, and I'd like to share some of this with you. Let's focus first on poses you can do while just sitting in a chair.

Whether you are a fighter pilot or...

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Job Stress? How This Active-Duty Pilot Beats It

(3) Comments | Posted June 25, 2011 | 11:39 AM

This past January, I talked to a young woman who has an amazing job. Captain Dawson -- let's call her by her call-sign, "Ditch" -- is a U.S. Air Force Captain and a fighter pilot who has served in Afghanistan and over Libya and is now getting ready to deploy...

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In Honor of Memorial Day, Cultivate Your Warrior's Heart

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2011 | 9:00 AM

Monday is Memorial Day. My intent at this time is to sit with our honored dead. Our warriors who died with a very big mission. They died attempting to do what they thought was right and it reinforces my own pledge of doing what I can to support our people...

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Healing PTSD Through a New Kind of Yoga

(5) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 6:00 AM

PTSD sufferers experience extreme stress reactions. An example of this behavior is when a car backfires and the person hits the ground as though they are under attack. I teach them how to retrain their extreme response so that they can befriend and regulate their response into being alert, thus...

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