Forrest yoga, developed by Ana Forrest, is known for its long holds, emphasis on core work and intricate sequences designed to offer transformative and rehabilitative experiences. Developing and using strength in postures and releasing neck tension are all key distinguishing features of Forrest Yoga.
Forrest-Inspired Yoga Foundations
This Forrest-inspired yoga class is for grounding and strengthening. Although all Forrest yoga classes are challenging, this class is perfect if you’re new to this style. This yoga class brings awareness to our foundations: our legs, hips and core. Expect a strong, centred practice that plays with some wobbly lunge and powerful pigeon variations. Class begins by building our inner strength with brahmari breath and deep abdominal exercises; preparing us to move through a warrior-based standing sequence. As we move through our grounded practice today, perhaps consider your relationship to earth - to the ground we walk on. What can we offer up to earth in this practice? What can we feel is being given back? You will need a blanket and a towel rolled up.
Forrest Yoga Ceremony 1: May the Rainbow Always Touch Your Shoulder
A really wonderfully feisty two hour Forrest yoga class which moves the body and nurtures the spirit. This Forrest Yoga intensive includes a B series with standing poses, spiced with strategically placed hand balances and inversions. This class begins & ends with sacred song & Cherokee prayer. During Savasana Jose transports us into the Dreamtime with his original virtuoso music.
Forrest Yoga Ceremony 2: Walkabout
Reason and intellect can only take us so far, there comes a time when we need to go Walkabout. Walkabout is an ancient ritual of the Australian Aborigines. This is the deliberate action of physically moving (using yoga poses) to release worries and distractions. . This Forrest Yoga class is a luxurious two hour backbend sequence that includes standing poses deliciously interwoven with therapeutic backbends, musical sun salutations, and some exciting apex poses. We culminate this ceremonial Forrest yoga class with a dreamy savasana, where José takes us on an internal journey through our own mystery.
Forrest Yoga Class and Ceremony 3: Path of the Ancestors
A profound and innovative Yoga class like no other. This class includes sacred songs; Ana calling in the powers of the four directions on a beautiful mountain top, Brahmari through the Chakras using musical keys and a series of skilfully sequenced hip and shoulder opening poses. This Forrest yoga class concludes with an innovative music healing that incorporates ancient Indigenous techniques woven into Jose’s own methodology. Path of the Ancestors includes some informative tutorials, including a brief history of Ceremony, smoke blessing, using musical instruments in healing, taking care of your electromagnetic field, and using shamanic tools and prayers in your daily life.
New Mums Series (3) Energise Me
An energising yoga class, perfect to start your day. This class features sun salutations to stretch out, core work to find your inner and outer strength for the day and plenty of twists. Perfect for post-natal recovery and all of us looking to strengthen and energise! You will need a block and a strap.
New Mums Series (2): Motivate Me
Get motivated with this yoga class, ideal for mornings, which focuses on the core, upper body and legs with breathwork, core work and standing poses. You'll feel stronger, happier and more motivated. Ideal for post-natal strength or for any of us who like to feel motivated and stronger. You'll need a block and access to a clear wall for shoulder opening variations.
New Mums Series (1) Nourish Me
A yoga class in the Forrest yoga style to open the shoulders and the upper back whilst strengthening the core. Feel your heart opening as your upper back opens. Starting with shoulder openers, then shoulder opening child's pose variation, abdominal strengthening and backbends. This class is perfect for those of us who need an antidote to time at a desk, or have stiff shoulders and upper back, and wonderful for new mums too. You will need two blocks.
Forrest Yoga Neck & Jaw Release
This Forrest yoga class is just perfect if you've had a long day, if you're having a tough week, or are feeling a bit headachy. Any stresses or anxiety from the day or the week will unravel as you release aches in your neck, jaw and shoulders, which can suffer in stressful times. With hallmark strengthening and abs work, this class is perfect to keep you strong while you unwind. You will need a roll and a block.
Forrest Yoga Morning Flow
Juicy Core Arm Balances: Part 2
A Forrest yoga class designed to strengthen your shoulders, arms and core, ready for inversions, with the ever-present focus on the breath. Includes Forrest yoga classics including flashy eka pada koundinyasana preparation and the full pose. Although this is undoubtedly a tricky peak pose, for advanced students only, the rest of us can enjoy the preparation and you never know, one day... You will need a block and a strap.
Juicy Core Arm Balances
A tough Forrest yoga class, taking your Forrest yoga practice to the next level! With it's focus on core, this class also features favourites for strengthening shoulders and upper back as well as core, including dolphin, crow pose, inch worm and the all-time Forrest yoga favourite, oil-rigger. Not an easy class, but for strengthening for arm-balances, this class is amazing. You will need two blocks, an extra mat and a strap.
A sequence to open the upper back and shoulders. Find space, find stability and open your heart in this vibrant Forrest yoga class. With a focus on keeping backbends safe, long and strong and opening the upper back and shoulders. As you would expect from a Forrest yoga class, with a focus on the abs, but with some fabulous modifications to backbends to show how they can be performed gently and safely. You will need a block, a strap and a blanket.
Slow Flow for Hips
Slow Flow for Lower Back
Slow Flow for Shoulders
A forrest-insprired yoga class with special emphasis on unwinding the neck, shoulders and upper-back, areas which plague most of us who spend too much time looking at computers, or for the stressed-amongst us, who carry stress in the shoulders and upper-back. A deeeply stress-relieving class, be ready to be unwound as you slow flow! You may need a strap, you will need an extra, rolled up yoga mat.