Forrest Yoga Guardian Teachers
When I took my first class with Ana I knew right away that my yoga practice was going to get up-leveled, rinsed out and re-examined in many ways.
The dedicated focus on the pillars of Forrest Yoga: Breath, Strength, Integrity and Spirit have helped me gain confidence through clarity. Instead of simply believing a concept, Forrest Yoga has taught me to feel, and to trust my own experience as the truth. In this way, I have grown at my own pace and learned from my mistakes and my gifts. I can feel space and sparkle glowing inside me and I can command a position on my mat and in my life.
I am grateful for all my teachers, including my students and my closest mentor, my breath.
I am currently an honorary Guardian on sabbatical which means I am not running a mentorship program at this time.
I am teaching at Montrose Yoga Co-op in Houston, TX and my classes are all 2 hours long. It’s wonderful to experience all that breath filled time.
Denise assists Ana nationally at teacher trainings and leads her own workshops for students and yoga teachers. She travels to teach Hands-On Assisting workshops and teaches annually at Omega Institute.
In 2010 Denise partnered up with Kate Lubensky to create Yoga for Breast Cancer, a DVD created to address the needs of breast cancer battlers and survivors. It was so well received that they recently produced two more DVD’s entitled Gentle Yoga for Cancer and Yoga for Heart Health.
Denise draws from her strong sense of intuition and passion for hands-on healing. She has a knack for reading the energy of students and responding to what they need. Denise’s way of instructing is direct, clear, and inspiring. It is her desire that every student feels seen and understood. She also incorporates her work with Cranial Sacral Therapy into her hands-on assists and private sessions.
I am a Forrest Yoga Guardian and owner of Dragon’s Breath Yoga in Washington, DC. I completed my FY Guardian training in March, 2018 and bought DBY in September,2018.
My path to yoga began years ago to help athletic recovery. After life threw a detour in my path, I began to realize and appreciate the mental and emotional impact regular practice has on a student. Forrest specifically helped me to find my breath and use that power to begin healing myself. I believe that we can all be teachers in life if we just take moment to pause, to reflect, and to breathe.
“Bad yogi” is the path that acknowledges we are not perfect, and that’s pretty cool. Follow me on Instagram/Twitter @badyogidc (@yogadragons for DBY); and
One of the few selected Forrest Yoga Guardians and co-founder of Yoga Bodyworkers, Jambo spends his time studying, researching and teaching in order to demystify a practice that we love to practice.
Jambo holds a degree in Complementary Medicine with special interests in Muscle Testing and Classical East Asian Medicine. He is a speaker and participates in research around Well-Being & Complexity studies and is associated with University of Northumbria & Cape Town.
Jambo also shares his passion for psycho-somatic practices he has gleaned from apprenticing with various leaders from a variety of native traditions as well as aspects of psychotherapy.
Strong practice is another benefit from practicing Forrest Yoga. I love how FY teaches you to be compassionate and skillful on exploring personal limits. Setting intents to help you stay in healing and practice changing habitual patterns which no longer supporting you. I feel this part of Forrest
Yoga is tasty and empowering.
My mission as a Forrest yoga mentor is doing my part of “Mending the Hoop of people” by reaching students around the world to experience Forrest Yoga and learn to support each others. Also sharing my intention of bring unity in Forrest Yoga community even with our differences in beliefs.
As healing journey deepens, my gratitude to Ana Forrest deepens for creating the brilliant method for healing. I also thank my fellow FY mentors and the Forrest Yoga community and students for loving supports. Get excited about Forest Yoga and life!!
Brian’s magic is built upon a synergy of Forrest Yoga & Myo-Fascial Bodywork. His mission is to teach people worldwide how to use their hands to help relieve pain in others.
Brian was a Head Teacher at the Shiatsu Massage School of California in Santa Monica from 2006-2014, teaching Anatomy & Physiology, Pain & Orthopedic Evaluation, Deep-Tissue Massage, and Advanced Myo-Fascial Anatomy & Treatment Courses.
In 2007, Ana Forrest asked Brian to become a Level 5 “Guardian Teacher”, the highest level of distinction in the Forrest Yoga system. As a Guardian, he has committed to Mentoring new Teachers and to carry on the Forrest Yoga Legacy of Healing to future generations.
In 2013, Brian was hospitalized with “Valley Fever” (coccydiomycosis). It took him 12 months to fully recuperate. During this time he learned how to work through his own body with arthritic and degenerative joint conditions. Now his Forrest Yoga & Bodywork classes are specifically informed and geared towards working with pain and injuries.
Brian’s most current project is the YogaBodyworkers Training. In these 10-Day courses, Brian has teamed up with fellow Forrest Yoga Guardian Jambo Truong to teach Yoga Teachers, Medical Professionals, and people from all backgrounds how to test the Muscle Functioning of the body’s 16 most important Structural Muscles and how to use MyoFascial Bodywork and Forrest Yoga to resolve pain syndromes and bring the body into optimal conditioning. Brian is leading these trainings and other MyoFascial, Hands-on Anatomy & Forrest Yoga courses throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Prior to teaching yoga full-time, Leslie was an attorney at Brooklyn Legal Services where she provided legal assistance to domestic violence survivors. It was through this work that Leslie saw the connection between personal empowerment and self-healing. This link is at the heart of Leslie’s teaching. She has a deep conviction that yoga can help you observe how you’re treating yourself and those around you.
Leslie understands how to use yoga therapeutically and is creative in developing modifications for all her students. Her classes move people deeply. Leslie has the uncanny ability to see where students are blocked and help them move forward and heal.
Sita teaches with a passion for Forrest Yoga that reflects the impact Forrest Yoga has had on her own life. She is enthusiastic about teaching her students how to live free of pain – physical and emotional. She brings in a quality of mindfulness into the way she teaches Forrest Yoga that encourages students to look into their own emotional patterns, accept themselves for who they are and evolve from a place of acceptance and being good enough. Her classes are normally All-levels and she brings exquisite attention to injuries.
Sita also shares her healing touch with her students – with the permissions of her students, she uses her hands-on adjustments as way to hold space for the student while they process and breathe. The sensitivity and depth with which these hands-on adjustments are given, create an incredibly healing and accepting environment where, as human beings, we get to connect to one another on a non-verbal, feeling level.
Sita is also one of the co-founders of Earthwalking – a platform that organizes the Earthwalking Festival and other Forrest Yoga related events in Berlin and fosters the growth of the local Forrest Yoga community and aspires to promote living in Balance and Beauty.
Sandra has been running her own yoga studios in Cambridgeshire, UK, since 2008, where Ana offered her very first Foundation Training in Europe (2012) and where Sandra taught together with fellow guardian Sinhee McCabe the first teacher training in Europe led by Guardians only.
Sandra has also trained in Body Psychotherapy and is passionate about how change and transformation comes about through the interplay of yoga and psychotherapeutic practices and principles. Her interest lies in the transformational aspects of being completely oneself and embodied, dissolving the feeling of not being good enough.
“My express wish is to create community where we can stress being amongst each other and not having to compete with each other, where we can celebrate our strengths and not have to hide our limitations, where we can bring the best out of each other and where we can be joyful and laugh together”.
Heidi wants to help you feel comfortable even when life isn’t. The path of yoga and meditation was her way out of extreme social anxiety over 20 years ago. Heidi received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Psychology from Yale University and is an expert on the influence of arousal and attention on performance, how anxiety affects thinking, and stress management. Her first love was the study of the mind. As an academic, she experimented with unwinding cognitive habits (habitual thinking) through specific attention and meditation work. Heidi’s current offerings are a unique combination of her expertise in psychology, meditation, and yoga. She encourages students to work with their minds as specifically as they work with their bodies.
Heidi is the founder and director of Fresh Yoga in New Haven. An original Forrest Yoga Guardian, and lineage holder, she currently teaches the Forrest Yoga 200-HR Foundation Teacher Training, the Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training, teaches and designed the Fresh Yoga 200 and 300-HR Teacher Trainings, and travels nationally to present workshops and trainings. In 2008, Yoga Journal selected Heidi as one of their “Next Generation of Yoga Teachers” and she was selected by The Great Courses to design their first ever course on yoga; . HDR Press published her book Performing Under Pressure, and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine published her article “Meditation can Reduce Habitual Responding.” Visit Heidi at HeidiSormaz.com or FreshYoga.com.
Her intention is to give her students the best possible experience in class, which means finding balance between challenging them and keeping them safe while finding their own potential. Her teaching is a compassionate and grounding experience. You can expect clear and precise directions and hands-on-assists, to feel more aligned and more at home in your body. She shares a positive attitude, optimism, and would name herself a very resourceful person. Besides that, she loves her daily yoga practice, drumming and ceremony, the sun, the stars and the moon, the sea and hiking in the beautiful mountains of Austria.
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