Forrest Yoga Guardian
Teachers

Forrest Yoga Guardians are highly experienced Forrest Yoga Teachers who are carefully hand picked by Ana and Jose. Guardians hold a place of honor and integrity for the Forrest Yoga teachers. Guardians pledge to be the keepers and protectors of the Forrest Yoga legacy. They pledge to do their part in Mending the Hoop of the People, by mentoring the Forrest Yoga teachers. Guardians strive to embody the ethics, principles & teachings of FY. They train intensively with Ana and Jose to stay current and up to date with Forrest Yoga’s evolution. Each Guardian brings their unique experience and insight to the students’ continuing education.
Ann Hyde
My teaching style has developed over 21 years and has been influenced by many outstanding teachers.  Ana Forrest and the Forrest Yoga system have been inspiring me since 2004.

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.

annhydeyoga.com

Denise Hopkins
Denise began her yoga journey after working for 13 years in the NYC fashion industry.  Yoga became her saving grace to the competitive nature of the business.  In 2005, she decided to take the Forrest Yoga training based on gut instinct. It was life changing.  She completed her training with founder Ana Forrest and has spent over 10 years teaching in NYC and recently the Hudson Valley.

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.

denisehopkinsyoga.com

Darin Volwiler
Just a yogi on my journey.  The biggest thing you can learn right now is that our paths are often difficult, never perfect, and always an adventure.

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. 

badyogidc.com and dragonsbreathyoga.com

Jambo Truong
Jambo is a multi-disciplinary practitioner who specialises in functional anatomy and psycho-spiritual practices that are related to yoga and bodywork. 

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. 

Sin Hee McCabe
My journey as a FY mentor has been profound in learning to feel and accept my true myself. I am pleased with the healing process that I am walking as a person and as a yoga teacher/ healer.

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!!

Kiki Clabby
A joyful and shimmering Spirit, Kiki is known amongst her community for her honesty, integrity and sparkle. Her deep love and respect for Forrest Yoga Ceremony, her sensitivity and passion for addressing white privilege and cultural appropriation in her own teaching and her studio, her highly attuned Seeing skills and direct, kind truth-speaking all make her a uniquely skilled Guardian Mentor Teacher. Through her work in Forrest Yoga and her recent journey into motherhood, she has learned how to see the magic, mystery and meaning in what seems quite ordinary and is passionate about teaching her mentees how to do the same. As Owner and Director at Innerstellar Pilates & Yoga and Founder of The Thriving Studio Owner Business Mentorship Program, Kiki brings to her teaching her expertise in leadership, business and career development, physical and energetic anatomy instruction, pre- and postnatal Forrest Yoga and empathic hands on healing.
Brian Campbell
Brian is a Bodyworker, a Forrest Yoga Guardian Teacher, and a hands-on teacher of Anatomy and Myo-Fascial Release Massage. He has 19 years experience doing Pain specific Structural Massage and 17 years teaching Forrest Yoga in Los Angeles. He is sought out as a teacher who knows how to work with yoga related injuries, spinal rotations, and scar-tissue. 

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. 

Leslie Pearlman
Leslie Pearlman is the founder and director of Good Ground Yoga, one of the most well known yoga studios in The Hamptons. Leslie  is a Forrest Yoga Mentor Teacher and Guardian with more than 20 years teaching experience and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the highest level (E-RYT 500). She is widely known for her radiant energy as well as her compassion, support, humor and warmth.  Leslie has the unique ability to help her students reach their personal best and go deep without compromising form and integrity. She has taught thousands of students in New York City and the Hamptons and conducts workshops nationally and internationally. Leslie is also a certified Y12SR teacher and has created a signature mindfulness and yoga relapse prevention program which she leads at both in patient and out patient drug and alcohol treatment centers.  

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.

Catherine Allen
Catherine Allen has been teaching yoga for nearly 20 years and is renowned for her skill as a practitioner and teacher trainer. Cat has completed intensive yoga studies in India and studied several forms of yoga, including Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and Pralaya Yoga. Her style is rooted in the Forrest Yoga system. For years, Cat apprenticed directly with Ana Forrest, the Creatrix of Forrest Yoga. After receiving the honored title of Forrest Yoga Guardian, Cat became one of the first Forrest Yoga Guardians to be authorized by Ana Forrest to teach the 200-hour Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training and 9-day Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training. Cat herself created Poppy Perinatal Yoga, an approach to prenatal and postnatal yoga that promotes more comfort and support in pregnancy, labor, and postpartum recovery. Yoga teachers and birth workers worldwide throughout the United States and Europe have been trained in the Poppy Perinatal Yoga approach. Cat is a Level 5 Certified Forrest Yoga Teacher, Forrest Yoga Guardian, E-RYT 500, RPYT, Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator, and Birth, Loss, and Postpartum Doula. When not on the mat, Cat enjoys spending precious time with her husband, daughter, and coterie of canine and feline companions.

Sita Menon
Sita is the Founder and Owner of Evolve Yoga and Forrest Yoga Guardian and Teacher. Sita found her way to yoga 20 years ago after the birth of her oldest child. What started out as a need to simply find a way to balance a stressful job in telecommunications software and family life with children, quickly deepened into a practice that Sita felt compelled to pursue. After a few years of practicing various styles – Baptiste Power Yoga, Vinyasa, Ashtanga – with various renowned teachers, Sita found her home in Forrest Yoga. She met Ana Forrest, the creatrix of Forrest Yoga, in 2005 and did her first 200-hour teacher training with one of Ana’s early students. She followed that with the 5-day Continuing Education for Teachers in 2010, the Advanced Forrest Training in 2010 and the 200-hour Foundation Training with Ana Forrest in 2012. In Jan 2016, Ana invited her to step into training to become a Guardian. Sita became a Guardian in September 2017 and now runs her own mentorship programs out of Berlin. Sita is currently pursuing a four year professional training in the Mindfuness- based Body Psychotherapy methodology of Hakomi and brings her experiential learning of the body-psyche connection into her teaching.

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.

Erica Mather
Erica Mather is a lifelong teacher who has struggled with emotional overeating, compulsive over exercising, and body dysmorphia disorder herself. Her book F*ck Your Beauty Standards: Stop Wasting Time Hating Your Body and Start Living Your Life (new Harbinger, 2020) is a 7-step spiritual journey helping women befriend their bodies and utilize them as tools and allies on their quest to live their best lives. As an embodiment educator, she guides people to feel better in, and about their bodies. Her Adore Your Body Transformational Programs helps overcome body image challenges, and The Yoga Clinic of NYC supports students, teachers, and health professionals learn about empowered care for the body. Mather is a recognized body image expert, a Forrest Yoga lineage-holder, and was also named one of the next generation’s important yoga teachers by Yoga Journal. She writes for Mind Body Green on the topic of body image challenges, is a regular columnist for Rivertown Magazine and is a popular repeat interview on the SoulFeed Podcast, Hay House Radio’s Angel Club, and more. Mather lives in New York City.

www.ericamather.com

Sandra Robinson
Sandra is a level 5 certified Forrest Yoga teacher and Guardian, registered as a senior teacher with the UK Yoga Alliance and authorised by Ana Forrest to teach Foundation and Advanced Teacher Trainings, as well continuous education for yoga teachers. She is the most senior guardian in Europe having assisted Ana from Berlin to Cape Town since 2009 and been a mentor since 2012. She thrives on teaching workshops, retreats and teacher trainings where space is created for students to fully immerse themselves, have room to simply be and to connect to their spirit. The intent is to build community, help students and trainees to be the best they can be and teach them to hold space for themselves and their students in a compassionate way. 

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”. 

www.sandrarobinson.co.uk and www.equilibriumyoga.co.uk

Heidi Sormaz

Heidi Sormaz, Ph.D. E-RYT 500, Forrest Yoga Guardian Teacher, Meditation Coach

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; Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body. HDR Press published her book Performing Under Pressure, and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine published her article “Meditation can Reduce Habitual Responding.”

www.HeidiSormaz.com or www.FreshYoga.com

Alexandra Sagorz-Zimmerl

Alexandra Sagorz-Zimmerl is the owner of bYOGA with more than ten years of teaching experience based in Vienna, Austria. She is recognized as an International Yoga Alliance E-RYT500 certified yoga teacher and Continuing Education provider. From her first contact with Ana Forrest, Alexandra has been following her calling to spread this unique yoga style and introduced Forrest Yoga in Austria. Since 2011, she has been assisting Ana Forrest throughout the world. In the same year, she helped accurately translate Fierce Medicine into German for which Ana is very grateful for her help in this. Alexandra has studied human energetics and is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. This method is a body-oriented approach to the resolving of trauma and other stress disorders and matches wonderfully with the Forrest Yoga attempt.

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.

www.byoga.at

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