Ana Forrest’s Spirit Pledge:
Mending the Rainbow Hoop of the People
An essential component of the Forrest Yoga system is Ana Forrest’s Spirit Pledge to Mend the Rainbow Hoop of the People. This pledge refers to the cry of the Lakota Medicine Man Black Elk, who lived through the shattering of the spine of his people. Describing the grieving & desperation he saw around him, he said, “The Rainbow Hoop of the People has been broken.” The Rainbow Hoop refers to people living harmoniously just as the colors of the rainbow lie side by side. The people he speaks of are all the inhabitants of Earth; animals, plants, mountains, and humans.
During the time that Ana lived on a reservation among Native people, she had her own vision of Mending the Rainbow Hoop of the People. This became her Spirit Pledge. She and Jose are teaching people how to be stewards of the Earth and all its living beings, by connecting to each of their own vibrant Spirits.