An essential component of the Forrest Yoga system is Ana Forrest’s Spirit Pledge to Mend the 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 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.
Ana and Jose pledge to teach people to use the tools of Forrest Yoga to heal themselves physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. All Forrest Yoga Guardians and teachers pledge to do their part in mending the Hoop of the People. All Forrest Yoga students learn firstly to be responsible for themselves. Then as they heal and mature, they discover what they can do to help heal our planet. Forrest Yoga gives you the toolset to work at your own healing and evolution.