Forrest Yoga

Last Updated: October 9, 2018

Definition - What does Forrest Yoga mean?

Forrest yoga is a style of yoga that was devised by American yogi, Ana T. Forrest. It uses the motto, “Go Deeper,” and is based on an intense workout that's designed to help improve the yogi both physically and emotionally.

Forrest yoga emphasizes abdominal exercises and breathing. It also includes lengthy series of standing postures and holding positions. The yoga studio in which it is practiced will typically be heated to 85° F (29° C) for this type of yoga.

The idea behind this yoga style is that the practitioner should connect with their feelings and resolve their own personal issues, whether they are of a physical or emotional nature.

Yogapedia explains Forrest Yoga

Ana T. Forrest created this yoga style to help people to deal with the traumas that they come across in life. This is a very personal type of yoga as it was inspired by Forrest’s own emotional traumas. It encourages the yogi to look deep within themselves, cope with emotional issues, and make more connections between different parts of the body. Forrest yoga classes are now popular in various parts of the world and its teachers are trained and certified by Forrest.

This style of yoga has four basic elements:

  1. Breath
  2. Strength
  3. Integrity
  4. Spirit

The postures used in Forrest yoga come from Sivananda yoga and Iyengar yoga, with the addition of personalized postures and some Native American gestures. While it incorporates many traditional asanas and yoga practices, Forrest yoga also has modern elements and exercises, such as wrist stretches that are designed to ease carpal tunnel syndrome, and shoulder shrugs used to relieve tension.

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