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Why is Forrest Yoga so beneficial for healing and preventing injury? AF: On a physical level, all classes are carefully designed and sequenced to warm you up for the more advanced poses and warm you down in an intelligent way, with the last section of the class down-regulating the nervous system. For example in every class you’ll find abdominal stretches, releasing the neck, deep breathing, focus and setting the intent. Abdominal work brings healing and toning to the digestive organs, helps the back and encourages the elimination of old issues, digestive and emotional. Many cultures today are chronically constipated due to eating foods that the body cannot digest. The food then sits and creates a toxic swamp that degrades the immune system and literally makes our thinking smoggy and cloudy. Neck release, deep breathing and focus help to bring stress levels down. Learning to set an intent and focus on an area of the body that needs attention, retrains the brain from its chronic habit of scattered attention into a steady way of focusing. This benefits everything you do, particularly any time you need to complete a project instead of scrambling around. Forrest Yoga is designed to give us the skills to heal and become trustworthy to ourselves, it’s also a sweaty work-out — getting the endorphins going, which in themselves are healing. That uplifts our mood and sparkles up our life. We work with our touch being as helpful and healing as possible – it’s a great comfort to students. Thank you very much.
Details from: www.forrestyoga.com.

When did you take your first Yoga class and what attracted you to keep on practising? AF: I took my first class when I was about 13 or 14. It was a dare from a girl at school. We had never talked before and this quiet, soft-spoken teenager challenged me to go to a Yoga class, saying “I have something you can’t do!’ I took up the gauntlet. I took the class and something drew me back again and again. To this day I don’t know why this girl approached me. And that’s how I began the journey to save my own life. I took a teacher training in 1975 - aged 18 - in Mexico. It was the most intense month of my life, yet gentle and healing at the same time. By the time I left, my body was clean of drugs and alcohol for the first time since I could remember. I realised that I finally had something to live for. Why did you create Forrest Yoga? AF: I've practised and studied many styles of Yoga all over the world, but some things just didn't feel good in my body. So, I started to experiment, change things, figure out what worked, what would heal my own specific injuries and the injuries and traumas of those who came to me for help.

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