Last week I turned 45 and received an extravagant gift: an interview with my favorite rockstar of yoga, Ana T. Forrest.
Ana Forrest is not your typical international yoga rockstar.
In fact, she’d probably correct me if I called her a rock star, and insist that she is a modern Medicine woman.
(Actually, as I get to know Ana better, I bet she’d be OK with me calling her a rockstar AND a modern Medicine woman.)
Despite her somatic genius and genre-bending method of weaving our struggles, our habitual patterns, and ways that we “depress ourselves in 30 seconds flat,” Ana is actually quite humble about language. Not fancypants. (One more caveat…her yoga pants are rather fancy! See below on video.)
Ana brings fierce medicine to her teaching–I’ve noticed in my past 10 years of practicing with her at weekend intensives, and with her cadre of Certified Forrest Yoga Teachers, that Ana exudes true differentiation from other teachers.
Ana Forrest’s brilliance lies in many realms, but first I noticed is she can read what is happening emotionally for me in a yoga pose.
She stood at my mat like a tiger when I started to space out (and think about my evening dinner plans). She noticed in a particularly challenging pose how I was powering my way through it, not taking the time and breathing in the deliciousness of it. Busted! She saw my overachiever patterning and called me on it. She could read my resistance to her admonition to track my groundedness with “active feet.”
Let’s make this about you, not me. She knows in a class of 100 people when you stop breathing. She sees you struggle in a pose, and can discern your addiction to struggle. In short, she’s got your number.
“Become the architect of your own pharmacopeia”– Ana T. Forrest
“Fierce Medicine” is what she offers, and I’m not making up that term… Ana happens to be the author of a book by that title, Fierce Medicine, just published last year.
Ana has extraordinary ability to get you back in your body, with all components working in the service of your sparkliness, your innate wisdom. She wants you to get out of first gear, which is where most of us get stuck, utilizing only our minds to guide our way of walking in the world.
In her words, she wants you to be the “Architect of your own pharmacopeia.”
Ana and I hold an alternative, expanded view for you–simultaneously very specific and scientific–that you can modulate your brain and body chemistry with your thoughts and behaviors. I would frame this is as follows: Ana’s form of Fierce Medicine alters your physiology. Here’s a small sampler of what’s possible for you: lower your stress hormones, such as cortisol (the guy on the bus who takes up too much space and makes your life a drag), and boost your feel-good neurotransmitters, such as…
- dopamine – responsible for pleasure and satisfaction
- serotonin – governs your mood, sleep and appetite
- oxytocin – hormone (and neurotransmitter) of love and bonding
That’s a message I completely + utterly rally behind.
Here’s what Ana means (I’m paraphrasing her): We universally default to a place of flat line. We zone out. We stay in first gear. Get out of first gear. Use yoga. Use the breath. Get sparkly again. We’re taught struggle is noble. It’s not. Struggle makes you smaller.
Listen in to a short segment of our time together, and prepare to dive deep and dislodge what no longer serves. Ana works her magic with what she calls “an auditory reaching.” We barely scratch the surface in this segment, but you’ll get an intention, you’ll release your neck and you’ll hear Ana’s fascinating story of healing her thyroid. Yes, it leaves you wanting…much more. Fortunately, I’ve got another date on the schedule to bring you just that: April 5, 2012. See below to get dialed in.
In the meantime, we are working with Ana and her team to cook up a few more modules of our synergy together, related to your mood, your addiction to struggle, your weight, your energy, of course– (Natch! you know I’ve got your back, and after all… I am a gynecologist!) your best sex drive and orgasmic capacity.
Roll it all into a burrito and you’ve got your Most Resourceful Self.
Just as Ana dislodged the disorder, the frat party, happening in her thyroid, and is not on any prescription medication, let her, in collaboration with me, dislodge what’s out of order for you.
Sign up for more, right here. We’ve got an hour scheduled April 5, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific.
Is Ana the real deal? Oh yes, sit back and watch….
Let me finish with Ana’s words…
I suggested to Ana today that I was so blessed to be digging this WELL with her, and that we only got an inch deep in our tantalizing time together on my birthday. I can’t wait for what we uncover in our collaboration. This is gonna be BIG, My Friends. Dig the well.
“This well, this deep well that we are co-creating, Dr. Sara, is as deep as we want to dig it.”
Time to dig your well.
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