These workshops each begin with a short, yet very special Ceremony of song, invocation & smoke blessing. Ana & Medicine Man, Jose Calarco set the intent for the practice and honor the ancestors and custodians of our sacred land.
Building the Warrior Heart
Saturday March 30th: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Learn the magic of heart-opening asanas. Open your core, which gives your heart support and counsel of your other primary chakras. This helps your heart and Spirit be more resilient, flexible and adept at surfing emotional waves. Learn to remove obstructive shielding from your heart so it can truly and honestly feel each new experience afresh.
Romance the Spirit
Saturday March 30th: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Does your practice brighten or dim your Spirit? Make the choice to brighten up and fascinate in process! Forrest Yoga teaches you to focus your intent on connecting to and Romancing your Spirit.
How? By choosing, in the moment, to breathe in a way that brightens you; to do your poses in a way that invites your Spirit to permeate into all of your body. This welcomes your Spirit home.
Freedom from Struggle
Sunday March 31st: 12:30pm – 3:00pm
Deepen your practice and ride the power of breath. Join Ana Forrest and Jose Calarco and learn how to relax your core and safely change fear into excitement. Free yourself from breathlessness, struggle and panic. Deepen your poses by relating in a fresh, intelligent way to your challenging edges. Be prepared to sweat and work in a whole new way.
Learn more about the Instructor(s)
Ana Forrest is an inspiration and has been changing people’s lives for over 40 years. She is an internationally-recognized pioneer in yoga and emotional healing, a Medicine Woman, the creatrix of Forrest Yoga, author of the highly-acclaimed book, Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit, and is one of the most respected yoginis on the planet.
Forrest Yoga is renowned globally as a powerful, therapeutic, internally focused practice that emphasizes how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life. Ana created Forrest Yoga while working through her own healing from her life’s trauma and experience and she teaches yoga from an intuitive and highly-developed understanding of the human body and psyche. Native American Medicine and the clinical application of healing modalities—including homeopathic and naturopathic remedies, anatomy, reflexology, pressure point therapy, craniosacral therapies, Shiatsu, chiropractic and hands on healing—always inform her work.
Ana is also a certified regression therapist, Reiki Master, ordained practitioner of Native American Medicine and consultant to a number of education and research bodies, including: F.A.R.E. Play (Foundation for Athletic Research and Education) and The University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic.
Ana’s Spirit pledge is to do her part in ‘Mending (Healing) the Hoop of the People’. This is her life’s work. Each year she gives thousands of people the tools to help them design a life that they are proud of. With Ana’s meticulous guidance, her students cultivate an acute awareness of their own yoga practice and life, resulting in an exhilarating journey into self-discovery, cleansing, and healing. Her tribe of Forrest Yoga teachers around the world pledge to help Ana fulfil her Spirit Pledge by contributing to Mending the Hoop.
Ana has received a Los Angeles Mayoral Commendation for her outstanding teaching and healing work in the community — the first time a major U.S. city bestowed such an honor on a yogi or yogini! She headlines at Yoga Journal Live, Asia Yoga Conference, Wanderlust festivals, The Big Web Yoga Weekend and contributes regularly to many yoga, health and Spirituality publications. Ana guest lectures at educational institutions and runs Forrest Yoga Teacher Training programs every year.
Fierce Medicine is published in English, German, Russian, Turkish (Korean coming soon), and as an audio book, read by Ana herself.
Ana creates and co-teaches all of her workshops and events with her partner, Medicine Man Jose Calarco. Each yoga event is filled with Ceremony, song, music, culture and sublimely sequenced Forrest Yoga asana.
Jose Calarco has had a long and varied association in the Arts, Music and Yoga in Australia and around the World for the last thirty years. In this time he has covered almost the entire spectrum of experience, from producer and administrator of large-scale events, to innovative artistic direction in the fields of Dance, Film, Theatre, Yoga and Music. Jose’s strong management credentials have seen his company “Descendance Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre” www.descendance.com.au : grow into one of Australia’s leading international cultural exports. Descendance has performed in over 40 countries and at some of the world’s biggest events. In 2004 Descendance won UNESCOS prize at “The World Culture Open” in South Korea as the world’s best indigenous live act.
In 2014 Jose joined forces with international yoga legend Ana Forrest www.forrestyoga.com as a ceremonial musical director, business mentor, and Ana’s life partner, providing artistic and cultural direction into Ana’s international yoga events. Jose is a singer, songwriter, musician, storyteller and Medicine man. Jose & Ana’s Synergetic Collison of worlds is today reshaping the future of Yoga.
Jose Calarco has been Director of four successful performing Dance & Music companies: which include: Descendance Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre, Ngaru Aboriginal Dancers, Flamenco Dreaming, and Antonio Vargas Flamenco Dance Theatre. Jose also gained valuable experience from managing high profile arts companies in Sydney : Halftix (an internationally renowned discount arts box office), The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust (Australia’s initial funding source for the arts) and Ticketek (Australia’s premier box office) Jose’s five years as a Film Buyer & Programmer for movie giants “Village/Roadshow” helped broaden his wide-ranging skills across the arts.
José’s rich international history in both indigenous culture and the contemporary arts has seen him develop a unique and expansive style as a performing musician, songwriter and artistic director. Jose’s was at the forefront of the world music and dance movement in Australia in the eighties as a producer, promoter and performer. Jose has created performances for international dignitaries such as: Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, The Dali Lama, Queen Elizabeth, Justin Timberlake, and Cate Blanchett, to name but a few. Jose also produces international dance & cultural music shows at large scale corporate events for illustrious audiences in the fields of science, technology, Medicine, performing arts, and politics.