Forrest Yoga Advanced teacher Training
with Ana Forrest & Jose Calarco
Taught over nine full days, this course is open to yoga teachers from any yoga school or lineage and graduates of the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training (no minimum years of teaching experience).
POSTPONED, STAYED TUNED
Participants must have a regular personal practice and be ready to move deeper within themselves and assist their students in the discovery of the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga. We expect you to have the willingness, health and strength to commit to 100% of this teacher training. You will receive a letter of completion only upon 100% completion of the teacher training..
Ana Forrest designed this program to be highly experiential. The training includes chanting, pranayama, intensive yoga practice, working with injuries, addressing the needs and challenges of students, mentoring your own practice and needs, and learning the principles of class sequencing for advanced poses. You will also be taught how to work with students at different levels and abilities and with different body types.
The total tuition for this Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training is $2,450. That amount includes the core curriculum, but does not include food or accommodations. A deposit of $1,200 is due upon registration if you do not choose the Early Bird Tuition. The remaining $1,200 is due 30 calendar days prior to the start of the Training, or when the Training becomes full. Your spot in the Training is held only upon receipt of your deposit and is guaranteed upon receipt of your full payment.
The following persons qualify for discounts on Teacher Training Tuitions:
20% for Forrest Yoga Hoop Members (applies also to Early Bird)
10% for military personnel including Active Duty, family members, retirees and veterans. Military ID required (applies also to Early Bird).
$300 for repeat students, that are not members of the Hoop (applies on the standard tuition only).
Unless expressly noted, discounts cannot be combined.
A Note from Annastasia Kaessner.....
Healing. Authenticity. Growth. Limitless.
Trying to find my place in this world was a very scary thing. I painful, depressing experiment that I faced day by day. I graduated college and almost knew too much about the world. I felt saddened and unable to commit to a path. Searching constantly for my place, my path, a purpose and a passion.
Feeling discouraged I turned once again to yoga, it had become the only place I could break down, it was my safe haven and internal comfort and I knew in my gut that I should follow that instinct.
Forrest yoga presented itself to me as a whirlwind and an incredible challenge. I hated sitting still, I hated sitting with myself and I despised opening my heart.
One of my greatest gifts (and curses) is that I cannot say no to a challenge and I always move towards discomfort. Ana Forrest’s teachings asked me to stay longer, to work with my edge and to stay present with the sensation, with myself. It was that challenge to go inside and go deep that I could not pass up. Naturally, I dove in, deeply and completely.
Diving into Forrest yoga I took three trainings within a year, and commit all my energy to understanding and following this new found tool and passion. There are too many gifts that this practice gave me to begin to explain, but I’ll list a few: no more back pain, the ability to sit with myself, working with energy, trusting intuition, playing with energy, healing my past trauma, healing injuries, connecting with others, learning to break rules, learning to question my beliefs, leaning into sensation, creating an ally of myself, facing my enemies, asking the off-limit questions, experimenting with sensuality, accepting joy, learning to sing and dance freely. Those are just a few of the gifts that this practice gave to me.
There was one day, one moment that will never leave me and has truly shaped who I am. The goal of Forrest yoga is the mend the hoop of the people, for each of us to find our authentic selves and heal. That day was when I understood this intention completely.
It was an intense practice 3 hours of sweaty limit-breaking back bends. I sat in my mat with an equal mix of exhilaration, aliveness and absolute exhaustion. We said our namaste and the others started to pack up. I sat, unmoving, locked in place, muscled frozen. Tears began to race down my cheeks and I began to convulse, shaking maddeningly yet still immobile. I wept with deep sighs. Four women (fellow trainees) came to my side, surrounding me. With permission all four sets of hands began holding me, running energy, embracing me in my moment of intense unrest. They steadied me, laying me down. They stood guard, they watched and witnessed. Images of past trauma, my past, my lack of belonging, my depression, my sadness rolled through some, images and feelings so intense I could only feel and watch. After what felt like eternity, the spell broke.
They held me, the snotty, sweaty mess that was me. They held space for my disaster and were there to show me I could pick myself up in the end.
I was ok. I revealed all my bad, my deep, my ugly and I was held. I broke down to pick myself back up. I chose healing over despair. I made it through. I no longer felt like I had to be a perfect person, I no longer had to follow all the fabricated rules. I could be me. I was enough.
Forrest yoga gave me the gift to be me. To see the world through my lens and to help others cherish that too. Forrest yoga showed me authenticity in self and how to give that gift to others. Howl at the moon, dance when you like. Dream your dreams, and live your life.
Forrest gave me the greatest gift, the gift of acceptance of others and the gift of acceptance of me.