DT 091: Disobey the Lie with Ana Forrest and Jose Calarco

By Henry Winslow, Yoga Student and Teacher

For more than four decades, Ana Forrest (@forrestyoga) has been bringing her particular brand of Fierce Medicine to the Yoga world. An internationally-recognized pioneer in Yoga and emotional healing, Ana created Forrest Yoga while working through healing from her own life’s trauma and experience. Jose Calarco, her co-director of Forrest Yoga, also comes from a long history with Shamanism and healing – just in a different sphere – that of music and the performing arts. Forrest Yoga is renowned as a powerfully physical, internally-focused practice that emphasizes how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life.   In this episode, you’ll hear from Ana and Jose on:  [09.55] Walking through the fear and trauma. Ana and Jose discuss their approach to overcoming fear and self-doubt by using their energy and experience to deepen their wisdom, quieten their minds and make courageous choices.   [20.26] The principles and purpose of Forrest Yoga. Jose explains that their mission is to heal themselves, heal the planet and heal the people. Their unique method encourages intense self-inquiry and is informed by the wisdom of Native American and Australian Aboriginal cultures.       [26.04] Ceremonies and sacred song. The couple describe their classes as spiritual gatherings, full of atmosphere and adventure, and focused on strengthening the connection between body and spirit.   [33.35] Conscious eating. Jose and Ana actively promote the benefits of a plant-based diet and encourage others to consider veganism as a healthy, ethical and compassionate way of life.   [43.30] The power of the arts. Students of Forrest Yoga are invited to sing, play instruments and take part in storytelling in order to stimulate their creativity and engage in a sublime spiritual experience.      Announcements:  Visit henryyoga.com to learn how to level up your yoga practice in just 40 days.  Follow @henryyoga.app on Instagram  Check out https://yogaeastaustin.com/benjamin/ to learn more about Benjamin Sears’ 20 hour training immersion from February 7-9th. Make sure to use code “HENRYWINS” on checkout to receive 15% off.  Veronica Lombo and I are going on a tour through Europe beginning in January. You can check out all the details at https://henrywins.com/events/   Links from this episode:  Grab a copy of Ana and Jose’s recommended books:  Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit by Ana Forrest  Initiation by Elisabeth Haich Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz  Looking for your next book to read? Check out the list of every book recommended on Dharma Talk Lost Paradise festival Benjamin Sears previous appearance Dharma Talk Episode 17   Get in touch with Ana & Jose: Follow @forrestyoga & @josecalarco on Instagram Visit https://www.forrestyoga.com Check out Forrest Yoga & Jose Calarco on Facebook Subscribe to Forrest Yoga & Jose Calarco on Youtube Listen to Jose Calarco’s album Cornucopia and single Love on iTunes and Spotify   Support the Podcast: If you find this podcast valuable you can support it directly by visiting: henrywins.com/donate   Credits: Music by Momentology (@momentologymusic) Production and audio engineering by Ease of Mind

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