Ana Forrest Yoga

#79 – Keen on Yoga Podcast with Ana Forrest & Jose Calarco

Ana  Forrest is an inspiration and has been changing  people’s lives for over 45  years. She  is an internationally recognized  pioneer in yoga and emotional healing.

She is the Creatrix of Forrest Yoga, a mystic, visionary, philanthropist, author, and Medicine Woman. Forrest Yoga was crafted by Ana while working through healing from her own life’s traumas. Including abuse and addictions, the feeling of helplessness around the addictions, and the ongoing suffering from chronic injuries & illnesses.

At the age of 14 Ana took her first yoga class and became a certified instructor in 1975. Ana used yoga and Native American ceremony to save her own life. It is her intent to pass that lifesaving ability forward.

The process of healing herself inspired her to teach others to heal themselves physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Forrest Yoga is a powerfully physical, internally focused practice that emphasizes the integration of  transformative experiences from the mat into purposeful daily life. 

Ana is at heart a woman of the wilderness. She has spent many years in the mountains and forests learning from the animals, trees, rocks, water, and the seasons. Prior to becoming a yoga teacher, Ana spent her early years training horses, dogs, cats, birds, and the occasional snake. She brings her deep understanding of the animal kingdom to her teaching with humans.

Jose Clarco

Jose is Ana’s co-director of Forrest Yoga. Coming from a long history of shamanism, the arts, music and healing, he brings decades of experience as an artistic prodigy.

He is also Director of the legendary Australian  Indigenous company Descendance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre Descendance won the UNESCO (United Nations) competition as the world’s best Indigenous live show.

Jose Calarco is a bridge to the spirit world. As Ceremonial Leader for Forrest Yoga and co – teacher with Ana Forrest, he creates and teaches ceremonies, tells creation stories from the traditions of the First Peoples of Australia and other shamanic traditions and weaves these into the yoga practice

His experience as a faith healer and Medicine Man spans over 30 years. He has collaborated with Indigenous wisdom keepers like Medicine Woman and Australian cultural treasure Kathy Marika of the Yirrikala People of central Northern Australia, and he co-created Descendance Aboriginal with Indigenous elder and Song Woman Imelda Willis of the Yidinji and Kandju tribes. Imelda is Jose’s Spiritual Mother, and was a rare woman who had been fully initiated. She adopted him as an equal into her tribes in Far Northern Australia, sharing knowledge and hope with each other and with the world.