As the creator of Forrest Yoga, Ana T. Forrest has been transforming people's lives throughout the world for more than 35 years. Her unique blend of physical practice, Eastern wisdom, and profound Native American ceremony takes her teachings literally off the mat and into daily life - to heal everything from addictive behaviors and eating disorders to chronic pain and injury. In Fierce Medicine, Forrest tells her own story of healing from the scars of abuse and physical handicaps, and reveals the proven practices that enabled her to move beyond her past into a life committed to helping others reconnect with their bodies, cultivate balance, and start living in harmony with their Spirits.
In her unique, powerful, and inviting voice, Ana Forrest reveals how to:
Whether you've never done yoga or are a seasoned practitioner, Ana Forrest's practices, stories, and exercises will help you uncover your own warrior's heart. With this wise woman as your trusted guide, you, too, can become centered, strong, and more alive than ever before.
©2011 Ana T. Forrest (P)2013 Harper Collins Publishers
It is important to note that this book is basically an autobiography. If you come to it looking for information on how to integrate yoga, Eastern wisdom, and profound Native American ceremony, you will be disappointed. By perhaps a quarter of the way into the book or more, the only mention of using Native American ceremony was that of sitting in a circle and passing a "truth stick" around. As it turns out, any information about Native Americans was basically that Ana lived with a tribe for a while and was taken under the wing of a medicine man.
There isn't anything terribly wrong with this book being an autobiography. Neither sacred ceremony nor physical yoga translates well to books (and especially to audiobooks), anyway. But for those actually interested in this topic and are looking for a "how to," I would save your money on this book and buy: "Sacred Ceremony: How to Create Ceremonies for Healing, Transitions, and Celebrations," by Steven Farmer. If you are interested in yoga and Eastern wisdom, I would highly recommend: "The Lost Teachings of Yoga," by Georg Feuerstein or "A Life Worth Breathing," by Max Strom.
As an autobiography, this is a page turner in a similar sense to how driving by an auto accident on the interstate is a head turner. I'm not saying it isn't interesting because it is. However, never, and I mean never, have I been so thankful for having a "normal," boring and uneventful life as when I finished this book. I actually wasn't even in this state after finishing Katherine Boo's, "Behind The Beautiful Forevers."
Fair warning should also be given here, too. The audiobook is certainly not something that can be listened to with children around because of language, sexual situations, and drug and alcohol use. Ana also, as mentioned by other reviewers, totally throws out sacred teachings on nonviolence.
The book's saving grace was the rather interesting time that Ana spent in India, as well as butting heads with the late B.K.S. Iyengar while there. If it had not been for this section of the book, there really wouldn't have been much left to recommend. However, this was interesting and well worth hanging in there for.
The bottom line is, the book is a weird, mixed bag with just enough interesting tidbits to keep the pages turning...but turn they did, so there is certainly some merit to the book
Amazingly well told story, with lots of helpful transformational tools.
Her life story is fascinating, and the story is well told and incorporates the tools to transform your own life really well.
She is a very accomplished storyteller. The way she narrates is like you are there with her.
Fierce Medicine is a diamond filled with Brilliant reflections, sacred teachings and unforgettable experiences. Ana T. Forrest, Rockstar yogi, healer, and Medicine Woman, reads her story with Beauty and Eloquence. In her earlier career, she was a world class horse trainer. Her strategic perspective seemed to be a philosophy used in show jumping. When approaching a challenging obstacle, one proceeds in a manner known as "throw your heart over". With this work, she takes that leap and soars amongst supernovas.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is similar because both Ana and Steve are ahead of their time in their respective fields. They both "think different." Their challenges evolve into opportunities rather than obstacles. They reject what did not work and moved into new, uncharted waters for what did. Basically, they are both pioneers in their fields.
There are many scenes that resonate. Ana's time in India, which was a crucial turning point for her personally and professionally, explains the roots of her teaching philosophy.
Her work and relationship with horses was very informative as well. The connected nature of life and love and trust was very well delineated.
There are many poignant moments. How Ana got up each day and continued to learn, grow, and later to teach is inspiring and touching. I salute and admire her work and her lessons.
Listening to Ana's reading is a blessing. Breathe deeply as you drink it in. Listen in Beauty to the life and work of a leader and a living legend.
For me yes. I travel for work so it was a way for me to listen while I drive and fly. Also easy to go back and listen to favorite chapters. I read the book years ago, still have it and now it has so much more meaning for me. I love my books but find I do better with audible. I can listen on my cell, in my car or on my computer. Love it!
I grew up in So California and grew up at a stable so there is so much I identified with. Definitely horses were my first and best friends. This time around it really hit me on how there were people in her life that saw value in her and how much she overcame. I mean she has been through so much and got through it. She talked about people who shoot emotional arrows at others. So much truth in what she says. I really liked when the deer came and gave her a name.
I liked her honesty and transparency. I liked her truthfulness about famous Guru types. I liked that she teaches and shares what has worked for her. She is very real. She was easy to listen to and kept my attention.
Heartbreaking, Fierce and Awesome...I do hope she makes a movie of this book. Would love to hear more about what she learned on the reservation. Healing modalities.
I take her online yoga and ceremony classes. I highly recommend them. She has a way to encourage people to overcome and let them know they can do it! A no BS kind of person. I highly recommend her book on Audible. Really enjoyed it.
no pressure, no striving, no elitist fitness, real solutions for real people who may or may not have had traumatic histories
loved it. I like listening to books where the author is also the narrator. It just gives it that much more depth. amazing what the human body and spirit can overcome. Thank you for sharing, Ana!
I am Grateful that the book way read in the authors voice...it made it more personal and feel as though she was right there with you.
If you are ready or perhaps already on the Truth Seekers path...then this book is for You!
Come open with no pre-programmed expectations...be Fearless in your fear...be willing.... If you are stuck or lost or got turned around....this book will set your path right, but...YOU must do the work.
I absolutely LOVE this book....I even bought a paperback copy. For now...it's my field guide.
Fearlessly & Lovingly I give Thanks,
Once you finish the book it feels like parting with your new best friend.
Even if you're not that much into yoga it teaches you the body's way of remembering bad experiences and how to resolve them. It's just as much healing for the soul as the body.
Greater than expected
Amazing book both inspirational and life changing. I continue to re read it and each time I take something from it that I can apply in my life to live in more beauty. It's helped me be a better yoga teacher and enjoy my practice on a deeper level. Beautifully narrated.
Thank you Ama Forrest
Really great book full of practical advice. Unusual combination of details of Ana Forrest's personal life journey and guided yoga and meditation practices. My mistake was trying to listen whilst driving. A good listen for the autobiographical parts but not so great for the yoga, which i did want to try! A powerful 'Death meditation' which was more uplifting than you'd think! Well worth a listen, with an open heart.
"What a book !! Amazing life story and very sad too"
Well worth listening too, so glad she narrated this very deep and personal story herself I think it really made the difference hearing her own voice. I now follow her work on Facebook and you tubes after listening to this inspirational life story.
At first i was not sure what to make of this book with some of the language used. By the end i was pleasently suprised. Ana really bares her soul and provides listeners with so much wisdom. If you are on a soul searching journey this book is a complete inspiration as is Ana T Forrest!
"Powerful experience transmitted through Ana"
A quality experience. Ana's voice is both compelling and impacting.
Hearing the story of Ana's life and the evolution of her yoga journey and career is made profound by her embodiment. Her accompanying PDF's and audio instructions for postural, breath and meditation practice enrich the experience further allowing you to really engage the content and invite your own transformation, should you wish.
A content warning might be appropriate. Whilst I had heard that there is a rich and deep history to Ana's life's work, although I was willing, I was unprepared for the extent of traumas explored.
"Wonderful and Inspiring!!!"
Yes I would and I will. This is such a captivating story read by such a strong person. Ana's life was not easy but she become one of the most inspiring people I come across regardless her past. I have just ordered the book version straight after listening to it. Truly Beautiful.
You cannot put it down :) I have listened to it whenever I could. Looking for excuses to go for a walk in the woods on the lunch break.
If you a yoga lover or not you will benefit from this book. Or as a woman you just do not want to be stuck forever in your damaging behaviors and you feel the strong need to move your life towards your better self . This will be one of the best things which can help you to do it. It will change you and it will help you.
Highly highly highly recommend. What an awesome book! Incredible ideas and journey. incredible power woman.
This book is fantastic! Ana Forrest is amazing and this book is a must for anyone who wants some life guidance and inner peace.
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