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Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  470 ratings  ·  55 reviews
As the creator of Forrest Yoga ,Ana T. Forrest has been transforming people’slives throughout the world for more thanthirty-five years. Her unique blend of physicalpractice, Eastern wisdom, and profoundNative American ceremony takes her teachingsliterally off the mat and into daily life—toheal everything from addictive behaviors andeating disorders to chronic pain and inju ...more
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Published May 3rd 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published April 13th 2011)
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Mostly a memoir, with healing practices woven in, this book is the raw and brutal account of Forrest's terrible childhood of abuse and handicaps, and her resulting years of addiction, alcoholism, bulimia, epilepsy, and more ~ and how she learned to heal herself and others by reconnecting with her Spirit and refusing to be a victim of life. The founder of Forrest Yoga, Ana is unique in the yoga world, an intense and unyielding truth-seeker with a sailor's mouth and blatant disregard for the Yoga ...more
This medicine was maybe a little too fierce for me.
Mary White
First I must apologize to Ana. I know you've been through a lot, and I think you're great with some great ideas in terms of practice.... BUT:
So far, this is not unlike any other egotistical branded yogi out there. I hate to say that, but from the beginning I honestly thought this would be different. If dredging up ones past is the only way this new wave of yogi's are making a living, they ought to look around because everyone's doing it.
I am a yoga junkie and crave to hear how successful yogis
Ana is, indeed, fierce and has found a unique path through the yogic world. She is not a sunny, calm teacher but rather fiery and kind of eccentric, which I appreciate. Her childhood was awful, and reading about her redemption through working with horses, discovering yoga, and doing some Native American healing is inspiring.

This book is organized strangely--essentially an autobiography with scattered side-trips into basic yoga instruction. I think it would have worked better either as one or the
Lola Rephann
An amazing memoir, a great story, and a good introduction to both Forrest Yoga and the woman who developed it, Ana Forrest. Reading this book, one understands more why Ana Forrest developed Forrest Yoga. It is primarily a healing modality that also helps us learn how to breathe properly, and how much healing can be accomplished by simply understanding how we breathe.

Ana Forrest is a strong, intelligent, complex, and fascinating woman. That comes out in this memoir, that should be interesting to
Michael Blackmore
Overall I liked it. It's an interesting blend of shamanistic and yogic thought. I have to admit I just skimmed the asanas to do sections and mainly focused on the autobiographic and philosophic bits. I can definitely see the potential appeal of Forest yoga for some folks, even if I wouldn't find it the branch of US yoga that calls out to me (despite my own interest in shamanistic practices.)

Definitely worth a read, I did find there were many moments where I felt major events were skimmed over in
Mander Pander
I'm at a crossroads here: I mostly enjoyed this book, and I thought it had some great insights. I also think that Forrest showed a lot of bravery in sharing her story, especially the parts that are less than flattering. There as a lot of stuff about Spirit Magic and the like, but that's common in many yoga books.

What was really difficult for me was that the entire time I was reading it, I couldn't shake my previous experience with Forrest. I went to the Yoga Journal Conference 2013 in Florida, a
Anatomy wasn't accurate, but her life story is amazing!
Currently I am reading this book for a yoga teacher training course, so this review will be formatted as notes to myself for the TT.

-most people go into yoga to heal themselves from some sort of pain they are suffering from, even if they don't know it yet (many people choose to numb themselves with tv, sex, work, alcohol, drugs, food, etc.)
-Ana helps people recognize moments of insight when their body speaks to them & then guides them towards healing through growing, healing, &
I am new to serious yoga practice so I am sure some of my opinions will mellow in time, HOWEVER:

I looked forward to reading this book after watching Ana's videos - make no mistake, when it comes to power on the mat she is the real deal. She reminds me of Simon Borg-Olivier that way. As a "speaker of truths" and a renowned "expert contributor on European and Asian Wellness" (Yoga magazine)I read this expecting, if not debunking, at the very least not yet another rehash of health myths. One of the
Dec 03, 2013 Ellen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yogis
Shelves: mind-body
I have read a lot of yoga and wisdom-tradition literature, and there is no doubt that Ana does things differently. The story of Ana's life is difficult. The yoga she practices and teaches is somewhat advanced (check out her videos and clips on the internet, she is an amazing athlete). The tone she uses to convey her story and her yoga verges on harsh. So, why, you may ask, does she get the "I really like it" (4 star) rating from this reviewer? The answer is, that despite the hard to listen to st ...more
April Dawn
I saw this advertised in the pages of Yoga Journal.....being a relatively new yogi, I had never heard of Forrest Yoga before, and given the fact that I have chronic illness that I am working to release, I like to read all the books on self healing that I can....and all I can say is "WOW". (Note: This was also one of, if not THE first, "yoga book" that I read.)

I easily identified with Anna, as I also have what many would term a "strong" personality, although yoga is helping me to "tone it down" s
Can I just say wow? This book is so heartfelt, so raw, so honest. It is clear that despite her incredibly challenging and bumpy road towards healing, Ana is on a mission to heal humanity. There are also very practical pictures and descriptions of poses along with each poses particular benefits. In addition, there are soul-searching exercises to do which take you through the places that you are stopped so that you can come out the other side. Even a journey through your own death, such that you c ...more
Sian Lile-Pastore
I don't know much about forrest yoga as a type of yoga (although i am crazy for yoga in general) - I'm assuming it's more of an american than a uk thing....
I found this interesting and I liked the combination of memoir and yoga poses. I really enjoyed the first half and then found it got a bit repetitive and could have done with a bit of editing. there's lots of good stuff going on here but it gets lost a bit....
Ana Forrest has had a tough time and sometimes this made me feel a bit anxious and I
Lisa Filipczak
Ana Forrest is one of a kind. I have had the privilege of studying with her during past workshops and was thrilled to read more about her background and personal life in this book. And has overcome so many challenges including sexual abuse, alcohol and drug addictions, an eating disorder, physical challenges during youth and a neglectful family. I think it's remarkable what she has accomplished in life in spite of those challenges. As a student and teacher of yoga, I will definitely incorporate ...more
I read this book in fits and starts. It was an intense and often times overwhelming book. Following her progress as she battled her way through drug-addiction, alcoholism, bulimia, various injuries, epilepsy, and sexual abuse was by turns horrifying and inspiring.

My favorite part of the book was when Ana delves into the asanas (poses). Her descriptions are fantastic: detailed, explicit and easy to understand. The black & white images of Ana in each pose help highlight each pose. I've been w
Too Fierce. I didn't expect it to be so personal. Ana is such a character you either love or dislike but was a very helpful book in a crisis moment in my life
I enjoyed parts of this book. Overall, it was too "out-there" for even me.
Ana Forrest writes about her rough upbringing, and personal journey to healing and becoming comfortable with herself. Not strictly a memoir, not strictly a yoga book, but an amalgamation of both. She is not a "traditional" yogini, but I find her practice of synthesizing different healing practices and Native American ceremony appealing. The asanas she focuses on are powerful standing poses, and others chosen to raise energy and raise your mood. I have tried to include some of her sequences in my ...more
ali lanzetta
honest, inspired, and transformative.
Missy Whitacre
I gave it two stars because I would like to fool myself that I didn't waste my time with this book. HUGE disappointment. Fierce it was but I feel like I have read this story so many times. I was disappointed that the author focused more on her bio than the healing process. I think if you are a fan of Ana Forrest or a follower of Forrest Yoga then you may enjoy it as the book is a self promotion of her practice and an absolute finger pointing of everyone that hurt her in life. Not much enjoyment ...more
I was glad that Puma from Puma Yoga recommended this book to me. I have not read a good Master Yogi book in quite some time. 90% of the yoga books out now repeat the same stuff over and over. But Ana is different. She is honest, original and writes from her heart. Now that I know her path, I love her even more. Nearly 60 years old and she is such an inspiration. Check her out -
I wish that the death meditation was on CD so that I could listen to it while me
Maybe it was due to my own struggles, but I loved this book. What some seem to have found bothersome (her weaving of a memoir and instructional) was a thing of beauty for me. Perfectly formed.

I have been practicing yoga for a while (15 years) and studying Buddhism for about ten years. I have, and still do, struggle with many of the same issues Ana has, and I found it amazing to read her rather unique (in the "new age" world) thoughts!
I really, really enjoyed this book.
This memoir/yoga book really blew my hair back. Ana Forrest (teacher of one of my first yoga teachers) had a nightmarish childhood and healed herself by her bootstraps. She writes in a pretty no-nonsense style, writing about yoga and spirituality with none of that "New Age airy-fairy bullshit." (I believe that is a direct quote.) I liked the yoga parts, but loved the story of her journey, and just her voice--she knows who she is and who she is not.
Alle Wells
I am still reading Ana's book. As an active yoga practitioner for many years, I was so excited to read this book. And of course, I also purchased her CD's. I would have preferred that the book stay on track with the story of her life rather than weaving in and out of yoga theory and poses. She is certainly admirable and phenomenal. What a life! Warning - speaking from personal experience, her routines are advanced and can cause injury!
K Flewelling
I deeply appreciated the story that Ana Forrest presents on her life, and how she grew to become a healer. She introduces yoga poses, and other meditative practices, to encourage healing for the reader as well. Some of these I practiced immediately. I can see this becoming a reference point for yoga in the future, but it was also just a beautiful story. So glad I read this book this year.
Great read for anyone deeply committed as an instructor, practitioner, or seeker. Many exercises in meditation, journaling, and Forrest asanas.
So far pretty good. Glad she doesn't dwell too much on yoga poses which seems to be a complaint actually by other readers on Amazon. Book was clearly written as a memoir which it should be read as. Get yourself to a Forrest yoga class if you want to learn the practice. One of my yoga teachers is a certified Forrest instructor so I was interested in reading the book.
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Ana T. Forrest is an internationally recognized pioneer in yoga and emotional healing. Her own trauma and life experiences have formed the foundation from which Ana created Forrest Yoga—a distinct approach of using yoga to address today's physical and emotional challenges with a highly developed understanding of the human body and psyche. Ana challenges her students to access their whole being, an ...more
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