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

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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 injury. InFierce Medicine, Forrest tells her own story ofhealing from the scars of abuse and physicalhandicaps, and reveals the proven practices ...

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Overview

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 injury. InFierce Medicine, Forrest tells her own story ofhealing from the scars of abuse and physicalhandicaps, and reveals the proven practices thatenabled her to move beyond her past into a lifecommitted to helping others reconnect withtheir bodies, cultivate balance, and start living inharmony with their Spirits.

In her unique, powerful, and inviting voice,Ana Forrest reveals how to:

  • Learn to stalk fear and break free from it instead of running from it.
  • Be attentive to your body, discovering its own inherent healing properties.
  • Speak and act from a place of honesty and compassion.
  • Cultivate an open heart that is feeling, responsive, and reflexive and able to embrace change.
  • Harness your intuition and the courage to live in alignment with your Spirit.

Whether you’ve never done yoga or are a seasonedpractitioner, Ana Forrest’s practices, stories,and exercises will help you uncover yourown warrior’s heart. With this wise woman as yourtrusted guide, you, too, can become centered,strong, and more alive than ever before.

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Editorial Reviews

Seane Corn
“As a teacher, this is a book that I would certainly share with my students, but as a student myself, there is much in this book that will aid in my own growth and for that I am grateful. I highly recommend this book to all seekers on the path.”
Martha Beck
“One of the most compelling, inspiring, and eloquent stories you will ever read. I absolutely could not put it down and I’m thrilled for all the other readers who will be captivated by Ana’s storytelling and wisdom.”
Caroline Myss
“Fierce Medicine is a journey from the wounded to the healed soul using the grace and elegance of yoga as a guide. Ana Forrest has given us all the best of herself in this book.”
John Friend
“Fierce Medicine is classic Ana Forrest: straight ahead life tales from one of the meteors of the modern yoga movement...laced with the intense focus of a Tiger seeking the freedom of the heart.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061864254
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 154,973
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Ana T. Forrest is an internationally recognized pioneer in yoga and emotional healing. The creator of Forrest Yoga—a unique fusion of traditional yoga, new poses and sequences created by the author, Eastern wisdom, and Native American medicine—she is a contributing expert to Yoga Journal and other leading Asian and European wellness publications. Forrest teaches worldwide at yoga conferences, workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings. She lives on Orcas Island, Washington.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Stalking Fear: From Prey to Predator 5

2 Walking Free of Pain: Suffering Is Optional 37

3 Truth Speaking: Building the Warrior's Heart 67

4 The Fiercest Medicine: A Brief Pause While You Die 95

5 Choosing Life: Setting Your Intent 113

6 Hunger Pains: Learning to Listen Within 137

7 Walking the Good Red Road: Becoming a Healer 161

8 Embodying Spirit: Romancing the Soul 183

9 Turning Shit Into Fertilizer: Coping with Setbacks 205

10 The Power of Ceremony: Creating Balance and Celebrating 229

11 Evolve or Die: Embracing Change 239

Afterword: The Braid of Three Truths 257

Acknowledgments 261

Index of Poses 263

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    Fierce Medicine-new classic by legendary yogi and healer

    Fierce Medicine is very important because it addresses modern life and ties it to Forrest Yoga--a practice that is designed for contemporary concerns. We sit all day. Our shoulders and necks are stiff from working at desks and with computers. She gets it. I have now read this book 5 times. Why? Each time I read it, I find another pearl of knowledge that I missed the first time. That repetition is important for another reason too. As Forrest explains, we need constant reminders to change habitual patterns of behavior. For instance, I just realized that it's oh so true that when I struggle, I cannot absorb anything and become frozen. So, I set myself to stop as mindfully as possible. And when that struggle stuff creeps up again--whether on or off the yoga mat--I have to reset yet again. And that's ok. As Forrest notes, the important first step is to realize that this is going on. Then, move forward with breath and get beyond that ingrained gunk. Forrest also discusses the lessons she learned and how she emerged from a harrowing childhood and found a calling that helps others throughout their lives. Her journey takes her around the world to learn different healing and learning modalities. She finds the Native American tradition as a way that works for her and offers its gifts to the reader. Whether or not you practice yoga, her insights are valuable. She ties her life and her practice together with photos and descriptions of poses that benefit the mind and the body (which she persuasively argues are interconnected). Her most important advice? If you're in a tight spot, breathe more deeply.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2011

    Recommended for the open-minded :)

    I found this book to be very inspiring and interesting. Coming from a dysfunctional family and living a dysfuctional life after leaving home, this book inspires me to believe I can always improve and be the person I want to be in the Yoga world.

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    We best be goin back to our clan see ya later!

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