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

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

by Ana T. Forrest


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In Fierce Medicine, Ana Forrest, charismatic teacher and founder of Forrest Yoga, combines physical practice, eastern wisdom, and profound Native American ceremony to help heal everything from addictive behaviors and eating disorders to chronic pain and injury.

Fierce Medicine is also part memoir, detailing Ana Forrest's journey to move beyond her past as she helps others to do the same. Filled with helpful yoga exercises, Fierce Medicine teaches us to reconnect with our bodies, cultivate balance, and start living in harmony with our Spirits.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061864254
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/10/2012
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 367,590
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.72(d)

About 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.

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

What People are Saying About This

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.”

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.”

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.”

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Fierce Medicine 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Angel_of_Yoga More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
kukulaj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have no direct experience with the school of yoga led by Ana Forrest : I just bought this book on a whim. How what is written here is practiced and taught by that school's proponents, I have no idea. But I found the book itself to be worthwhile and inspiring.It's very much the personal vision of Ms. Forrest. It is largely an autobiographical work, describing many practices in the context of the life challenges that drove the author to learn and develop them. Generally she starts from some traditional practices and then adapts them as she sees fit. Of course this is dangerous, but then rigid adherence to traditional forms is dangerous too. That's something this book does, it forces the reader to confront that tension. Ms. Forrest comes across rather as a wild woman; for example, she tells us that she cannot adhere to non-violence. Given that non-violence is fundamental to the yoga tradition, that really is a wild confession. I would say that Ms. Forrest is brutally honest in this book. An aspect of this book that I really appreciate is that it treats the classical yoga practices of asana and pranayama - posture and breath control - as components in a broader system, where one observes one's emotional responses to daily life, and where one further digs up emotions that have become buried. That asana and pranayama can be used as tools to investigate one's emotional responses and to manage them, this is vital to a genuine life of yoga. Ms. Forrest's personal stories show this genuineness in action. The story Ms. Forrest tells is of a hard life. This might confuse some readers. Perhaps the kind of deep confrontation with one's emotions is only applicable to such a hard life, or perhaps that confrontation pushes one into such a life. This is a tricky question. Maybe the truth is that we all live hard lives, if we allow ourselves to open to our actual lives. This is a hard world we live in, and our lives are truly inseparable from that hard world. The real tragedy is when tools like asana and pranayama are used to create a comfortable shell for our lives, as vehicles to escape from the hardness that surrounds us, that runs through us if we dare look. This is a daring book. There are some specific practices here that one can surely use to cultivate a deeper perception of life, but the most valuable aspect of this book seems just to be that inspiration to dare to live.
lisaflip on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 some of her wisdom into my practice and classes. The book is probably best suited to yoga practitioners but her life story is powerful enough to engage almost anyone. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
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Pads back in with a mouse and sits down to eat it.