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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Q.   I am very interested in Forrest Yoga and would like to become a Forrest Yoga teacher, where do I start?
A.   Start with the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training. This is the most comprehensive training Ana designed to train you to become an excellent teacher and prepares you to teach Forrest Yoga. Please go to the tab "Teacher Training > Foundation Teacher Training" for details.

Q. Who can teach Forrest Yoga?
A. Teachers that have completed the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training and are committed to complying with the Forrest Yoga Teaching Guidelines may teach Forrest Yoga.

Q. How do I locate a Forrest Yoga teacher or studio in my area?
A. You can view the Teacher’s Directory on our website. Here you will find a list of Forrest Yoga Teachers that are members of the Hoop of Teachers along with their contact details and locations.

Q. How do you distinguish the levels of Forrest Yoga teachers and what does each level mean?
A. Forrest Yoga Associate Teacher: has successfully completed the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training
Forrest Yoga Certified Teacher: has successfully completed the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training and satisfied all requirements with respect to certification
Forrest Yoga Guardian: appointed by Ana as guardian of the Forrest Yoga legacy and mentors to the Hoop of the Teachers

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TEACHER TRAININGS

Q.   I am interested in teaching Forrest Yoga, but I have already completed a previous RYS-200 yoga teacher training in a different yoga style and am already registered as RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance.  What can I benefit from taking the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training?
A.  The Forrest Yoga System is unique, powerful, and life-changing.  Not only will the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training equip you with the greatest tools to teach, it also lays the foundation for you to teach Forrest Yoga effectively, correctly and authentically.  If you are interested in teaching Forrest Yoga, this teacher training is not so much about the registration as an RYS as it is about the transformational experience of this teacher training on all levels of your being that is uniquely different from other trainings.  You will reap the benefits from this teacher training not only in your teaching and your own practice, but also in other parts of your life.  You could see it as follows: for instance, you took a cooking course, but now you want to delve into French cuisine specifically so you would have to take an additional course to learn the finesses of the French kitchen.

Q.  I am very interested in Forrest Yoga but have had other teacher trainings before. Can I take the Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training and teach Forrest Yoga subsequently?
A.  To be admitted to the Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training, you must either be (i) a Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training graduate or (ii) have had at least 3 years teaching experience in any style of yoga. To teach Forrest Yoga, you are required to take the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training. The Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training is designed to enhance your skills as a teacher in working with special conditions and injuries as well as to teach you to instruct and assist in advanced asana poses, however, this teacher training is not designed to prepare you to teach Forrest Yoga.

Q. Do the hours of the Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training and Forrest Yoga Continuing Education for Teachers count as continuing education hours for Yoga Alliance registration purposes?
A.    Yes, they do. 

Q. How do I register and apply for the Teacher Trainings?
A.  Please refer to the general FAQ section on our website.

Q. What are my options if I don't have enough money for the tuition?
A. You could try WeFinance. It can help with crowdfunding a loan for a Forrest Yoga teacher training.

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HOOP OF THE TEACHERS

Q. What is the Hoop of the Teachers?
A.   The Hoop of the Teachers is a community of Forrest Yoga teachers of all levels, all of whom have completed the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training. The intention of establishing the Hoop of the Teachers is to grow a powerful community of Forrest Yoga teachers and healers. You will find the members of the Hoop of the Teachers on our website in the Teachers' Directory.

Q.  What is the relationship between the Hoop of the Teachers and the Forrest Yoga Guardians?
A.  The Hoop of the Teachers is a community of Forrest Yoga teachers. Membership is open to every teacher who has successfully completed the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training. Forrest Yoga Guardians are hand picked by Ana as guardians of the Forrest Yoga legacy and mentors through the offering of the Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program to members in the Hoop of the Teachers.

Q.  I study with a teacher who has completed the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training but does not appear in your teachers list. What does this mean?
A.  Membership of the Hoop of the Teachers is open to every teacher who has completed the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training, however, it is not an obligation that teachers become a member. We respect the decisions of our teachers. Your teacher may have chosen not to become a member of the Hoop of the Teachers.

Q. Does becoming a member of the Hoop of the Teachers mean that I can only teach Forrest Yoga?
A.  No. Becoming a member of the Hoop of the Teachers does not preclude you from teaching any other style of yoga.

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CERTIFICATION

Q. What are the requirements to become a Forrest Yoga Certified Teacher?
A.    Upon the completion of the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training, you can request a Letter of Completion from the Teacher Liaison. This letter confirms that you have completed the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training. The Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training Manual recommends additional information on supplementary instruction and self-study, which upon completion shall lead to certification in Forrest Yoga, at which point in time you become a Forrest Yoga Certified Teacher. If you have any questions concerning certification, please contact the Teacher Liaison.

Q.  Is there a deadline for meeting the certification requirements?
A.  Yes there is. For Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training graduates, the deadline is one year after the end date of the teacher training. For mentees under the Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program, the deadline is one year after the start date of the Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program. If you fulfill and submit the supplementary certification requirements later than the 1 year deadline, then contact the Teacher Liaison to request the most recent certification requirements. Since Forrest Yoga is a living and evolving system, the certification requirements evolve as well.

Q.  Can I apply for an extension of the deadline for certification?
A.  Yes, you can apply for a one-year extension subject to a fee of $75. Please contact the Teacher Liaison to apply for an extension.

Q.   I have been a Forrest Yoga Certified Teacher for a number of years. How can I become a Forrest Yoga Guardian?
A.   Forrest Yoga Guardians are hand picked by Ana. If you are interested, please submit your request for consideration to the Guardian Liaison.

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FORREST YOGA MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Q.  What is the Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program?
A.  The Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program (FYMP) is a year long program offered by the Forrest Yoga Guardians to Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training graduates that offers quarterly continuing education workshops to increase teaching and assisting skills, quarterly bridge calls to go deeper into the process work that graduates have started with during the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training, guidance and support on the journey towards becoming a Forrest Yoga Certified Teacher, access to the Forrest Yoga community, training towards assisting Ana at events and assistance with growing your business as a teacher. Read more...

Q.   Do I have to complete the Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program in order to become a Forrest Yoga Certified Teacher?
A.   No. Taking the Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program is at your own choice. You can work on your certification requirements independently too. However, taking the Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program offers great support and guidance on your journey towards becoming a Forrest Yoga Certified Teacher and is strongly recommended. It also makes it more fun to study with a group!

Q. How can I get take the Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program if I don't have any Forrest Yoga Guardians near me?
A. Some travel may be necessary. At the moment we have 13 Forrest Yoga Guardians in the United States, and one in Korea. As Forrest Yoga continues to grow, more Forrest Yoga Guardians will be available in different areas of the world.

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YOGA ALLIANCE

Q. How can I apply for my RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance?
A. Forrest Yoga is recognized as a registered school of yoga (RYS-200) with the Yoga Alliance. You may request a Letter of Completion of the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training from the Teacher Liaison which outlines that you meet the required hours for RYT-200. For further details on what is required from Yoga Alliance, please visit the Yoga Alliance website  www.yogaalliance.org.

Q. How can I apply for my RYT-500 with Yoga Alliance?
A. At this time, Forrest Yoga is only recognized as RYS-200. However, Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training graduates can apply for RYT-500 if they complete an additional 300 contact training hours through the successful completion of the Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training as well as additional training and assisting hours with Ana Forrest.

Q.  Do I have to be RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance in order to become a Forrest Yoga Certified Teacher?
A.  No, Yoga Alliance registration is optional and not required to become a Forrest Yoga Certified Teacher.