The Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training is a 27-day teacher training which encompasses 22 days intensives and teacher training, a 3-day Functional Anatomy for Yoga Teachers course and a 2-day Forrest Yoga Business Course is a comprehensive program for aspiring teachers, experienced teachers or yoga students who want to work deeper within themselves. This teacher training meets the 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Program requirements and is the foundation starting point for new teachers and the first step to becoming a Forrest Yoga Certified Teacher.

100% attendance to all components of this teacher training (as outlined below, including the meditation and intensives, teacher training, "Introduction to Forrest Yoga" workshop, Functional Anatomy for Yoga Teachers and the Forrest Yoga Business Course) is required to become eligible for the receipt of your letter of completion which enables you to register with the Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200 and for the purposes of continuing your studies to become a Forrest Yoga Certified Teacher.

Eligible Participants
Aspiring teachers, experienced teachers, yoga students who are ready to move deeper within themselves and increase the mental acuity needed to explore the rich tapestry of Forrest Yoga.
Yoga students with as little as three months and as extensive as thirty years experience will enjoy the transformative benefits of this program. It is not essential that you aspire to become a teacher, it is essential that you have a dedicated and resolute commitment to yourself and this training.  We expect you to have the willingness, health and strength to commit to 100% of this teacher training. You will receive a Level 1 certificate only upon 100% completion of the teacher training. This is important in order to enroll into the Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program and to register as a RYT-200 with the Yoga Alliance.

Application Process
To apply for a Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training, click here to go to our Training Store. Select the training type (Foundation Teacher Training or Advanced Teacher Training), then select the specific training you would like to attend. You will be prompted to pay either a deposit or the full tuition for your selected training. Once your payment is successfully submitted, you will receive an email with the link to our application form. After you submit your application, it will be reviewed by the Forrest Yoga Teacher Training Review Board.  Upon a determination by the Teacher Training Review Board, you will receive an email notifying you whether your application has been approved or denied.  If your application is approved, you will receive an email with a link that will lead you to our payment page. If your application is denied, you will receive a full refund of any paid tuition.

Training Overview
Taught by Ana Forrest and assisted by a Forrest Yoga Guardian and other experienced Forrest Yoga Teachers, the 22-day intensives and teacher training follow a streamlined curriculum that has been developed over the course of Ana's nearly 40 years teaching experience to offer you a solid foundation in the art of teaching Forrest Yoga® and a transformational experience fostering personal and professional growth and promoting powerful insights that provide deeper integration with your true authentic self.

Meditation and Intensives
Each day starts off with a ceremony involving chanting, drumming and meditation to set the intent for the day and create the space for healing and connection to your Spirit, followed by a 2-hour intensive that will create a heightened sense of physical, emotional and spiritual awareness while challenging every muscle and cell in your body. Through a carefully sequenced Forrest Yoga asanas, Ana will open you to amazing depths and feelings of awareness. You will leave feeling cleansed, refreshed and alive. The intensives are a sanctuary where you can feel safe to open up, work through issues that may arise and go beyond your perceived limitations. You will learn about yourself and feel what it is like to have freedom in your own body and mind. The intensives are sure to bring each trainee to new levels within their yoga practice. Injuries and special needs are addressed so that each trainee experiences these classes as part of his or her own healing practice.

Teacher Training
The afternoon sessions encompasses a five to six hour sessions of training and instruction. Working from a comprehensive manual of about 400 pages, distilled from Ana's nearly 40 years of experience, trainees begin practice teaching on the first day - initially in small groups, eventually teaching beginning-level yoga students during the "Introduction to Forrest Yoga" workshop. Trainees will hone their skills through a variety of exercises designed to help them to master the essential elements of teaching, including:
  • class sequencing
  • seeing and understanding physical structure and energy
  • use of safe and effective hands-on adjustments
  • communication by verbal and non-verbal means
  • effective use of class dialogue and tone of voice
  • continued development of a more engaging presence and self-awareness in your class
"Introduction to Forrest Yoga" Workshop
Two weekend workshops titled, Introduction to Forrest Yoga, are offered to the public. Trainees team-teach these workshops, rotating between teaching class, assisting and adjusting under Ana's supervision. These workshops are videotaped for review. This hands-on experience leads to informative feedback for trainees as they develop their teaching style and skills, regardless of their teaching experience.

Functional Anatomy for Yoga Teachers
Taught by Somatic Educator and Healer, Ellen Heed, this 20 hour functional anatomy course is specifically designed for yoga teachers.  It is highly experiential, combining anatomical instruction with an emphasis on sharpening each teacher's perceptual skills to better assess the needs of their students in the environment of a yoga class.

The art of assessment is a life-long process by which a yoga teacher gains mastery and depth as an instructor. Trainees will learn some of the short-cuts to assessment in this fun and highly informative class about the interrelationship of the Rule of Four: Biomechanics, Biochemistry, Scar Tissue, and Emotional Blockage. These four elements define the healing process for us and for our students. As yoga teachers, we are in a unique position to streamline that healing process by learning to perceive each aspect of the Rule of Four. This is our governing principle as we learn the anatomy of the human structure and tie it together with practical information to speed healing when possible and explain why when it is not appropriate to hurry it.

In this course, trainees will learn to perceive:
  • How our Emotional Blockage expresses itself as posture and postural deviation.
  • How our Scar Tissue affects flexibility, even at a distance from an injury.
  • How genetics influences our Biomechanics and how to tell when it doesn't.
  • How our Biochemistry (for better of for worse) can determine the pleasure of our practice.
This course is open to yoga practitioners (of all disciplines) not enrolled in this Teacher Training.

About Ellen Heed
Ellen Heed defines herself as a Somatic Educator and healer, drawing from many disciplines to bring awareness, integration, and resolution to those seeking relief from the pain of immediate or past traumatic experiences. To heal knee and back pain, she began the study of yoga in 1994 with Ana Forrest, completing Ana's Teacher Training twice. Ellen was certified as a Shiatsu Specialist in 2000, apprenticed with Dr. Vincent Medici, DC ND CMT. trained in Visionary Cranialsacral Work with Hugh Milne, and is currently in the process of completing her certification at the Milne Institute. She teaches workshops internationally on Craniosacral Therapy, Functional Antomy, energetic potential, and sexual empowerment and has a thriving private practice as a holistic life-style consultant. For more information about Ellen Heed, visit

Forrest Yoga Business Course
Taught by a Forrest Yoga Guardian, this interactive course is specifically designed to support trainees with the necessary know-how and skills to continue the transformation that trainees started in the Teacher Training, both in teaching and in life. Trainees will be equipped with practical skills to integrate into their real lives the insights they have gained, the epiphanies they have had, the skills they have developed and the transformations they have gone through in the teacher training.  Trainees will learn how to organize themselves to start teaching, how to deal with finances and how to create teaching opportunities for themselves. The Forrest Yoga teaching community is a growing community of powerful and intelligent yoga teachers, many of whom own their own businesses and are able to offer valuable support in the process of building a career path teaching yoga. Through the Forrest Yoga Mentorship ProgramForrest Yoga Guardians provide guidance to beginning Forrest Yoga Teachers to help them in their development as yoga teachers. Each Forrest Yoga Guardian teaching this course brings with them valuable insights from their own experience walking the path to becoming a great Forrest Yoga Teacher.

Curriculum Themes
Yoga as a healing path
Ana is a pioneer in the practice of using yoga to transform physical and emotional pain into a journey toward freedom and healing. She will teach you the tools to take control of your life and rid your cells of unwanted pain and trauma, so you may bring the same healing to your students.

Walking the path of your Spirit
The training's objective is to guide you into a greater understanding of your own challenges, both in your yoga practice and in your everyday life. This awareness will allow you to teach from truths that are discovered rather than from a dogma. Teaching authentically is more effective and compelling for both you and your students.

Teaching through discovery
Through a tightly woven circle of teaching modalities including lecture, videotaping, group circles, practice teaching and partner work you, will participate in a wide variety of teaching activities where learning is achieved through discovery of experiential knowledge. You will learn principles of alignment, class sequencing, working with injuries and energy, modifying yoga postures to address an individual's needs and teaching private, beginning and intermediate classes. There is opportunity to teach beginning level students, see and diagnose injuries and energy as well as proper use of touch and adjustment to maximize your teaching impact. The training format encourages trainees to discover their own wisdom while offering guidance so that you can effectively convey this wisdom when teaching.

If you'd like to prepare for your upcoming training, check out the Forrest Yoga Reading List