Yoga guru giv­ing the city a stretch

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­stephen­briggs

ONE of the world’s lead­ing yoga ex­perts is trav­el­ling to the city to help res­i­dents bend and stretch stress from their lives.

Ana For­rest, who cre­ated For­rest Yoga and is nor­mally based in USA, will set­tle in Peter­bor­ough next month to train teach­ers as part of a pro­gramme, which will be a first for Europe.

It will be the first time she has given the month-long in­ten­sive Foun­da­tion Teacher Train­ing in Europe and it has sparked in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est, with peo­ple due to travel from Fin­land, Swe­den, South Africa and Malaysia to come to the city and take part in the ses­sions.

All of the train­ing will take place at the Equi­lib­rium Yoga cen­tre, in Shrews­bury Av­enue, Wood­ston, Peter­bor­ough, and will be hosted by San­dra Hei­der, who works at the cen­tre.

San­dra said: “It is very ex­cit­ing that Ana is com­ing to Peter­bor­ough.

“In the world of yoga, she is very much on the A-list and it is fan­tas­tic she is com­ing to Peter­bor­ough first.

“On the tour she will also be vis­it­ing London, Mi­lan, Ber­lin and Vi­enna, so it is a real priv­i­lege for her to come here.

“I am one of 14 guardians of For­rest Yoga, which is why she is com­ing here. We also have a pur­pose­built build­ing, which is also a big rea­son.”

For­rest Yoga was cre­ated in the 1980s in Amer­ica with a fo­cus of mod­i­fy­ing and us­ing the the tra­di­tional east­ern prac­tice to help solve mod­ern western prob­lems, such as neck and back pain.

San­dra said: “This form of yoga is suit­able for ev­ery­one. It fo­cuses on things like lower back pain, which can be caused by sit­ting for long pe­ri­ods of time.

“It is great for ev­ery­one who wants well­be­ing in their lives and wants to get rid of stress.

“At the mo­ment I run eight classes and have up to 22 peo­ple tak­ing part in each one, and it is grow­ing all the time.”

Dur­ing the month of teacher train­ing, peo­ple in Peter­bor­ough will have the chance to take part in a num­ber of ses­sions with Ana and the trainee teach­ers.

Ana said: “Although I’ve taught work­shops and five-day con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion for teach­ers in the UK, this is the first time I’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to host my Foun­da­tion Teacher Train­ing here — ac­tu­ally, in Europe — and I’m re­ally ex­cited to be able to bring For­rest Yoga here.

“I’ve cre­ated a sys­tem of yoga specif­i­cally for 21st cen­tury liv­ing.

“Whether you come to my teacher train­ing or the se­ries of work­shops, you’ll get to fas­ci­nate on the mys­tery that is you.

“You’ll learn how to work with and heal in­juries or trauma, and you’ll prob­a­bly sweat a lot and feel great.”

Morn­ing ses­sions for mem­bers of the public will take place be­tween 6am and 9am from June 8 to 18 and also from June 22 to July 2.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.for­restyoga.com or www. equi­lib­ri­umyoga.co.uk or call 01733 370002.

host: San­dra Hei­der and Char­lotte Speller at Equil­lib­rium, Wood­ston.

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