Thursday 18th June, 7.30 – 9pm
Forrest Yoga is an inspiring, grounding and healing yoga practice that through intelligent sequencing builds flexibility, strength and integrity. The practice is intensely physical and internally focused, guided by the use of breath and core exercises, working to release tension and encourage a deeper connection with the physical and emotional body.
Forrest Yoga is taught in a heated room and offers effective modifications for those working with injuries.
What can you expect from a Forrest Yoga practice?
Expect to be challenged! While not the non-stop flow of a typical vinyasa class you will sweat and get stronger and get your “workout”. Unlike a vinyasa class you will have more time to stay with postures to go deeper, a process that can bring both pleasure or discomfort and offers you greater benefits. Expect some unfamiliar cues and postures unique to Forrest Yoga that are designed to help you unravel neck tension, help stretch and bring awareness to your hands and feet, unlock stiff shoulders, and decompress your low back. Expect hands-on assistance. Forrest Yoga adjustments are wonderful and help you to both understand alignment in poses as well as experience tactile feedback during your practice.
Forrest Yoga is great for everyone but especially for those who suffer from chronic injuries or health conditions, have sedentary repetitive-task jobs (ie lots of sitting and typing), and high-impact athletes prone to repetitive-stress injuries. The sequencing and emphasis on both strength and therapeutic release serve the above types very well. Overall Forrest Yoga is a great complement for any physical activity and can suit any body who is looking to reduce stress, breathe more fully, and have a greater sense of freedom in their bodies and lives.
£17 Members, £20 Non members
Ambra Vallo is a former principal ballerina with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Throughout her career she enjoyed the chance to perform on stages all around the world. She turned to yoga on a path to recovery from injuries that naturally result from the strenuous training regime, and as well as becoming a hobby she also credits it with helping to enhance and prolong her career. Slowly over the years she fell in love with the more subtle, spiritual parts of the practice. Retiring from dance allowed her the time to focus on her passion and to undertake further training in Ashtanga Vinyasa (500hrs), Dharma Yoga (800hrs), Rocket Yoga (500hrs), Forrest Yoga (200hrs and Advance TT), Tripsichore (200hrs), and Gokul Vinyasa Yoga (300hrs).
Ambra’s teaching is fun and spontaneous following the lineage of Larry Shultz, Ana Forrest, and Sri Dharma Mittra. Since she retired from professional ballet she has been teaching regularly in teacher training courses, has worked with performers and athletes helping to rethink their traditional training regimes and introduce yoga to drive better performance and increase their enjoyment of sport and performance. Her aim is to guide others so as they may also experience the many amazing benefits of yoga to the body, mind and soul. At the moment she is the yoga instructor at Aston Villa football club.