Hello! My name is Natalie Forrest.
There are two sides to yoga that I really love:
One side is that love working with injuries and getting people back to moving well.
The other side is the psychology side of yoga. I adore helping people improve their connection with nature and inner space and peace.
To me, yoga isn’t something that is taught. I truly dislike the word teacher. And I often wonder, just how much of what is done in a class is actually yoga. I think of classes more of a way to work on techniques and gain insight to take home and incorporate into a personal experience…where the realization of yoga arises.
Yoga is an intimate practice of unfolding awareness, one that can’t be lead by someone else and only experienced by the individual.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ME
I’m active too…and Therapeutic Movement helps me keep doing what I love. I play hockey (not well, but that’s not the point), hike, bike, walk, garden, bellydance, and more.
Which means that’s a lot of movement and if I’m not moving well, it hurts. I’ve had soccer, climbing, hockey, dance, and – gasp – even yoga asana injuries.
Yes, one can get an injury from repetitive motion movements in yoga postures, too.
These injuries are insidious, not always apparent in the moment, but feel more like an achiness the day after in joints (knees, SI, shoulders, neck, back, ankles). It’s true, your stretching may be taking the tensegrity out of balance in your body.
I used to (as in NO MORE) have a really achy SI Joint and hips for over 10 years – not so much anymore (unless I do something stupid).
I’ve been teaching Yoga in the Valley since 2000, right here in Invy. I’ve taught at retreats in Lake Louise, had regular classes for years, teach Nature Connect Yoga online (to people around the world), and have moved in the past two years into doing mainly privates.
Why, you might ask? Because that’s where I see the real changes that actually make a difference – there’s a deeper understanding of what works for your body in a private session. Yoga was originally – thousands of years ago – taught in private one-on-one scenarios.
The reality is that two people in a class may have what seems to be the same injury, but their bodies will have a different reason or way that they got into that injury. In Therapeutic Movement, we work to unravel or unkink in the most organic way possible aka: MORE EASE.
I have a variety of training and experience. Here’s my CV – current as of Sept 2016 – ,if you really want to know more.