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Publisher's Summary

As the creator of Forrest Yoga, Ana T. Forrest has been transforming people's lives throughout the world for more than 35 years. Her unique blend of physical practice, Eastern wisdom, and profound Native American ceremony takes her teachings literally off the mat and into daily life - to heal everything from addictive behaviors and eating disorders to chronic pain and injury. In Fierce Medicine, Forrest tells her own story of healing from the scars of abuse and physical handicaps, and reveals the proven practices that enabled her to move beyond her past into a life committed to helping others reconnect with their bodies, cultivate balance, and start living in harmony with their Spirits.
In her unique, powerful, and inviting voice, Ana Forrest reveals how to:

Learn to stalk fear and break free from it instead of running from it.
Be attentive to your body, discovering its own inherent healing properties.
Speak and act from a place of honesty and compassion.
Cultivate an open heart that is feeling, responsive, and reflexive and able to embrace change.
Harness your intuition and the courage to live in alignment with your Spirit.
Whether you've never done yoga or are a seasoned practitioner, Ana Forrest's practices, stories, and exercises will help you uncover your own warrior's heart. With this wise woman as your trusted guide, you, too, can become centered, strong, and more alive than ever before.
©2011 Ana T. Forrest (P)2013 Harper Collins Publishers
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jay on 10-19-14

Autobiography of an Ego

Any additional comments?

It is important to note that this book is basically an autobiography. If you come to it looking for information on how to integrate yoga, Eastern wisdom, and profound Native American ceremony, you will be disappointed. By perhaps a quarter of the way into the book or more, the only mention of using Native American ceremony was that of sitting in a circle and passing a "truth stick" around. As it turns out, any information about Native Americans was basically that Ana lived with a tribe for a while and was taken under the wing of a medicine man.

There isn't anything terribly wrong with this book being an autobiography. Neither sacred ceremony nor physical yoga translates well to books (and especially to audiobooks), anyway. But for those actually interested in this topic and are looking for a "how to," I would save your money on this book and buy: "Sacred Ceremony: How to Create Ceremonies for Healing, Transitions, and Celebrations," by Steven Farmer. If you are interested in yoga and Eastern wisdom, I would highly recommend: "The Lost Teachings of Yoga," by Georg Feuerstein or "A Life Worth Breathing," by Max Strom.

As an autobiography, this is a page turner in a similar sense to how driving by an auto accident on the interstate is a head turner. I'm not saying it isn't interesting because it is. However, never, and I mean never, have I been so thankful for having a "normal," boring and uneventful life as when I finished this book. I actually wasn't even in this state after finishing Katherine Boo's, "Behind The Beautiful Forevers."

Fair warning should also be given here, too. The audiobook is certainly not something that can be listened to with children around because of language, sexual situations, and drug and alcohol use. Ana also, as mentioned by other reviewers, totally throws out sacred teachings on nonviolence.

The book's saving grace was the rather interesting time that Ana spent in India, as well as butting heads with the late B.K.S. Iyengar while there. If it had not been for this section of the book, there really wouldn't have been much left to recommend. However, this was interesting and well worth hanging in there for.

The bottom line is, the book is a weird, mixed bag with just enough interesting tidbits to keep the pages turning...but turn they did, so there is certainly some merit to the book

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5 out of 5 stars
By Helene Fanny Faraj on 07-13-14


Would you listen to Fierce Medicine again? Why?

Amazingly well told story, with lots of helpful transformational tools.

What did you like best about this story?

Her life story is fascinating, and the story is well told and incorporates the tools to transform your own life really well.

What about Ana T. Forrest’s performance did you like?

She is a very accomplished storyteller. The way she narrates is like you are there with her.

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5 out of 5 stars
By M. on 10-01-16

What a book !! Amazing life story and very sad too

Well worth listening too, so glad she narrated this very deep and personal story herself I think it really made the difference hearing her own voice. I now follow her work on Facebook and you tubes after listening to this inspirational life story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By M. Banach on 07-20-16

Wonderful and Inspiring!!!

Would you listen to Fierce Medicine again? Why?

Yes I would and I will. This is such a captivating story read by such a strong person. Ana's life was not easy but she become one of the most inspiring people I come across regardless her past. I have just ordered the book version straight after listening to it. Truly Beautiful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fierce Medicine?

Death Meditation.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

You cannot put it down :) I have listened to it whenever I could. Looking for excuses to go for a walk in the woods on the lunch break.

Any additional comments?

If you a yoga lover or not you will benefit from this book. Or as a woman you just do not want to be stuck forever in your damaging behaviors and you feel the strong need to move your life towards your better self . This will be one of the best things which can help you to do it. It will change you and it will help you.

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