Debbie Forrestt is a Holistic Health Coach and Movement Specialist who was dragged kicking and screaming to her first yoga class. However, by the end of the first class, she knew she would be practicing yoga for the rest of her life. It was a challenging relationship with yoga from the start because of her physical pain. Not only her body, but her life was also in pain. Yoga was hard and confusing. The movement hurt. She persisted, knowing it was important and that it would heal her. Debbie went in 100%. She went for the full practice - studying, meditating, attended every workshop she could, and went through 10 teacher trainings. She took her practice to the depth of healing that she felt she needed.
Debbie felt like her challenges were more like a boulder than a rock. She was a bit of a fanatic. She is often asked, “How much practice do you have to put into yoga?” Her answer is always, “How much practice you have to put in is dependent upon your needs”. To Debbie, her level of commitment and confidence in yoga saved her. Not everybody will experience yoga in that way. And it’s not necessary. Any little bit of yoga helps; that’s the beauty of it.
When Debbie first started her practice, she had an incredibly competitive drive. She would ask her teacher if she should be farther along or if she should be showing more progress. Inevitably, her teacher would shake her head and tell her not to worry. She didn’t know the true purpose of practicing yoga yet.
Debbie would start each class with a goal instead of an intention. It took time to differentiate between the two. Doing that was like learning a new language. She had to identify that reaching a certain level of practice was a goal. Finding her center and being in touch with her soul was an intention. Yoga gave her tools on how to get through each day, one at a time.
The pivotal shift that occurred for Debbie was when she went to a famous teacher’s class who could do amazing things with his body. She thought, “This is incredible, and with work, I could get to that position too. But could it help me with my life?” She began to wonder if putting her leg behind her head would help her deal with anxiety, depression and heal her wounds?
In that moment, Debbie confirmed that the class is not about the teacher, as she had previously thought. It’s about the student’s journey and connecting with others and honoring that each student has their own challenge and journey. Poses are not all that yoga is. For her, as a teacher, it’s being able to look at another person and feel compassion for where they are in their practice and help them.
Debbie has spent the last 20 years as a yoga teacher watching people move. She began thinking of herself as a Movement Specialist. She could see the movement challenges in each body that indicated what was going on in her students’ lives. Each student needed something different. She began noticing patterns and associating them with specific emotional and physical challenges.
As her observations continued and deepened, Debbie began to reform how she operated her classes. Today, many of her classes have fewer traditional yoga poses, but rather focus on techniques that prep for the poses assisting with clearing the emotional or physical challenge that would block the effectiveness of the pose for the student. Her teaching style has proven to be effective for all age groups at all levels.
Yoga sessions and classes with Debbie consist of individualized attention and isolating on your specific challenge(s). While striking a dramatic yoga pose may be impressive, that’s not necessarily where the healing occurs. Yoga provides tools for daily life that start with a safe, solid foundation.
Book a session for yourself or with a group of friends and start the process of healing internally and externally. Group classes are also available. Check our calendar for scheduled dates and times.