Sandra Heider, MA, MA, is a registered Senior Yoga Teacher with the UK Yoga Alliance. She founded Equilibrium Yoga and Well-Being Centres in Peterborough and Huntingdon (UK) and together with her husband Brian Robinson she owns and manages both yoga studios. She has been practising yoga since 1999 and has been teaching since 2005 when she qualified as a 200 hour Yoga Teacher. Sandra initially practised and studied Ashtanga Yoga, but moved into Jivamukti and Forrest yoga in 2006 when she did her first teacher training with Ana Forrest. She completed the Jivamukti Yoga teacher training and the Forrest Yoga Foundation training in 2007. Sandra is a certified Forrest Yoga Teacher and a Forrest Yoga Guardian and has run programmes in English and German for Forrest Yoga teachers in the UK, Europe and South Africa. Since 2009 she has been assisting Ana Forrest throughout Europe.
In June 2014, Sandra completed her 5 year long studies in body psychotherapy at CBPC in Cambridge (UK). Yoga and in particular Forrest Yoga in conjunction with Psychotherapy has helped her with dealing with the consequences of her own personal struggle during her teenage years, including eating disorders and feelings of not belonging and of not being good enough. Her interest lies in finding the integration between spirituality, psychotherapy and physical practices. At the heart of her teachings lies the assumption that we need to return to our bodies and to feeling in order to experience peace, acceptance and self-love, which in turn will lay the foundation for genuine relationships with other people.
Brian is a Forrest Yoga Guardian Teacher and bodyworker, healer and wizard.
He has taught Forrest Yoga in Los Angeles since 2002. At present, Brian has Bodywork & Yoga mentoring groups in Los Angeles, England, South Korea, Hong Kong, & Singapore. He teaches at Yoga Conventions, Teacher Trainings, and yoga studios world-wide.
Brian was a Head Teacher at the Shiatsu Massage School of California in Santa Monica from 2006-2014, teaching Anatomy, Pain & Orthopedic Evaluation, Deep-Tissue, and Advanced Myo-Fascial Treatment Courses.
He is sought out as a teacher for his ability to teach on many levels at once, making the complex easy, and the simple mystifyingly exciting. His mission is to teach people worldwide how to use their hands to help relieve pain.
Jambo 'Dragon' is a practitioner of Integrated Health with special interests in Functional Anatomy, Applied Kinesiology and classical East-Asian Medicine. He has been invited to join the Forrest Yoga Hoop of Mentor Guardian teachers and is travelling assistant to Ana Forrest.
Jambo has over 10 years experience working within the fields of addiction, chronic pain & trauma and has set up clinics for Hepatitis C & HIV. Aside from being a TED speaker & clinical advisor in Well-Being Research at University of Cape Town, Northumbria & Newcastle, he is also apprentice to Esther Lim, senior shaman & Jong Baik, Korean Hand Acupuncture.
Jambo's teaching comes from an intent to recognise your personal power and live a life you truly desire. He uses humour to enable easier memory of anatomy and has good foundations for how a life lived pleasurably is a life lived well.
Charlie’s passion for yoga scooped her out of the corporate world and onto the mat — where she feels she belongs. She’s an up-beat, inspiring teacher and assistant to Ana Forrest. With Ana, she teaches at conferences and workshops, and coaches new and advancing yoga teachers across the globe.
For Charlie, Forrest Yoga is a life-enhancing tool. She’s passionate about sharing it and helping others to see and grow into their potential—on the mat and in life.
Charlie is RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance, a functional bodyworker, ‘people developer’, Reiki practitioner and Shaman. She’s also Commercial Director for Forrest Yoga & Ana Forrest.
When she’s not on the yoga mat or working, Charlie loves to play in the ocean!
Alexandra Sagorz-Zimmerl runs the one and only Forrest Yoga studio in Austria called bYOGA. She is an International Yoga Alliance experienced E-RYT500 certified yoga teacher and teaches FY compassionately. She also runs workshops and offers yoga retreats both in Austria and abroad. She assisted Ana Forrest in Workshops during her European Tour 2011 & 2012 in Berlin & Vienna, and in 2013 in Peterborough/England.
Alexandra is eager to add to her teacher toolbox and besides Cranio-Sacral work, she is currently studying Somatic Experiencing- a potent psychobiological method for resolving trauma and relieving chronic stress.
Some say it is her gentle Spirit that knows how to touch a student with precise and gentle contact that helps them to feel more aligned, and more at home in themselves.
Sita is co-founder of Yoga Voice Berlin located in Zehlendorf, Berlin and Forrest Yoga teacher where she teaches classes and workshops regularly. She is also co-owner of Earthwalking, an initiative to grow and organize festivals centered around Forrest Yoga and balanced living. Sita turned to yoga in the midst of balancing a stressful career as a computer scientist and parenthood. She has had a consistent 15-year yoga practice studying various styles until she found her home in Forrest Yoga 10 years ago. Sita is a certified Forrest Yoga teacher having completed the Foundation and Advanced teacher trainings with Ana Forrest. She has also assisted Ana in workshops and the Advanced and Foundations teacher trainings around Europe. She finds her passion in helping students connect to their essence by shedding the stresses, blocks and shields that hold us back and freeing the body and mind from physical and emotional pain on the path to living in freedom from chronic life patterns and fear.
Deborah is a yoga teacher with a professional background in writing. Shortly after graduating from Berlin University of the Arts and getting to know the triumphs and absurdities of being a freelance playwright, she discovered yoga.
Years of thorough exploration followed, growing from an eager yoga student into a passionate teacher, including the founding of Open Arms Yoga Community, Berlin's first donation-based yoga studio, and traveling as an assistant to her teacher Ana Forrest.
Going on maternity break gave Deborah the opportunity to reassess the transformative elements that inform her life and work as a teacher, mystic and poet.
Coming back to the mat to teach, she's excited to present her recent findings on archetypes: bringing them to the mat as a playful working model for the neuro-psychic blueprints of our consciousness alongside with Forrest Yoga creates catharsis.
Merav Gur Arie
Merav Gur Arie is a practitioner and trainer of the Grinberg Method for over 18 years. She started her career in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she opened her center in 2005. A year after, she moved to Berlin, where since she is running one of the most central and successful Grinberg Method centers in Berlin, working with 1000s of international clients from different backgrounds and cultures.
Merav's core teaching leads women to connect to their bodies, knowing that if women focus their attention on what they want instead of getting entangled in self-destructive mind sets, they are able to move far beyond the cultural limitations towards lasting personal change and have great influence on the world. She and the team of trainers in Berlin offer a range of processes; from one-on-one sessions, group workshops on specific topics, and experiential talks on subjects such as: “Confident with money”, “Love and Relationships”, “Female Strength”, and the "Stopping Movement" physical training program.
Merav is a member of the Grinberg Method International association, and co-chairs the ethics committee.
This workshop teaches in a practical way through bodywork, lecture, experience and movement.
Nicola Tröger is a Certified Forrest Yoga Teacher and qualified Grinberg Method practitioner, a Coach and a believer that dreams come true. She is a teammember of earthwalking and will host the epiphany circle.
Since more than 17 years she is teaching people in single sessions to live more of their potential and make their wishes become a reality. She worked with 100s of international clients in both Berlin and Copenhagen and was a founding member of the German Association of the Grinberg Method.
Today she mixes her experiences from different fields, such as Bodywork, Forrest yoga, artist management and event curation and offers programms for clients to bring their projects and dreams into life. They benefit from her sense for everyday- life adventure, her experience of making things happen and a deep commitment to personal freedom.
She teaches regular Forrest Yoga classes and workshops in Berlin and at retreats. She is the CEO of Earthwalking GbR.
Esra Inal is a renowned teacher of Personal Transformation, actress and author. For more than ten years, she has been giving workshops, conferences and retreats worldwide, inspiring people to explore the unknown and build happier and more authentic lives for themselves. Esra is a student of the Toltec teacher and international bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz (“The four Agreements”). Her fresh and unique way of teaching is informed by her own, intense experience of personal transformation.
In October, the movie “8 Seconds”/”8 Sekunden – Ein Augenblick Unendlichkeit”, based on Esra’s life story, will be released in cinemas in Germany, distributed by Warner Bros. Esra and don Miguel Ruiz are starring as themselves.
As a wonderful surprise we were able to invite Esra Inal on from the Toltec lineage of don Miguel Ruiz to do a closing ceremony for our festival.
The ceremony will be held from 16:15 until 17:45 on Sunday and is open for all participants of the festival, also for the ones with day passes for Friday and Saturday. The ceremony will last a little bit longer than planned, but we hope that you can all stay and bring these days of communion to a powerful end!
Kara Johnstad is a singer-songwriter, voice specialist, author, founder of Voice Your Essence™ and co-founder of Yoga Voice Berlin. Kara empowers audiences around the world via concerts, lectures and personal coaching. In 2015 she founded two choirs serve the international yogi scene of Berlin and sing songs the inspire and uplift. Kara is passionate about helping luminaries, healers, independent artists and new thought leaders create a powerful voice to connect to their inner stories and bring their truth telling and loving spirit out into this world. She supports her clients to reconnect to their own "essence," and shows them how they can not only have a strong clear voice that resonates with their audience, but also empowers them through “Voice Your Biz" training to run their own successful enlightened business based on heart core values and change the world for the better.
Melanie Sehgal is a cutting edge philosopher and dedicated practicioner of Forrest Yoga.
She's a Professor of Literature, Science and Media Studies at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder. She received her PhD in philosophy from the Technical University of Darmstadt with a dissertation on empiricism and speculative thinking in William James and Alfred North Whitehead.
Her work focuses on forms of speculative thinking beyond the nature/culture divide from classical pragmatism, process philosophy to science and technology studies and new materialist feminist thought.