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December Book Reviews

December 1, 2011

Fierce Medicine

Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit


Ana Forrest has been changing people’s lives for nearly 40 years.  Now this innovative yoga master draws on her own amazing life story to reveal powerful physical, emotional and spiritual practices for healing and growth.   In her new book, Ana offers a guide to living fully in our lives and bodies, allowing us to discover the healing power of our body’s wisdom.  From “stalking fear” to “walking free of pain” and “learning the art of truth speaking,” Ana distills and shares wisdom from her own life experiences, making complex ideas practical and easily applied, offering a new blueprint for life.

Now in stock!!! YAA is now stocking this book online, selling at R300 each.

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This is what people are saying about Fierce Medicine:

“Fierce Medicine is classic Ana Forrest: straight ahead life tales from one of the meteors of the modern yoga movement…laced with the intense focus of a Tiger seeking the freedom of the heart.” – John Friend, Founder of Anusara Yoga

“Ana Forrest has been a pioneer spirit in excavating the truths of our embodied experience. Like never before, she has courageously opened here life to share her own powerful healing experience through yoga as a way of liberating all beings to follow their own authentic journey of mending the sacred wheel of their life through breath, body and spirit.” – Shiva Rea, yogini

“Ana Forrest is a phenomenon:  Her breathtaking yogic abilities and extraordinary, passionate teaching inspire and challenge people to go continually deeper. Ana’s unique journey of triumph over adversities leads people to find strength from within.” – Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad, coauthors of The Passionate Mind Revisited and The Guru Papers

“I was lucky to have had Ana Forrest introduce me to the yoga experience many years ago.  It transformed my life in such a positive way that I can suggest here that should the reader not be able to attend a “live” session with Ana, getting into “Fierce Medicine” would definitely be the next best thing.” – Jerry Moss, Cofounder, A&M Records

“Fierce Medicine is a brave, confronting, and unapologetically honest book that leads us to see into the depths of our soul and know that transformation is possible. Through stories and techniques Ana Forrest teaches us how to reclaim our bodies, expand our perceptions, and embrace the complexity of our spirit. As a teacher, this is a book that I would certainly share with my students, but as a student myself, there is much in this book that will aid in my own growth and for that I am grateful. I highly recommend this book to all seekers on the path.” – Seane Corn, internationally acclaimed yoga teacher and founder of “Off the Mat, Into the World”

“One of the most compelling, inspiring, and eloquent stories you will ever read. I absolutely could not put it down and I’m thrilled for all the other readers who will be captivated by Ana’s storytelling and wisdom.” – Martha Beck, bestselling author of Finding Your Own North Star

“Fierce Medicine is much more than just another yoga book. It’s the “crazy wisdom” and riveting life story of an in-your-face, stir-it-up kind of teacher. Ana Forrest also happens to be an amazing healer, one who regularly guides her students into personal transformations and deep healing. What she asks may not be easy, but few things this good are.” – Timothy McCall, MD, Medical Editor, Yoga Journal, author of Yoga as Medicine

“Fierce Medicine is a journey from the wounded to the healed soul using the grace and elegance of yoga as a guide. Only a master teacher like Ana Forest, renowned for her ferocious determination, could accomplish such a rigorous task. Ana Forest has given us all the best of herself in this book.” – Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Defying Gravity


Pathway to Wellness by Jennifer Fitzsimmons

Pathway to Wellness is a self help book on attaining emotional balance in our world of tension. It teaches stress management and releasing of negative thoughts and emotions such as anger, depression, anxiety, grief and so forth. It is a passage to understanding our minds and emotions and merging with Soul. It demonstrates how wellness includes wellness  of mind, body and emotions and introduces us to a completely new opinion of who we think we are as opposed to who we actually are.  It introduces us to another facet of our self that we have been unaware of.  For many years we have believed that we are a human body living in a physical world and that is all there is and that wellness relates to the physical body alone. We have also believed that we are not in control of our lives, destinies or health that only fate has full control of all aspects in our lives.  Pathway to Wellness breathes hope back into life and gives us the opportunity of a new attitude and a new life. It introduces the other half of who we are and teaches us to embrace our emotions as they are in essence our wonderful Soul and teaches us how to  give it all the love and nourishment it needs in order for it to support us on our journey through life.


I found the subject matter in the first of her three-part trilogy to be both absorbing and inspirational. I think that what sets this ‘self-help’ book apart from so many others of a similar nature on the shelves, is the obvious passion that permeates each page, and the conviction and sincerity with which it is written. Jennifer is also courageous in revealing the personal challenges she had to overcome in her quest to discover meaning in her life, and her experiences give depth and substance to the story, and make the reader feel that ‘if she can do it, so can I’.

It is obvious that Jennifer not only talks the talk, but has indeed, walked the walk. I endorse the principles she espouses, and feel that this book, will go a long way in helping people to discover, as Jennifer says, a whole new attitude and life, and indeed, “a whole new you.”

Now in stock!!! YAA is now stocking this book online, selling at R175 each.

Additional CD to go with the book is also available

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