Yoga was meant to be practiced WITH Nature
I’m not talking about striking a tree pose with Nature as a backdrop
but rather practicing WITH Nature, not just IN Nature.
the word IN speaks to a place that one can go into and out of
the word WITH speaks to an interaction…
a real, deep, connected, relationship with Nature…
And this relationship IS the missing piece to a Yoga practice rich in senses of belonging, union, oneness.
AND we intuitively know this already…
You can already hear the ancient tugs bringing us back to Earth in our practices…the whispers of knowingness that Nature is somehow connected if you find yourself saying Yes to any of these:
find yourself unrolling your mat on your deck or near a window or a plant
feel a deep sense of peace when you're with Nature
ever secretly wanted to be one with a Tree (or mountain or any part of Nature)
crave Nature time in your day and find it just as fulfilling (even if it is in a slightly different way) than your Yoga practice
wonder if your love of being near Nature during your practice is a distraction (hint: it’s not, it’s actually a deep tug from within)
plan to go or want to go a yoga retreat near Nature and you are just as excited about the Nature piece as you are about the Yoga piece
talked to Nature in any form (said “Good Morning” to Sun, or ask a deer what they are doing)
find being with a sunset (or morning bird song) a meditative experience
thought about how great it would be to get some quiet time in a cabin somewhere remote so you can do your practice and just be with Nature
Feeling blessed when you have interactions with Nature (ex: when a bird comes close to you, or you lock eyes with a fox)
Although we are intuitively drawn to Nature…the problem is is that we aren’t sure how to bring more Nature into the practices of Yoga. We can hear the whispers but aren't sure what they mean or what to do with them.
Nature has been left out of the conversation for so long that many of us wonder if it’s ‘allowed’ to be part of a Yoga practice; let alone think that Nature is a key to having more easeful and regular direct experiences of Oneness/Union.
Hello I’m Natt Forrest - I know great last name for someone who loves Nature.
Yoga is meant to (re)unite us with our Inner Nature, and we need Nature to do that. I facilitate direct experiences of Yoga using Nature as a teacher so that we feel more at home in ourselves and Earth.
I help create the internal space & invitation of direct experiences of Yoga using Nature as a Teacher so that we feel more at home in ourselves and Earth.
EcoYogaTherapy is a series of online (self-paced and/or group) courses that helps Yoga practitioners have an ‘in the bones' deep in the body experience of Oneness & belonging.
The online courses are currently undergoing some updating; the book is still available and a new FREE mini self-paced-course is currently available to get you started. My goal is to get the new courses running by end of Summer 2023.
Once a year I offer in person workshops through Wings Over the Rockies.
This is a gift…
Through years of teaching Yoga practitioners how to use their yogic skills to communicate with Nature so they can EXPERIENCE union deep in their bones & bodies, I’ve noticed one key piece that’s foundational to understanding where Nature fits into our practices. This free, mini, self-paced, online course talks about the very first step of re-naturalizing your practice and self, and offers some introductory Nature connect activities and contemplations.
As one of the students who has done this work said:
"I'm getting deeper into what it is to be moved by connectedness, to be able to abide in that space before and after thought until what is called forth is not fabricated by a mental effort but by something much deeper, larger, more full..."
- Chris Alford, Australia
IS THIS WORK FOR YOU?
Those that love this work often:
Feel deeply impacted by what we humans are doing to Nature, and may experience eco-grief
Love contemplating and feeling deeply so they may better understand
Looking for understanding and compassion, not necessarily the one big Truth
Want to directly experience connection, belonging and peace
Long for a simpler society that holds Land and Nature as intrinsically valuable
Are open to seeing and feeling things in a new way (and in fact, love that)