Foundations of Forrest

This class is taught by:

Rachel Bairstow

Rachel Bairstow began practicing yoga in 2003 as a way to relieve both stress and the boredom of her hackneyed gym routines. When the inner quiet and focus she found on the mat began to trickle into other corners of her life, Rachel knew she had found more than just a form of exercise; she had found a discipline for her spiritually inquisitive mind and a home inside a body which, until then, she had only minimally appreciated.
Rachel began teaching yoga in 2007 and discovered Forrest yoga shortly thereafter. When she trained with Ana Forrest in 2008, Rachel heard her speaking about yoga as a system of healing and living with honesty, strength, and a sense of personal wholeness. As she began to uncover more and more lost or silent parts of herself through Forrest, Rachel knew she wanted to give to others the gifts of this yoga that she herself had reaped.
Rachel believes in all forms of yoga as a powerful tool for connecting to the best parts of ourselves and allowing them to flourish. Students in Rachel’s classes learn to use poses, breathing, and deep meditative focus to become students not only of yoga, but also students of themselves and their lives. Rachel welcomes all levels, all abilities, and all walks of life.

Shelly Losasso

Shelly Losasso strives to inspire her students to connect to the truest, wisest part of themselves through feeling, movement, and breath. She fell in love with Forrest yoga because of the intelligent sequencing, sense of community, and the “come as you are” mentality that runs deeply through the practice. She looks forward to sharing all of this with her students through carefully crafted sequences that ask both body and feeling mind to go deeper.  


Shelly has been practicing Forrest yoga for eight years, and completed the rigorous Forrest Foundations training with Ana Forrest, the Creatrix of Forrest Yoga, in the United Kingdom. Following her foundations training, Michelle made the leap into continuing education through a mentorship with Kiki Lovelace, Forrest Yoga Guardian and owner of Interstellar Yoga, in Berkeley, California. She is a continuous student of the practice, attending workshops with Ana, practicing with a number of the Forrest Guardians, and receiving the incredible and ongoing mentorship of Cheryl Deer, her first Forrest teacher. Shelly looks forward to meeting students in one of her classes and passing on her profound love of this practice.

Foundations of Forrest both prepares new yoga practitioners for an all-levels Forrest yoga class and is ideal for the practitioner in need of a slower-paced class to aid in healing injuries and reducing chronic pain. Through careful, intelligent sequencing, this class offers tools for releasing tension in the neck and shoulders, building core strength to relieve back pain, and generating an overall sense of well-being and self-awareness. The attention paid to breath and sensation will leave you feeling energized, focused, calm, and renewed. This class is heated to 80-85 degrees.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Dec 16 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Rachel Bairstow
    at Brookline
  • Sun Dec 23 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Rachel Bairstow
    at Brookline
  • Sun Dec 30 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Rachel Bairstow
    at Brookline
  • Sun Jan 06 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Shelly Losasso
    at Brookline

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