Workshops, retreats, Trainings, and more ways to get your Forrest yoga fix in and around NYC.

Hands-On Assisting for Yoga Teachers with Denise

Sunday, October 20th 2019 11:00am-4:30pm

Upstairs at BSP, Kingston, NY

Refine your teaching and reignite your passion in this one-day workshop. This is an excellent opportunity to build confidence in your hands, learn new assists, and connect with other teachers in your community.

The day is broken up into two parts. Each part can be purchased separately or combined for a discount.

11:00am-1:00pm  Asana class incorporating inversion partner assists (open to teachers and experienced students)

COST: $40 EARLY BIRD/$45 after Oct. 11th

1:30pm-4:30pm  Hands-on assisting (seated postures, standing poses, heart openers, Savasana)

COST  $70 EARLYBIRD /$80 after Oct. 11th

COST FOR BOTH SESSIONS: $100 EARLYBIRD/ $120 after Oct. 11th

*Prices include a materials fee.  There will be hand-outs!

Whether you are a brand new teacher or have been at it for years, you will leave with lots of new tools to incorporate into your group classes and with private clients. Learn assists for seated poses, back bends, twists, standing poses and Savasana. The training will also cover pose modifications for students with injuries.

This workshop is open to teachers of all styles and levels. Also, open to students currently enrolled in a teacher training course.

Forrest Yoga Old Skool Weekend

November 16th-17th 2019

Om Factory NYC with Denise Hopkins & Heidi Sormaz

Denise Hopkins and Heidi Sormaz are Forrest Yoga Guardian teachers. Their teaching experience spans two decades. Join them for a weekend of yoga classes, ceremony, and meditation. They are excited to share the type of weekend workshops that inspired them both to become teachers. 4 Master classes in one weekend will cover all the bases. Saturday morning is heart practice and back bending. Saturday afternoon is slow, juicy hip opening and the arm balances it makes easy. Sunday morning is the excitement of inversions and Sunday afternoon twists it all out with twisty, hippy arm balances.

Heart opening for Holiday Survival with Denise

Sunday, November 24th 2019 1:00pm-3:00pm

Vitality Yoga, New Paltz, NY

Self- care means taking time out for YOU.  Self-care is self-preservation.  It means doing what you love, feeding yourself the gift of breath, being willing to say no without guilt. This is all necessary medicine for the holiday season.  This special 2 hour Forrest Yoga class is the RESET you need to approach the weeks ahead.  Set crystal clear intentions, get grounded, and feel the inner strength you need when facing triggers.

We will work with steadfast compassion in chest openers and therapeutic back bends.  This class will be sequenced with a focus on back healing and strengthening and making space around the heart. All levels welcome.  REGISTER

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NOVEMBER–MAY 2019/2020

The Good Ground Yoga 200-hour Forrest Yoga Inspired Teacher Training program will take place over the course of 7 months, one weekend a month. Weekends will include Friday evenings and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Our training days will begin with an extended yoga intensive to give you time to study, deepen and tailor your own practice.The afternoon and evening sessions are geared toward developing all the tools you need to grow into a truly gifted teacher. Graduates of this course qualify for Yoga Alliance 200-hour Teacher TrainingRegistration.Our training is more than just learning how to recite poses and lead a yoga class–it is an opportunity to find your voice and use it to inspire your students on and off the mat and give them (and yourself) a yoga practice for life. You will learn to teach our signature style of yoga“GGY FLOW” (which combines Forrest Yoga, vinyasa flow, core strength and breath awareness)that will get your students feeling and going deeper.Most importantly, you will gain insights into yourself and your unlimited potential to transform not only your students but yourself!

Classes will be held at Good Ground Yoga


Full tuition is $3,650 (
Early Bird Discount $3,250).

Payment plans and work-study/barter options are available.

Tuition includes: all yoga intensives, training sessions & instruction and unlimited classes at Good Ground Yoga for the duration of the training.


Please contact for more information and to request our online application. 

Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program with Denise

January 4-11th 2020

This program is open to individuals who have completed the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training Course.

This program includes an 8-day workshop, four bridge calls, ongoing support with certification and community interaction.

The 8-day workshop includes morning practice (meditation, chanting and ceremony), instruction in hands-on assisting, sequencing, practice teaching and receiving teaching feedback, level 1 ceremony and process work.

Why the FY Mentorship Program?

* Continue to Develop Forrest Yoga Teaching Skill: Technical and Emotional
* Increase Hands-on Assisting Skills
* Maintain Community with other Forrest Yoga Teachers
* Structured Guidance and Support Through the Certification Process
* Fulfills Requirement for Forrest Yoga Level 3 Certification

Email for more details.

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GGY’s 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training is a module based training for yoga teachers looking to advance their yoga practice, teaching skills and love for yoga.  This 300 hour training prepares you to teach principals of yoga that are more advanced, detailed and subtle.  It also enables you to teach with greater skill than could be reasonably cultivated from a 200-hour training.  Our training is intimate allowing for plenty of individual attention and mentorship.  Sign up individual modules based on interest.  Attend a few to just learn more.  Attend all to receive our 300 hour certification.



MODULE 1: Voice, Cueing, Intent Setting and Teaching Embodiment

January 24-26, 2020

MODULE 2: Forrest Yoga Sequencing (for specific types of classes, different levels & modifications)

March 27-29, 2020

MODULE 3: Working with Beginners and Leveling Your Classes        

May 1-3, 2020 

MODULE 4: Hands on Assisting, Adjustments, Reading Energy, Seeing and Understanding Bodies

July 16-19, 2020

MODULE 5: Therapeutics, Anatomy and Injuries                                   

August 20-23, 2020 

MODULE 6: Pranayama, Philosophy and Bandhas                                              

October 2-4, 2020 

MODULE 7: Yoga for Addiction, Recovery, Trauma and Co-Dependency 

December 4-6, 2020  

MODULE 8: Individualized Mentoring and Living Yoga Off the Mat 

(2 month duration – dates TBD on a individual basis)


$495 per 3-Day Module and $575 for 4-Day Module


You must be a graduate of a 200-hour training program to apply.

Please contact for more information and to request our online application.