Jose Calarco & Ana Forrest: The Meaning of Life

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“It is our task as spiritual beings to remove the blocks that inhibit the native joy and passions of our spirit; we must delve deeply into our own mysterious being and begin to rediscover our poetic voice & soul.

To become courageous spirits, we must loosen our character from its rigid boundaries and habitual patterns, and begin to express ourselves with joyful abandon, and without fear.

The fear of life can sometimes be intoxicating; there are dangers, obstacles & grief in every direction, and we tend to become prisoners of mediocrity, monotony and detachment who have damaged the radiant connection to life.

Our response is to crawl away and disappear; we think if we are not seen, then perhaps we will be safe?

Disobey your fear and dare to be fully alive in such a world; tap into the spontaneous forces of the present moment unclouded by your gloomy history, and begin leaving your charm and imprint wherever you go.

Remember there is no greater pain than unfulfilled potential; begin to see the world through the eyes of the heart. Give up trying to find yourself and dare being yourself. Cultivate a great sense of humor on your journey, and remember laughter is the language of the Gods. Your life is as magical or as dull as you make it.

PS…Take responsibility for your own evolution and don’t die with the music left inside.”


Ana Forrest is an inspiration. She has been changing people’s lives for over 40 years and is an internationally-recognized pioneer in yoga and emotional healing. Ana is a Medicine Woman, the creatrix of Forrest Yoga and author of the highly-acclaimed book, Fierce Medicine.

Ana created Forrest Yoga as she worked through her own life traumas—including abuse, addictions and an unhealthy relationship with food—to find healing. She teaches from an intuitive and highly-developed understanding of the human body and psyche. Native American Medicine and the clinical application of healing modalities—including homeopathic and naturopathic remedies, reflexology, pressure point & craniosacral therapies, Shiatsu, chiropractic, and hands-on healing—always inform her work.

Ana’s Spirit pledge is to do her part in ‘Healing the Hoop of the People’. It’s her life’s work. Each year she gives thousands of people the tools to help them design a life that makes them proud.

Ana received a Los Angeles Mayoral Commendation for her outstanding teaching and healing work in the community — the first time a major U.S. city bestowed such an honor on a yogi or yogini!

Thousands of yoga teachers have been trained and/or inspired by Ana, including many internationally recognised names such as Seane Corn, Les Leventhal and Tiffany Cruikshank. Ana headlines at yoga events across the globe, contributes regularly to many yoga, health and Spirituality publications, and is a guest lecturer at educational institutions.

Together with her husband, Jose Calarco, she has designed a collection of Yoga leggings made by Bombsheller and has recently been featured as a guest vocalist in Jose’s World Music compositions on iTunes.

Fierce Medicine is published in English, German, Russian, Turkish and as an audio book, read by Ana.

Jose Calarco has had a long and varied association in the Arts, Music and Yoga in Australia and around the World for the last thirty years. In this time he has covered almost the entire spectrum of experience, from producer and administrator of large-scale events, to innovative artistic direction in the fields of Dance, Film, Theatre, Yoga and Music. Jose’s strong management credentials have seen his company “Descendance Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre” grow into one of Australia’s leading international cultural exports. Descendance has performed in over 40 countries and at some of the world’s biggest events. In 2004 Descendance won UNESCOS prize at “The World Culture Open” in South Korea as the world’s best indigenous live act.   

In 2014 Jose joined forces with international yoga legend Ana Forrest  as a ceremonial musical director, business mentor, and Ana’s life partner, providing artistic and cultural direction into Ana’s international yoga events. Jose is a singer, songwriter, musician, storyteller and Medicine man. Jose & Ana’s Synergetic Collision of worlds is today reshaping the future of Yoga.

Jose Calarco has been Director of four successful performing Dance & Music companies: which include: Descendance Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre, Ngaru Aboriginal Dancers, Flamenco Dreaming, and Antonio Vargas Flamenco Dance Theatre. Jose also gained valuable experience from managing high profile arts companies in Sydney : Halftix (an internationally renowned discount arts box office), The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust (Australia’s initial funding source for the arts) and Ticketek (Australia’s premier box office) Jose’s five years as a Film Buyer & Programmer for movie giants “Village/Roadshow” helped broaden his wide-ranging skills across the arts.

José’s rich international history in both indigenous culture and the contemporary arts has seen him develop a unique and expansive style as a performing musician, songwriter and artistic director. Jose’s was at the forefront of the world music and dance movement in Australia in the eighties as a producer, promoter and performer. Jose has created performances for international dignitaries such as: Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, Queen Elizabeth, Justin Timberlake, and Cate Blanchett, to name but a few. Jose also produces international dance & cultural music shows at large scale corporate events for illustrious audiences in the fields of science, technology, Medicine, performing arts, and politics.

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