A New Look at Emotional Well-Being: Inflammation’s Role in Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Pain, & More

CEs for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and psychologists

Despite advancements in modern medicine, we feel worse than ever. In growing numbers, we endure anxiety, depression, addictions, and trauma. We battle constant worry and emotional strain. We suffer from mysterious inflammation, fatigue, chronic pain, and malaise–often with no discernible cause. Often, our inflammation flares up intensely- and we can feel more anxious, depressed, and in pain when this happens.

When it comes to emotional balance, we have a wealth of tools at our fingertips: Psychotherapy. Exercise. Yoga. Medication- or meditation. When nothing seems to work, we can feel hopeless, and blame ourselves for being unwell.

We’ve been taught that anxiety, depression, and other emotional illnesses are genetic, biochemical, or brain diseases. Yet emerging research increasingly shows that there’s more to emotional illness than our genes, biochemistry, and brain.

In this three-day workshop, we’ll delve deep into the causes, correlations, and mindsets around anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and gut disorders. We’ll explore the common root they share- inflammation- and the role it plays in physical illness and emotional distress. We’ll examine inflammation’s reciprocal impact on the mind, brain, body, and social structure. We’ll explore the emerging science of longevity and learn what it has to offer us, our students and clients if we have them, and loved ones.

In this three-day workshop, you’ll learn about:

  • The Mind-Brain-Body Network: What it consists of, why it matters, and how we can optimize it
  • New scientific understand on what inflammation is and where it happens (including silent inflammation)
  • The role of inflammation in anxiety, depression, chronic pain, arthritis, and other emotional illnesses
  • The Practical Science of Sleep and its implications for emotional well-being
  • Our glymphatic system and its relation to the central nervous system and waste removal- and its relation to Alzheimer’s disease
  • The enteric nervous system and its influence on mood and immunity
  • The new science of chronic pain, and its revolutionary implications for mind-body re-integration
  • The connective tissue matrix and its link to our health and well-being
  • Mental health and the brain’s default mode network, how it controls us, and how we can get better control over it
  • Practical tools from yoga, mindfulness, and body-based contemplative practice that reduce inflammation and promote emotional balance, including connective tissue self-bodywork, dynamic rest postures, vagal stimulation and tone techniques, and restorative yoga


Through this course, you will learn methods of understanding inflammation and the workings of the body’s anti-inflammatory and longevity mechanisms as they relate to yoga, the body, contemplative practice, and social and emotional well-being.


Learning Objectives:

By taking this course, participants will learn how to:

  1. Describe science’s new understanding of inflammation and its influence on disease
  2. Describe the new scientific research on inflammation and its implications for emotional health
  3. Discuss the significance of yoga and mindfulness tools to counter inflammation, both physically and emotionally.
  4. Identify three tools from the yoga and mindfulness traditions that are powerful in changing inflammation, mood disorders, and/or chronic pain.
  5. Discuss 2-3 of the research findings in the science of sleep and how they apply to emotional and physical health.
  6. Discuss the significance of interoception for physical and emotional well-being
  7. Participate in, and demonstrate awareness of how to recreate, three of the following interventions to balance the nervous system and regulate emotions:
    • Restorative yoga postures
    • Breath-focused contemplative practices that build interoception
    • Five techniques that build interoception and/or body ownership
    • Two connective tissue self-massage techniques
    • Dynamic Rest postures
  8. Identify at least 2 ways in which fascial health impacts physical and psychological health.
  9. Discuss the enteric nervous system and its relationship to well-being.


September 13, 14, and 15, 2019
The Arlington Center
Arlington, MA.

Workshop Cost: $450


Workshop Hours:

Friday, September 13th: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Arlington Center)

Saturday, September 14th: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Harvard Square) and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Arlington Center)

Sunday, September 15th: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., including potluck bring-your-own lunch and  Q+A (Arlington Center)

*Morning class (optional but recommended, First Parish Church, Harvard Square


Details and Registration Procedure:


Please note that due to the limited enrollment for this workshop (and, you know, the fact that we’re a tiny business), we are unable to take cancellations or refunds for this workshop. Please be sure that you can join us before registering.

To register, email us at support@boforbesyoga.com with the subject line “Bo’s Workshop Registration.” Please include a note about your background and goals for the workshop. Please let us know if you’d like to register for the online course and 65-hour certificate (for participants in this workshop, we offer $345 off the price of the online course). Please also verify that you understand our no-cancellation policy. Then, we’ll send you a registration link and you’ll be good to go! Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.



Location Details for Out of Town People:


The Arlington Center is located at 369 Mass. Ave in Arlington, MA: http://arlingtoncenter.org/. It’s right on the 77 bus line, which also connects Cambridge (the next town over) to Arlington. The bus line starts from Harvard Square and goes straight down Mass. Ave, through Porter Square, and into Arlington, just past Cambridge. For convenience, check out locations in ny of the following:

  • Harvard Square (also right by Bo’s Saturday class)
  • Both Porter Square (near the T station or near Mass. Ave, where the bus line runs)
  • Arlington Center, near Mass. Ave where the bus line runs
  • Davis Square (near the T) is subway-accessible and, depending on the location, also accessible to the Mass. Ave. bus line and a short Uber/Lyft distance to the Arlington Center



Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, & the Body 65-hour In-person + Online Combination Certificate:


This course combines a three-day immersion with the option to continue with our online course of the same name, offering deeper study and a 65-hour certificate program accredited through Yoga Alliance, the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), and the American Psychological Association (APA).

For participants in the three-day workshop only, we offer a 22% discount on the online course, which is normally $1595 and, taken together with the three-day, is $1250.

The online course offers depth study in topics related to or expanding on the information covered in the three-day course, including information on empathic regulation, the practice of self-compassion, regulating the mind, and more. You’ll receive:

  • 16 live-shot video classes (from a five-day workshop at Kripalu designed specifically for filming the online course); classes are between 90 and 120 minutes
  • Class transcripts
  • Copies of the class powerpoints
  • All classes are downloadable and yours to keep
  • The opportunity to participate in study groups with other participants worldwide
  • Participation in the Course Forum online

For more information on the optional online course, click here.  





Yoga Teachers:

This workshop offers 18 CE credits for Yoga Alliance and yoga therapists. For people continuing on with the online course, we offer 65 CE credits for yoga

Yoga Therapists:

This workshop must be taken together with the online course offering, for a total of 46 CE credits for yoga therapists through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.


We offer 12 CE credits for psychologists. For information about which parts of this workshop do not have CE credits attached for psychologists, please email us at support@boforbesyoga.com.


Embodied Awareness, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Yoga Alliance to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, yoga teachers, and yoga therapists. Embodied Awareness, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 100 continuing education credits.