Speaker + Interview Bio
Bo Forbes is a psychologist, embodiment guide, and innovator in mind-body medicine. Her work combines emerging research in science, psychology, and contemplative practice with decades of experience on the front lines of somatic education. Bo received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Chicago and her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Her background includes training in biopsychology, sleep research, and stress management. She is engaged in ongoing multi-disciplinary collaborations at the intersection of embodiment, emotional health, contemplative practice, and social justice. Her integrative approach is sought after by elite sports teams such as the Boston Red Sox, AC Milan, and Fulham FC, organizations and nonprofits like the U.S. military and the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, and learning centers worldwide. She has written for numerous leading magazines, including Yoga Journal and the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. She is the author of Yoga for Emotional Balance and a forthcoming book on embodiment (Tarcher/Penguin, 2022).
Bo Forbes, Psy.D. is a psychologist, embodiment guide, and innovator in mind-body medicine. She received a combined B.A./M.A. degree from the University of Chicago and a doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Her background includes extensive training in trauma-informed treatment, sleep research, biopsychology, stress management, mood disorders, eating and body image issues, and athletic performance. She is the founder of Embodied Awareness, an education company that specializes in mind-body approaches. She offers in-person and online trainings to professionals worldwide.
Bo’s integrative work is sought after by professional sports teams, including the Boston Red Sox and elite soccer teams AC Milan (Italy) and Fulham FC (London). As a speaker, Bo has presented at Harvard Medical School, the Mind and Life Institute’s bi-annual conference, the Fascia Research Congress, the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research, and numerous conferences internationally. She has spoken at conferences and corporations worldwide, including yoga studios, conferences, and organizations in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. She has also been a featured faculty member at Kripalu Center and Omega Institute, and taught for Yoga Journal conferences for ten years.
Bo is engaged in ongoing multi-disciplinary collaborations at the intersection of embodiment, emotional health, contemplative practice, and social justice. She led a Mind and Life Think Tank to explore the impact of embodiment on racial bias. She co-taught a course at Tufts University with Kris Manjapra, Ph.D. on “Colonialism, the Body, and Social Justice,” which brought embodied practices directly into higher education classrooms.
Numerous media outlets have profiled Bo’s work, including CBS News Online. She has written for numerous leading magazines, including Yoga Journal and the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. She is the author of Yoga for Emotional Balance (Shambhala Publications, 2011) and a forthcoming book about embodiment (2021).
Yoga for Emotional Balance
Emotional balance is within your reach—when you cultivate the intelligence of both your body and your mind. I’m excited to present an integrative approach to healing anxiety, depression, and chronic stress. In this book, I offer some of my most powerful, effective teachings and practices, including:
- simple ways to understand your emotional patterns
- an overview of the three main obstacles to emotional well-being
- five methods for building emotional balance
- restorative yoga sequences designed to balance anxiety and lift depression
- breath- and body-centered exercises to calm your mind and energize your body
Rooted in classical yoga yet supported by psychology and science, the techniques in this book will help you create progressive and lasting change.