Online Courses

Bo Forbes is a global yogi, innovator, and paradigm-bender who integrates the fields of yoga, mindfulness, science, psychology, movement studies, contemplative practice, and social justice. Her passion is to apply the principles of yoga and embodiment to online education to promote individual wellness and collective well-being. She has distilled this passion into the development of a system which uses the most therapeutic tools of the yoga and mindfulness traditions to promote general wellness and stress resilience, as well as mind-body issues such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, grief, chronic pain, and immune-related disorders. You’ll find her teachings to be rooted in classical yoga and mindfulness, yet infused with cutting-edge research and a 21st-Century context. With our live online modules and support system, you can participate in our virtual classroom and learn the building blocks of personal and social change.

 

Our current course offerings:

 

Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, & the Body

What are the tools that transform our practice from one which makes us feel good for a short while to one that is unequivocally life-changing? In this innovative course, Bo offers a step-by-step method for well-being. She draws from the traditions of yoga, mindfulness, neuroscience, psychology, the body and movement studies, and contemplative practice.

In this new course, you’ll find an alternative to the modern medical paradigm of problem-based, protocol-focused healing. You’ll explore a variety of cutting-edge topics, including:

  • The three primary gateways to health and well-being
  • The autonomic nervous system and vagus nerve: why they’re so important in change, and what tools activate our reflect-and-redirect and the tend-and-befriend systems
  • An updated look at neuroplasticity, the science of change, and its implications for mind, brain, and body health
  • Mindfulness in movement-based practice: what the science says, and how to blend the two
  • The enteric nervous system, or gut microbiome, and its influence on mood and immunity
  • The relationship between posture, breath, and mood, and the role of self-bodywork in changing postural patterns
  • The surprising 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
  • The power of the mind, including the neural networks that give rise to anxiety, depression, and chronic pain
  • Emotional contagion: what it means to be an empath, and practices that help instill boundaries and emotional immunity
  • How relaxation is a dynamic practice: why Restorative Yoga works, and how to incorporate it into asana
  • Four extended asana practices that apply the science and philosophy of the course into effective, easy-to-integrate practices on the mat, meditation cushion, and everyday life

We’ll also address some of the “hard questions” of transformation: for example, what does it mean to apply the principles of contemplative practice and the new science of change to real-life situations? What does embodied awareness look like in the difficult yet pivotal moments of our lives?

Each of the 16 classes in the course offers a seamless blend of theory, process, and practice, giving you the time and support to embody and integrate the knowledge and tools.

This course isn’t a series of static video lectures. Filmed live and in real-time, it captures the perspective of the class participants, as well as the awkward learning moments and the organic process of becoming more embodied. This gives our online community the felt sense of being an integral part of the course.

The course is designed so that you can proceed at your own pace. We offer a variety of guided assignments designed to help you integrate the principles and practice into your life and teaching, including:

  • 16 classes, shot in a live training (90-120 minutes each)
  • The classes are yours to download and keep
  • Additional webinars with Bo and our senior teachers
  • Participation in our online forums
  • Study “Pods” with colleagues so you can engage, discuss, practice, and receive support with and from your colleagues in the course

More than just a course, this is a “Curriculum for Human Growth” that will help you inhabit vulnerable places with awareness, and charter your new path with playfulness and curiosity.

Accreditation:

  • This course offers 40 continuing education hours through Yoga Alliance (Bo is a YACEP, so you can submit your certificate upon completion)
  • This course offers 36 continuing education hours through the International Association of Yoga Therapists’ APD Continuing Education Program
  • This course offers 40 CE credits for psychologists. Embodied Awareness, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Embodied Awareness, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Please note that Bo Forbes and other instructors in this course have no known conflicts of interest or commercial support in presenting the information for this course.

 

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Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Help Relive Anxiety and Depression

Do you have a mental grasp of your problems, yet find it difficult to change? A Grand Canyon-sized gap between knowing what to do and actually doing it, between mental insight and the real-life experience of change. What causes this gap, and what can we do to narrow it?

Based in part on Bo’s book Yoga for Emotional Balance, this course offers new information on the practical science of the mind, brain, and body. Anxiety and depression (and mixtures of the two) aren’t simply genetic or biochemical. They’re patterns in relationship between mind, brain, and body. Drawing from her decades of experience in the traditions of psychology, yoga, and mindfulness, Bo offers a new look at what causes our suffering, and what we can do to alleviate it.

Yoga for Emotional Balance offers powerful, portable, and easy-to-use tools that change the help you build emotional well-being. You’ll experience a unique toolkit of therapeutic practices, including breathing exercises, postural adjustments, mindful asana practice, and restorative poses that help balance your nervous system, quiet your mind, energize your body, regulate your emotions, and create the building blocks for lasting change.

This course is designed to benefit people with all levels of yoga experience, including those new to yoga, longtime practitioners, teachers, psychotherapists, and bodyworkers.

You will learn:

  • Emerging research in the science and psychology of emotional regulation
  • What our Mind-Body Network is, and how it influences anxiety and depression
  • The basic principles of neuroplasticity, our brain’s ability to change
  • Why the body plays a role in our emotional transformation, and how we can support it
  • An introduction to fascia and its role in alleviating anxiety and depression
  • Five primary infrastructure interventions that help to heal anxiety and depression
  • How to design a therapeutic yoga practice to balance the nervous system and promote emotional well-being

Each class includes:

  • A 90-minute video shot in a live teacher training (each video includes a unique blend of lecture, discussion, and practice)
  • Guided readings, experiential exercises, and quizzes
  • A wide range of supplemental resources including cutting-edge information from the fields of neuroscience, medicine, and psychology, as well as writings by Bo.
  • Facilitated discussion forums with other learners from our global community to help integrate the material

Accreditation:

  • This course offers 15 continuing education hours through Yoga Alliance (Bo is a YACEP, so you can submit your certificate upon completion)
  • This course offers 12 CE credits for psychologists. Embodied Awareness, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Embodied Awareness, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Please note that Bo Forbes and other instructors in this course have no known conflicts of interest or commercial support in presenting the information for this course.

 

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Shake the System: Beyond Emotional Balance (a free mini course)

*Registration for this course is now closed*

We’ve had an overwhelming response to our social media post about “Depression as a System.” Thank you for the outpouring of shares, comments, messages, and “What can we DO?” questions.

The system is the same one as it was when Bo wrote the post, yet we wanted to offer something to help create the beginnings of systemic change together. While this material will still focus on you (the individual), it offers a bridge between individual and collective work.

This mini-course will include:

  • The body as a system and depression as a system (What does this mean, and what do we do about it?)
  • The body as a social construct: bridging “self” and “other”
  • Intelligent systems of the body (the gut, nervous system, and connective tissue matrix, and how we can access them)
  • Where “mental health” happens: our Default Mode Network

 


Accreditation Information:

These courses are approved by Yoga Alliance as post-certificate continuing education for yoga instructors. Instructors will receive approximately 20+ hours of post-certificate continuing education.

Please note:

These courses may not be used toward a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification, except for the non-contact hour allowance of 12. 

These are distance-learning courses, and NOT certification or training courses for yoga therapists.

 

 

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