Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, & the Body
We know that our yoga practice helps us feel better, but how long do those benefits usually last? 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 new alternative to the modern medical paradigms of problem-based, protocol-focused healing. She offers a step-by-step method for well-being that draws from the traditions of yoga, mindfulness, neuroscience, psychology, the body and movement studies, and contemplative practice.
In this new course, you’ll explore a wide variety of concepts integral to our well-being, starting with our mind-body network, a communication superhighway within us that holds the keys to health. You’ll learn ways in which fields previously thought to be different are interrelated and interdependent. You’ll explore a variety of cutting-edge topics, including:
- The three primary systems that function as gateways to health and well-being
- The autonomic nervous system and vagus nerve: why they’re so important in change, and what tools we can use to 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 surprising new science of chronic pain
- 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:
- Bi-weekly webinars with Bo and our senior teachers
- Participation in our online forums
- Regular Interaction with Erin, our Director of Programs
- Study “Pods” 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.
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?
Anxiety and depression (and mixtures of the two) aren’t simply genetic or biochemical. They’re patterns in the mind, brain, and body relationship. Drawing from her decades of experience in the traditions of yoga, mindfulness, and psychology, Bo offers us 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 infrastructure of anxiety and depression and foster emotional well-being. You will experience Bo’s 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.
Participants in this course will learn:
- The 8 elements of the Mind-Body Network and how they operate to influence the patterns of anxiety and depression
- The basic principles of neuroplasticity, our brain’s ability to change
- How the body plays a role in our emotional transformation, and what can be done to support it
- An introduction to fascia, the body’s “communication superhighway,” and how it relates to anxiety and depression
- Tools for embodied living
- Five primary infrastructure interventions that help to heal anxiety and depression
- Emerging research in the science and psychology of emotional regulation
- How to design a therapeutic yoga practice to balance the nervous system and promote emotional well-being
Each class includes:
- A 90-minute video (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
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
This course is approved by Yoga Alliance as post-certificate continuing education for yoga instructors. Instructors will receive approximately 20+ hours of post-certificate continuing education.
This course may not be used toward a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification, except for the non-contact hour allowance of 12.
This is a distance-learning course, and NOT a certification or training course for yoga therapists.
What other yoga teachers are saying
“This is truly the “next evolution of yoga. Bo Forbes is not only one of the most knowledgeable yoga instructors/trainers today, she is incomparable in the field of translating yoga therapy and the complex inner body processes into everyday practice. Not only do I study with her, I suggest any yoga student or teacher interested in discovering the worlds of intelligent cause-and-effect beyond the outer body to get her book and take her online program. You know the yoga shapes: let Bo help you fill them with something meaningful and utterly transformative!”
~Sadie Nardini, E-RYT, Founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and Ultimate Wellness expert
“Traditionally, yoga teaching consisted of one teacher with one student at a time, creating an intensely personal relationship between the two. That’s what I felt when I viewed these teaching videos led by Bo Forbes, Psy.D., psychologist and longtime yoga teacher. Because Bo creates an immediately personal and warm connection with the students in the video and with the viewer, I almost felt as if she was there with me on my yoga mat as I watched. I felt that I could have been a student in the class myself. I was instantly intrigued and engaged in the learning. Add to this sweet connection Bo’s competence in the fields of psychology and yoga and the picture is complete. Many yoga teachers are unable to travel to study so as to be an ongoing resource for their students. These videos are an incredibly useful and deep source of inspiration and knowledge that can be easily accessed by all teachers, regardless of location. I highly recommend this yoga training. It will enhance your practice, your teaching, and your life.”
~Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, yoga teacher since 1971 and author of eight books, including Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana.