New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics
Embodied Awareness 500: The 500-hr Teacher Training Program (500RYT)

*Please note that we have decided to suspend Bo’s 200-hour teacher training in order to focus on our online offerings. If you are interested in an online training that corresponds closely to a 200-hour training, consider our newest online course and collaboration: Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, the Body and Contemplative Practice (more info here).  This course can be completed on its own, or in conjunction with a live three-day training in London or at YogaWorks Soho or YogaWorks L.A. For more information, please visit Bo’s workshop schedule here.


Embodied Awareness 500: Advanced Studies Teacher Training in Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, Psychology, Movement Studies, and Contemplative Practice (500-hr RYT)

Embodied Awareness 500 is designed to offer teachers at the 200-hour level or beyond an advanced training experience with a strong mind-body focus, multiple opportunities to deepen the experience of teaching (i.e. advanced classes, workshops, therapeutic classes), and an entry into private work.

Our philosophy is that the most dramatic changes in professional development often occur in a supportive environment that facilitates direct teaching and practical experience. Accordingly, Embodied Awareness 500 is designed with two goals in mind: we offer new information in the realms of neuroscience, mindfulness, psychology, and yoga, movement studies, and contemplative practice to supplement beginning and intermediate-level teachers’ knowledge bases. Second, we aim to provide a supportive and stimulating environment in which teachers can continue to practice and further develop what they’ve learned in their 200-hr programs, while integrating new information in areas key to yoga as mind-body medicine.

As with the 200-hour program, the svadhyaya or self-study component of the training is emphasized for its importance in preparing teachers to address the wide range of therapeutic issues presented in both class and private settings.

Embodied Awareness 500 is designed to complement the experiences of teaching, assisting, and self-reflection of the 200-hour graduate. Each year will offer two (2) 10-day intensives, the first in March and the second in July, and one 3- to 4-day weekend, plus one 4-day module in December. The program in its entirety will take just over two years to complete, pending the submission of assignments and successful completion of each intensive, or module.

Featured Teachers

Yoga Teachers:

  • Bo Forbes, Psy.D.
  • Katherine Hartsell, RYT (Embodied Anatomy)
  • Norman Farb, Ph.D. (Neuroscience & Yoga)
  • (Dave Vago, Ph.D. (The Science of Mindfulness, Yoga, and Flourishing)
  • and more

Featured program components

  • Yoga, Mindfulness, and Psychology: Emotional Health and Well-Being
  • Social and Affective Neuroscience
  • Research and Depth Studies in the Connective Tissue Matrix
  • Embodied Anatomy, Asymmetries, and Injury Prevention
  • Yoga Therapeutics: Anatomy of a Private Yoga Therapy Session
  • Yoga Therapeutics: Addictions (Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders)
  • Yoga Therapeutics for Emotional Balance: Anxiety, Depression, and Mixed Mood Syndromes
  • Introduction to Contemplative Practice
  • Somatic Meditation
  • Yoga Therapeutics for Empaths: Boundary Creation and the Regulation of Empathy
  • Yoga Therapeutics: Psychoneuroimmunology and Chronic Pain Syndromes
  • Yoga Therapeutics: Mood Disorders (Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder)
  • Research Methods and Design for Yoga Teachers
  • Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy and Practice
  • Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy and Practice
  • The Teaching Laboratory
  • Creating and Teaching Yoga Workshops
  • Svadhyaya Module, including The Art of Self-Care, Neuro-Balance, and Empathic Regulation


The New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics recognizes that teachers with certifications from other 200-hour teacher training programs have invested valuable time and energy in your certification programs. We appreciate the diversity of your backgrounds in the study and teaching of yoga.

For graduates of other programs, we’ve identified the therapeutic elements necessary to enter the 500-hour training. These elements will be required, while applicants will be able to “pass” out of more generic requirements such as 200-hour level anatomy and philosophy upon proof of completion. Our application requirements for the 500-hour Mind-Body Teacher Training have changed and can be found here.

In addition, The New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics is now a charter member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists Council of Schools of yoga therapy. Due to the growing concern over standards in the training of yoga therapists by such esteemed organizations, we take the preparation of teachers to do individual therapy work seriously. At present, however, we are unsure as to whether we will apply for accreditation, and if we do, what the date of our application will be. Please do not hesitate to contact us with accreditation questions so that we can keep you informed. Thank you.