Yoga, Science, Psychology, and Social Justice: A Weekend with Bo Forbes
YOGA, SCIENCE, PSYCHOLOGY, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: A WEEKEND WITH BO FORBES (with optional online training)
Creating Individual and Collective Well-Being
SEPTEMBER 14-16, 2018
FRI, SAT, & SUN 9:30AM-4:30PM
$1,945 | $1,795 if paid before 8/14 - Combined in-studio & online training
$540 | $495 if paid before 8/14 - In-studio only training
459 Broadway, New York, NY 10011
This 3-day immersion with Bo Forbes is designed for contemplative practitioners of all levels, helping professionals, and learners interested in an interdisciplinary approach to well-being. This immersion builds upon Bo’s recent work bridging Yoga, mindfulness, neuroscience, psychology, and contemplative practice while integrating her latest teachings on embodiment, introducing cutting edge science across multiple fields and delving further than ever before into taking our practice ‘off the mat’ through the practice of social justice. While delivering in-depth content and facilitating potent experiential practices, Bo consistently centers you, the practitioner, as expert and harvests the collective wisdom in the cohort. Each day we’ll experience a seamless mix of theory, practice and dialogue exploring:
- Inner Empowerment through Movement, Proprioception, and Body Agency - tools for practice, teaching and living
- The “New Wave” of Trauma including Resilience, Posttraumatic Growth, and the Mind-Body Relationship
- Sustainable approaches to caring for ourselves and others during this time of global trauma and unrest
- Embodiment, Compassion and Contemplative Practices to cultivate individual and collective well-being and as acts of social justice
Participants conclude the 3 -day immersion with an extensive toolkit of practical wisdom and simple tools to integrate into their personal practice, classroom, or professional lives. The immersion is paired with an opportunity for continued study in Bo’s incredible online learning community through your choice of two courses: Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience and the Body or Yoga, Science, Psychology and Social Justice. Bo’s online courses are filmed live, delivered on an engaging learning platform, and give you the chance to learn, practice and integrate at your own pace while supported by a vibrant online community.
All courses are accredited with the Yoga Alliance and the American Psychological Association. Students who complete the combined in-person and online training may qualify for a 100 hr CE certificate.
The Weekend Course (see below for information on the in-person/online certification course)
Inner Empowerment: Movement, Proprioception, and Body Agency
Why is movement so empowering--and what can we do to amplify its benefits? This part of our three-day will focus on movement, proprioception, and body agency. The brain has a repository of body memories and movements that determines how we respond to sensory information. It also contains a special body map, a mental representation of the body and its functions. These aren’t just neural structures; our body memories and body maps play a key role in emotional balance, pain modulation, our sense of agency, and even our longevity and quality of life. Using the theme of movement as a contemplative practice, we discuss a new way of looking at old paradigms of sequencing for home practice (or teaching), adding flexibility to prescriptive forms of movement, expanding the “active vs. passive” binary through which we often view movement, and exploring our use of internal and external space. We will also examine the science and practice of attention (including mindfulness and mindfulness of body) as it relates to movement. We will experience methods for broadening and adding nuance to our sensory repertoire. We’ll play with the concept of “productive discomfort” as a therapeutic mechanism, and where and how boundaries apply. Practices will include mindful movement, connective tissue work, therapeutic resting postures, and tools from adjacent movement fields.
The “New Wave” of Trauma: Resilience, Posttraumatic Growth, and the Mind-Body Relationship
The #MeToo movement, global political climate, and recent conversations in the field of trauma have brought issues of power, the body, and privilege (intellectual and social) to the surface of our collective awareness. Within the traditions of yoga and mindfulness, we tend to view posttraumatic stress as stemming from capital-T trauma. Yet PTSD can also result from the chronic, progressive, low-grade trauma of repeated stress and challenge. Good boundaries and intelligent assisting aside, how can we be of service to ourselves, our fellow practitioners, our clients--and, if we teach, our students? How can yoga, mindfulness, and body-based contemplative practices help? In this daylong workshop, we explore the science of trauma and its impact on presence and embodiment. We stretch the rigid social binary that defines us as either “broken” or “whole,” the ways in which the bodily archive of trauma can re-emerge at periodic intervals, and practices that help us during such times. We consider what it means to be a teacher, healer, or helping professional who has also suffered sexual abuse, assault, or harassment, and how the emerging field of posttraumatic growth can offer us inspiration. We also touch on the trauma of racialized, gendered, and “othered” bodies. What helps us refine our voice and develop our inner power, and use this power to advocate for ourselves and others? Practices will include mindful movement, connective tissue work, dynamic rest, and supine, walking, and seated meditation.
Embodiment, Contemplative Practice, and Compassion: Empathy, Compassion, and Allyship
The breaking news in well-being is a revolution in the way we understand the mind-body relationship. At its center is embodiment: the essence of what it means to have a body, to inhabit it with depth and granularity, to feel that it belongs to us yet also know its kinship with others. And yet, how can we expand the concept of individual healing to the well-being and cohesiveness of communities? As yogis and urban contemplatives, what is our responsibility in this process? The first half of this daylong workshop will explore the science and art of compassion, touching on its three distinct stages and examining their relevance to sensitive people, empaths, and healers. We’ll discuss practical ways to move from nervous system activation and empathic distress to grounded, compassionate action.
The second half of the day will explore embodied relationality using the foundation of yoga and contemplative practice. We’ll draw from our first day’s discussion of productive discomfort (and supportive community) to create effective and body-based methods to open to and successfully navigate difficult conversations. We’ll raise the issue of social context in yoga and contemplative traditions, and establish foundations for exploring issues related to race, gender, class, and vulnerable populations. From the foundation of compassion (and self-compassion), we will discuss ways to initiate difficult conversations within and beyond our “in-group” communities.
Please Note: Bo will be present for the majority of each day’s lunch hour to facilitate community-building, encourage conversation, and provide support. Attendance is encouraged, but not required.
**Once you've registered for the online course, course fees are non-refundable**
STUDENTS CAN CHOOSE FROM EITHER OF THE TWO ONLINE COURSES THAT FOLLOW:
Option 1: Yoga, Psychology, Science, and Social Justice
The breaking news in well-being is a revolution in the way we understand the mind-brain-body relationship. What does this revolution mean for our modern understanding of yoga, mindfulness, the body, and contemplative practice? What is our role as practitioners, healers, and humans? This course is infused with insights from Bo’s latest research, scholarship, and collaborations in wide-ranging fields, and will feature guest teachers from her community. Together, we explore the emerging science and practice of embodiment as a medium for personal growth and healing. Perhaps most importantly, we examine the social context of embodiment and through our lived embodied experience, its implications for the well-being and cohesiveness of communities.
Class 1: Natural Resource or Way of Life? The Science and Practice of Attention
Class 2: Out of Our Minds: The Five Foundations of Embodiment
Class 3: The Once and Future Body: Interoception and our Sensory Repertoire
Class 4: Inner Power: Proprioception, Movement, and Body Agency
Class 5: Full Occupancy: What Body Ownership Is and Why It Matters
Class 6: Diseases of Disembodiment: The Brain’s Default Setting
Class 7: Insult to Injury: Our Default Settings in Depression and Chronic Pain
Class 8: Taking Leave of Our Senses: The Bodily Archive of Trauma
Class 9: Good Bodies: Self-Compassion and Body Image
Class 10: Getting to the Heart of Matter: Embodied Relationship
Class 11: The Science and Practice of Compassion
Class 12: Our Social Immune System: Embodiment and Restorative Justice
Class 13: Sex, Drugs, and Climate Change: Our Outer Environment
Please note: This course will feature several of Bo’s colleagues, who will offer teachings on such topics as allyship, colonialism, and restorative justice.
Option 2: Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience and the Body
We know that the body plays a major role in transformation. And yet, what are the specific ingredients that take 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 integrates the principles and practices of yoga, mindfulness, neuroscience, psychology, and movement studies.
Class 1: Curriculum for Human Growth – An Introduction to Mind-Body Well-Being
Class 2: Neuroplasticity – The Science of How Change Happens
Class 3: What Mindfulness Looks Like in Yoga
Class 4: Translating Mindfulness + Neuroscience into Embodied Practice
Class 5: Risk Takers and Change-Makers – The Autonomic Nervous System as the Gateway to Healing
Class 6: Stealth Healing: Mindfulness in the Body, or Interoception
Class 7: Forget about Self-Esteem – What Self-Compassion Is, Why It Works, and How We Can Develop It
Class 8: Food for the Nervous System: Embodied Inquiry, Mindful Movement, and Tissue Restoration
Class 9: The Connective Tissue Matrix: Our Communication Superhighway
Class 10: It’s Not What Your Mother Told You: Posture as a System
Class 11: Prana in the Belly – The Incredible Intelligence of our Enteric Nervous System
Class 12: Embodiment in Asana – A Grounding Practice for the Lower Body
Class 13: What Gets In Must Get Out – An Empath’s Guide to Finding Balance
Class 14: Mind Games – Changing the Default Settings that Bite Us in the Butt
Class 15: Re-thinking Suffering – The Surprising New Science of Chronic Pain
Class 16: Restorative Yoga – Our Magical Mystery Tour
For additional information and questions about online learning with Bo, continuing education credits, or other inquires please contact Kathryn at email@example.com
or visit Bo's website, www.boforbes.com
Bo Forbes, Psy.D., is a global yogi, psychologist, and innovator in mind-body medicine whose focus is the well-being and cohesiveness of both individuals and communities. Bo’s work bends paradigms and integrates emerging research in science, psychology, and contemplative practice with decades of experience on the front lines of somatic education. She consults to professional sports teams, organizations, and learning centers worldwide, and is the founder of Embodied Awareness, an online education company. Bo is engaged in ongoing multi-disciplinary collaborations and research efforts that explore embodiment, contemplative practice, and social equity. In 2017, she coordinated a Think Tank grant through the Mind and Life Institute that focused on embodiment, contemplative practice, and reducing implicit bias and prejudice. With colleague Kris Manjapra, she will co-teach a course at Tufts University in the Fall of 2018 on colonialism, decolonization, and the body. Bo is the Founder of The One Body Collective, a non-profit initiative housed within the Give Back Yoga Foundation that aims to collaborate and create new pedagogy in somatics, contemplative practice, and social justice. Bo has written scholarly and lay articles for numerous leading magazines. She is the author of Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression and a book on the science and practice of embodiment that is slated for publication in 2019.