FAQ for ‘Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, the Body and Contemplative Practice’ (YMNB)


Structure of ‘Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, the Body and Contemplative Practice’


There are 16 lessons in this course.

Each lesson contains:

  • A 90-minute (approximate) video
  • Additional readings and/or video can be found on each lesson page as appropriate.
  • Homework questions based on practices or discussions from the lesson video. These questions will be answered either in a Personal Practice Journal (your private journal) or on Piazza, our online community forum.
  • Lesson quiz. In order to progress to the next lesson, you will need to complete the lesson quiz with a 100% pass rate. The quiz can be taken as many times as needed with or without the support of Erin Haenlin, our Curriculum Guide. Please note that Erin’s office hours are Wednesday 12-3EST and Thursday 11-3EST.



In addition to lesson-specific work, we also conduct monthly webinars or ‘fireside chats’ with Bo and her senior teachers. These webinars will focus on a group discussion around larger paradigm shifts in our society; bringing our embodiment practices off the mat, so to speak. If you have questions you’d like to discuss during a webinar, please feel free to post them into Piazza beforehand so that we can be sure to address them.

Group/Pod Work

You may have heard Bo affirm her belief that neuroplasticity isn’t just a mechanism for individual change, but a social construct. We believe that modern contemplative practices such as yoga and mindfulness are tools for engagement and transformation on personal, relational, and collective levels. For this to be so, we must practice not simply in relationship to self, but in relationship with others. We believe that Pod work is essential to your experience and to achieving the vision of this course.  We are excited to work together with you to bring this social body to life.

Participation in Pod work is expected and encouraged for all YMNB participants.  It is required for certification.  If you have any conflicts or questions regarding Pods, please contact Kathryn, our Group Work Guru, at kathrynvandemark@gmail.com

Please take a look at our letter introducing Pod work here.


Flow of Pod Work:     

1. Webinar:

Each cycle of Pod work will begin with a webinar with Bo and/or senior teachers exploring a bigger theme or paradigm shift. These webinars are not lesson specific; they define the greater framework that we are working within.

2. Pod Meeting:

After the webinar, BFY will post webinar-related questions to Piazza. Pods will coordinate a meeting within the next 2 weeks using those questions to guide reflection/ discussion.  Pods should meet for a minimum of one hour.  Please see the section ‘Structure and Requirements of Pods’ to participate in the poll to find your Pod.

3. Pod Post:

After the Pod meeting, each Pod will post a summary of their discussions (guided by the BFY-provided questions) to Piazza. As there are 8 Pods [at this moment, with more to come], there will be 8 posts, or one post per Pod. Posts are due 2 weeks after the webinar. Each Pod post should contain the collective summary of the group work, along with who had which role in the group. Please see the ‘Structure and Requirements of Pods’ to get the details on Pod roles/ responsibilities.

4. Personal Reflection:

In addition to the Pod Post, everyone will be required to submit homework to Erin via Google Docs about the Pod experience. The Pods are a practice lab to observe how we interact in relationship and what patterns arise individually and collectively. We will post guidelines for the personal reflection on Piazza. Please see our ‘How To’ document on submitting homework to Erin via Google Docs.

5. Next Cycle:

The cycle will begin again with another webinar 4 weeks (roughly) from the last webinar.

Structure and Requirements of Pods:

We’ll start with 8 pods of 4-5 students.

Formally, Pods will be required to meet after the webinar and do their specific Pod-work. Pods can also choose to connect separately as study buddies to review quizzes, practices etc.

Pods will be organized by time slots. Please participate in this poll to choose your Pod.

Pod participants will each have a role that will rotate with each new session. This can be a practice opportunity. When working in a group, we often feel that we have a defined role based on our personality, experience, etc. With a new role every session, it may cause discomfort. This discomfort is an opportunity to grow and share responsibility in the group. In addition to the collective summary, we ask that you also include in your Piazza post who in the Pod had which role for each session.



  • Sets up the Zoom/Skype etc. meeting.
  • Reviews meeting agenda at the start of the meeting-mainly following the given questions
  • Assigns remaining roles for the current session.
  • Concludes meeting by having roles assigned for the next session. These roles can be assigned or volunteered. It’s important that each person has a new role each session. Next host is chosen/volunteers at end of meeting.

Time keeper:

  • Keeps time of meeting (1hr).  Group may choose to go longer if needed, but timekeeper helps assure everyone’s time is respected.
  • Keep the meeting moving.
  • Ensure everyone has space to speak (call on someone who has been quiet, balance someone speaking a lot)

Task manager:

  • Keep the participants on task.
  • Observe when default mode behavior arises and bring it back to the question/task at hand.
  • Ensure discussion covers all questions (or chooses to delve more deeply into one and sacrifice the rest).

Note taker:

  • Takes notes during session
  • Reviews notes with Pod at the end of the session to make sure key points are covered and all information is accurate.
  • Writes up Piazza post with a summary of main points from pod time


Requirements to receive the Certificate of Completion for the Combo Course (in-person and online)

  • This Certificate of Completion is for those who take both the 3 day, in-person immersion and the online course: ‘Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, Contemplative Practice and the Body’ (YMNB).
  • The online course must be purchased within 7 days after the conclusion of the in-person immersion. Alternatively, if the online course (YMNB) is purchased before the in-person immersion, it can be purchased only 30 days prior to the immersion [with some exceptions].
  • Students will need to attend and participate in webinars and Pod work (see above section, ‘Group-Pod work’). To receive the Certificate of Completion, students will need to attend at least 4 webinars and complete the post-webinar group/Pod work.
  • To view Bo’s upcoming in-person workshops that fulfill the in-person requirement, please click here.

CE credits available:

  • 18 contact hours for in-person immersion (6 hours/day x 3 days)
  • 56 non-contact hours for the online coursework
  • It is required that students participate in our Pod/group work. Additional non-contact hours are available based on the number of webinars attended. It is the student’s responsibility to sign in to each webinar to ensure that their time is recorded. If a student does not sign in, the hours could be forfeit.
  • Please note: Teacher trainings and CE requirements are ultimately determined by your own individual training/accreditation and how many contact and non-contact hours they allow.


Requirements to receive the Certificate of Completion for ‘Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, Contemplative Practice and the Body’ (online only)

  • Students must successfully complete each lesson’s quiz with a 100% pass rate.
  • Students must participate in our online community forum, Piazza, for each lesson.
  • If the above elements are completed, 56 non-contact CE hours will be given upon the completion of the course.
  • It is required that students participate in our Pod/group work. Additional CE credits are available based on the number of webinars attended. It is the student’s responsibility to sign in to each webinar to ensure that their time is recorded. If a student does not sign in, the hours could be forfeit.


Notes about CE credits and webinar attendance:

Our online course community is truly a global one, with people from 7 countries and counting. We know that many of you are certified or registered with a variety of regulatory bodies, such as Yoga Alliance, the British Wheel of Yoga, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the American Psychological Association, and many more.

The online education market is in a state of continual flux, and so are the regulatory bodies that determine how many contact and non-contact hours we can receive. We’ve researched them through in-depth conversations between Bo and many of these bodies, only to discover that some months later, those regulations shift. We want each of you to know with certainty what your regulatory bodies will offer, both for online hours and webinar hours. To be as accurate as possible, we ask that you double-check with the regulatory body with whom you are engaged to determine final eligibility of hours. We recommend that you keep written communications archived for easy access.

For psychologists, please refer to the “APA” section of our regulations.

In order to receive additional non-contact CE hours for attending webinars in person, each person will need to sign in on Piazza under the appropriate webinar folder. For example, our first webinar is Sunday May 7, 2017. You will navigate to the May_7_webinar folder and sign in under the May 7 Webinar registration list note. If you do not sign in, you won’t receive the additional CE hours.