Our Team

Bo Forbes, Psy.D.

Founding Director

Bo 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.

 

Kathryn Van Demark

Creative Director, Online Education Guru

After many years as a dancer Kathryn came to Yoga as a way to heal from injury and manage chronic pain.  Amazed and intrigued by a new sense of empowerment and deepening relationship with the body she completed her 200 hr YTT with the Nosara Yoga Institute in 2013.  Shortly thereafter Kathryn began studying with Bo while completing her Bachelor’s degree in Holistic Psychology and Integrative Wellness at Lesley University. Kathryn is now engaged in conducting research, developing programs, and serving various communities at the intersections of education, embodiment, contemplative practice, and social justice.