Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Help Relieve 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 body workers.
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
Class 1: An Introduction to Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
Class 2: The Anatomy of Anxiety and Anxiety-Balancing Practice
Class 3: Samskara Mapping – Pathways to Healing
Class 4: The Anatomy of Depression
Class 5: The Depression-Lifting Practice and Yoga Practice Lab
Class 6: Yoga and Mindfulness: Working with our Narratives and the Meaning-Making Mechanism
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
Yoga Teachers: This course is approved by Yoga Alliance as post-certificate continuing education for yoga instructors. Instructors will receive approximately 12 hours of post-certificate continuing education.
Psychotherapists: The New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics offers 8 CE credits to psychologists for this program