Bo Forbes is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, and integrative yoga therapist who specializes in the synergy of yoga, mindfulness, neuroscience, contemplative practice, movement studies, and emotional health. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and a doctoral degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Her background includes training in biopsychology, sleep disorders, eating disorders, behavioral medicine, and stress management. She is the founder of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics, a contemplative system that specializes in the therapeutic application of yoga for anxiety, insomnia, depression, immune disorders, chronic pain, physical injuries, and athletic performance. Bo conducts trainings and workshops internationally in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Europe, and the Middle East. She is on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and consults to health care agencies and sports teams worldwide.
Bo presented at the Mind and Life Institute’s International Symposium on Contemplative Studies in 2014, and will take part in the Mind and Life’s Summer Research Institute in 2015. She is currently participating in research on yoga and interoceptive awareness in anxiety and depression with Norman Farb and Dave Vago, both neuroscientists with the Mind and Life Institute. She writes frequently for Yoga Journal, The International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Yoga International, and other leading magazines. She is the author of Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Relieve Anxiety and Depression, and is currently at work on her second book.
Yoga Therapy Today calls Bo “a scholar, healer, and maverick.” She is known as an innovator who bridges the worlds of yoga, mindfulness, contemplative practice, neuroscience and movement studies. Her workshops, teacher trainings, and yoga therapy programs marry the traditions of yoga and mindfulness with science and a modern, 21st-century context.