Most of us have a harsh inner critic; it’s part of the modern human condition. When we’re not paying attention, we default to self-judgment and social comparison, and, sometimes, turn the harsh lens of evaluation onto others. These default states have a negative effect on our mind-body relationship and create a sense of discomfort and malaise.
But what happens when we listen in a little deeper?
We can train ourselves to pull out of these default states — and cultivate a generative state of self-compassion that begins in the body. Bo Forbes is a psychologist, yoga teacher, and leading specialist in the science of well-being. In this daylong workshop, we will engage in gentle yoga and other forms of movement to assist us in transforming our inner attitude toward ourselves and the world. You will learn:
- What self-compassion is, why we need more of it, and how to cultivate it
- Practice and exercises you can weave into your everyday life right away
- How embodied practices increase body positivity and health
- The surprising science behind default states of self-judgment and social comparison and how they can reinforce depression and even chronic pain
- How to identify triggers for disembodiment and self-judgment and what you can do to stay present in your body.
Practical and engaging, this day invites you to embody a refreshing new attitude of inner kindness that infuses your daily life with the kind of awareness and aliveness that feels really good on the inside — and naturally expands outward to those you live and work with.
Bo Forbes, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, and integrative yoga therapist with an extensive background in biopsychology, stress management, mood disorders, sleep anomalies, eating and body image issues, and athletic performance. The founder of Embodied Awareness, an online education company, Bo brings her special method of embodiment training to professional sports teams, corporations, yoga instructors, mindfulness teachers, and healthcare professionals worldwide. Called a “scholar, healer, and maverick” by Yoga Therapy Today, 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 and conducts teacher trainings and workshops internationally.