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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1 edition (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590307607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590307601
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Forbes clearly and compassionately explains anxiety and depression and helps readers understand the process of healing. We can all benefit from these teachings.”—LA Yoga

“This book is excellent—it ’s timely, clear, and full of tools for creating emotional balance. I particularly love the restorative yoga sequences. They are close to miraculous, and everyone can do them.”—Lilias Folan, PBS host and author of Lilias! Yoga Gets Better with Age

“Forbes has crafted a knowledgeable, realistic guide to addressing the physical and psychological aspects of anxiety and depression, explaining how we can use the body and mind in concert with each other to heal. To her credit, Forbes grounds her ideas and recommendations in sober observations (as both a therapist and a yoga teacher), scientific literature, and a bodhisattva ’s compassion for human suffering. If you ’re struggling with anxiety and depression, this book could point the way to wholeness and well-being.”—Yoga Journal

“Bo Forbes has written more than just a book. She ’s put together a step-by-step prescription that can be tailored to individual needs for the effective relief of the common modern-day maladies of stress, anxiety, and depression.”—Richard Rosen, author of The Yoga of Breath

Yoga for Emotional Balance teaches restorative poses and simple breathing techniques that, when practiced regularly, can put you on the path to feeling better.”—Timothy McCall, MD, author of Yoga as Medicine

“[A] unique synthesis of yoga and psychology . . . this important contribution to the field of integrative emotional healing is informative for teachers and therapists, yet accessible to the lay person.”—Yoga International

About the Author

Bo Forbes, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, and integrative yoga therapist whose background includes training in biopsychology, behavioral medicine, and stress management. She is the founder of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics, a system that specializes in the therapeutic application of yoga for anxiety, insomnia, depression, immune disorders, chronic pain, and physical injuries. Forbes conducts teacher trainings and workshops internationally, and writes frequently for magazines such as Yoga Journal, Body + Soul, and the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. For more information, visit her online at <a target="_blank" href=""></a>. 

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Bo Forbes is a yoga teacher, integrative yoga therapist, and clinical psychologist with over 22 years of clinical experience in mind-body healing. She is the founder of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics and director of training at the New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics. She is the director of the Center for Integrative Yoga Therapeutics™, which offers innovative mind-body yoga therapeutics to clients throughout the U.S. and abroad. She is also the co-founder of Embodied Awareness, which offers online trainings in Integrative Yoga Therapeutics.

Bo has a bachelor's and master's degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Her extensive training in Biopsychology, Sleep Disorders, Eating Disorders, Behavioral Medicine, and Stress Management informs her teaching, private work, clinical supervision, and teacher trainings. Bo has conducted seminars for health care organizations and professionals, and has consulted to professional sports teams, corporations, schools, and health care agencies throughout the United States.

In 2002, Bo developed Integrative Yoga Therapeutics™, an innovative approach to issues such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, chronic pain disorders, fertility, performance enhancement, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and more. In 2007, this approach earned Elemental Yoga its designation as an approved sponsor for post-graduate continuing education for social workers through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Her organization is also approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Bo serves on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Bo's articles have been featured in Yoga Journal, Body and Soul, and the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and she consults for several magazines, including Yoga Journal and Natural Health. She teaches internationally at conferences, yoga centers, yoga studios, and retreat centers. Her book Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Heal Anxiety and Depression (Shambhala Publications) was published in March 2011. For more information on her publications, teacher training, or travel schedule, visit her personal website, and her educational website,

Customer Reviews

Bo Forbes is a great Yoga Master.
Yoga Jan
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone working through depression or anxiety, especially if looking to yoga to accomplish stress management.
Angela Goodman
Great style of writing; easy to read and understand.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Melody & Words on March 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Bo Forbes, a longtime therapist and also a yoga practitioner, struggled with the disconnect she saw between the physical and emotional therapy worlds. Often, she says, "we can feel, rather than think, the emotional experiences that heal us." Instead of just talking through emotional patterns, she began introducing breathwork and restorative yoga poses into her clients' therapy plans.

This was a time before the emotionally healing benefits of yoga truly took hold in Western society, and Forbes was amazed by the transformation she saw in her patients. Rather than repeating the same mental "stories" over and over in therapy sessions, her patients began to address--and overcome--their negative emotional patterns by physically incorporating emotional balance.

Restorative yoga is based on the idea that the mind and the body speak to each other more often when we think. It combines the physical motions of yoga with the mental workout of meditation, thereby embodying the emotional healing process.

Forbes presents the medical explanations for why yoga has such an astounding effect on our health, and she introduces five ways to transform one's emotional patterns: calming the nervous system; regulating the breath; connecting with direct experience; quieting the mind; and changing the narratives you tell yourself that reflect your self-concept and world view.

She then outlines the differences between those who suffer anxiety, depression, or some blend of both. According to the kind of anxiety-depression afflicting you--and this can change as your emotional patterns change--Forbes then recommends restorative poses that will help calm or reinvigorate your nervous system.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Judith Sayland on April 1, 2011
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I am so thankful for this book - it allows me to actually do something to help with my anxiety and depression "issues" without relying on medicines or talk-therapy, "not that there's anything wrong with that". I will not repeat a summary of this book - the above reviewer did that with great expertise. I just want to let you know you are in good hands with Dr. Forbes. She is kind, caring, and experienced in the art of healing. You can trust her. Her voice is authentic and real - and she has given me tools to help myself in a holistic, nurturing way. As I said at the outset, I am thankful for this book. Buy it, and you will be too.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By kestrel on April 25, 2011
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I bought this book for a 27 year old young woman suffering from sudden anxiety attacks on returning to school, etc., who is somewhat resistant to the idea of counseling/therapy etc. She was prescribed medication, which helped, but knows it may not help longterm. One of the basic ideas in the book, that your mind can be anxious and your body depressed or your body anxious and your mind depressed makes a lot of sense. That the body mind interaction drives so much of our experience is helpful to my friend and makes her experience seem not so "weird" and makes her feel less odd. This book is well written, clear and kind. The yoga postures to help body and mind are a pure gift. Anyone who suffers anxiety and depression and is at all open to spending some time with simple postures to help their body and their mind would benefit. I wish my friend could be counseled by someone as wise and kind as the author, but as we all know, therapy is kind of a karmic crap shoot and one doesn't always find someone like that. Meanwhile, this book will be helpful to many.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tree0252 on April 21, 2011
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I loved this book so much that as soon as I was finished I turned back to page 1 and started it all over again. I have suffered from anxiety for as long as I can remember and despite medication, I continue to have symptoms. I have tried the practices outlined in this book and can already feel a difference in how well I sleep and how relaxed my body is. I think every yoga teacher, every psychologist and every person who suffers from anxiety and depression should read this book!! I am so grateful to Bo Forbes for all of her work in this area where conventional treatments are often lacking.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Walter S. Newsom on January 5, 2012
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Bo Forbes' Yoga for Emotional Balance is a rare find in the emerging field of emotional yoga therapy: an approach that is true both to Yoga and to the modern sciences. Avoiding a common pitfall in this field, Forbes' approach integrates knowledge from East and West while doing no insult to either viewpoint. Additional strengths include her clear explanations of the origins of emotional imbalances such as anxiety and depression and how to engage in the processes that bring oneself back into balance. Her explanations actually make sense and are tied directly to mind and body exercises that anyone can practice.

Anyone who reads this book will see themselves in it because it becomes clear that both the processes of becoming imbalanced and those that lead back to balance are parts of the human condition. This makes the book a valuable companion for those seeking higher levels of conscious emotional engagement as well as for those who seek to understand emotional imbalance to help themselves or others attain or sustain balance. This is one of the few books in this field I am willing to recommend to any of my friends from the world of Yoga and the world of Psychology. I must say, "What a breath of fresh air."

Scott Newsom, Ph.D. RYT-200
Texas Licensed Psychologist 31249
Registered Yoga Teacher - 200 Hour Level
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