Embodied Insight: Awareness That Leads to Lasting Change

October 3, 2014    BY Bo Forbes

Why do we do the things we do? Psychologists have come to understand that when we gain insight, it often doesn’t travel into the body. It just remains a mental construct. It is because of this mind-body disconnect that we can find ourselves doing the same thing again and again. When mental insight trickles down into the body and becomes understood in a visceral sense, this more embodied insight narrows the gap between our mental conception of what’s going on in our lives and the real life experience of change. But it gets better. The body has its own version of embodied insight, an awareness that is deeply visceral and deeply embodied—one could almost call it cellular awareness. And this deeply visceral awareness arising from the body doesn’t need to be conceptualized or understood by the mind to affect lasting change. Click on the video to learn more from Forbes about embodied insight.

How have you tapped into the visceral awareness of your body? Please comment below.

We sat down with Bo Forbes at the recent New York Yoga Journal Conference to chat about yoga therapy, neuroplasticity and the healing power of Yoga. 

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Bo Forbes
Bo Forbes is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, and integrative yoga therapist whose background includes training in biopsychology, behavioral medicine, sleep disorders, 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, physical injuries, and athletic performance. Bo conducts teacher trainings and workshops internationally, including... Read more>>

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