About Our Team

Bo Forbes

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, www.boforbes.com.


Erin Haenlin
homework guru

Erin has been practicing Yoga since 2008 but really found her place in 2010 with the Integrative Yoga Therapeutics method. Erin completed her 200-hour training in 2013 and is starting to teach in the Boston area where she lives with her family. Erin is honored to be the Homework Guru for the The New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics. She looks forward to working with the online community of students to help them deepen their understanding of the course and themselves.



Fiona Akhtar
marketing & new product development guru


A longtime yoga practitioner, Fiona Akhtar received her RYT-200 certification through Bo Forbes’ Integrative Yoga Therapeutics Teacher Training. She is constantly inspired by yoga’s power to create a challenging, therapeutic, and transformational space. Fiona has an MBA in Information Systems & Technology from Bentley University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Health Communication at Tufts University School of Medicine where she studies how to create effective health promotion and disease prevention programs. Focusing on marketing strategy and new product development, she is excited to blend her business background with her academic interests and her passion for teaching yoga.


Rochelle Bourgault
e-yoga practice laboratory guru

Rochelle Bourgault is an editor, writer, and yoga teacher, and she is constantly awed by how well these vocations and avocations overlap and fuel each other. Rochelle has a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and her 200-RYT yoga teaching certification from Open Hearts Yoga School. After years of exclusively practicing a vigorous, athletic ashtanga style of yoga, Rochelle found that the core elements of Bo's teachings -- mind-body integration, balancing breath and movement, and offering tools to discover the truths within your own practice -- are universal and can enhance any style of yoga. Rochelle is eager to share lessons, research, and insights from the IYT world with the online community.