Bo Yoga®

Bo Yoga® blends the best of yoga, qi gong and meditation using a Balance Bar as a unique prop.

Black Lives Matter Resources

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Below are resources we are using to take action, to educate ourselves and our children, to support those whose lives have been sacrificed and stolen, and, in this time of distress, to

Direct Action via Donation: 

Black Lives Matter

Bail Funds

Individual Memorial Funds

Community Resources:

Resources for Protestors

Self-education, Educating Others

Resources for Parents / Kids 

Sign a Petition

*We say thank you to Carey Lovelace of 2020Visions and Accessible Yoga for this extensive list of resources.

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The counter-pose to sitting.

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Relieve pain and increase your energy naturally.

If you work or study from home with a computer or watch TV everyday you are likely sitting for many hours a day.

When you sit for more than an hour or two, 3 things happen.

  1. Your hips become tight
  2. Your back and neck become hunched
  3. Your breathing gets shallow

These uncomfortable conditions lead to minor annoyances like headaches when you are young, but can lead to longterm problems like chronic pain and permenant disfunction as you age.

“Over 60% of Americans who died from an opioid overdose suffered from chronic pain.”
American Journal of Psychiatry 2017

The negative effects of sitting too long can be quickly reversed if you simply follow these 2 counter-poses to sitting.

A counter pose in yoga, is a pose that complements or balances the previous pose. For instance, after doing a back bend, a good counter pose is a forward bend.

If you are new to yoga, you can use a Bo Yoga Balance Bar to to assist with balance and to make the poses safer.

What are you waiting for?

Go ahead and stand up and try the poses and then share in the comments what you felt.

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Buy Balance Bars in Bulk

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Thrill your students by equipping your classes with Bo Yoga Balance Bars.

Balance Bars provide assistance, resistance, alignment, and balance to make your classes safer and more accessible.

Don’t just take our word for it – listen to these happy teachers, owners and studio managers.

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Donna O’Neil Teacher at Eugene Yoga, Eugene, OR

“I’ve been teaching yoga for 22 years, and am aging along with my students.
What I’m loving is that the Balance Bar can help people who may not be able to balance well, or to hold a pose very long, to be able to maximize the benefit.
Learning to lighten up the touch on the bar as confidence builds in the student gives them the opportunity to work their core and build strength and stability.”

Mariana Krstevski, Owner of Essential Evolution in Highland Park, IL

“My students love Bo Yoga and the Balance Bar!

 It gives them an opportunity to experience the full benefits of the poses that they may not be able to feel on their own due to lack of flexibility, balance or range of motion. 

They feel great afterwards and tell me how much it helped them release tension and feel more relaxed. 

It is a treat to see their reaction and faces light up when they find their balance in an Asana that they normally couldn’t do!

Personally I love the versatility of the Bar and enjoy crafting fun and unique classes for students of all levels.”

Balance Bars can also be sold in the lobby to students who want to practice at home or have their own personal prop.

Balance Bars come in 3 sizes: 4ft / 5ft / 6ft

In an average class:

75% of students use a 5ft Balance Bar

20% of students use a 6ft Balance Bar

5% of students use a 4ft Balance Bar

The 5ft BB is the most popular size and fits most people.

The 6ft BB is ideal for students who are close to or over 6ft tall or who are very stiff and need the extra length and flexibility that it provides.

The 4ft BB is perfect for kids or for those in a chair or wheelchair. It is too short to use for some stances and not recommended as the only option.

Balance Bars are made with a durable PVC core, soft foam skin and rubber traction tips. This provides the stability needed to bear weight yet the flexibility to conform to excess pressure. The traction tips keep students safe on wooden or vinyl floors to prevent slipping. They are easy to clean and store in small spaces, corners, closets or in a large basket.

Questions? Request a custom quote for wholesale prices of Balance Bars by emailing Nate@boyoga.com

Bo Yoga Teacher Training

Become Certified to Teach

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Learn how to incorporate this revolutionary new prop to your practice and classroom.

What is it?

YACEP Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider Program
  • The Bo Yoga Certified Instructor Course is an opportunity to deepen your practice, expand your profession and serve your community.
  • It qualifies you to be able to teach Bo Yoga and apply the Balance Bar to any yoga or fitness system with confidence and competence for free or for profit.
  • An accessible, self-paced distance learning program.
  • YACEP (Yoga Alliance Certified Educational Program) which gives Yoga Alliance teachers Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Who’s it for?

  • You are a Yoga, Qi Gong, or Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer, Physical Therapist, Chiropractor, Massage Therapist, Doctor, Social Worker, or Counselor who wants to offer a great tool to your clients or patients.
  • You want to help your friends and family improve their balance, energy and mindfulness.
  • You are a dedicated student who wants to take your personal practice deeper.

What’s in it?

40 Hour Course includes:

    • 5 Hours Pre-Course curriculum.
    • 25 Hours Main Training over 5 Weeks
    • 10 Hours Post-Course curriculum.
    • Comprehensive materials, videos, community connection and resources.
  • Five-year License to teach Bo Yoga®, use its branding and be featured on the Bo Yoga website.
  • Lifetime membership to the Bo Yoga Instructor Network.

Who’s teaching it?

Nate Guadagni – RYT-500 Founder of Bo Yoga® has taught yoga, qi gong and meditation full time for over 13 years. He has managed six successful yoga and wellness studios in three major US cities.

Nate is the creator of the Balance Bar, a unique and innovative prop that makes mindful movement accessible to more people. He is the author of Bo Yoga: 7 Essential Values to Energize your Life and produced 3 DVDs and numerous online courses.

He regularly teaches in national yoga festivals such as the San Diego Yoga Festival, the Sedona Yoga Festival and the LA Yoga Expo.

Nate currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his love Roya surrounded by the Pacific Northwest splendor.

What will I learn?

  • Become an expert in the main uses of the Bo Yoga Balance Bar:
    • Alignment / Balance / Rotations / Spins / Martial Arts / Myofascial Release
    • Learn how to apply the Balance Bar to any yoga style, fitness system or group of people.
    • Relevant Anatomy / Physiology / Pathology
  • Instructor Skills
    • Safety / Sequencing / Observation / Speaking / Pacing / Cues / Adjustment / Demonstration / Class Management / Music / Lights / Temperature / Props
  • Business Principles and Skills
    • Marketing / Professional Communication / Student Management / Online / Networking / Content Creation / Technical Skills

What can I do with this training?

  • Enrich your current practice or share it with friends.
  • Teach Bo Yoga group classes or apply the Balance Bar to your existing system.
  • Lead Private Sessions with new tools and skills.
  • Start or expand your own business or practice.

When, where and what’s included?

Check the next training schedule and view parts of the Instructor Manual HERE.

Delivered live, online. All you need is a device and wifi.

Includes:

  • Instructor Manual
  • Lifetime access to Bo Yoga videos and training materials
  • Lifetime access to the online Bo Yoga Instructor Network

What are the Pre-Requisites? 

  • Have your own Balance Bar

To Receive a Bo Yoga® Certificate you must have:

  • 200 Hour RYT training or another teaching certificate (Pilates/ Personal Trainer, etc)
  • If you want to take this course for personal enrichment and not use the Bo Yoga brand in your marketing you don’t need any prior training.

What’s it cost?

40 Hour Certification Course: $500

Payment plans are available by request.

What’s do graduates say?

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“I’ve been teaching yoga for 22 years, and am aging along with my students. 

What I’m loving is that the Balance Bar can help people who may not be able to balance well, or to hold a pose very long, to be able to maximize the benefit.  

Learning to lighten up the touch on the bar as confidence builds in the student gives them the opportunity to work their core and build strength and stability.””

— Donna O’Neil, 67  – Yoga Teacher

“I really just love training with Bo Yoga and I love sharing it with others. I feel the best probably since being a little kid. And I have a purpose to work towards, which is important! 

Teaching Bo Yoga has brought me joy, wisdom, health, strength, purpose, friends and teachers to deepen my growth.

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This passion for Bo Yoga has given me a new lease on life! I anticipate teaching for the rest of my life. 

I’ve never felt more connection, sharing and love than I do right now. Thank you!

— Merilee Novinson, 70
Retired Finance Manager

I’m in! How do I register?

  • Click HERE to go to the registration page.
  • Receive a confirmation email with further instructions.

I’ve got more questions…

Great, please e-mail me:

Nate@Boyoga.com

I look forward to hearing from you!

“I don’t know about you, but teaching yoga is not something that I envisioned myself doing when I was a kid! I only knew that I had a strong passion and interest in self-development and self-discovery and the stories of enlightened yogis and monks who have found the deepest bliss and unconditional love through the inner journey resonated with me deeply. I knew in my heart of hearts that if they could do it, so could I and anyone else for that matter. As I grew up, I saw the incredible suffering that the Yoga Sutras say is caused by Avidya, ignorance. Ignorance of the divine nature and interconnection of all humans and life forms. Ignorance of the power that we have regardless of what others do or don’t do. Ignorance of the solutions to all of our problems which are available at all times when we know where to look.

I used to envision the spiritual path as a long and winding road, or a huge mountain to climb. I used to think it was somewhat romantic or the result of superhuman effort and sacrifice.

The great living sage Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says that the spiritual journey is only about 18 inches… “just as far from your head to your heart.”

Bo Yoga is, in essence, a path back to our true nature. One of many, not the first and certainly not the last. As we become more friendly and loving to ourselves, we can be the same way to others. As we recognize our own value and potential we can see it better in others and in the world. Bo Yoga will grow or shrink as much as we do and support the awakening of the planet as much as we awaken ourselves.

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I hope that Bo Yoga helps you and your students gain the power, passion and purpose to live a life guided by your Dharma and illuminated by your inner light.”

Namaste, Nate

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Bo Yoga Vortex Shoulder Stretch

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Starting Position:

Hold the Balance Bar above your head as if you are hanging on it.

Action:

Bring the Bar down to your front and then keeping your hands in 
a loose grip revolve all the way around your body in a circle.

Repeat in the other direction.

Focus Points:

Shoulders, arms, and back. Upper body joints.

Adjustments / Notes:

If it’s uncomfortable to circle your body, separate your hands wider apart and loosen your hand grip.

Time / Repetitions:

30 Seconds each side

Bo Yoga Swimmer Warm Up

Bo Yoga Swimmer Warm Up

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Starting Position:

Same as Eagle.

Action:

Rotate the Bar forward, alternating sides, 
as if you are freestyle swimming. 

Repeat in the opposite direction.

Focus Points:

Spine, shoulders, lungs, upper back.

Time / Repetitions:

1 minute

Eagle Warmup

Bo Yoga Eagle Warm Up

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Bo Yoga Instructional Video for Teachers

Starting Position:

Drape your Balance Bar over your shoulders like a yoke. Then wrap your arms over the top from behind. Your arms should hang loosely and comfortably without pressing too hard on your neck.

Action:

Begin to turn your upper body from side to side, keeping your upper body relaxed.

Focus Points:

Feel the gentle movements in your spine and shoulders.

Adjustments / Notes:

If this posture creates too much tension in your neck, move it down more toward the shoulders.

Time / Repetitions:

1 minute

Lee Holden Qi Gong Interview

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Listen to this exclusive interview with American Qi Gong Master, Lee Holden.

In the interview we talk about:

– What is Qi Gong?
– How can it be applied to yoga, meditation and other systems?
– What are the main benefits?
– What is Qi Gong flow?
– How he became the producer for “SuperHuman” film coming out soon.
– How to become “Superhuman”.
– How to use technology to share ancient wisdom.
– Is a 5,000 year old practice still relevant today?
– What is Qi Gong “alchemy”?
– How does Qi Gong mimic nature?
– What does it mean to “push the river”?
– How yoga teachers can offer more to their students.
– What is the best way to practice with Lee directly?

Lee Holden is an experienced instructor in Qi Gong, meditation, and Dao Yin and has worked to bring the ancient Taoist teachings to western culture. His work has popularized qi gong through books, classes, workshops, video courses, online programs, and PBS programs.

Holden has been acknowledged by the International Chi Gong Association (2009) for his ability to make the esoteric Taoist teachings accessible to modern students without compromising or diluting their essence. He conducts training and certification programs in traditional and medical qi gong and continues to study with qi gong masters in Thailand, Indonesia, Moscow, Japan, and China.

A licensed acupuncturist, Lee Holden practices in Santa Cruz and Los Gatos, California. In addition to his international teaching and private practice, he works as a stress management consultant to corporations, including Apple and 3Com.

Go to www.HoldenQiGong.com to find out more info.

What is Reiki? How to become Reiki Certified with Vy Le – Wisdom 101 Interview

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Vy Le is a medical intuitive who works with energy fields related to the physical, emotional, and psychological bodies, specific to the individual’s need for healing, and is a certified Reiki Master and Access Consciousness practitioner. She can help bring to light old, or even past life traumas or focus on relieving an immediate physical pain or ailment. She is the creator and owner of VYTL Living Center, a wellness center, whose mission is to promote life-balance through healing & personal growth. The center offers Reiki classes and sessions in addition to providing an array of programs and classes that foster mindfulness, creativity, and self-healing.

In this interview, you will find out:

– Vy’s discovery of her intuitive gifts

– What is Reiki?

– How can Reiki be used to help with healing?

– Resources and places to learn more about it.

– What is the Reiki Certification Process?

– Reiki Weekend Retreat

http://www.vytlhealthgroup.com/classes–events.html

Nate Guadagni is the founder of Bo Yoga®, a rapidly growing wellness system dedicated to making mindful movement accessible to all people.

Website: www.boyoga.com

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