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Calling All Helping Professionals

coaches  •  leadership & OD consultants   •   therapists

educators   •  yoga teachers  •  bodyworkers

Leverage the latest brain research to learn how client breakthroughs really happen ...

and how you can create them nearly every time. 

Body = Brain offers tools you'll use on a daily basis to...

  • consistently help your clients achieve their best results
  • boost your confidence and your competence
  • make even the most challenging clients easier and more fun to work with
  • get reliably strong results that grow your impact, enhance your reputation, and build your business

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Take the mystery out of your modality.

Body = Brain

You've been given a tremendous gift: the opportunity to help people make profound positive change in their lives. When it goes well, it’s magical. Your clients eyes shine, you get chills, and most importantly, lasting learning happens. Valuable change takes place. Things tangibly improve.


Just one problem: it doesn’t always go that way. From time to time, (and maybe even more often than you care to admit) your clients get stuck. Despite their best efforts, they struggle to enact the changes that the seek. Or they resist the very powerful methods that you offer them. Or you see more possibility for them… but somehow they’re unable to grasp it for themselves.


You’re good at what you do. But you long to make a bigger difference. And you know you can.


The missing piece is this: no matter what modality you’ve trained in, the underlying principles can seem hidden or mysterious. That makes it hard to consistently reproduce the extraordinary transformational experiences that you’ve been trained to create.


When you learn the principles that link body, brain, and behavior, it all becomes clear. You gain confidence. You develop a simple, sensible way to explain what you can do for your clients. They swiftly get on board. You become bolder in your work. And everyone gets better results.


What People Are Saying

"This course is amazing! Body = Brain integrates current advances in neuroscience with cutting-edge applications of somatics in a way that will deepen the discourse in leadership development circles. Clear articulation of the nature and value of body-oriented learning allowed each participant to see possibilities in their own working environment and to come away with practical applications for day-to-day work and life."


Dr. Chris Johnson, Q-4 Consulting

"Body = Brain articulates a coherent and pragmatic synthesis of the new brain science and the field of human development. Anyone involved in designing and facilitating learning should understand how learning happens at a biological level. This elegant course provides a foundation."


Doug Silsbee, Author, Presence-Based Coaching

"What I learned equipped me with practical tools for working with clients while being very healing and nourishing on a personal level. Highly practical, extremely fascinating, and well-designed, this course provides a clear path through the maze of information on the body and brain."


Binky Mendoza, Yoga Teacher, Phillippines


Your intelligence goes way beyond the brain in your head. In fact your entire body is your brain. In this module you’ll learn how you already think with your whole self, why your body is your social and emotional sense organ, and how to leverage embodied intelligence to help clients “think smarter” in everything they do.

Body = Brain synthesizes the explosion of research on the mind-body connection into a simple, useable framework for facilitating learning.


This month we’ll explore the six essential elements of neuroplasticity. These are the basic building blocks that support lasting, transformative change. You’ll learn how each operates and how to apply each one to your work using the DREAM Practice model. These tools help you support your clients to truly embody more effective approaches to their challenges.

Fundamentally, the “you” of you is both embedded in and expressed by your physical self: your gestures, your comportment, your actions, and your habits. Part 1 explores how this is so and why working with the body is absolutely essential to any kind of transformational, behavioral, or developmental learning.


All learning involves the body. You literally come to embody your strengths and limitations: decisiveness, compassion, aggression, bold action, hesitation, grace under pressure, and more. Once you understand the biology of behavioral learning, you’ll finally understand how your clients’ (and your own!) stubborn habits actually operate, and you’ll be far better equipped to facilitate change.

Body = Brain Curriculum

Month 1: The Anatomy of Your Intelligence

Month 2: Psychobiological Learning

Part 1: The Embodied Self

Month 3: How Change Really Happens

I have no doubt the things I learned from Amanda in Body=Brain have made me a much more effective coach. Amanda is a delightful teacher and in this program she has mapped out one of the best articulations of the change process I have ever seen, all supported by robust science. And the great thing is you’ll learn practical ways to apply it with your clients.


Joel Monk, Co-Founder, Coaches Rising

Thanks to Body = Brain, I can now help my very intellectual clients at the World Bank understand (and learn to trust!) the messages that they get from their heart, their gut, and beyond. This course has given me the language to explain just how vast our intelligence really is. Being able to speak about this in a credible way has enabled me to help my clients become more resilient and resourceful.


Kanu Kogod, PhD, MCC
 President and Founder, Bridges in Organizations

Developing new social and emotional skills relies on the same non-cognitive, body-oriented, biological process that we explore in Part 1. Part 2 is a learning laboratory where you can experiment and apply simple neurobiological principles and powerful experiential practices that create lasting breakthroughs.


Clear communication. Collaborating effectively with others. Resolving conflict harmoniously. Using disagreement to generate better results. These are essential skills for leaders, teams, communities, and families. But they are learned skills, and sometimes our lessons have been spotty. Discover what it takes to embody the direct, grounded, credible, and trustworthy communication that the most inspiring among us share.


The qualities you embody have a huge impact on your success and satisfaction in life. Do you – or your clients – embody the capacity for resilience, courageous action, grace under pressure, and the ability to take a strong and principled stand? In this module we’ll explore how emotional regulation actually happens, and how you can leverage that understanding to build genuine resilience.


We complete the course with an overview of all of the big-picture ideas, from start to finish. Invariably, people are shocked by how much they have learned in six short months, how much their self-compassion and understanding of others has expanded, and how deeply touched and inspired they are. I love every single one of our sessions, but this one always brings tears to my eyes!

Month 4: Take Purposeful Action

Month 5: Strengthen Personal Qualities

Part 2: Embody Social + Emotional Intelligence

Month 6: Build Interpersonal Dexterity


Self awareness is the foundation of social and emotional intelligence. But did you know there are two kinds of self awareness? Embodied self awareness happens along different neural pathways than conceptual self awareness, and research shows it heavily impacts decision making, intuition, and commitment. If your work touches on transitions, strategic direction, or making tough choices, you’ll gain a whole new set of tools to support your clients in taking purposeful action.

Final Celebration

What People Are Saying

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Why I Do This

A while back, I read an article about a yoga teacher who was struggling to bring her work to wounded war veterans. She knew what a gift yoga could be to returning soldiers, and yet the Veteran’s Administration was proving a hard sell.


The article made me cry. And it made me long for a day when what seems so obvious to me becomes obvious in the farthest corners of the world: namely that embodied learning is one of the most transformative, most valuable, most healing forces on the planet.


This course is for that yoga teacher.


But more importantly, it’s for all the veterans that I trust she will one day reach.


There’s another reason I created this course, and that’s because my colleagues were insistently asking for information about my forthcoming book, Your Body Is Your Brain. I couldn’t seem to write fast enough to satisfy their eager curiosity, so I turned to talking to them by phone instead. And thus, Body = Brain was born. It’s been both a delight and a geeky obsession to build it for them and for you.


And speaking of that obsession… the truth is I partly created this course for myself. After having my life turned upside down in the most positive of all possible ways by an in-depth adventure in embodied learning, I wanted to understand what the heck had happened. After an exhaustive search I couldn’t find a single program that offered the learning I wanted at the nexus of science, somatic learning, and leadership. It was in my quest for that learning that this course was born.

   About Amanda Blake

My favorite book when I was two and a half years old was a detailed photographic essay of pregnancy and childbirth called A Child Is Born. (You might rightly guess that my mom was pregnant with my brother at the time.) Thus began my fascination with the human body, and so far it hasn’t let up. That fascination led to a degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, some pretty cool experiences competing for the US as a synchronized swimmer, and my own journey of embodied learning, which took me farther along the path of personal development than any of my previous accomplishments combined.

Pile on top of that years of intensive study in somatic leadership development and psychobiological science, and you could say that I know the body inside and out.


Plus, as a certified Master Somatic Coach with over two decades of yoga practice under my belt, I have a fervent desire to see the power and value of embodiment spread more widely in our society. I have witnessed time and again that as people become more deeply embodied, they also become kinder to themselves and others, more committed to what matters to them, and better equipped to take action that serves the world. My intent is for this course to support the leaders of this sorely needed transformation with the scientific grounding they need to reach more people and make a bigger impact.

Academic credit for this course is offered through Portland State University’s Interpersonal Neurobiology program. If you would like to review the syllabus, assignments, and fees for earning graduate credit, please email support@embright.org for more information.


Please note that graduate credits incur additional fees payable to Portland State University.

How it Works

Each topic is about 20 minutes long, and there are between two and four of these topics for each session. Expect to spend between 60 and 90 minutes studying these topics over each two week period.

Bi-Monthly Content: 

Every other week you’ll receive a link to the audio files and slides with that session’s content. This gives you necessary background (and eye-opening insights!) that we’ll discuss on our community calls.

Bi-Monthly Conversations:

Our first meeting will be an orientation to the course. After that, our conversations are driven largely by your questions. Each call includes both large and small group discussion about the week’s topics and how to apply them in your specific setting. Bring your curiosity! 

Deepen Learning with Partners:

You have the option of being assigned to a partner or small group. Partners will meet monthly – or more often if you prefer – to discuss and deepen in the material for each module. We encourage you to invite your friends so you can partner with people you know! If partnering doesn’t fit your schedule or your learning style, no problem. You’re free to opt out if you prefer.

Mentoring:

You also have the option to register for one on one mentoring for an additional fee. This is an outstanding way to deepen your learning and get support applying the material in your own life and work.

These calls are held via video conference. This allows me to demonstrate embodied practices, and it lets us to get to know one another in a more intimate way. If you can’t join us on video or prefer not to, that’s fine. There are multiple voice-only options to join in. 


If you have to miss a call, no problem. Calls are recorded and sent out within 24 hours of the session. You are welcome to send in questions prior to any call, and you can participate in the online forum at any time of day. 


Some intrepid early bird / night owl types in Asia dial in for the calls at 2, 3, and 4 in the morning. (WOW!) But many have participated wholeheartedly in the program without ever attending a single call, and they offer the same kinds of rave reviews as the people who attend live.

CEU’s & Graduate Credit:

Coaches can earn 35 CCE’s from the International Coach Federation – 34 Core Competency hours and 1 Resource Development hour. Yoga teachers can earn 35 hours of CCE’s.

Extend Your Learning Online:

The course includes a social networking group set up specifically for this class. We use Facebook for this group. This is a great place to share resources, pose questions, and build community. You can engage in the online conversation as much or as little as you would like, but we have built a rich and generous community here. Participation is strongly encouraged!

Dates + Details

Live calls are Tuesdays at 11a Pacific / 2p Eastern for 60 to 90 minutes.


Orientation: June 20, 2017


Session 1: June 27, 2017


After that, sessions run every other week through Dec 12, 2017.


At the beginning of each call, I lead a short practice to help you experience your body in a new way that’s tied to that session’s materials. Before the course begins, you’ll also be sent a specific body-oriented attention practice that you can use throughout the course and beyond. And as we talk through people’s questions on the call, I often lead other short practices with an individual or the whole group that will help you experience yourself in a new way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Every two weeks…

60 – 90 minutes to listen to recordings

60 – 90 minutes for our group call

60 minutes for a call with your small group, if you choose this option

… plus whatever time you want to spend in the online community.

Basically, it winds up being about 1 – 3 hours per week, depending on how much time you choose to put into it.

What if I have to miss a call - or several?

What if I’m just not sure?

What if I change my mind, or my life just gets super busy?

What if I’ve never really been that keen on science?

When’s my next chance to take the course?

I think this unsolicited comment from one participant – a poet who has now been through the course three times – says it all:


“In the time I have taken your course, I have gone from science-averse to wishing I had studied it more. Each time I listen to you something is revealed to me that makes me excited for the work I am doing. I think that this is truly the grounding I have been yearning for.”

Not a problem. All calls are recorded and sent out the following day. You are welcome to send in questions prior to any call, and you can participate in the online forum at any time of day.


Some intrepid early bird / night owl types in Asia dial in for the calls at 2, 3, and 4 in the morning. (WOW!) But many have participated wholeheartedly in the program without ever attending a single call, and they offer the same kinds of rave reviews as the people who attend live.

Believe me, I get it. Sometimes you make a choice with the best of intentions, and then life goes a bit sideways for a while. Rest assured – you have the entire six months of the course to capture, download, and bookmark any materials you might want to keep and go back through later on.


I am committed to making Body = Brain as valuable as possible. If in the first 30 days you discover the program is not for you, I’ll cheerfully refund your purchase price less a $50 processing fee.


However with our current technology, once we give you access to the course materials, we cannot easily revoke it. So before you register, please read and review all of the program information, to make sure Body = Brain is right for you. If you still have questions, email support@embright.org, and we’ll get ’em answered.

What if I love science and read voraciously? I think I might already be familiar with a lot of this material...

This course provides a clear and coherent framework with which to navigate the massive explosion of research about body and brain. Here’s what one PhD-level therapist who’s well-steeped in this field has to say:


“I was familiar with about 85% of what you were talking about. But your unique way of integrating the material was so valuable. It gave me a coherent way to speak about a lot of the things that I was already incorporating anyway.”

The honest answer to that question is: I don’t know. Right now I am focusing considerable energy on my forthcoming book, Your Body Is Your Brain. That will remain my first priority for some time to come.


I also have plans to change the format of the course, so I can’t promise I will teach it again in this configuration or at this price. It is extremely likely that this course is the last opportunity you will have to take the course with this much personal attention from me. I want you to know this so you can factor my future plans into your own decision making process.


Short answer: if you feel strongly drawn to this course, I encourage you to make time for it now. There's no time like the present. And this moment will never come again.  

Great question. This course combines phone and video-based live conference calls, recorded audio & video, supplemental reading, worksheets and exercises, partnering in a small group, and an online community. There are many different ways of engaging with the learning, whether you are a visual, auditory, kinesthetic, or conversational learner. You can navigate the course in whatever way suits your learning style. One big advantage of a distance-learning approach is that you have the opportunity to connect with like-minded people from all over the world in a way that works easily with your schedule.

Will virtual learning work for me?

How much time should I set aside to participate?

Well, if you were my coaching client I’d ask you to:


Check in with your body. How does the idea of registering feel to you physically? Good and exciting? Good but scary or exhilarating? Those are good signs.


Notice what part of you is hesitant. Your inner wisdom? Listen up. Your inner critic, voice of judgement, or voice of fear? Not good voices to listen to. Question what they are saying – especially any voices telling you that you somehow don’t measure up or won’t be able to “do it right.”


Is there a particular concern that you have? If so, write it down or talk to a friend about it. Pin it down, make it concrete, and explore it in the light of awareness.


Reflect on your intentions for the coming year of your life and your work. How well does Body = Brain fit into those plans? When you think about enrolling, do you feel a sense of alignment with your goals?


I hope this helps you sort out whether Body = Brain is right for you. And if it is, I look forward to seeing you in class!

How do you include the body in a virtual course?

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What Would Body = Brain Do For You?

If you had a better grasp on body-brain behavioral science, how would that...


... enhance your work with clients and students?

... enable you to help more people?

... help you speak more powerfully and credibly about your work?

... feed your own learning and curiosity?

... move the world one step closer to a sane and sustainable future?

Still Not Sure?

Let me send you a free ebook and video course on some Body = Brain topics to help you think it over.