Body = Brain™ Virtual Salon


Serve your clients better by leveraging the relationship between body, brain, & behavior.

Your practice is grounded in understanding people as whole, integrated systems.

But too often, you lack the confidence you need to crisply communicate what you’re able to do for your clients through this integration.

With a deeper understanding of the ways body and brain influence behavior, you will more easily attract new clients, generate more revenue, and create more life-changing results for the people you work with.

Body = Brain™ provides vital tools you’ll use on a daily basis to improve the lives of your clients and boost your confidence in your practice. This is valuable professional development for

coaches  •  therapists  •  yoga teachers  •  bodyworkers
leadership consultants  •  OD consultants  •  educators  •  and more…

Body = Brain™ is for you if:

  • you want to offer accurate, credible scientific grounding for your work
  • you want to deepen your understanding of your own embodiment
  • articulating the value of embodied learning is challenging for you
  • you collect tidbits about mind-body science but you lack a coherent framework that pulls it all together into an understandable whole
  • you have a strong background in science… or a nonexistent background in science (yes, this course has been praised by both doctors and poets!)

CCE circle 24If you work in human or organizational development and you’re interested in the relevance of the body to learning, growth, and change, then you’re in the right place.

Body = Brain will make you a more confident and competent practitioner so you can help your clients achieve their best results.

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New Discoveries + Timeless Truths

Body = Brain™ takes an in-depth look at the new story scientists are uncovering about who we are and how we learn, grow, and change. Timeless truths that have been experienced and intuited for ages are now being validated in research labs around the world.  This course explores that research and its application in the field of holistic human development.

We explore questions like these:

What does your sense of touch have to do with your identity?

How does your body either limit or expand the possibilities you see?

Why is your capacity to feel essential to finding a sense of purpose?

How does living more deeply in your body impact your relationships?

How does literally and figuratively “dancing” together strengthen teams?

If these are your kind of questions and you’re curious about what the scientists have to say on these topics, join us!

Part 1: The Embodied Self addresses how our life experiences shape our bodies, brains, and behavior, and how we can cultivate the kind of learning that brings forth our best self.

Part 2: Embodying Social and Emotional Intelligence is a learning laboratory where you can experiment with the principles and practices that contribute to the cultivation of purposeful action, personal excellence, and interpersonal connection.

This online and phone-based course accommodates most schedules and is easy to attend from your own home, no matter where in the world you live.

This course is amazing! Body=Brain™ integrates current advances in neuroscience with cutting-edge applications of somatics in a way that will change and 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

Silsbee-Author-Photo16B76D2Body = 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

After Body = Brain™, you can expect to:

  • speak about your work in a scientifically grounded, accurate, and compelling way
  • be able to design practices that quickly elicit powerful personal learning
  • clearly articulate the value of your work, even – and perhaps especially – if it’s unconventional!
  • make better sense of the news you see about mind-body science
  • deepen your understanding of your body’s role in your own learning
  • explain why embodiment work is relevant for companies, leaders, non-profits, schools, veterans, or any other population you serve
  • have a stronger, more credible narrative to support enrollment and sales

What Would Body = Brain™ Do For You?

If you had a better grasp of body-brain behavioral science, how would that…

…enable you to help more people?

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

…enhance your work with students and clients?

…feed your own learning and curiosity?

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

Body = Brain™ is designed to offer you all of that, and more. I hope you’ll join us!

I walked away with a foundational knowledge in the neuroscience of how the body really is a brain. This has not only changed the way that I experience my own body and perceptions, but also the way that I approach my students when I teach my yoga classes. Because of this course, I’ve been able to offer my students scientific nuggets to explain what can sometimes feel like a woo-woo experience. I highly recommend this course for yoga teachers who want to foster their student’s sense of awe and depth of body awareness in a way that is backed by current research.

Jay Fields, Founder, Grace and Grit Yoga


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Body = Brain™ Curriculum

bodybrainbehavior-colorThe explosion of research on the mind-body connection has something to offer everyone who works in the field of human development.  But explosions are messy.  Don’t you sometimes wish you could just pull it all together into a simple, useable framework?  This program is designed to do just that.

Part 1: The Embodied Self

Fundamentally, the person that you are is embodied. In other words, the “you” of you is both embedded in and expressed by your physical self: your gestures, your comportment, your actions, and your habits. Your body even affects how you see the world. Find out how, and discover why working with the body is absolutely essential to learning, growth, and change.

The Wisdom of the Body

Session 1: Your Distributed Brain Tour the brain in your body, and discover how it evolved into the social and emotional organ that it is.

Session 2: Body and Behavior Your body reflects your behavior. Find out what researchers in the field of embodied cognition have to say about why and how that’s so.

How you Become Who You Are

Session 3: Essential Nutrients Learn how your brain orients to maximize three essential nutrients, and how that shapes both your personality and your posture.

Session 4: Biology is Perception Your physical body affects which possibilities and options you perceive, and which ones remain invisible to you. Find out how… and what you can do about it.

How You Learn, Grow, and Change

Session 5: Key Ingredients of Change If you became who you are through an embodied process, it stands to reason that new learning happens through a similar process.  This week we’ll explore the role of relationships, emotional engagement, and attention in creating meaningful, durable change.

Session 6: Vital Elements of Learning Disruption of old patterns is also essential to change. Learn how practice and movement can support this process.

Part 2: Embodying Social & Emotional Intelligence

Emotional and social intelligence have been soundly established as essential to success in nearly any endeavor. These life and leadership skills are first learned (or sometimes, not learned) through a largely non-cognitive, body-oriented, biological process that begins in our earliest years of life. Developing new skills in these domains relies on the same process. Building on Part 1, we’ll explore how to apply simple neurobiological principles to design practices that cultivate our highest humanity.

Purposeful Action

Session 1: Embodied Self Awareness Discover how embodied self awareness supports purposeful action, and why taking purposeful action is nearly impossible without it.

Session 2: Commitment to Purpose Design a practice that taps all aspects of self-awareness to develop a clearer sense of purpose and a deeper sense of commitment to it.

Personal Qualities

Session 3: Resilience Learn how the fight / flight system really works (it’s not what you think!) and how that understanding can help you design practices that build resilience and self-mastery.

Session 4: Courage & Change What are the principles behind building courage? Embodying a centered response to changing circumstances? Taking a stand? We’ll explore all three.

Interpersonal Skills

Session 5: Empathy & Rapport Invisible biological rhythms can either support or sabotage trust. Discover the neurobiological keys to empathy and rapport, and learn why building trust takes so much more than words.

Session 6: Dealing with Conflict Explore how conflict disrupts your physiological systems, and what you can do to settle the storm and generate positive solutions.


This material is FANTASTIC! I am so very impressed with the framework, the rigor of the content, your knowledge, and your ability to express it. Your material is landing spot on for me…thanks for letting me join you!

LeeAnn Mallory, Executive Coach, Rise Partners

I appreciated Mandy’s knowledge and ease of translating the science of somatics into accessible language.  Her depth of grounding in the work made it easy for me to relax, listen, and learn.  Probably the most important result of taking the course is the immediate and direct effect it has had on my work with clients. I now have the essential tools to speak about the process of change from a neurobiological perspective.

Renee Gregorio, Writing Coach at River of Words, poet, and author of Drenched


How It Works:

Self-guided learning.  Great conversations.  Partnering.  Fieldwork.  Q & A.

Bi-Monthly Content

Bi-Monthly Content: Every other week you’ll receive a link to download the audio files and slides with that session’s content.  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 between calls.

Bi-Monthly Conversations

Bi-Monthly Calls: Our first call will be an orientation to the course.  After that, the calls 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!

If you have to miss a call, don’t worry.  Calls will be recorded and sent out within 24 hours of the session.

Online Community

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 participation is strongly encouraged!


Deepen Learning with a Partner: 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 with Mandy 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.

CEU's & Graduate Credit

CEU’s & Graduate Credit: Yoga teachers can earn 24 hours of CCE’s.

Coaches can earn 24 CCE’s from the International Coach Federation – 14 Core Competency hours and 10 Resource Development hours.

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 for more information.

Please note: Graduate credits are an additional $180, payable to Portland State University.

Dates & Details:

all calls are Tuesdays at 11a Pacific Time for 1 – 1.5 hours

CCE circle 24Kickoff Call: May 3
Session 1: May 10
calls are every other week thereafter
Final Call: Oct 25

$1745 paid in full or 3 payments of $585 each

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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, somatics, and leadership.  It was in my quest for that learning that my book and this course were born.

About Mandy

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.

jacquiAs a teacher you are very authentic, open, relaxed, respectful and clear.  I appreciate that you answered questions thoroughly in every call… and that they were quality questions because we had such a high quality group of interested professionals! Besides that, we had a lot of fun too – that always enhances learning.

Jacqueline van Paassen, MSc (Barcelona, Spain) Health & Leadership Coach


Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

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

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.”

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.”

Will virtual learning work for me?

Great question.  This course combines phone-based live 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.

How do you include the body in a virtual course?

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.

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

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, and we’ll get ’em answered.

When’s my next chance to take the course?

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.  This moment will never come again.  🙂

How much time should I set aside to participate?

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’m just not sure?

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!

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