Comeback Yoga presents LoveYourBrain: Yoga for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Saturday, October 19th- 9am - 4pm
9 - 10am Teaching techniques for TBI
10am - 11am Adapting asana for TBI
11am - 12pm Adapting meditation for TBI
12 - 1pm Lunch break
1:00 - 2:30pm Yoga nidra practice
2:30 - 4pm Adapting yoga nidra for TBI
The LoveYourBrain Foundation and Yoga program for traumatic brain injury
The LoveYourBrain Foundation was established by brothers, Adam and Kevin Pearce, in 2014, four years after Kevin sustained a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a snowboarding accident before the Olympics. We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of people affected by TBI through programs that build community and foster resilience. Watch a short documentary created by Lululemon's social impact team about LYB here. Our flagship program is LoveYourBrain Yoga, a research-backed six-week, community-based yoga program for people with TBI and their caregivers. Each class in this unprecedented program integrates breathing exercises, gentle yoga, meditation, and group discussion based on the science of resilience. LoveYourBrain Yoga is available in 29 U.S. states and in 4 Canadian provinces and we have a goal of expanding to all 50 states by 2021. We are deeply committed to ensuring all people affected by TBI can access yoga to grow their inner resources for learning, healing, and thriving. We are excited to offer this specialized workshop to share best practices in adapting yoga and meditation for TBI.
You can read more about the teaching faculty here, and brief summaries are below:
Kyla Donnelly Pearce, MPH, PHD, CBIS, RYT-200
Dr. Kyla Pearce is the Senior Director of the LoveYourBrain Yoga program and, as Adam’s wife, has been part of the Pearce family for decades. Kyla blended her expertise as a yoga teacher and researcher to develop the LoveYourBrain Yoga program curriculum, trainings, and monitoring and evaluation systems. Since establishing the program in 2015, Kyla has been actively teaching in the LoveYourBrain Yoga program in New Hampshire, and has trained over 1,000 yoga teachers and clinicians across the world in how to adapt yoga, meditation, and pranayama for TBI. She has been an invited presenter at multiple yoga and academic conferences, including at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Yoga for Traumatic Stress Conference, and the Yoga Service Council Conference. As a post-doctoral research scholar at Dartmouth College, Kyla leads a research portfolio in the application of yoga and meditation for community-based rehabilitation for populations with neurological conditions.
Ramsay Pierce, E-RYT, RPYT, YACEP
As the Program Manager for the LoveYourBrain Yoga Program, Ramsay co-leads the LoveYourBrain teacher trainings to educate yoga teachers and clinicians in how to adapt yoga for the TBI community. As an E-RYT and YACEP, Ramsay has over 600 hours of training in various styles of yoga, including restorative, yin, prenatal, and she is certified through the Integrative Amrit (I AM) Method as a yoga nidra instructor. She leads and assists the local LoveYourBrain Yoga program at the LYB partner studio, The River, and mentors new LYB-trained teachers across the country to enhance their professional development. She has presented on behalf of LoveYourBrain at national conferences (Craig Hospital Brain Injury Summit) and in rehabilitation facilities (QLI, JFK Johnson, Kessler, Magee, Virginia Hospital) describing the evidence of using yoga and meditation practices to support TBI rehabilitation.
Key learning objectives
Be able to define TBI and how yoga has specific benefits for facilitating healing
Discuss the differences and similarities between how to adapt a class for people with TBI versus PTSD
Learn key teaching techniques to make your classes more accessible to the TBI community
Learn key adaptations for asana and meditation to make your classes more accessible to the TBI community
Be able to describe why yoga nidra can address some of the common challenges with brain injury.
Understand the theory and practice of yoga nidra, the value of using intention in the practice, and key modifications for brain injury
Practice a self-inquiry exercise that guides you to identify an intention and learn how it can be used in a yoga nidra practice