Day 31 : I am Worthy I am Enough - Inner Peace Meditation

LED BY MADI MURPHY

Today’s practice invites you to tune into self love and inner peace. You are radiant and have so much to offer the world just by being you. The intention is help you remember your radiance.


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Madi Murphy is a healer, mentor, and modern New Yorker. She is the creator of Sacred Space Revolution, a brand that guides communities to be empowered with confidence and purpose. Madi’s work is to mentor her clients with tools and techniques to transform self loathing into SELF LOVE, follow INTUITION over influence, and lead with PLEASURE instead of pressure.

Day 30 : Releasing Judgement

LED BY RAMSAY PIERCE

This practice will allow you to release judgement around an area in your life that is causing stress and dis-ease. As we hold challenging circumstances in our awareness, while in a place of calm relaxation, we release excess and unnecessary tension that is tied to that circumstance. We relax the part of our mind that adds undue suffering on top of the inevitable challenges we all face in life. This practice can be done in any position - seated or lying down. Make yourself comfortable.


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Ramsay Pierce co-leads the LoveYourBrain Teacher Trainings to educate yoga teachers and clinicians in how to adapt yoga and meditation practices 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. Ramsay has over 1,500 hours of teaching experience. She teaches a variety of classes at multiple studios in Denver, Colorado. She also leads and assists the local LoveYourBrain 6-week yoga curriculum at the LYB partner studio, The River and mentors new LYB-trained teachers across the country to enhance their professional development.

Day 29 : Body Awareness with Metta

LED BY BONNIE CURRIE

Today’s practice invites us to notice the living, breathing being that is this body, to practice relaxing into our bodies in places we discover we have been holding tension, and explores the practice of heart breathing.  The practice closes with a Metta Blessing (a blessing of lovingkindness).


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Bonnie, the owner of Lotus Yoga in Jacksonville, Florida, is a practicing attorney and yoga/mindfulness teacher.  Since graduating from her 200 hour teaching training in 2006, Bonnie has had extensive training in ashtanga and vinyasa yoga, adaptive yoga, healthy back yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Bonnie is a certified facilitator of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY-F) through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts, and her studio recently partnered with the Love Your Brain Foundation to offer adaptive yoga and meditation classes for TBI survivors, along with their family members and caregivers.  Her work (as well her own practice) - whether with individuals who have sustained physical and emotional traumas, those with eating disorders or physical limitations, or those simply seeking to cultivate insight and deepen their own practice, has taught her first-hand about the extraordinary healing potential that lives inside the practices of yoga and mindfulness. You can reach Bonnie directly at bonnie@lotusyogajax.com or by visiting www.lotusyogajax.com.

Day 28: Metta Meditation

LED BY RYAN BEAN

This practice invites us to unearth our inner source of loving-kindness, and how this powerful feeling can be a wellspring of connection and compassion for all.


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Ryan Bean is a acrobat performer, reiki healer, and yoga instructor based in Orlando, Florida. Ryan received his yoga training at the foothills of the Himalayas in Rishikesh, India. Ryan teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, AcroYoga, and power yoga.  Incorporating  Meditation and Pranayama into each practice.  Partner Yoga and AcroYoga are at the core of his style and  he may include these fun elements into a class to help emphasize community and trust within the group. Ryan brings a unique style, incorporating the traditional and spiritual practices of yoga learned in the ashrams of India with the playful acro practice. Ryan's classes are a mixture of spiritual, playful, and guided asanas to help you grow and work toward alignment. 

Day 27 : A Mediation for Creating Space

LED BY MARGARET HEISY

Today's practice focuses on quieting the mind to tune into the environment around you. This practice invites you to expand as you sit, settle in, and listen. Try this mediation outside or somewhere with environmental noise.  This mediation was inspired by my teacher, Jillian Pransky and is adapted from her book "Deep Listening"


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My name is Margaret Heisey. I took my first yoga class in 1979 as a phys ed elective and have been practicing yoga consistently  since 1999. I completed my RYT 200 in 2008. I currently teach Yin yoga at Alluem in Cranford, a LYB studio, where I also teach the LYB series when I can. I am also certified in Yoga for Trauma, Addiction & Recovery, Yin Yoga and Spirit Speak. I'm also a certified Emboy Love Facilitator.  My family and I live in NJ.

Day 26 : Coming Home to Yourself

LED BY JONATHAN PRESCOTT

This 5-breath guided meditation is designed to help us restore our inner peace. Inspired by practices Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh used to remain calm while caring for victims of war, we’ll learn to use our breath to reconnect with the joy of the present moment.


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Jonathan Prescott is the founder of Wise Caregiving, a non-profit dedicated to helping people become effective, sustainable, and empathetic caregivers.  Jonathan’s career as a hospice, cancer-care and hospital Chaplain, along with his spiritual practice as an ordained student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, gives him a unique perspective on how to thrive within the helping professions.  His trainings help people learn the arts of listening, balance, boundaries, and presence as a therapeutic tool.

Day 25 : Meditation on Appreciative Joy

LED BY PIERRE VINCENT

This guided meditation invites you to acknowledge and appreciate your already-existing skilful qualities and cultivate them.


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I have been teaching yoga and meditation in Montreal (Canada) for 10 years, and have recently completed a Masters in Social Work (MSW) at UQAM. I use yoga, meditation and nature (horticultural and eco-therapy) in intervention as a way to (re)connect with ourselves and the environment. I work with a wide population, ranging from older adults in nursing homes and the LGBTQ+ community, to people with mental health issues. I am interested in the body-mind connection, and how this practice can support our healing, resilience and skillful engagement in the world.

Day 24 : Peaceful Waters

LED BY MEGAN CAULEY

This guided meditation uses visualization to recognize our own elemental power. It may be especially helpful for times when we feel stuck or trapped in restless energy. This mediation intends to light a path towards our internal reservoir of peaceful waters, and to help create a feeling of  ease in the body.


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I have been teaching gentle vinyasa and yin yoga with an emphasis on yoga therapeutics since 2014. Prior to that, I had several concussions (mTBI) that led to an organic interest in the effects of yoga and meditation on the brain. In 2017, I was in hit-and-run car accident that left me with another serious mTBI. This injury had a dramatic effect on my life. I found myself forced to rebuild my yoga and meditation practice with what felt like someone else’s brain. I consider this event to be my greatest spiritual teacher; it furthered my resolve in sharing yoga and meditation with those impacted by brain injury.

Day 23 : Compassion Out Of Suffering

LED BY LAURALYN SULLIVAN

Today's practice focuses on acknowledgement of our challenges and suffering. To find a more kind and gentle way of relating to our thoughts, emotions, and sensations. To give time to be with what is and allow for space. This practice invites you to work with challenge and suffering to discover ease and compassion rather than struggling against, pushing away, or collapsing into defeat.


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Lauralyn believes in bringing human beings together with the understanding that we all suffer to some degree. She has a desire to create space for connection to support growth through simplicity and loving acceptance. To support everyone in slowing down and connecting mind, body, heart, and soul. Lauralyn teaches yoga and mediation in Denver, Colorado with a wide variety of class options such as Adaptive Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Deep Stretch & Mediation, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa, and for LoveYourBrain.

Day 22 : Giving and Receiving Compassion

LED BY KYLA PEARCE

This practice invites us to explore our most compassionate selves, both in how we give and receive compassion. Compassion means being present with the suffering of ourselves and others, and wishing to offer kindness and support. By cultivating compassion, we learn to see suffering as a universal part of being human, and by opening our hearts and having the courage to be with whatever is causing it -- whether that’s anxiety, sadness, fear -- instead of running away, we can transform any pain into kind action and deeper connections to others. Compassion is also contagious, so by practicing this way of living, you will inspire other acts of kindness, and ultimately contribute to a happier, more caring world.



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Kyla serves as the Senior Director of the LoveYourBrain Yoga program, overseeing the design, implementation, and evaluation of the program on a national level. She has been part of the Pearce family for years, and, following Kevin's accident, played an integral role in the launch of LoveYourBrain. Kyla has blended her expertise as a yoga teacher and researcher to develop a TBI-centered yoga curriculum, which she trains yoga teachers and clinicians to deliver through workshops across the country. She is also pursuing a doctorate from Dartmouth College with research interests in the application of yoga and meditation for therapeutic purposes.

Day 22 : Breathing Into Our Inner Resilience

LED BY KYLA PEARCE

This practice invites us to explore our inner resilience through the energy invoked by our breath. Resilience is our ability to bounce back from adversity. All of us experience challenges in life that test us. Although difficult, these challenges are always where we learn the most about ourselves and others, and inspire new strength, wisdom, and compassion. Meditation can be a helpful way to practice resilience by connecting to our inner resources of strength, courage, and love to help us move forward.


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Kyla serves as the Senior Director of the LoveYourBrain Yoga program, overseeing the design, implementation, and evaluation of the program on a national level. She has been part of the Pearce family for years, and, following Kevin's accident, played an integral role in the launch of LoveYourBrain. Kyla has blended her expertise as a yoga teacher and researcher to develop a TBI-centered yoga curriculum, which she trains yoga teachers and clinicians to deliver through workshops across the country. She is also pursuing a doctorate from Dartmouth College with research interests in the application of yoga and meditation for therapeutic purposes.

Day 21 : Peace With What Is

LED BY RAMSAY PIERCE

In this practice you will cultivate an intention around loving and accepting yourself as you are. Your ability to find peace with what is, points to the truth of your own resilience. This practice can be done in any position - seated or lying down. Make yourself comfortable.


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Ramsay Pierce co-leads the LoveYourBrain Teacher Trainings to educate yoga teachers and clinicians in how to adapt yoga and meditation practices 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. Ramsay has over 1,500 hours of teaching experience. She teaches a variety of classes at multiple studios in Denver, Colorado. She also leads and assists the local LoveYourBrain 6-week yoga curriculum at the LYB partner studio, The River and mentors new LYB-trained teachers across the country to enhance their professional development

Day 20 : Finding Stillness Within

LED BY BRITT SHATTUCK

Today’s practice guides students to tune into the wave like motion of the breath. As they become comfortable with the rise of the inhale and fall of the exhale, they are encouraged to find focus and stillness in the pause that happens at both the top and bottom of the breath. Learning or re-discovering this clam pause and incredible stillness we all have access to.


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Britt has lived in the Burlington, Vermont area for the last 10 years. She teaches LoveYourBrain friendly classes at Sangha Studio. As a teacher she strives to create a container in which students are able to move, breathe, sense and feel in ways that are most beneficial to their practice.

 Britt uses her personal yoga practice to ground, to calm, to quiet her mind and to turn inward and seek authentic answers. She hopes to provide students with tools to take off the mat and into daily life.


Day 19 : What We Have Meditation

LED BY CAITLIN PASCUCCI

Today's practice focuses on inner strength. This practice uses the breath to move through things that are bothering us and guides us to bring in more awareness of the things we already have.


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Caitlin began consistently practicing yoga in 2011 at a free class in a community space. It was this unconventional beginning that has led to an unconventional path of teaching and studio management.

In 2012 Caitlin pursued her first yoga certification at Fluid Yoga with Kevan Gale(located at Stil Studio in Dedham, MA). She began teaching donation-based classes regularly and in 2014 she founded Sangha Studio, Vermont’s first and only nonprofit, donation-based yoga studio.  

As a teacher and Executive Director at Sangha Studio, she prides herself in supporting the creativity of teachers and students and believes in the power of community and collaboration. During her classes, Caitlin hopes to deepen each student’s individual practice through hands-on adjustments and assists, precise alignment cues, and creative sequencing. Her classes encourage students to get to know each other, challenge their way of thinking, cultivate awareness of the breath/body connection, and build strength.


Day 18 : Yoga Nidra for Stressful Times

LED BY SARAH MOODY

Today's practice is for those moments when you don't think you have time; you might feel a bit frantic, overwhelmed, or buried by your to-do list. This guided relaxation is intended to hit the pause button and allow you to step back momentarily so you can return to your day-to-day life refreshed and more at ease.


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I am an E-RYT® 500 yoga teacher with over 1,000 hours of training in yoga and yoga therapy. I offer yoga practices that cultivate spacious awareness for the hectic, modern life. I come to yoga with a Masters’ in nutrition and want to help individuals who are too busy for self-care to find balance through yoga, mindfulness and compassionate self-inquiry. The flavor of my classes revolve around nurturing the body and mind, attention to healthy alignment, and purposeful relaxation.


I offer group and private sessions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and specialize in gentle-therapeutics, restorative and guided meditation.


Day 17 : Sun Meditation

LED BY ASA ANGEL

This practice is designed to help build resilience and openness in the face of difficulty. Through visualization this practice allows the nervous system to shift into a relaxed state and releases tension that is being held in the body.


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Asa is a yoga + meditation teacher based in Providence, Rhode Island. She is deeply committed to cultivating meditative spaces, through which we can access deeper parts of ourselves and bring about lasting transformation. Asa understands that it is in the spaces between thoughts, words, and actions where we can achieve a sense of relaxation and connection to the world around us.

Day 16 : Healing Imagery Guided Meditation

LED BY BECKETT JOHNSON

Today’s practice focuses on calming and silencing the mind so that it may guide you to reveal potential solutions to symptoms you maybe feeling on your healing journey. This practice invites you to notice body sensations, and feelings as you settle in and explore how to work with your bodies inner knowing of what it needs at the moment.


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Beckett is a traumatic brain injury survivor and LoveYourBrain Ambassador who is living in Phoenix, AZ.  He is a certified Mindfulness Facilitator and Spiritual Empowerment Coach. He coaches survivors on how to thrive after their trauma by using various mindfulness, and meditation techniques, as well as other modalities.

Today’s practice focuses on calming and silencing the mind so that it may guide you to reveal potential solutions to symptoms you maybe feeling on your healing journey. This practice invites you to notice body sensations, and feelings as you settle in and explore how to work with your bodies inner knowing of what it needs at the moment.


Day 15 : Breathing Into Our Inner Resilience

LED BY KYLA PEARCE

This practice invites us to explore our inner resilience through the energy invoked by our breath. Resilience is our ability to bounce back from adversity. All of us experience challenges in life that test us. Although difficult, these challenges are always where we learn the most about ourselves and others, and inspire new strength, wisdom, and compassion. Meditation can be a helpful way to practice resilience by connecting to our inner resources of strength, courage, and love to help us move forward.


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Kyla serves as the Senior Director of the LoveYourBrain Yoga program, overseeing the design, implementation, and evaluation of the program on a national level. She has been part of the Pearce family for years, and, following Kevin's accident, played an integral role in the launch of LoveYourBrain. Kyla has blended her expertise as a yoga teacher and researcher to develop a TBI-centered yoga curriculum, which she trains yoga teachers and clinicians to deliver through workshops across the country. She is also pursuing a doctorate from Dartmouth College with research interests in the application of yoga and meditation for therapeutic purposes.

Day 14 : A Breathing Meditation from Thich Nhat Han

LED BY RYAN LEIER

This beautiful breathing meditation, as taught by the Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh, aims to explore awareness of the breath as a means to bring your focus into the present moment.


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Ryan Leier is a teacher, a student, and a creative force who leads with his heart and guides with his wisdom—inherent wisdom and wisdom acquired through extensive study. A student of the Krishnamacharya yoga lineage, Ryan has received teachings directly from the Master Sri BKS Iyengar and the Ashtanga Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. He now studies primarily with Srivatsa Ramaswami, a student of 33 years of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Ryan also continues to gather wisdom through the extraordinary teachings of Father Joe Pereira (Iyengar Yoga), Baron Baptiste, Dina T, Danny Paradise, Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane (Maya Yoga). At home, he has roots in the local sacred teachings, and regularly studies with and serves the Elders in his home province of Saskatchewan. These various teachings have given him an invaluable root system of ancestry and technique—yet Ryan’s yoga classes have an intangible, some might even say magical, quality that can only be attributed to him. Ryan’s teachings also extend beyond his asana classes, through the non-profit he co-created, Vinyasa Yoga For Youth, the international One Yoga studios and his role as a Global Yoga Ambassador for lululemon. Ryan believes that through steady practice and devotion, all people – regardless of their age, gender, race or religion, can experience the Oneness of Yoga.

Day 13 : Body Scan Meditation

LED BY JESSICA RYAN

During today’s meditation we will bring balance to the nervous system by shifting the focus throughout the body. My intention is to help you cultivate a compassionate awareness of your body and to promote total body relaxation.


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Jessica Ryan is a Love Your Brain certified yoga instructor currently living in Winnipeg Manitoba. She has been instructing yoga (Vinyasa, Restorative, Modo, Yin) since 2010 and has continued to pursue her passion of helping people move pain free by becoming a Certified Athletic Therapist. She believes in a holistic style of healing and looks at the person as a whole when treating musculoskeletal injuries. Studying soft tissue release, craniosacral therapy and reiki has added to her ability to facilitate healing. After sustaining her own concussions in 2017 Jessica has been driven to help spread awareness and end stigma associated with invisible illnesses like tbis and Post Concussion Syndrome. She is currently working towards returning to her practice as an Athletic Therapist and plans to specialize in helping others find their resilience post brain injury