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

Day 12 : Like A River

LED BY STEPH WINSOR

This 6 minute meditation invites you to calm your mind and relax your body. While using the memory of a river and its flowing water, this practice encourages you to use your breath like a paddle to handle life + your thoughts. I encourage you to get comfortable, relax, and let ease flow through you.


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Steph Winsor is a yoga and meditation teacher who loves to share her interests in science and spirituality through thoughtful classes, workshops, and retreats. Her work with LYB in Denver, CO sparked a deep interest in how yoga works within rehabilitation medicine. This passion has led Steph to New York City where she is a master's student at Columbia University and a clinical research coordinator at NYU. It is Steph's life goal to positively impact the world's understanding and use of yoga as an impactful tool within TBI rehabilitation and care.

Day 11 : The Space Between

LED BY LAURA TORBETT

This guided meditation begins by encouraging us to watch the mind, acknowledging thoughts simply as appearances on the canvas of consciousness. We will then begin to tag thoughts as either past or future to identify when they pull us out of the present moment—resting in the space between.


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Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Laura is a yoga teacher, travel enthusiast, and above all else, a believer in love. She believes that in all forms, in all ways, love is at the heart of healing. Laura teaches in the LoveYourBrain yoga program and has witnessed again and again that breath and movement are universal. Inspired by the people she has met along the way, Laura is committed to offering an accessible practice and being a part of the movement to reshape the way we think, feel, and talk about our brains. She recently gave birth to a daughter, Ashby, who has given her the greatest practice yet, motherhood.

Day 10 : Inside Our Snow Globe: A Vipassana Meditation

LED BY SAMMY MATTEI

Vipassana means seeking clarity, a mindful practice focusing centered awareness on one object.  I sometimes visualize myself, in the human experience, like a snowglobe. When I feel unsettled, I notice my snowglobe is shaken and there are flurries of thoughts, emotions or sensations. When I choose to be still and focus my mind  on my breath, it’s as if my snowglobe flakes settle to the bottom, and what remains is a clear picture of who I am on the inside.


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Samy is a people lover, soul stirrer, smile setter, community builder, yoga teacher (500hr ERYT). She brings an intentional and fun-filled experience to the her classes. Weaving creative movement, high-vibin' music, intuitive exploration and accessible opportunity, she fosters a space where all people feel welcomed. Samy's dharma is to be a pioneer in our cultural shift towards deeper inclusion, wellness and connection. Her mantra: “Yoga is for everyBODY”. She works with a wide array of special populations and truly believes that yoga is a magical and transformational practice meant for people from all walks of life. With Samy, be ready find hOMe within yourself, and with one another. Learn more about Samy at: www.yogamattei.com


Day 9 : Meditation For Awareness

LED BY EMMA SABOURIN

Today’s practice encourages awareness of your breath and your body with the intention of connecting you to the present moment.


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I am a mama bird, yoga teacher, social worker, kitchen explorer and nature lover.  I believe in yoga because I believe in happiness! I believe in breath, movement and mindfulness. I am passionate about my practice, and know that my life is better because of it. I teach because I know that yoga can change lives. It definitely changed mine. Not only does it improve physical, mental and emotional health, but it also leads people to live in a healthier, compassionate and more mindful way.  


You can practice with me in the LoveYourBrain Ottawa, Canada, program at PranaShanti Yoga Centre Centre (www.pranashanti.com), through my public classes at Pure Yoga Ottawa (www.pureyogaottawa.com), and online here https://app.namastream.com/#/pureyogaottawa/products/all

Day 8 : Breathe, Relax, Notice, Choose (B.R.N.C)

LED BY KYLA PEARCE

We’ll use the practice of Breathe, Relax, Notice, and Choose, to draw our attention to ‘accepting’ our emotional experiences. This can be really hard, particularly if we don’t like what shows up. Acceptance doesn’t mean that we approve of what we find, but instead, it’s a way to acknowledge that, okay, this is the reality, so how can I respond in a way that serves me best? There is a helpful Buddhist analogy of the two arrows -- the first arrow signifies the inevitable discomfort and pain that all of us experience at some point in our lives--heartbreak, injury, arguments--but the second arrow is the suffering that we create by resisting it. So, accepting our reality allows us to avoid this unnecessary, self-induced pain, and find greater freedom to grow and learn from our experience.


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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 7 : A Calm Place

LED BY REBA GRAY

The intention for this mediation is to calm your mind and relax your body.


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I'm a yoga teacher in Oakland, California. I grew up in Maine and moved west for warmer weather, and to study with different yoga teachers. I teach gentle and vinyasa yoga. I love how the practice of yoga creates a supportive space to move mindfully and connect with others with shared experiences.