Level 1 LoveYourBrain Training
Our Level 1 training blends hands-on and didactic material to empower yoga teachers, clinicians, and yoga practitioners with new skills, knowledge, and confidence to make yoga accessible to the TBI community.
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Who is this training for?
We welcome yoga teachers, yoga teachers in training, yogis with a strong interest in making yoga accessible to people with traumatic brain injury, people with TBI and caregivers who want to deepen their personal practice and become advocates for LoveYourBrain Yoga in their communities, and clinicians working in brain health and healing
This training is also geared towards yoga studios and their teachers who have been accepted into our network of partner yoga studios and will offer the LYB Yoga program to their community in the longer term.
What can I expect?
In this 18-hour workshop, you will receive the comprehensive LoveYourBrain Yoga Teacher Training Manual (+180 pages) as a resource and address the following learning objectives:
Hands-on experience learning gentle yoga modifications, effective sequencing, and fundamental teaching tips to meet the unique needs of this population
Learn meditation practices and pranayama techniques to focus the mind and calm the nervous system
Learn about neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, the impact of TBI on the individual and family, and how neuroplasticity influences healing
Learn the LYB 6-week FUNdamentals series, which incorporates TBI-focused yoga and meditation best practices, class themes to foster resilience and compassion, and facilitated discussion (to offer the LYB FUNdamentals series curriculum requires a signed contract with a rehabilitation facility or yoga studio)
Build conversation facilitation skills to support the discussion component of the FUNdamentals series, a unique feature of our program
Both practice and teach parts of the FUNdamental series to make the experience as applied as possible
Develop connections to the broader LoveYourBrain community and movement to shift the culture around TBI recovery and brain health
Expand your tools for exercising more compassionate yoga teaching
Will I receive a certificate of completion?
Yes. A certificate of completion also requires reading Traumatic Head Injury: Cause, Consequence, and Challenge (aka “The Red Book”), and completing an assessment.
Does this training qualify for Continuing Education Units?
LoveYourBrain is a qualified provider of Continuing Education contact hours. If you are registered with Yoga Alliance, learn more about how continuing education workshops count toward required Continuing Education units
Our training for Yoga Teachers qualifies for Kripalu's 1000 hour teacher training
What is the cost?
$385 and hosting a donation-based class or event within one year to raise awareness about TBI and funding for our free yoga program for the TBI community. If possible, we encourage you to host it during our national fundraiser, MindfulMarch, during Brain Injury Awareness Month.
Who is the teaching team?
Do I need to be a yoga teacher to take this course?
No, you can be a beginner to seasoned yogi or simply someone with a strong interest in learning how to adapt yoga for people affected by traumatic brain injury. We also encourage people who are interested in eventually pursuing their 200-hour yoga certification to take this training before to help you
How is this different from the LoveYourBrain Yoga training for health professionals?
Our Level 1/2 trainings are geared towards yoga teachers and clinicians who want to teach accessible yoga for people affected by traumatic brain injury in community settings like yoga studios, gyms, and community centers. We expect that participants in the Level 1 training don’t have an extensive background in traumatic brain injury, so we have a didactic module on defining traumatic brain injury, common symptoms, etc, which we don't include in the training for health professionals. The training for health professionals focuses on additional techniques for people with more severe levels of brain injury, including greater mobility limitations (i.e., wheelchair use, hemiparesis, spasticity) and cognitive limitations. We also dive into the practical application of yoga in the healthcare environment (i.e., billing procedures, hospital-grade props, research methodologies) to set you up to successfully integrate yoga-based tools into your clinical practice.
“The teacher training was so inspiring, informative, and meaningful on multiple levels. The events on Friday night really set the tone for Saturday's training, it made me feel personally connected to an issue that I was relatively unfamiliar with before and instilled a deeper meaning into not only attending on Saturday, but also my classes ever since. I have continued to think about the many ways in which TBI and yoga/ meditation go hand in hand. It really makes you think about the interconnectedness of the mind and body and how to go about rebuilding that connection when it’s been so threatened. What I think is so wonderful about using Yoga and meditation at therapy for this kind of trauma is that it invites survivors to be active participants in their healing. It puts the control over their bodies back in their hands. It really empowers survivors to step into their own power and find the strength and resiliency that remains in their minds- even when it feels like, or they are told, that it is lost. Pretty amazing. I am so excited to be a part of this growing movement.”
Sarah Cycon, Yoga Teacher
"The collaborative nature of the LYB yoga teacher training program was invaluable. Being able to participate in the training with the yoga teachers gave me a better understanding of what my clients will be doing, how to communicate the benefits of the program, and how to identify which client would be a good candidate. Kyla did a wonderful job presenting on the impact of TBIs, and the brain education portion of the course was a nice refresher for the clinicians. I think it is important for all of us as clinicians to educate our clients on the benefits that yoga and meditation can have on their healing process."
Ariella Ahlzadeh, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Shepherd Pathways in Atlanta, Georgia