As an engineering student and endurance athlete, I originally practiced yoga for cross training and stress reduction. But on March 19, 2011, after a series of cycling crashes while racing for Penn State University, I suffered a traumatic brain injury. I was consumed by symptoms including exhaustion, mood changes, overstimulation and dizziness. My ongoing symptoms make activities I once took for granted like reading, interacting with people, or spending time outside much more difficult.
Following my injury, I quickly discovered yoga and meditation are amazing healing tools. Meditation helps me rebalance my mind, so my brain and body can reconnect and heal together. It helps me recognize my limitations as healthy guidelines that my body puts in place to heal, so I don’t push my body past my brain’s ability. My brain is also more flexible and less rigid which helps me adapt to changes within my life and trust that my brain will regain strength over time.
I am so excited to share this body scan meditation. I learned this practice a few months after my TBI from a yoga teacher at my local studio. This practice is grounding and brings my brain and body together into the present moment when I feel disconnected and spacey. I am excited for you to create your own experience within this meditation. Enjoy!
Katie is a yoga and meditation teacher in training, follower of Christ, reiki practitioner, nature enthusiast and amateur baker. She lives near Philadelphia with her family. To learn more about Katie’s journey check out her article on Yoga Today.
“Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together.” – B.K.S Iyengar