We kicked off the weekend by inviting the Burlington community to practice yoga together. Kevin led a moving meditation about how love originates from within--a message that reflects the spirit of LYB and is key to any healing process. Following the class, we held a screening of The Crash Reel bringing together traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors, friends, healthcare professionals, and yoga teachers to share how we integrate mindfulness, movement and connection into our programs.
On Saturday, we hosted a four-hour LYB Teacher Training Workshop designed to equip teachers with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to tailor their yoga and meditation classes for the TBI population. We were thrilled to have 28 yoga teachers - some traveling from as far as Denver - join us to expand their knowledge about and compassion for TBI.
“The teacher training was so inspiring, informative, and meaningful on multiple levels. What I think is so wonderful about using yoga/meditation at therapy for this kind of trauma is that it invites survivors to be active participants in their healing. 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.”
- Sarah Cycon, Local Yoga Teacher
Our goal is to provide all TBI survivors with an opportunity to improve and restore their physical and emotional wellbeing through yoga and meditation while building community.
“Yoga has helped me early on with simple things, balance, movement, regaining muscle, walking in particular. But what it has become is community. It has become friends, family, networking - it’s life out of prison essentially. It’s perfect for people who have had a brain injury.”
- Steve Kuhn, TBI Survivor and Community Leader
Special thank you to our in-kind donors: Laughing River Yoga, Sukha Yoga, VT Juice Company, Homer Horowitz, Peter Vitt, lululemon athletica and Pingala Cafe & Eatery.
Classes will be offered at Laughing River Yoga and Sangha Studio in Burlington, Vermont. Keep an eye on our website for details about how to sign up.
Your artwork could be showcased on the new LoveYourBrain x Vew-Do Balance board!
LoveYourBrain and Vew-Do Balance Boards are inviting the brain injury community--survivors, friends, and family--to help design the artwork on the all-new LoveYourBrain balance board. The art contest aims to showcase how people affected by brain injury find balance, both physically and emotionally. To see all the details, head over to Blank You Very Much!