LYB Yoga program:
Frequently Asked Questions
1) What is a TBI?
A bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.
LYB Yoga is not available for other types of brain injuries (e.g., stroke, anoxia, tumor, meningitis, MS), which are considered non-traumatic acquired brain injuries because they are caused by internal factors.
2) Why is the yoga program limited to TBI only?
To create a culture of shared experiences related to TBI, and because our yoga teachers are specifically trained in how to adapt yoga for TBI, our program is only open to the TBI community at this time.
3) Why is there an age limit?
Several people above 70 years of age had faced consistent difficulties in the series. So, we created the age limit to ensure the safety of our program participants. While we recognize that there will be outliers who feel capable of participating in our program, it is our priority to have a system that errs on the side of safety and caution.
4) What is the minimum age?
Our program does not have a lower age limit, though it was not designed for children. We do require that anyone under 18 has parental consent.
5) Why is the Eligibility form so long?
Collecting this information is essential:
To screen out people who aren't yet ready to participate. We want yoga to be a positive and safe experience.
To measure how yoga and meditation benefit the TBI community. This information allows us to more effectively advocate be able to convince for yoga and meditation to become standard components of care for anyone affected by TBI.
6) Is there a way to register offline? Can someone from LoveYourBrain help me to register?
Unfortunately, no. We ask that you work with a caretaker or a friend to help you fill out the Eligibility form.
7) Can I reply by email to register for the series?
No, you must fill out your own Eligibility form because it includes important information (see #5 above).
To sign up, please visit this link: http://www.loveyourbrain.com/yoga
8)The yoga studio is not listed on the application.
Use the search bar at the top of the studio listings to type in your studio name, which will then appear.
9) When will I hear back about my application for the series?
Typically, within 1-2 business days.
10) What does it mean to be waitlisted?
This means that registration for that series is full. If someone withdraws, we will email the first student on the waitlist to offer them the spot.
11) My caregiver/support person would like to join me, but has not signed up yet. Can they come?
No, everyone must sign up in before the series starts because important information is collected (see #5 above), and the first class is mandatory (see #14 below). It can sometimes be disruptive for new people to join in subsequent weeks.
12) Can I bring my service animal?
Yes. The Eligibility form will ask you if you have a service animal so we can alert the other students in case anyone has allergies, etc.
13) What is the attendance policy?
The first class is mandatory, and we ask that you do your best to attend all 6 classes. We understand that things come up, so we allow for up to 2 absences. If you cannot make this commitment, please wait until a later series.
14) Why is the first class mandatory?
This is where students engage in an important trust-building activity during the group discussion, learn key foundations of the yoga practice, and learn about program expectations.
15) What if I need to withdraw?
As soon as possible, please email Asa, LoveYourBrain Yoga Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org. We often have a waitlist, so we will extend your spot to someone else!
PROGRAM EXPERIENCE QUESTIONS
16) Are the yoga teachers fully educated about which moves/positions should not be done by people who have sustained a TBI?
All of our teachers are trained on what moves/positions can be potentially problematic for someone with a TBI, and know how to offer modifications. They are also trained to invite students to listen to their own bodies, and empower them to modify as needed.
17) When will the next series take place?
Our series typically run in January, April, July, and October. We schedule series 1-2 months before they start, so we cannot confirm the dates and times before then. It’s best if you sign up to be notified about future series so you will be among the first to know.
18) What do I do if I have any additional questions about the program?
Email Asa, LoveYourBrain Yoga Program Coordinator, email@example.com