loveyourbrain yoga training for health professionals

A growing science is showing that the dynamic and multifaceted nature of yoga has tremendous potential to foster healing from many different types of brain injury, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, anoxia/hypoxia, and tumor. Not only does yoga offer a pathway to improved strength, attention control, and stress management, it can also provide people with powerful opportunities to look inward, connect with themselves more deeply, and discover their capacity to move forward. Furthermore, brain injury rehabilitation can be extremely demanding on clinicians. Therefore, learning mindfulness tools that allow you to be compassionately present moment-to-moment with thoughts, feelings, and sensations will increase your resilience, satisfaction, and ultimately the impact on the lives of patients you serve.

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Who is this training for?

  • Health professionals from any discipline (e.g., OT, OTAs, PT, PTAs, SLP, MD, PhD, BSN, CTRS, massage, etc.) who work or are interested in working with patients with acquired brain injury (TBI, stroke, anoxia/hypoxia, tumor, etc.) from inpatient to post-acute and rehabilitation settings.

  • This training is also geared towards healthcare facilities that have been accepted to become a Clinical Affiliate and will offer the LYB Yoga program to their patients.

What can I expect?

Over the course of our 18-hour training, health professionals will have the opportunity to learn how yoga-based tools can help transform the therapeutic relationship between the clinician and patient. You will receive the comprehensive LoveYourBrain Yoga Teacher Training Manual (+180 pages) as a resource and address the following learning objectives:

Yoga therapy

  • Learn core principles about yoga philosophy and yoga therapy

  • Learn how to effectively communicate the evidence-based benefits of yoga and mindfulness to patients and colleagues

Asana (physical postures)

  • Practice and learn chair yoga techniques for patients with mobility limitations, vestibular disorders, and spasticity

  • Hands-on experience learning gentle yoga modifications, effective sequencing, and fundamental teaching tips to meet the unique needs of this population

Neuroscience

  • Learn key principles of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as applied to the yoga context

  • Learn the structural and functional pathways of neuroplasticity and its influence healing

Yoga nidra

  • Learn the science of yoga nidra and how it can be applied to the TBI population to address sleep and mental health concerns

  • Know how to deliver a yoga nidra script tailored for brain injury

  • Learn three self-inquiry exercises that guide you to identify your sankalpa

Meditation

  • Learn a variety of simple meditation practices and pranayama techniques to improve attention control, nervous system regulation, sleep quality and mood that can be integrated in clinical practice

  • Learn about the benefits of specific types of meditation (e.g., mindfulness, visualization, metta, mantra) and when to use each type to address symptoms of brain injury

Practical application in the healthcare context

  • Understand the component therapeutic benefits and applications of yoga and pranayama

  • Review common billing codes and how the yoga practice fits under each scope

  • Learn the strengths and weaknesses of research evaluating the feasibility and impact of yoga and meditation for TBI rehabilitation and

  • Learn how to design a research study (e.g., identify valid and reliable measures, submit an IRB, collect data) to assess impact of a yoga-based intervention at your clinical facility

LoveYourBrain Yoga program

  • 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)

Community connections

  • Network with the broader LoveYourBrain community of clinicians dedicated to shifting the culture around TBI healing and brain health

Self-care

  • How to use yoga to simultaneously give and receive care and thus avoid burnout

  • How mind-body awareness facilitate compassionate boundaries

Will I receive a certificate of completion?

  • Yes. You will receive a certificate of completion after completing the training and an assessment with a minimum score of 50%.

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

  • We may be able to offer 18-hours of contact CEUs for certain professional disciplines (PT/OT/SLP); check with us if you are interested

What is the cost?

  • $385 and hosting a donation-based class, event, or screening of The Crash Reel 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?

How is this different from your Level 1 and Level 2 trainings?

  • 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.

  • Our training for health professionals provides training in different meditation and pranayama practices than our Level 1/2 trainings.