To extend the continuum of care for the TBI community, we create alliances with local hospitals, brain injury rehabilitation facilities, and clinicians who share information about our community-based program with their patients. We also partner with select clinical facilities to offer our program directly to their patients.
WHy LOVEYOURBRAIN YOGA?
Yoga and meditation are increasingly recognized as evidence-based healing modalities, including for TBI. To support people with TBI to heal and thrive throughout their continuum of care, we have two ways we partner with health care providers. First, we work together to create referral pathways to our community-based program at yoga studios so that patients who receive in- and outpatient care can continue their healing process once they return to their community. Second, we train and support select brain injury rehab facilities to become Clinical Affiliates to integrate our yoga program into their clinical services. These partnerships serve as a foundation for TBI patients to learn yoga and meditation skills, and then, when ready, transition into our yoga program at their local studio. Read more below...
Which PATIENTS ARE READY FOR our community-based PROGRAM?
The program is appropriate for those who want to join a skills-based group for stress management, focused attention, physical activity, and social connection. Patients should be at a place in their healing process to be:
- Able to move without assistance (does not use a wheelchair, cane)
- Interested in and ready for joining a program in a local yoga studio
- Able to communicate verbally and participate in group discussion
- Able to follow instructions and regulate intense emotions
- Able to find transportation to attend all 6 classes (first class is mandatory)
- Are younger than 70 years of age
We welcome people with post-concussion syndrome, mild to moderate TBI, and severe TBI, if they meet our criteria.
Are only TBI patients eligible?
Currently, our community-based program is available only for people who have experienced TBI because we feel we are most capable of serving this population. Although we understand that there are overlapping symptoms in different types of brain injury, we feel that maintaining a focus on TBI is helpful for building community of people with shared experiences. Also, we feel strongly that yoga teachers need to be highly knowledgeable about the injury that they are working with to effectively tailor their classes. The diversity in the etiology and effects of different types of brain injury make it too challenging for us to train yoga teachers to become experts in all types.
interested in offering lyb yoga in your clinical services?
Given the evidence-based benefits of yoga and meditation for TBI, we create partnerships with select brain injury rehabilitation facilities to become "LYB Clinical Affiliates". We train and support Clinical Affiliates to integrate our 6-week FUNdamentals series curriculum into their rehabilitation therapy offerings. For more information about the process of becoming a Clinical Affiliate, you can review our LYB Clinical Affiliate guidelines, and/or feel free to contact Kyla Pearce at firstname.lastname@example.org. A few things to consider:
- We work with each facility to adapt the program to fit their patient demographic's unique needs (this may include a site visit).
- We work with each facility to identify changes to the eligibility criteria (e.g., expand to acquired brain injury patients) and to establish data collection procedures.
- There is an annual licensing fee to cover the costs of the program development and implementation.
To apply to be considered for our Clinical Affiliate program, please complete our Clinical Affiliate Application.
Our current LYB Affiliates include:
"The FUNdamentals series has a perfect blend of physical, cognitive, and emotional components to enhance the rehabilitation process and aide in healing after a brain injury. We have witnessed the comraderie that is built amongst the participants to be very powerful and meaningful. LoveYourBrain has created a highly effective and well organized service to brain injury survivors. As the first clinical site to offer the FUNdamentals series, we felt confident and prepared because of the training and ongoing education that was provided."
- Amanda Carr, OTR/L, ATP, CBIS, Clinical Manager, Origami Rehab Center
how can clinicians raise awareness about local LYB programs?
Join our cadre of Clinical Connectors! This is a network of clinicians working in TBI rehabilitation that have agreed to raise awareness among colleagues in their health service about local the LYB Yoga program. We believe partnering with clinicians is critical to the sustainability and expansion of our community-based program. Learn more about how to become a Clinical Connector, and apply here.
Deborah Fournier, APRN
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, NH
Shannan Asselta, SLP
Crozer Keystone Health Care, PA
Anne Brady, MSPT
Morristown Medical Center, NJ
Tina D'Amato, DO
Center for Integrative Therapy, VT
Lauren McGee, DPT
Shepherd Center, GA
Jessica Bubbico, SLP
Carolinas Healthcare System, NC
Ira Keefer, DPT
Scripps Encinitas, CA
Debbie Moore, Recreation Therapist
Sharp Rehab Center, CA
Suzanne Wolfe, OT
Shepherd Center, GA
Ariella Ahlzadeh, SLP
Shepherd Center & Pathways, GA
Barbara Capone, PT
Barrows Neurological Institute, AZ
Katie Weathers, DPT
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, NH
Jackie Thomas, DPT
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA
Megan Potter, DPT
DOES LYB HAVE RESOURCES THAT WE CAN SHARE WITH OUR PATIENTS?
Yes! You can download a one-page overview and a trifold brochure with details about our program. These resources are designed to be easy-to-read and understand. They provide an overview of the program, how to sign up, and some of the evidence about the benefits of yoga and meditation for the TBI community.
HOW CAN WE LEARN MORE ABOUT LYB yoga?
We offer in-service trainings to share more detailed information about our program and what patients can expect. Contact us to discuss the potential for us to visit your healthcare team.
“I’ve worked in healthcare almost 15 years and it isn’t a system that is designed for providing a continuum of care for people. I, like many rehab therapists, are often disheartened to send our patients out into the busy world without a “plan” that will continue to facilitate healing. This program fills the gap and is needed everywhere.”
- Andrea Kessler, PT, DPT, OTR/L