Yoga has the potential to transform the wellbeing of those living with brain injury by improving their ability to strengthen and reconnect to their mind and body. It can promote their acceptance of "what is" and help them recognize and appreciate their strengths, rather than focus on their perceived weaknesses. It encourages them to discover their limitations, but also find their personal power. Yoga can help people living with brain injury to honor their condition without over-identifying with it.
COMMON : Each year, 2.5 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States.
COSTLY: Brain injury rehabilitation is extremely expensive and can be a very long process. The average lifetime healthcare costs for TBI survivor are about $85,000, but can exceed $3 million.
PHYSICALLY CHALLENGING: After sustaining a brain injury, people often experience limited mobility, which can result in muscle atrophy, decreased flexibility, and balance difficulties.
EMOTIONALLY AND MENTALLY CHALLENGING: Brain injury survivors often have difficulty reconnecting to their "normal" way of life, such as interacting with people and staying active. This predisposes them to depression, lack of motivation, low self-efficacy, and unemployment. Roughly 25% of individuals who sustain a TBI will report suicidal ideation or attempt suicide.
UNPRECEDENTED: Yoga therapy has been used for other chronic and acute health conditions with success, but a broadly accessible and affordable yoga therapy program for brain injury survivors has not yet been established. Based on a growing science, regular yoga practice has been shown to:
- promote muscle strength and flexibility
- ease stress and anxiety
- facilitate friendliness, compassion, and greater self-control
- improve decision-making skills
- reduce fixation and impulsivity and
- cultivate a sense of calmness, optimism, and balance
ACCESSIBLE: We partner with yoga studios, wellness centers, and rehabilitation facilities throughout the US to offer “LYB friendly” classes accommodating the full continuum of physical abilities.
AFFORDABLE: Free then substantially discounted classes.
BEST PRACTICES: Classes integrate evidence about what works and does not work for brain injury survivors.
COMMUNITY-DRIVEN: We build relationships between our partners and local health care facilities to create more sustainable and widespread support for brain injury survivors.
EMPOWERING: Our class themes—choice, gratitude, acceptance, respect, and awareness—provide a framework for catalyzing personal growth.