Day 8 : Breathe, Relax, Notice, Choose (B.R.N.C)


We’ll use the practice of Breathe, Relax, Notice, and Choose, to draw our attention to ‘accepting’ our emotional experiences. This can be really hard, particularly if we don’t like what shows up. Acceptance doesn’t mean that we approve of what we find, but instead, it’s a way to acknowledge that, okay, this is the reality, so how can I respond in a way that serves me best? There is a helpful Buddhist analogy of the two arrows -- the first arrow signifies the inevitable discomfort and pain that all of us experience at some point in our lives--heartbreak, injury, arguments--but the second arrow is the suffering that we create by resisting it. So, accepting our reality allows us to avoid this unnecessary, self-induced pain, and find greater freedom to grow and learn from our experience.

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Kyla serves as the Senior Director of the LoveYourBrain Yoga program, overseeing the design, implementation, and evaluation of the program on a national level. She has been part of the Pearce family for years, and, following Kevin's accident, played an integral role in the launch of LoveYourBrain. Kyla has blended her expertise as a yoga teacher and researcher to develop a TBI-centered yoga curriculum, which she trains yoga teachers and clinicians to deliver through workshops across the country. She is also pursuing a doctorate from Dartmouth College with research interests in the application of yoga and meditation for therapeutic purposes.