Kyla Pearce, MPH, RYT, CBIS, PhD has blended her expertise as a yoga teacher and researcher to develop a TBI-focused yoga curriculum that integrates gentle yoga, meditation, pranayama, and psychoeducation. This curriculum, now offered in yoga studios across the United States and Canada, is designed based on the science underpinning resilience, and empowers people with TBI to become more active participants in their healing process.
Training: Since the inception of the LYB Yoga program in 2015, Kyla has trained over 1,000 yoga teachers and clinicians in how to adapt yoga, meditation, and pranayama for TBI, including physical, cognitive, and social modifications. Specifically, Kyla leads comprehensive in-person and online trainings designed for yoga teachers, clinicians, and TBI advocates who want to gain knowledge and skills in how to adapt these practices to address the unique needs of those with brain injury. Kyla has completed trainings in vinyasa, ashtanga, adaptive yoga with Matthew Sanford, Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga, iRest Level 1 yoga nidra, mindfulness meditation with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation with Sagel Urchel, Self-Compassion with Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, among others.
Teaching: Kyla has been teaching yoga, pranayama, and meditation to groups of individuals with TBI and their support people since 2014. She has been an invited faculty at several conferences related to using yoga for improving physiological and psychosocial outcomes, including at the Yoga for Traumatic Stress Conference in Sedona, AZ and the Yoga Service Conference in Rhinebeck, NH. Kyla also curates and contributes to the LoveYourBrain Foundation’s Meditation Movement, a series of TBI-focused audio-recorded meditations available for free on the LoveYourBrain Foundation’s website.
Research: Kyla is a post-doctoral research scholar at Dartmouth College, through which she investigates the effectiveness of yoga for populations with different neurological conditions, including TBI and MS. She also leads LoveYourBrain’s research portfolio in the application of yoga and meditation for community-based rehabilitation for TBI. She led the design and implementation of a pilot evaluation of an 8-week gentle yoga program from people affected by brain injury, published in the peer-reviewed journal, Brain Injury. She also led a qualitative study, published in Disability and Rehabilitation, exploring the experiences of participants in the LoveYourBrain Yoga program. To support clinicians to integrate yoga and meditation into their clinical practice, she also conducts academic presentations (e.g., Brain Injury Rehabilitation Conference) and in-service presentations (e.g., Craig Hospital, Shepherd Center, Scripps Memorial Hospital) describing the evidence of using these practices to support TBI rehabilitation.
Ramsay Pierce, E-RYT, RPYT, YACEP co-leads the LoveYourBrain Teacher Trainings to educate yoga teachers and clinicians in how to adapt yoga and meditation practices for the TBI community. As the Senior Manager for the LoveYourBrain Yoga Program, she applies her extensive teaching knowledge to make yoga accessible, individually healing, and empowering for all students through the LoveYourBrain Yoga program.
Training: As an E-RYT and YACEP, Ramsay has over 600 hours of training in various styles of yoga, including restorative, yin, prenatal, and she is certified through the Integrative Amrit (I AM) Method as a yoga nidra instructor.
Teaching: Ramsay has over 1,500 hours of teaching experience. She teaches a variety of classes at multiple studios in Denver, Colorado. She also leads and assists the local LoveYourBrain 6-week yoga curriculum at the LYB partner studio, The River and mentors new LYB-trained teachers across the country to enhance their professional development.
Professional: Ramsay has an extensive professional background working for mission-minded nonprofits, leading fundraising efforts and supporting programmatic offerings. In her role at LYB, she stewards yoga studios, clinical facilities, yoga teachers and clinicians across the US and Canada in learning, implementing and expanding the LYB curriculum to the TBI community. She has presented on behalf of LoveYourBrain at national conferences (Craig Hospital Brain Injury Summit) and in rehabilitation facilities (QLI, JFK Johnson, Kessler, Magee, Virginia Hospital) describing the evidence of using yoga and meditation practices to support TBI rehabilitation.
Our clinician-focused trainings also include:
Jackie Farrell, MS, OTR/L, CBIS, RYT-200 is an occupational therapist, LoveYourBrain yoga teacher, and certified brain injury specialist. Jackie has been involved with LoveYourBrain since 2015, both in teaching the LYB Yoga program in Boston as well as co-leading LYB trainings for yoga teachers and clinicians across the country.
Clinical Experience: As an occupational therapist, Jackie has experience in working in neurological rehab throughout the continuum of care as well as experience in psychiatric rehabilitation with a focus on maintaining personal independence and fostering resilience. Her expertise lies in integrating yoga and meditation as a therapeutic modality in diverse neurological rehabilitation settings. She has also presented in many discipline-specific conferences on the clinical benefits of yoga and meditation, including at the Brain Injury Association of MA annual conference.
Teaching: Jackie is passionate about sharing the evidence-based benefits of yoga and meditation and truly believes that anyone can do yoga. Since 2016, Jackie has offered the LYB FUNdamentals series on a regular basis to individuals with a TBI and their caregivers in the Boston area. She also offers adaptive yoga classes in the Boston area in partnership with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She co-led the first LoveYourBrain yoga teacher training at the nationally-recognized Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2017 and is involved in tailoring this training to meet the needs of clinicians throughout various practice areas. Her greatest joy is in co-leading the LYB Yoga Training for Health Professionals in order to provide clinicians with the tools to incorporate yoga into their clinical practice. Jackie also contributes to the LoveYourBrain Meditation Movement and LoveYourBrain Tips, both available for free on the LoveYourBrain website.
Training: In addition to her 200 hour training, Jackie has completed the LYB Teacher Training in 2015 and 2016 as well as participated in specialized training and courses in adaptive yoga (e.g., with Matthew Sanford), restorative yoga, and is confident in her ability to adapt the yoga practice to individuals of all abilities. She continues to review emerging literature related to yoga and meditation and participates in continuing education courses on a regular basis to support her teaching and clinical practice.