The Yamas are five principles - non-harming (ahimsa), truthfulness (satya), non-stealing (asethya), moderation (bramacharya), and contentment (aparigraha) - espoused by yoga philosophy. Although these principles were created in ancient times, their meaning remains highly relevant to our current society and can serve as a powerful framework for approaching daily life. The Yamas are particularly helpful when healing from a TBI, because, when practiced, we are learning to live a healthier, more balanced, and more peaceful lives.

Courtney Kilian, a yoga teacher and writer, who has also experienced a TBI, shares how she has applied the Yamas to guide her healing process. Each week, we’ll feature Courtney talking about how the Yamas have supported her in her journey following her TBI.

Courtney Amber Kilian is a writer, gentle yoga teacher, and the founder of Om & Ink: Live, Breathe, Write, which offers prompts for mindful creative practice. In 2012, Courtney had a brain injury in a car accident. Her healing journey led her to yoga and meditation, which have been instrumental in her recovery. She received her MFA in Creative Writing at UCSD, and loves working with others to inspire their creativity, deepen their intuition, and use writing and yoga as therapeutic practices. Learn more at and follow her on Instagram @Om.And.Ink.