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Trauma-Informed Meditation, Breathwork, and Yoga for Concussion and TBI

Recorded On: 02/29/2024

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This course is one out of six course offerings in the Brain Injury Certificate Series.

In this highly interactive online workshop, you’ll leave with a range of practical, research-backed tools to improve patient outcomes and mitigate clinician burnout. We’ll cover the causes and consequences of TBI, meditation and breathwork techniques to regulate the nervous system and improve attention skills, chair yoga modifications for balance and dizziness, trauma-informed teaching techniques, language and cuing best practices for cognitive processing and memory, and more. There will be hands-on practice teaching in small groups, interactive Q&A, live meditation and yoga practices, and interactive breakouts to connect with clinical peers. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain basic neuroscience and mechanism of meditation and breathwork for brain injury rehabilitation.
  • Describe the Intention, Attention, and Attitude mindfulness framework and why helpful for physical therapy after TBI.
  • Teach 1-2 brief meditation practices to improve attention control, mood, and interoception.
  • Teach 1-2 simple breathing exercise for nervous system regulation and pain management.
  • Design an individualized, TBI-friendly chair yoga sequence. 

Kyla Pearce

MPH, PhD, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher

Dr. Pearce (she/her) is the Senior Director of Programs and Research at LoveYourBrain, a national nonprofit that delivers evidence-based holistic health programs for the brain injury community. She oversees the design, implementation, and evaluation of LoveYourBrain Yoga, Mindset, and Retreats programs on a large scale. She has trained over 2,500 clinicians, yoga teachers, brain injury advocates, people with brain injury, and caregivers in how to adapt yoga, mindfulness, and psychoeducation for this population. She has developed a range of TBI-specific evidence-based yoga and mindfulness program curricula and integrated them into 60+ community and 30+ clinical contexts and online. She recently completed a NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Dartmouth College investigating the impact of yoga and meditation for people with neurological conditions, including traumatic brain injury, and has published in several peer-reviewed scientific journals on these topics. She lives in Vermont with her husband, the Executive Director of LoveYourBrain Foundation, and their three children. You can learn more about her here.

Course Instructions

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  2. Click the Take Quiz button to complete the assessment. Learners will have 3 attempts to pass and must answer at least 70% of questions correctly.
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02/29/2024 at 12:00 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 02/29/2024  |  120 minutes
02/29/2024 at 12:00 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 02/29/2024  |  120 minutes
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10 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  15/22 points to pass Please complete the post-course assessment with a sore of 70% or better. You have three attempts to obtain a passing score.
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