LYB Yoga program:
Frequently Asked Questions
1) What is a TBI?
A bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.
LYB Yoga is not currently available for people with other types of brain injuries (e.g., stroke, anoxia, tumor, meningitis, MS), which are considered non-traumatic acquired brain injuries because they are caused by internal factors.
2) Why is the lyb yoga program available to only people with tbi?
To create a culture of shared experiences related to TBI, and because our yoga teachers are specifically trained in how to adapt yoga for TBI, our program is only open to the TBI community at this time.
3) Who does LYB consider to be a caregiver or support person?
Any member of the individual with a TBI's family and/or social network who helps them with activities of daily living (e.g., driving, cooking, organizing, hygiene, socializing, hobbies, etc.). Caregivers are welcome to attend the series alone. Multiple caregivers from the same family/social network are also welcome to attend.
4) Why is there an age maximum of 70 years old?
One of our core programmatic values is addressing the greatest unmet needs for people within the TBI community. Younger adults in this community experience unique challenges based on their stage in life. For example, research demonstrates that anxiety, depression, psychosocial distress, and challenges with relationships, work, and domestic activities are more prevalent in younger adults with TBI. Research examining the stability and survival of relationships between spouses post-TBI also reports higher rates of divorce and separation in younger groups. Also, younger caregivers report more distress and less satisfaction in their lives than older caregivers. For many older adults, prior to their TBI, they have already developed coping skills to adapt to physical conditions that affect their activities of daily life, which helps them adjust more easily to their injury. In this same vein, there are more general resources to support the unique needs of older populations. For instance, yoga classes for seniors (with or without TBI) are available in many yoga studios across the country, making yoga more broadly accessible to this population. These same kinds of accessible and adaptive yoga classes are not widely available for younger adults, leaving an unmet need for this resource for younger adults with TBI. While we want our programs to be as inclusive as possible, these unmet needs for younger groups have led us to focus our organizational capacity and resources on this population in our yoga program. We will do our very best to refer adults older than 71 years of age to other yoga services. We also offer our free library of yoga videos and classes to support people of all demographics to access these practices from their home. Thank you for your understanding.
5) Why is there an age Minimum of 15 years old?
One of our core programmatic values is addressing the greatest unmet needs for people within the TBI community, and research shows that concussion is most common adolescents 15 to 19 years old. Furthermore, our program includes a group discussion component that provides a space for mature, self-reflective conversation about life experiences that may not be appropriate for or relevant to children. We do require that anyone under 18 has parental consent.
5) Why is the Eligibility form so long?
Collecting this information is essential:
To prevent people who aren't yet ready to participate from signing up. We want yoga to be a positive and safe experience.
To measure how yoga and meditation benefit the TBI community. This information allows us to more effectively advocate for yoga and meditation to become standard components of care for anyone affected by TBI.
6) Is there a way to register offline? Can someone from LoveYourBrain help me to register?
Unfortunately, no. We ask that you work with a caregiver or a friend to help you fill out the eligibility form.
7) Can I reply by email to register for the series?
No, you must fill out your own eligibility form because it includes important information (see #5 above).
To sign up, please visit this link: http://www.loveyourbrain.com/yoga
8)The yoga studio is not listed on the application.
Use the search bar at the top of the studio listings to type in your studio name, which will then appear.
9) When will I hear back about my application for the series?
Typically, within 5 business days.
10) What does it mean to be waitlisted?
This means that registration for that series is full. If someone withdraws, we will email the first student on the waitlist to offer them the spot.
11) My caregiver/support person would like to join me, but has not signed up yet. Can they come?
Everyone must sign up in before the series starts because important information is collected (see #5 above), and the first class is mandatory (see #14 below). It can sometimes be disruptive for new people to join in subsequent weeks.
12) Can I bring my service animal?
Yes. The eligibility form will ask you if you have a service animal so we can alert the other students in case anyone has allergies, etc.
13) What is the attendance policy?
The first class is mandatory, and we ask that you do your best to attend all 6 classes. We understand that things come up, so we allow for up to 2 absences. If you cannot make this commitment, please wait until a later series.
14) Why is the first class mandatory?
This is where students engage in an important trust-building activity during the group discussion, learn key foundations of the yoga practice, and learn about program expectations.
15) What if I need to withdraw?
As soon as possible, please email Shilo, LoveYourBrain Yoga Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org. We often have a waitlist, so we will extend your spot to someone else!
PROGRAM EXPERIENCE QUESTIONS
16) Are the yoga teachers fully educated about which moves/positions should not be done by people who have sustained a TBI?
All of our teachers are trained on what moves/positions can be potentially problematic for someone with a TBI, and know how to offer modifications. They are also trained to invite students to listen to their own bodies, and empower them to modify as needed.
17) When will the next series take place?
Our series typically run in January, April, July, and October. We schedule series 1-2 months before they start, so we cannot confirm the dates and times before then. It’s best if you sign up to be notified about future series so you will be among the first to know.
18) What do I do if I have any additional questions about the program?