LoveYourBrain

The LoveYourBrain (LYB) Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life for people affected by traumatic brain injury—from concussion to severe injury—through programs that build community.  LoveYourBrain embodies a positive approach to brain injury prevention and recovery by connecting, educating and empowering people to promote a brain healthy lifestyle.

A PERSONAL JOURNEY NOW A GLOBAL MISSION

Kevin Pearce was at the top of his sport as a world class professional snowboarder in 2009 when he sustained a traumatic brain injury while training for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Kevin’s road to recovery has brought to light his potential to transform the experience of traumatic brain injury (TBI) into a source of inspiration, education and awareness. Using the visibility generated from his success as a professional snowboarder, the international acclaim achieved by his award winning HBO Documentary “The Crash Reel” and his subsequent public speaking platform, Kevin has co-founded a movement called “LoveYourBrain.”

 

Together with his brother Adam Pearce, they created the LoveYourBrain Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to improve the lives of people affected by a TBI through yoga, meditation and mindfulness programs to provide community and optimize the health of everyone they can reach.  Their opportunity is to support people with the resources to adapt to their new normal and accept who they are now. While each person’s story is unique, the universal pathway to healing relies on community and a resilient mindset.

 

MISSION

Improve the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury and concussions through programs that build community and foster resilience.

DESIGNED WITH INTENTION

Evidence-based research from Darthmouth, participant-informed, and community-driven.

APPROACH

LoveYourBrain is the message that embodies our positive approach to brain injury prevention and healing. Programs are designed to build community, foster resilience, and help people understand the importance of loving your brain.

SEE THE UNSEEN

PREVALENCE

Over 2.8 million traumatic brain injuries occur in the US each year. That’s one every 11 seconds.

IMPACT

TBI leads to a range of cognitive, physical, and psychosocial challenges both in the short and longer term.

INVISIBILITY 

TBI is often referred to as an “invisible” injury. People may seem fully recovered, but in fact are still dealing with the ongoing consequences of their injury.

ACCEPTANCE

LYB has an opportunity is to support people to adapt to their new normal and accept who they are now. While each person’s story is unique, the universal pathway to healing relies on community and a resilient mindset.

LoveYourBrain FUNdamentals 6-Week Series at Better Bodies Yoga

If you have experienced a TBI (including concussion) or are a caregiver or support person, we invite you to join our yoga community! Through this FUNdamental program, we hope you discover your inner resources for learning, growing, healing, and thriving.

 

FIRST, ATTEND OUR FREE 6-WEEK PROGRAM, WHICH INCORPORATES:

Gentle yoga to improve strength and balance

Meditation practices to reduce stress

Class themes to foster resilience and compassion

Facilitated group conversation to build community

What is the FUNdamental Series?

The FUNdamentals 6-Week Free Series is a research-based program that is designed to build community and foster resilience through gentle yoga, meditation, and small group discussions.  The FUNdamentals Series is typically offered 4 times per year, in October, January, April and July, unless otherwise indicated.  Each series is taught by two LYB Certified Instructors, one lead instructor who demonstrates the poses, and one assistant instructor who assists students throughout the session.

Who Qualifies to Attend the FUNdamental Series?

To create a culture of shared experiences related to TBI, our program is only open to the TBI community at this time. TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. If you have another type of brain injury (e.g., stroke, anoxia, tumor) we’ll do our best to refer you to another program that can meet your needs.

Participants Must Be Able To…

Move without assistance (no wheelchair, cane)

Be open to participating in group discussions

Follow instructions and regulate intense emotions

Commit to all 6 classes (first class is mandatory)

Are between 15 to 70 years of age

LoveYourBrain Friendly Classes at Better Bodies Yoga

The LYB Yoga program supports people who have experienced a TBI or concussion and their caregivers to participate in community-based gentle yoga and meditation classes tailored to the specific needs of the TBI population.  LYB believes that everyone should have an opportunity to improve and restore their physical and emotional well-being through these practices. 

Upon completing a 6-week LYB FUNdamentals series at BBY entitles students to attend classes on our regular schedule that are designated as LoveYourBrain Friendly for $5.00 per class.  LoveYourBrain Friendly classes are designated by the LYB friendly icon on our regular schedule page.

Claimed Benefits Gained By Participants

Concentration, memory, and thinking

Ability to carry out day-to-day activities

Feelings and emotions

Personal and social life

Current situation and future prospects

Better Bodies Yoga Partnership with LoveYourBrain

Better Bodies Yoga has strived to raise the bar on quality yoga and therapeutic modalities for the greater Memphis area and community with much success since its inception 16 years ago.  Better Bodies Yoga chose to partner with LoveYourBrain because we were selected by LYB as the sole yoga studio in Memphis, and the LYB organization is in keeping with our standards and our mission, which is to leave the world a better place than how we found it.  

Statistics indicate that the number of TBIs in the United States is steadily rising, especially among young athletes… our future generation.  LYB is a perfect partnership for BBY due to their professional, honest and highly educated staff, whose stellar science based evidence trainings and programming parallels BBY’s highest intentions of goodwill for the greater good.