LYB Partner Studio Staff Training
Everything you need to know about the LYB Yoga program and our partnership
Welcome! Your studio is partnering with the LoveYourBrain (LYB) Foundation to offer a yoga program for people affected by traumatic brain injury. As part of this partnership, LYB has designed a brief training to introduce you to our organization and to provide an overview of the mechanics of this program. By the end of this training, we want you to feel empowered to speak about the program and answer any general questions you may receive. You and your studio are joining a national collective committed to offering yoga as a healing modality to the TBI community, and the success of the LYB Yoga program depends on your involvement!
Kim Baker, MPA, RYT-200, is the Director of Implementation for the LoveYourBrain Yoga Program. Prior to LoveYourBrain, Kim spent several years working for the United Nations and various nonprofit organizations both in the US and abroad. She obtained her MPA in international nonprofit management and public policy from NYU. Since 2015, Kim has been spearheading the expansion of LYB’s flagship program on a national level. She has helped develop the organization’s TBI-centered model, involving survivors and caregivers in every step of the program creation--from the planning phase, to the implementation and dissemination phases.
Kyla Pearce, MPH, PhD candidate is the Director of Program Design and Evaluation for the LoveYourBrain (LYB) Yoga Program. As a yoga teacher (RYT-200) and researcher, she has blended her knowledge and skills to develop a TBI-focused yoga curriculum that integrates meditation, gentle yoga, and facilitated discussion for the LYB Foundation. This curriculum is being offered in yoga studios located in seven states across the US in an effort to make yoga more accessible to the TBI community. To prepare yoga teachers to deliver this curriculum and to understand how to tailor yoga and meditation for TBI, Kyla leads teacher training workshops, which have reached nearly 200 yoga teachers and clinicians to date. Kyla is currently pursuing her doctorate with research interests in the application of yoga and meditation for community-based rehabilitation for TBI and other neurological disorders.