Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The LoveYourBrain Foundation is a non-profit organization that improves the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury and raises awareness about the importance of brain health. (from the LYB website)
In Summer 2021 I completed two LoveYourBrain Yoga Teacher Trainings and will be teaching "Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) - Friendly" Yoga classes as part of my ongoing schedule. These classes are gentle and offer opportunities for participants to adapt yoga practices to suit their unique needs. The classes are suitable for anyone interested in a relaxing and peaceful yoga class where there is time to focus on your body, breath, and mind.
The LoveYour Brain Yoga Website has great free resources to support the TBI community.
Yoga: Definition, Philosophy, Beginners Guide, Benefits
Article with Videos: Yoga for Everyone - Beginner's Guide
Article: The Health Benefits of Yoga
Asana - Postures, Poses, Exercises
Article: The 5-Minute Yogi
Video: Yoga Eye Exercises
Music and Soundscapes
Good for yoga practice, relaxation, or as background music while you do other things.
A variety of relaxing music videos and YouTube streams.
Choose from many soundscapes. Set a timer for desired length.
(1 hour, 35 mins.) A music collection from Miyazaki animated movies such as Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle and others.
Original music by Peter Hellend.
Also works for Yoga, if you are in this kind of mood! This live-stream radio airs 24/7.
Yellow Brick Cinema. (1 hour, 15 mins.) Many of the songs on this playlist are commonly played at events, for TV commercials, and in concert, so they may be familiar to you. For me, that familiarity enhances my sense of relaxation. There are many other classical music relaxation playlists available on YouTube, so have fun searching!
Buddha’s Lounge ( 27 mins. ) “The Turkish ney is an end-blown reed flute, an Ottoman variation on the ancient ney. Together with the Turkish tanbur lute and Turkish kemençe fiddle are considered the most typical instruments of Classical Turkish music. The ney also plays a primary role in the music of the Mevlevi. Sufi rites (semâ).” From Wikipedia
( 33 mins.) A harmonious collection of tranquil lullabies and soothing songs from ancient Asian lands. “Asian Dreamland offers soothing and musically intriguing songs from Japan, Nepal, China, India and even the Republic of Tatarstan. One can hear unique instruments, such as the shamisen, a three-stringed instrument similar to a banjo that came to Japan from China many centuries ago, the erhu, an ancient Chinese instrument whose origins go back more than a thousand years, and the sarode, an Indian instrument that is similar to the violin. Asian Dreamland is perfect for yoga and meditation as well as putting the little ones to sleep.” From the Putumayo website.
“The beauty of African music is that it uplifts even as it tells a sad tale. You may be poor, you may have only a ramshackle house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope...” Nelson Mandela.