Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Senior Director of LoveYourBrain Yoga program
The Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, The LoveYourBrain Foundation
Kyla Pearce, MPH, RYT, CBIS, PhD has blended her expertise as a yoga teacher and researcher to develop a TBI-focused yoga curriculum that integrates gentle yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and psychoeducation. Since the inception of the LYB Yoga program in 2015, Kyla has trained over 1,000 yoga teachers and clinicians in how to adapt yoga and meditation for TBI, including physical, cognitive, and social modifications. Specifically, Kyla leads 18-hour trainings which are designed for yoga teachers interested in being certified to teach in our program, as well as clinicians who want to gain knowledge and skills in how to integrate gentle yoga and meditation into their clinical practice. As a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at The Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, Kyla also leads a research portfolio in the application of yoga and meditation for community-based rehabilitation for TBI. She conducted a pilot study of an 8-week gentle yoga program from people affected by acquired brain injury (published in Brain Injury), as well as spearheads qualitative and quantitative studies evaluating the impact of LoveYourBrain Yoga program among different neurological populations. To support clinicians to integrate yoga and meditation into their clinical practice, she also conducts academic presentations (e.g., Brain Injury Rehabilitation Conference) and in-service presentations (e.g., Craig Hospital, Shepherd Center, Scripps Memorial Hospital) describing the evidence of using these practices to support TBI rehabilitation. Kyla draws on her direct experience teaching yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation to groups of individuals with TBI and their support people since 2014. She has been an invited faculty at several conferences related to using yoga for improving physiological and psychosocial outcomes, including at the Yoga for Traumatic Stress Conference in Sedona, AZ and the Yoga Service Conference in Rhinebeck, NH.