LoveYourBrain OTTAWA

It's official ... LoveYourBrain has arrived in Canada! 

Yoga & Meditation have the potential to empower and transform the well-being of those living with concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

LoveYourBrain Ottawa is a FREE Yoga & Meditation series at PranaShanti Yoga Centre for people living with concussion and brain injury. This program includes:

  • A 6-week series: one (1) 90-min class per week; each class is a combination of yoga, meditation/ mindfulness/breathing exercises, and guided discussion specifically designed for the brain injury community (see eligibility criteria below), as well as
  • Access to LYB-friendly drop-in classes for $5 upon completion of the series

Please click here for more information about the LYB yoga & meditation program (short 1-pager, including program details and eligibility criteria).
 

LYB Ottawa 6-week series::
WAITLIST NOW OPEN

If you have sustained a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI) and would like to participate in the 6-week Yoga & Meditation series, please join the official waitlist here.

The fourth series will run::

Wed. September 13 - Wed. October 18, 2017
Every Wednesday for 6 weeks
PranaShanti Yoga Centre
1:30pm - 3:00pm

We are working with our Partner Studio, PranaShanti Yoga Centre, LoveYourBrain, and the Ottawa community to raise love, support and funds to offer this program as frequently as possible. 

By signing up for the waitlist, you are helping to reinforce the interest and demand. 

Please reach out with any feedback, questions, or support to ensure a long and incredible future for this program in Ottawa!
 

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE
6-WEEK yoga & Meditation SERIES?

1. Visit loveyourbrain.com/lyb-yoga-ontario and sign-up for the PRE-REGISTRATION waitlist.

Registration is on a first-come, first serve basis.

Our next 6-week Series will be offered from: Wednesday, September 13 - Wednesday, October 18

Please note, demand is quite high, but rest assured we are doing everything we can to offer this program as frequently as possible. Thank you for your patience! 

2. When REGISTRATION OPENS for the next 6-week Series, LoveYourBrain will send an email to the next 13 people on the waitlist with an invitation + instructions on how to register.

Upon receiving the email, please ensure that you:

a) check that the dates/times of the Series works with your schedule and you can attend all 6 classes in their entirety (all 6 classes are mandatory, including the first class), and

b) you meet the eligibility criteria (see above), 

c) reply + register within the timeline provided by LoveYourBrain in order to secure your spot in the Series.

Note: Registration opens and invitations are sent out 2-3 weeks prior to each new Series.

3. Once you have been REGISTERED in the 6-week Series, you will receive an email from LoveYourBrain including next steps to help you prepare for the classes.

Please plan to arrive 30 minutes before class your first week to sign-in at PranaShanti, speak with the LYB teacher & assistant, and set-up your space in the studio.

COMMON QUESTIONS

What if I can't attend the Series that I'm invited to register for (e.g. dates/time doesn't work with my schedule)?

You will remain on this waitlist until you have fully registered and been enrolled in the 6-week Series, so there is no need to sign-up for the waitlist again.

When you receive the invitation to register, simply let LoveYourBrain know why you're unable to attend.

Is the 6-week series a Restorative yoga class?

No. The LoveYourBrain program includes meditation, pranayama (breathing practices), mindfulness, gentle yoga, and a guided discussion. 

Every student is supported, encouraged and empowered to come as they are, and listen to their body, taking whatever they need from class each week. Students are encouraged to speak with the teachers before classes (or even between classes) about how to best tailor the class to their needs. 

Note: The 6-week series is designed specifically for the brain injury community and the yoga practice is designed to be progressive, building upon the sequence week-to-week, which includes strength building and balance poses, as well as mobility and relaxation poses.

For more information about the program, please visit: http://www.loveyourbrain.com/yoga/
 

Lyb Ottawa Mailing List

If you would like to be added to the LYB Ottawa mailing list please send an email with subject the "LoveYourBrain" via katedurie.com/contact and indicate your interest (e.g. to participate in the 6-week program, to be a LYBO yoga teacher, to volunteer, and/or donate funds or prizes to raffle at our fundraisers), or simply to be kept in the loop on LoveYourBrain Ottawa related events and activities.
 

Community Launch & FUNDRAISER | FRI. OCT 6

It's official ... Kevin PearceAdam PearceKyla Pearce and team will be arriving in Ottawa to celebrate the launch of LoveYourBrain in Canada!!

Please come out & support an unprecedented, first-of-its-kind offering for the brain injury community {& a mega dream come true}. 

Friday, October 6, 2017, at Makerspace North

Tickets
https://loveyourbrain-ottawa.eventbrite.com

FB Event
https://www.facebook.com/events/489576588052728/

PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!

4:30PM-5:45PM: Yoga
LoveYourBrain Friendly Yoga & Meditation Class

6:30PM-9PM: Gather, Share, Connect
Light bites and beverages
Hear from Kevin Pearce and the LoveYourBrain team
Screening of The Crash Reel
Q&A
...and so. much. more.

Expect to connect with new friends & old, learn about yoga as a healing modality, and leave the evening feeling empowered.

Come for YOGA + EVENING PROGRAM, or just the evening program. See Eventbrite for ticket breakdown options. 

Proceeds from this event will support the brain injury community in Ottawa through the LoveYourBrain Yoga program at PranaShanti Yoga Centre.

Our generous supporters & sponsors include:

URBAN JUICE PRESS
Strawberry Blonde Bakery
Pure Kitchen Ottawa
Culture Kombucha
Buchipop
Makerspace North
PranaShanti Yoga Centre

lululemon lululemon Ottawa
Rob Little, Photography
Hannah McClenaghan, MC

+ ... and an epic team of wholehearted volunteers. _/\_

If you would like to volunteer, sponsor, or simply receive more information about this event, please contact me
 

FUNDRAISING:: HELP MAKE THIS A SUSTAINABLE REALITY

To cultivate a sustainable, high quality AND free program, we will be seeking out creative ways and generous souls to invest in this much needed community offering. 

Possibilities include:: Financial sponsorship, as well as donation of prizes for raffles/silent auctions, food or drink for fundraising events, event venue/space, as well as partnerships, and volunteers to help at events.

Please reach out if you are interested supporting LoveYourBrain in any of the above capacities.
 

LYB Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)

We are thrilled to announce that we are hosting the first LYB Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) in Canada, at PranaShanti October 6, 7, 8

Registration is now FULL.
Thank you to everyone who applied & expressed interest in this program. We hope this is the beginning of many more trainings in Canada.

Please visit the LYB website here for hours, investment, additional details, or other locations that the LYB YTT will be offered::
http://www.loveyourbrain.com/yoga/train
 

What is LoveYourBrain?

{more coming soon}

For more information, please visit http://www.loveyourbrain.com/ 
 

LYB Yoga Community FundraiseR

Our first LoveYourBrain Community Fundraiser was held on Sat. April 1, 6:30 - 9:00pm at PranaShanti and SOLD OUT in record time. Thank you for all your support!

This will be an annual event as part of MINDFUL MARCH and a coordinated fundraising initiative for LoveYourBrain across the world. 

The event was an evening of inspiring, uplifting, body, brain, heart & soul nourishing: a 75-minute FLOW/YIN/Meditation class, amazing prizes, raffles/silent auction, sips n snacks, lots of love and community connection.

Donation = $40 per person

Thank you to our partners, supporters, and generous donations from:

Lululemon
Saje Natural Wellness
PranaShanti Yoga Centre
Seekers Centre
HalfMoon Yoga
Pure Yoga
Origin Trade
City of OM
JetBlack Hair & Studio
Hampton Wellness Centre
Life Therapies
Nathalie Beaupre - Forensic Healer
Goldfly Co.
Kate Rykman Artist
WildTree
The Ten Spot
SimplyRaw
MalaRae
Yogoil

Every single participant walked away with a yoga mat ("THE MAT") from lululemon, and the first 40 to arrive received gift bags filled with Brain-Loving essential oils from Saje Natural Wellness. We are so blessed by the support of these two incredible organizations and teams.

50% of your donation went directly to LoveYourBrain, and 50% went to the LYB Ottawa team to help establish the program, ensure it is sustainable, and that we can attract/pay the highest quality teachers. 

xo k