This month, we are THRILLED to officially announce our partnership with the Love Your Brain foundation! Love Your Brain is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to increase awareness for persons who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, and to help provide an avenue for these friends in our community to begin adaptive yoga and meditation classes to aid in their healing.
In May, Hot or Not Yoga NM became the 14th U.S. state to form this partnership with LYB, and we did so rather unconventionally (kind of the way we do everything), but in a way that felt right to us. We had a vision and an intention, and in April, we sent four of our teachers to a training in Phoenix, AZ to learn more about offering adaptive yoga and meditation classes to persons who are living with TBI. We did this prior to even notifying LYB that we were interested in becoming a studio partner, or we had no idea whether or not LYB would even be able to expand into New Mexico at the time. Luckily, for us, and for the Albuquerque community, they were interested and thrilled at our initiative! While the whole process usually takes several months, we had the paperwork signed & the partnership was official within a month of our trip! This is due largely to the fact that when we built the studio, we had the foresight to create an easy to navigate layout, complete with ADA modifications-even in the showers. We also invested a state-of-the-art heating & humidification system which INCLUDES the ability to quickly vent and cool the room. We designed our weekly schedule so that some days, we don’t heat the room at all until the afternoon when it’s more efficient to do so. This means our friends with TBI will not have to worry about heat sensory issues on days when the LYB classes are scheduled and we don’t even have to modify our current schedule in order to accommodate our new friends. Of course, where it matters-in the yoga room-the decor is simple and calming and we have plenty of natural lighting that both lend to an ambiance perfect and ideal for meditation. Additionally, our experienced teachers are skilled in working with all kinds of bodies, providing simple, intuitive, and effective modifications and adaptations to enhance any yoga practice, so it made perfect sense we’d bring this new level of adaptive yoga to our community.
There is one more thing Hot or Not Yoga NM has that nobody else in the city or the state, or the rest of the world has that makes the addition of the LYB program a perfect fit, and that’s our community of incredibly kind, compassionate, authentic, helpful, diverse, and welcoming students. We are without doubt that anyone looking for a sense of community and connection with awesome individuals is in the right place the moment they step in our doors. We couldn’t be more in love with our yoga family, truthfully, and we are eager to grow it to include our friends with TBI.
So, what’s next? Well, we have decided to begin offering the LYB Fundamentals series in August, and we’ll keep you posted every step along the way. If you are interested in learning more about what your teachers learned at the AZ training, this Denver Post article gives you more of a peek into the program. If you or anyone you know has experienced TBI and wish to enroll in our first series, please fill out the eligibility form HERE!!