Yoga for Concussions
Yoga teachers are typically well-versed in dealing with orthopedic injuries, but our knowledge of concussions, often referred to as the “invisible injury”, is usually limited. With neurologists encouraging concussed individuals to begin gentle movement early in the recovery process, it is prudent that yoga teachers understand how to safely and effectively teach to this injury.
Yoga for Concussions is an introductory course on concussions and how to integrate yoga during recovery. It presents the neurobiology underlying concussions, explains the benefits of yoga for concussion recovery, and provides guidelines for designing a concussion-friendly yoga class. Your instructor, Dr. Daya Grant, is a yoga teacher and neuroscientist, having focused her doctoral dissertation on the long-term effects of repeat concussions. Dr. Grant designed this course to help yoga teachers understand this complex injury and to empower them to provide a healing environment for their students.
What Will I Learn?
- The neurobiology underlying concussions, including definitions, common causes, pathophysiology, how they’re diagnosed, and common symptoms.
- How to integrate yoga therapeutically within return-to-play guidelines.
- The emotional, psychological, cognitive, and physical benefits of yoga for concussion recovery, and specific tools to enhance these benefits.
- Comorbidities and contraindications important to keep in mind while teaching.
- Guidelines to provide a safe and enriching environment for students who are recovering from a concussion.
- No special props or equipment are required for the lecture component of this course.
- For the sample practice, you’ll need two blocks, a bolster, and a blanket.
- A downloadable handout is provided.
- Course length: ~1.5 hours of online training videos.
- Multidisciplinary learning methods of theory (lecture) and application (sample practice).
- The lectures focus on learning about concussions, the benefits of yoga for concussion recovery, and guidelines for designing a concussion-friendly yoga class.
- An informative course handout available for download.
- A certificate of completion after passing the online quiz.
- Watch and review on-demand! Your access to this course does not expire so you can always return to deepen your understanding over time.
This course is eligible for 2 hours of continuing education hours towards the Yoga Medicine® 500/1000 program and/or Yoga Alliance continuing education hours.
- Understand the neurobiology underlying a concussion, as well as common symptoms.
- Appreciate how yoga benefits concussion recovery, from psychological wellbeing to physical and cognitive improvements.
- Gain the ability to tailor yoga classes to be inclusive of students recovering from a concussion.
About The Teacher
Daya Grant, PhD., M.S., is a neuroscientist, mental performance consultant, and yoga teacher who specializes in helping elite athletes train their mind using mental skills and meditation techniques. She served as a neuroscience consultant and helped launch the education curriculum for the LoveYourBrain Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with traumatic brain injuries. Daya has created two courses for Yoga Medicine (Yoga for Triathletes and Yoga for Concussion) and has taught for Yoga International. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as online for Yoga Medicine, Stack, and Totum Women. She has a Master’s degree in Kinesiology/Sport Psychology and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA, where her research focused on the long-term consequences of repeat concussions. Daya has a private practice based in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and their young son.