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The Yoga Pro Podcast

Feb 1, 2023

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI can show up in many different ways and yoga professionals need to be familiar with them because we never know which students in our classes or sessions might be suffering.  Sometimes even THEY don’t know they have it!


Our guest Amy Zellmer is here to share her expertise about what we can do to make our spaces accessible for those who are suffering from TBI and other chronic conditions.


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Amy is an award-winning author, speaker, TBI survivor, and Editor-in-chief of MN YOGA + Life magazine. She was a professional photographer when she suffered a life-changing traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a slip and fall on black ice. Since then, she has published four books that focus on concussion and TBI, and began publishing The Brain Health Magazine in 2019.  She has her 200RYT and is in the process of completing her 500RYT. She is also certified in trauma-informed yoga, LoveYourBrain yoga, and Yoga For All. Amy is also a Reiki Master.



-Amy’s yoga beginnings

-What traumatic brain injuries really are

-How to find the right doctor who will listen to you

-Her journey with TBI and how she lucked into her doctor

-Challenges that people who have suffered TBI face

-Finding support

-Not taking it personally when clients or friends cancel appointments or plans

-How she used yoga to heal from her TBI

-Finding purpose in the midst of pain and anxiety

-The five yoga postures that she used when she started her healing

-The importance of breath work in TBI recovery

-What yoga teachers and therapists need to know about clients coming in with TBI

-How to keep your TBI students safe

-Dysautonomia and some of the ways it shows up in yoga class

-True accessibility for people with TBI and other conditions

-What to avoid with someone who has TBI

-Not taking it personally when a student does something different in your class


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Music:  The State of Things (The Bouncy Song) by Rena Wren is used with permission.