LAU­REN TU­DOR

Yoga Journal - - LIVE WELL -

AS A RECRE­ATION THER­A­PIST for the Shep­herd Cen­ter, a brain re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter in At­lanta, Lau­ren Tu­dor sees the chal­lenges trau­matic brain in­jury pa­tients face ev­ery day: It’s her job to help them tran­si­tion back into their com­mu­ni­ties. As a yogi, Tu­dor also knows yoga’s abil­ity to re­ju­ve­nate—which is how she found her­self ad­vo­cat­ing for Love Your Brain. “I see first-hand the im­pact yoga has on our pa­tients in the Shep­herd Cen­ter,” Tu­dor says. “The fact that Love Your Brain makes yoga so ac­ces­si­ble out­side the hospi­tal set­ting, when pa­tients ar­guably need yoga even more, is truly amaz­ing.” To help spread the word about Love Your Brain’s yoga pro­grams, Tu­dor joined the clin­i­cal con­nec­tor net­work, where she refers pa­tients to a six-week, Love Your Brain pro­gram at a nearby yoga stu­dio. She also com­pleted the Love Your Brain train­ing along with a few other ther­a­pists at the Shep­herd Cen­ter, and to­gether they’ve formed an in­for­mal com­mit­tee to help tar­get pa­tients who might ben­e­fit from the pro­gram. “Yoga is one of the most pow­er­ful heal­ing tools I’ve seen at our fa­cil­ity,” says Tu­dor. “It’s truly a gift to be able to re­fer my pa­tients to a yoga pro­gram that has the po­ten­tial to con­tinue that deep heal­ing.”

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