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A recently published large scale study in the journal, Disability and Rehabilitation, finds LoveYourBrain Yoga has many powerful benefits for the traumatic brain injury community!
Our study shows that LoveYourBrain Yoga successfully increases resilience for the TBI community. When people feel capable of adjusting to change and moving forward with their lives, they are better able to achieve what they want and live happier and more fulfilling lives.
Our study included 1,563 people with TBI and caregivers, and found that people with TBI (n = 705) experienced significant improvements in quality of life, resilience, positive affect and well-being, and cognition from participating in LoveYourBrain Yoga.
Caregivers also perceived improvements in their physical and psychological health.This study builds on the positive results of aqualitative evaluation of LoveYourBrain Yoga, which found improvements in participants’ strength, balance, flexibility, attention control, sense of belonging, community connection, and ability to move forward with their lives.Together, the results show that LoveYourBrain Yoga leads to diverse and meaningful physical, psychological, and social health benefits, and that it may be an effective mode of community-based rehabilitation.
“This unprecedented research is one of only a few studies to explore the benefits of yoga for traumatic brain injury. Because traumatic brain injury is so complex, and community-based resources are lacking, we’re eager to understand the science behind how our program may be able to support ongoing healing post-injury.”

– Dr. Kyla Pearce, Senior Director, LoveYourBrain Yoga and Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Dartmouth CollegeWhat’s next? We’re currently conducting a study of best practices for adapting yoga for traumatic brain injury to empower all yoga teachers and health professionals with practical tools for making yoga more accessible to our community. Stay tuned for our results in the coming months!

Hot or Not Yoga
4801 Alameda Blvd NE Suite B, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113

The FUNdamentals Series 6-week yoga classes is offered to members of the TBI Community and their caregivers for FREE. The series happens 4 times a year–in January, April, July, and October.
You must Pre Register at:  http://www.loveyourbrain.com/yoga/practice

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A STABLE Account is an investment account available to eligible individuals with disabilities. STABLE Accounts are made possible by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act. STABLE Accounts allow individuals with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain public benefits programs, like Medicaid or SSI. Earnings in your STABLE Accounts are not subject to federal income tax, so long as you spend them on “Qualified Disability Expenses.”

Disability Rights Awareness Days

A great opportunity to learn about issues affecting people with disabilities and their families, and to network with others in the disability community.

Part I:  Pre-legislative-session DRAD Forum – Friday and Saturday, January 17-18, 2020
CNM Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock Avenue NE in Albuquerque

On Friday, we’ll have a morning plenary covering issues that will be coming up in the New Mexico Legislature’s 2020 session and other matters of interest to the disability community.  That afternoon, we’ll have breakout workshops as we’ve had at previous DRAD conferences.

On Saturday morning, there will be a legislative advocacy training to explain how the legislative process works and how you can get involved to influence legislation you care about.

Part II: DRAD at the RoundhouseThursday, January 23, 2020

We’ll be convening at the State Capitol during the session.  There will be a mid-morning gathering in the Rotunda and you’ll have the rest of the day to browse the exhibit tables, tour the Capitol building, and meet with legislators.

Please save the dates for these events, and keep an eye out for more information and registration information that we’ll be sending out in the coming weeks.  Plan to join members of the disability community from around New Mexico to learn about issues in the Legislature, make new contacts, and participate in policymaking that affects persons with disabilities.


Sip & Cycle is a fun, casual bike riding event that gets folks outside enjoying New Mexico’s beautiful landscapes while supporting local restaurants, wineries and breweries!

*A portion of the proceeds go to The Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico to help individuals living with brain injury, their supporters, and the community learn about brain injury and resources to help cope with its effects.


UNM Speech and Hearing Sciences / UNM Neuro Rehab Lab have put together the following video, to bring awareness to brain injury,  stroke, aphasia, recovery, and life participation:

The Legislature this year appropriated money for the Developmental Disabilities waiver to serve more than 350 people from the waiting list.  But the Department of Health is having trouble finding many of the individuals who should get those slots, some of whom have been waiting for more than thirteen years.

If someone applied for the waiver before the dates shown below for each region, they may be eligible for an allocation now.  Please help spread the word that those folks should contact DOH Intake and Eligibility at 505-841-5552 to make sure they don’t miss out on finally receiving waiver services after waiting so long.

Metro              May 26, 2006

Northeast        August 23, 2006

Northwest       October 3, 2006

Southeast        February 7, 2008

Southwest        December 12, 2006

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Yearly Event
2019 – March 12

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UNM Neuroscience Day provides many opportunities for all participants to share knowledge and expertise around brain health and research.

  • The morning session featured posters regarding cutting-edge neuroscience work by UNM researchers, clinicians, and students.  This portion of the day also features many community information tables representing many members of the New Mexico Brain Network (NMBN), and other organizations. This provides an important opportunity for participants and attendees to learn about important resources in New Mexico.
  • Many attendees participate in a sample of gentle yoga to experience the LoveYourBrain Yoga program.
  • The afternoon session featured a community-oriented discussion, in which representatives from the NMBN each spoke about putting together a brain-oriented fair, focusing on key organizations and services for New Mexicans.

Legislative Update

New Mexico capitol building in Santa Fe

Governor Signs Every Disability Bill

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law every disability-related bill that was passed in this year’s legislative session.  It’s a dramatic change from the last 60-day session in 2017, when then-Governor Martinez vetoed 2/3 of the disability bills we followed that had been passed by the Legislature.

The following bills – Relating to Brain Injury in New Mexico – did not pass in this year’s legislative session..

  • SB 134 Brain injury fund appropriation.  Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino.  Appropriates $500,000 for the Brain Injury Services fund.
  • SB 171 Brain injury fee increase.  Sen. Bill Tallman.  Increases from $5.00 to $6.40 the portion of traffic violation fines that goes to support the Brain Injury Services Fund.
  • SB 327 Non-waiver of fine supporting BI fund.  Sen. Cliff Pirtle. Requires that if an individual is cited for a traffic violation, the portion of the fine that is earmarked to support the Brain Injury Service Fund (currently $5) cannot be waived, deferred or suspended by a court.

Complete list of disability-related bills passed in the 2019 Legislative Session

UNMH – Pediatric Concussion Clinic

Carrie Tingley Hospital – Outpatient
An interdisciplinary clinic that includes a pediatrician, physical therapist and rehabilitation psychologist as well as other disciplines and professionals as needed.
The clinic currently meets on the 3rd Monday afternoon of each month.  To get more information or schedule an appointment call (505) 272-7464.

Integrative Cognitive Rehabilitation TeleECHO clinic

Help build counseling resources for people living with brain injury. Counselors and other health professionals who are interested in learning how to work with individuals living with brain injury in managing cognitive, psychological, and substance use issues can join a group of counselors in the Integrative Cognitive Rehabilitation TeleECHO clinic for free training, case consultation and CME.
2ndand 4thWednesday of each month from 10am to 11-30am at Project ECHO here in Albuquerque or on Zoom.us.
Email: cogrehECHO@salud.unm.edufor more information.
There is a significant need for more professionals trained to provide therapy to people living with brain injury.