Kim Briand has a long relationship with the military as the daughter of an Army veteran and as an Army wife of over 25 years. Her relationship with yoga goes back to the 80’s when she took her first class at a community college.
Kim is a CHES (a certified health education specialist thru NCHEC) since 1999, has an MBA (with a concentration in Healthcare Administration) is a 200 level registered Yoga Alliance yoga instructor (since 2008). Since her certification she has continued to explore and cultivate her knowledge about yoga and meditation and has completed over 100 hours of additional training.
As a military spouse she has donated many hours of training to active duty soldiers and their families at Fort Campbell, Fort Rucker, Fort Sam Houston and to veterans at Audie Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio. In 2012 she completed level 1 training for integrative meditation known as iRest. 2012 was also the year she began combining her academics with her yoga working to institute a trauma sensitive and adaptive yoga program at the VA in San Antonio.
In 2013 she studied with Judith Hanson Lasater PhD, to become a certified trainer in restorative yoga (Restorative Yoga Teachers). Last year (2014) working with Robin Carnes, MBA, E-RYT and Karen Soltes, LCSW, E-RYT she continued and completed the final level of training with Warriors At Ease to become a certified Warriors At Ease teacher, ready to provide trauma sensitive meditation and yoga instruction.
The achievement, of which she is most satisfied, is the adaptive yoga program at Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital. In 2013 she approached them to see what could be done to deliver a program to the VA’s recipients. After working for a year to get the project going in 2013 she began offering 2 classes a week. Participants were referred from multiple areas of the VA and also included any staff that would like to attend. The only requirement for participants was that they could breathe (because as she says “yoga can be adapted for everyone”). While the legal department would only allow VA recipients for the physical practice the program was able to offer family members, support persons and staff, the opportunity to participate in the guided meditation. The program was delivered for a year and continues today in her absence having PCS’d (that’s military for moved). The program was delivered to 126 students and donated over 200 hours of training in the first year.
Currently working in Muldraugh, Kentucky, Kim teaches classes for a donation so that yoga can be delivered to a wider audience than to only those that can afford a $15 dollar class at a regular studio. Kim believes yoga is a valuable tool that can act as an ancillary support to whatever treatment (or no treatment) folks are receiving to help them deal with their day to day lives.
Kim Briand CHES MBA
RYT 200 Yoga Alliance
Warriors At Ease Certified Teacher
Relax and Renew Trainer
iRest level 1 Teacher
email: everyonesyoga @ aol.com
Vine Grove, Kentucky
Teaching at The Yoga House in Muldraugh, KY