Friday yoga class benefits LoveYourBrain Foundation |

Friday yoga class benefits LoveYourBrain Foundation

Bronson Killpatrick will teach a "Yoga with Essential Oils" class at Aria Athletic Club in Vail Friday. He credits yoga and essential oils as helping him recover following a traumatic brain injury in 2011.
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What: “Yoga with Essential Oils” led by Bronson Killpack.

Where: Aria Athletic Club & Spa, Vail.

When: 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Cost: Free for members; $15 for non members.

More information: Call 970-476-7400 or visit

VAIL — Yoga helped Bronson Killpack heal after a catastrophic brain injury. On the four-year anniversary of his brain surgeries, he will give back by donating the proceeds of the yoga class he will lead at Aria Athletic Club & Spa on Friday to the LoveYourBrain Foundation.

Join Killpack for Yoga with Essential Oils, a special Friday Afternoon Yoga Club class. The class starts at 5:30 p.m., and anyone is welcome to attend. Directly afterward, yoga students are invited to the Fireside Lounge, located in the Cascade Resort, for a free drink of choice and 20 percent off food. Students can get to know Killpack and fellow yogis while reflecting on the practice.


The LoveYourBrain Foundation is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the quality of life for people affected by brain injury. It was established by brothers Kevin Pearce and Adam Pearce in 2014. Kevin Pearce suffered a near fatal traumatic brain injury while training for the half pipe competition for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. His remarkable road to recovery has inspired millions through the HBO documentary “The Crash Reel,” Kevin Pearce’s speaking engagements and now through the programs pioneered by the LoveYourBrain Foundation.

“Through the themes of connect and educate and empower, we are building a community that supports you and those you care about to love your brain,” Kevin Pearce said. “By helping people protect and nourish the brain, we believe our efforts will lead to a healthy, happier world!”

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Killpack’s story

On June 22, 2011, Killpack was in a skateboarding accident. He wasn’t wearing a helmet. He was a quarter mile past the East Vail exit on the bike path going for an easy cruise when he placed his foot in front of his front wheel and it sent him full force into the asphalt. He landed on his head.

His friend Ryan Cole arrived seconds behind him while Killpack finished another 90-degree rotation, landing on his back. He immediately went into a seizure. Cole kept calm and called the ambulance. After arriving at Vail Valley Medical Center, Killpack was airlifted to Denver Health because of the severity of his injuries. After arriving in Denver, he had five brain surgeries within in 24 hours. Killpack was in an induced coma for almost 3 weeks.

“My brain started to show signs of activity so my doctors took me out of the coma,” he said. “After a month or so I started to remember my past, friends, who I was and what had just happened to me.”

Killpack remained hospitalized for three months as he relearned how to walk, talk and function again. He spent a lot of time in deep thought, telling himself of all the things he was going to do once he healed. Despite doctors saying he wouldn’t, Killpack learned to walk again.


“I’ve always had an issue with being told what I can and can’t do, so using that energy along with my yoga practice and essential oils, I overcame many of the biggest obstacles. With an abundance of love from friends, family, yoga and essential oils, I found a light in a time of darkness. Through this life-changing event, as chaotic as it was, I found myself at peace and ignited with the desire to spread the knowledge and love that I have received.”

All proceeds from Friday’s class will benefit the LoveYourBrain Foundation. Donations can also be given directly to the LoveYourBrain Foundation by visiting

FAYC yoga classes are open to all community members. Classes are free for Aria members and $15 for non-members. For more information, call 970-476-7400 or visit

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