Yoga For First Responders (YFFR) offers firefighters a systematic solution to known issues that are a result from the cumulative stress of the job. Through tactical breath work techniques, physical drills and mobility training combined with self-regulation and mental resiliency techniques, this training can give firefighters the skill set to not only protect themselves from Post Traumatic Stress, heart attack, sleep disorders and common injuries, but also the ability to process stress in a manner that leads to growth rather than depletion. Key take aways include debunking yoga misconceptions that keep firefighters from this valuable training tool, techniques for regulating the nervous system, drills for preventing injury and increasing mobility, education on how yoga can successfully be implemented into fire service training.
The participant will understand the “why” behind yoga, its original intent and addressing misconceptions about the practice
The participant will identify how the brain and nervous system function after a trauma or cumulative stress
The participant will demonstrate drills for mobility and strength in order to prevent injury and breathing techniques to perform at high levels of functioning for career performance and longevity
The participant will apply YFFR Protocol and techniques for long-term resiliency, stress inoculation, physical training and enhancement of tactical skills
The participant will summarize how a skill set in proper self-regulation is required for a sustainable career and life and how this skill set can be used in department and academy settings