Presentation Details: This presentation addresses common misconceptions about yoga, sites research that shows the benefits of yoga for first responders and introduces job-specific and culturally-informed exercises and techniques that have made yoga successful in settings such as law enforcement, fire and rescue, dispatch and EMS, and more. Through tactical breath work, physical drills/mobility training, and mindfulness techniques, Yoga For First Responders teaches a tangible skill set to proactively protect from Post Traumatic Stress, sleep disorders and common injuries, as well as how to effectively process stress, build resilience and enhance performance. Proven benefits include reducing physiological and psychological stress, as well as increasing Heart Rate Variability, resilience and overall performance. Attendees will be familiarized with the science of how the nervous system and brain function and is affected by their line of work. It will be explained how these effects can either be debilitating or, with proactive training on how to process stress, how one can enhance job performance, longevity of one’s career, as well as healthy personal lives and retirement.
Upon completion, participants will be able to
Understand the “why” behind yoga, its original intent, and common misconceptions about the practice.
Understand how the brain and nervous system function after a trauma or cumulative stress.
Apply YFFR protocol and techniques for long-term resiliency, stress management, physical training, and enhancement of job specific skills.