In one segment emergency personnel may witness more trauma, loss, death and destruction than the average citizen will see in a lifetime. It is estimated that 25 to 30 percent of police officers have stressbased physical health problems and 40 percent suffer from sleep disorders. Numbers are rising for Post Traumatic Stress among all emergency personnel; 18 percent in police officers, 10 to 37 percent in fire service.
Yoga for First Responders provides vital emotional wellness and mental-resiliency training in academy settings, inservice trainings, and community-based programs.
Yoga for First Responders (YFFR) was created by Olivia Kvitne, a yoga instructor and published journalist who first offered traumasensitive yoga and resiliency training to the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department after having worked with veterans and military.
YFFR roots itself in the foundation of TraumaSensitive Yoga and mindlfulness while adding the element of physical challenges paired with mental training.