The need is clear.
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 stress based 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 (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.
What We Do
With our faculty of experts, Yoga for First Responders hosts 3 - 6 day training intensives, open to first responders, yoga teachers, psychologists and more, that teaches our unique protocol using our endorsed and licensed curriculum.
Department and Academy Classes
Once a teacher is trained, they can safely and effectively offer YFFR protocol within police academies, inservice trainings, and open community classes for first responders.
Community Outreach Events
Connecting first responders to members of the community who support them through fun and interesting events helps us raise funds for our organization and raise the morale of a community.
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Trainings & Events
Find where our team is hosting training intensives, fundraisers, workshops and other community events throughout the country.
“Fire and EMS by its very nature is a zero to sixty kind of work. You can be in the station polishing a diamond plate and suddenly in you’re in a life and death incident. Hypervigiliance is a very necessary state of awareness first responders carry with them at all times. It allows them to react quickly. You can’t go through hypervigilance 24/7, you need to be able to turn it off. Yoga gives you the tools, the ability to focus and concentrate, and shut off the hypervigilance if only for a while.”Richard Senneff - Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter and Paramedic
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