Yoga For First Responders Trainings and Presentations

Yoga For First Responders provides several training models to fit the needs of your department and the individual.


YFFR In-Service Training – Perfect to fulfill your department’s in-service and monthly training requirements.

YFFR Professional Conference Presentations – YFFR has presented at International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association conference, FBI National Academy Associates conference, Minnesota Association of Women Police conference, Iowa Association of Women Police conference, Sexual Assault Response team meeting and several more.

YFFR Yoga Studio Workshop – Perfect for a yoga studio looking to bring more education to their community on how to use yoga for coping with stress and building resiliency.

Yoga For the Blue – Donation-based yoga classes and events to raise money for the families of fallen Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters.

*Information on the above trainings will be available on the website soon. To find out more and request a training, please email, YFFR Training Coordinator.

YFFR Teacher Training Intensives – Our “train the trainer” model. Trainees will learn YFFR’s method, protocol and curriculums to bring back to their community. (See below)

Yoga For First Responders Teacher Training Intensives

Explore the untapped potential of change yoga can provide on a neurological level.

Learn the Yoga For First Responders’ official method and protocol to bring these benefits to first responders in your community.

Yoga for First Responders (YFFR) trainings are beneficial to anyone looking to have deeper knowledge of the psychophysiological benefits of yoga. This includes yoga teachers, first responders, friends and family, counselors, psychologists, social workers, and anyone who works with these communities. Research studies now show that yoga and other mindfulness practices contribute to alleviating the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress and Secondary Traumatic Stress (Vicarious Traumatization) as well as building mental and physical resiliency.

YFFR Protocol is a systematic answer to a known problem. YFFR protocol provides a safe and effective skill set to benefit the first responder population. These benefits include optimal levels of performance on the job, the ability to process stress, a thriving personal life, as well as providing a pro-active approach for strengthening resiliency and stress inoculation.

Trainees will leave this training with the YFFR protocol and curriculums in order to bring the benefits of yoga to their local departments.

YFFR trainings will not only prepare you to offer yoga to first responders, but also teach how to bring this work into the first responder culture.

We emphasize the importance of self-care for our teachers along with practical tools to implement self-care into your life immediately for a long, sustainable and rewarding journey.

Find out more about our next trainings:

Des Moines, Iowa – Registration is OPEN! 

Level 1 October 2-4, 2017

Level 2 October 5-7, 2017

Olivia Kvitne teaches the 73rd Recruit Class at Des Moines Police Department

Olivia Kvitne teaches YFFR Police Academy Curriculum for the 73rd Recruit Class at Des Moines Police Department

Research has shown that mindful work such as yoga results in the following:

  • Peak performance on duty and balanced life off duty
  • Sharpened focus
  • Heightened self awareness and situational awareness
  • Easier to access sleep
  • Healthier organ functioning
  • Ability to access “flow” (the science behind being “in the zone”)
  • Optimal functioning of the nervous system and physical body
  • Intelligent gut reactions that are suitable to the given situation
  • Ability to process stress
  • Post Traumatic Growth vs. Post Traumatic Stress

Why would a department want to implement YFFR?

  • Less injuries
  • Less time off for disability
  • Heightened job performance
  • Increases morale
  • Stronger community relations (Studies have shown officers who suffer from sleep disorders are more likely to have a citizen complaint.)
  • Recruits learn these tools proactively with YFFR Academy Curriculum

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