FireFlex Yoga, a data-driven Yoga and wellness program for first responders, announces a 3-day training November 3-5, 2023 in a state-of-the-art fitness facility near Sacramento, CA. This one-of-a-kind training is for first responders and for Yoga teachers. First responders will learn how yoga postures correlate to daily on-the-job physical tasks and they’ll learn how to lead customized Yoga sequences for their crew at their agency. Yoga teachers can earn continuing education and equip themselves to connect with and deliver Yoga to first responders in their communities.
Without proactive interventions, like Yoga, first responders and their families are vulnerable to traumatic stress disorders, compassion fatigue, and maladaptive coping strategies. Through FireFlex Yoga, first responders learn how to strengthen their bodies, breath, and attention. Interoceptive mind-body awareness creates stronger resilience and decision-making under pressure.This training will provide a behind-the-scenes look at first responder “warrior” culture. Yoga teachers will learn how to apply their Yoga background in sequencing, anatomy, and meditation to personalized first responder classes that increase functional fitness and reduce the impact of stress with trauma-informed teaching principles.
FireFlex Founder Shannon McQuaide grew up in a “fire family” and has delivered Yoga and wellness classes to thousands of firefighters, first responders, and public safety personnel. She’s led mindfulness trainings for teachers and government agencies and she’s presented at prestigious fire-industry conferences. Her mission continues to be delivering wellness tools to help people increase resiliency and mitigate injury using mind-body practices, functional fitness, and Yoga.
“After many years delivering weekly Yoga classes inside fire stations, and now implementing 3-day trainings across the country to public safety agencies, I hope to empower first responders with impactful wellness tools they can take with them back to their colleagues,” said FireFlex Founder Shannon McQuaide. “My mission is to provide practical resources to help them recoup from stress, reboot, and truly rest with tactical wellness practices for mental and physical health.”
In 2022, a peer-reviewed paper was published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies showcasing the measurable, positive results that FireFlex Yoga provides to first responders. FireFlex Yoga is unique in that it utilizes the FMS (Functional Movement Screen) and MAIA (Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness) to measure its department decision makers to make the case for why yoga needs to be integrated into ongoing first responder wellness programs.
More information and registration here.