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Why Bartenders and Firefighters Are Practicing Yoga at Work

Why Bartenders and Firefighters Are Practicing Yoga at Work

A handful of programs aim to bring mind-body awareness to grueling urban jobs. Shannon McQuaide launched FireFlex Yoga at the fire department in San Jose, California around two and a half years ago. Since then, it’s expanded to six different fire stations and reached...

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Separating Fact From Fiction, Continued

Separating Fact From Fiction, Continued

This month, I continue the theme of last month’s article: separating fact from fiction in firefighter culture. The following comments were derived partly from my conversations with Travis, a firefighter/paramedic with the San Jose (CA) Fire Department.

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 Yogis! Have you ever noticed the difference between when you're doing a yoga pose and your breathing is not steady, too heavy/too light or sporadic vs. When your breathing is calm and your breaths are even? WHAT A HUGE CHANGE IN HOW THE POSE FEELS! At FireFlex Yoga we love the power of our breathing, not only when we're practicing yoga but when we're dealing with real life as well! A scary or angering situation can be lessened in intensity if you try making your inhales and exhales more even. Notice the difference. It will make you (almost) never take your breath for granted again. #yoga #breathwork #breathing #conscious #meditate #dancerspose #balancing #firechief #firedepartment #firefighter #ryt #firelife #firetruck #hathayoga #practice #alliscoming #focus #dailymantra #affirmation #loa #yogaforfirstresponders #northca #sanjosefire #cafire
 As I find myself leading more yoga classes for firefighters, I am beginning to appreciate that the resistance I feel from some firefighters towards yoga practice, is often a resistance to feeling one's own feelings. This is not always the case, as some people just aren’t interested in yoga. However, understanding my experience from this perspective allows me to be more self-compassionate and compassionate towards the suffering experienced by firefighters. It is also a potent reminder to ensure that the yoga classes I offer are experienced as healing and safe- in order to allow painful memories to surface and be metabolized. #yoga #yogi #firefighteryoga #fireflexyoga #fightfires #practiceyoga #downwarddog #yogaclass #ryt #eryt #yogastudents #yogaforhealth #firefighter #firstresponders #firedepartment #firechief
 New Years Resolutions are treated as wishes...ever notice that? You say you want something new and better for the new year, but that resolution flies out the window by the time January is over. So this year I invite you to make an intention for 2016. The difference is in the PLAN. It means that you are committed to your goals by making a plan for success. Break your plan up into smaller goals that you can achieve throughout the year, and celebrate even the smallest of successes. Strive to be the best version of you that you can be. The only firefighter who you should be competing against is y o u! HAPPY NEW YEAR :) #newyear #newyearintentions #intention #fireflexyoga #fightfires #yoga #2016 #makeplans #goalsetting #goals #success #firefighter #firelife #firestation #firefit #chiefmiller #wouldyourescueyou #firstresponder #meditate #mindful #breathwork #affirmation #dailymantra

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Shannon McQuaide, Director

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