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Beyond Standard Exercise

Beyond Standard Exercise

Download a pdf of this article Why firefighters need yoga Firefighters are regarded as our nation’s heroes— and rightfully so. These men and women are first responders, saving lives and providing support to millions of Americans, including those who may have no one...

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All You Need Is a Mat

All You Need Is a Mat

As the daughter, sister and niece of firefighters, I have seen first hand the physical and mental toll of this profession. My father, who spent over twenty years as a firefighter, was forced to retire early. He suffers from bulging disks in his cervical spine –...

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Yoga Culture vs. Fire Culture: Are They Really That Different?

Yoga Culture vs. Fire Culture: Are They Really That Different?

In little more than 2½ years, a tiny pilot yoga program for six bold firefighters has expanded to include more than 100 firefighters throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Why is yoga in fire stations growing so quickly given that, on the surface, yoga seems like the antithesis of firefighting?

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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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