By Shannon McQuaide I first met Chief Dave Dolson at the California Fire Chief’s Conference in October 2016 where I presented on the benefits of contemplative practices like yoga and meditation for fire chiefs. After chatting with Chief Dolson and learning that he was...read more
Namaste: pronounced nah-ma-stey. Inside yoga studios, Namaste is a word you often hear at the start and end of yoga classes, typically paired with hands together at the heart. Namaste means to greet another person with honor and respect, unconditionally. As a yoga...read more
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...read more
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.