Yoga For First Responders
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On Wednesday September 20th, 2017 during our routine monthly training day we focused on the mental and physical health and welfare of the officers and employees of the West Des Moines Police Department with training by Yoga For First Responders.
Yoga For First Responders is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the mental, emotional and physical benefits of Yoga to members of emergency services. Yoga For First Responders roots itself in the foundation of TraumaSensitive Yoga and mindlfulness while adding the element of physical challenges paired with mental training.
Our instructor for the four hour training session was Olivia Kvitne, the founder of Yoga For First Responders. Kvitne is a yoga instructor and published journalist who first offered traumasensitive yoga and resiliency training to the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department after having worked with veterans and military.
Yoga For First Responders presents the following information to validate the benefits of this program:
“In one segment emergency personnel may witness more trauma, loss, death and destruction than the average citizen will see in a lifetime. It is estimated that 25 to 30 percent of police officers have stress based physical health problems and 40 percent suffer from sleep disorders. Numbers are rising for Post Traumatic Stress among all emergency personnel; 18 percent in police officers, 10 to 37 percent in fire service.”
More information on Yoga For First Responders can be found on their website at www.yogaforfirstresponders.org or on social media: Twitter @yoga4firstresp Instagram: yogaforfirstresponders and Facebook: @yogaforfirstresponders.
Yoga For First Responders is hosting a public yoga class this Saturday September 23rd, 2017 at Peace Tree Brewery in Des Moines. Registration is available on their website.