Yoga and Resiliency for First Responders: Part 2

By
Leanne Wierzbicki, CYA-E-RYT 200, YFFR
female first responder practicing meditation with eyes closed

This is part 2 of an article on Yoga and Resiliency for First Responders. Here’s a link to part 1.

Yoga is a Pain Management Technique

Pain is something that many first responders deal with on an ongoing basis, and pain has a powerful impact on human feelings and behavior.

Woman practicing yoga meditation at home with kids.

Don't Panic: How Yoga Can Help You Think Clearly in Times of Difficulty

By now, most of us are well aware of all the effects that stress can have on our bodies. For example, here are just some of the health problems that chronic stress can cause: heart disease, hypertension (high... Read more
Woman practicing yoga restorative supported backbend.

Fatigue Got You Down? Try This Restorative Yoga Sequence

Too tired. For many, it’s the default response to every request—even the fun ones. Some of the walking weary are simply too overworked or overstressed to get adequate rest. While others may feel drained by a... Read more
Woman practicing yoga outside hands in prayer.

Navigating Uncertain Times: 6 Offerings of Gratitude

How do we take time out to feel grateful amidst the global tumult resulting from COVID-19? It has touched every aspect of our lives. We are in a state of collective shock. It’s hard not to be consumed by what... Read more
Tattooed man practicing yoga.

Daya: A Yoga Practice of Compassion

I am not as compassionate as I would like to be. I am inclined to be ego-driven and to retreat to my own corner of the world. My ego tells me that above all else that what I perceive to be “me” should be... Read more
Mature woman practicing yogic breathing for better sleep

Do You Snore or Suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome? Yogic Breathing Can Help!

Some people have an uncontrollable urge to move their legs at night because their legs feel uncomfortable. These sensations usually arise after being stationary for a while (sitting or lying down), and they... Read more
Older man practicing yoga for healthy aging

Aging and Dementia: Can Yoga Help Keep the Brain Active and Healthy?

Can yoga practice help stave off dementia? I certainly hope so, since genetics suggest that I’m going to be staring dementia straight in the eye. Except, of course, it doesn’t stare back. Instead, it frets,... Read more
Yoga for digestive health in Sage's Pose (Marichyasana III)

Digestive Health: How Yoga Can Help Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Digestive health is crucial to the body’s overall wellbeing. The digestive system breaks down foods (solids and liquids) into their chemical components—carbohydrates, fats, and proteins—which the body absorbs... Read more
yoga woman stretching after a good night's sleep

A Good Night’s Rest: 5 Ayurvedic Tips for Better Sleep

In Ayurveda, a good night’s sleep, along with proper diet and energy management, is considered one of the three supporting pillars of life—essential to our health, happiness, and wellbeing. Sleep is the body... Read more
yoga men doing savasana

Yogic Sleep Management: How to Mitigate Physiological Hindrances to Sleep

When you have trouble sleeping, it is useful to conduct a thorough investigation and try to get to the root of the problem. We often do it by a method of elimination. First, we take a look at the environmental... Read more
Woman practicing yoga for deep sleep Sage's Pose (Marichyasana III)

Craving Deep Sleep? Ditch Caffeine, Alcohol and Your Alarm Clock—Try Gentle Yoga

Previously we discussed the two most important factors that can interfere with your sleep quality and quantity—light and temperature. Both of those factors affect the release of melatonin, a hormone that... Read more