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
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
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Karma: How Does it Affect Your Life?

You can choose and choose—and choose again. No matter what happens, you can choose to start over. No matter the circumstances, you can choose your response. My positive psychology teacher often said, “Choose... Read more
yoga woman standing calm with hands over heart in self-acceptance

You Are Enough: The Yoga of Self Acceptance

There’s something not being spoken about in the countless self-help books, lifestyle blogs, and gazillions of self-proclaimed “health” gurus. Underlying all these mediums is the message “You could be better,... Read more
Woman practicing yoga for steadiness in Seated Pose

Steady as She Goes: Practicing Forbearance and Steadfastness in Yoga

Take a seat. Do your best to make the seat as comfortable as possible. Now, notice that no matter how comfortable the seat is, at some point you will incline to get up from that seat. Some urge will strike you... Read more
Yoga class practicing Upward Facing Dog Pose (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

Liberate Yourself: 8 Key Lessons for Living a Simple Life

For the last dozen years, I’ve been living a (relatively) simple life. At times, the complexity of my life grows, and I renew my commitment to living simply. Living a simple life is about paring back so that... Read more
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Plans Change: Can You Change Along with Them?

Yesterday I was excited about all the things I was going to get done. I had a lot of plans and commitments scheduled for work. So, I woke up early, ready for a super productive day. I made Jack’s lunch and... Read more