Mission | Vision | Values

Our Mission


To provide first responders and military personnel with traditional yoga training that is culturally informed and job specific for the purposes of effectively processing stress, building resilience, and enhancing performance.

our vision


YogaShield® Yoga For First Responders® (YFFR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Olivia Mead and first seen at LAFD in 2013. 


To date, YFFR has trained over 300 instructors and introduced this new skill set to thousands of first responders and military personnel in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands. 


In 2019 alone, YFFR reached over 150 departments in 35 states, and a total of 12,000+ first responders and military personnel.

Core Value #1


Yoga for First Responders® is rooted in the fundamental components of yoga and mindfulness techniques as tools for the management of stress and the enhancement of resiliency. Yoga For First Responders® remains transparent as an organization by working through service and teacher agreements for clear understanding of scope of work, intellectual property, liability and media efforts. By remaining integral to the above points our trainings will always be comprehensive, our content will always be relevant, our programs will remain sustainable and communication will remain clear.

Core Value #2


Our program respects the public safety and military community, culture and personality. Yoga for First Responders® supports the efforts of first responders and military while offering tools to mitigate the adverse effects of cumulative stress and vicarious traumatization that causes poor performance. We are not here to change ethics, morals or beliefs.


Yoga For First Responders® respects itself as a hard working organization that is always fueled by its mission as well as the understanding of what is required to run and sustain a Not-For-Profit organization. We will not compromise any of our core values, quality of our programs, or support of our team do to pressure, unreasonable requests or bullying.

Core Value #3


Yoga For First Responders® Liaisons, Teachers and Ambassadors will always be prepared. All participants who successfully complete our Teacher Training will continue to be supported by our organization. The YFFR Teacher Training will provide the tools they need to conduct a YFFR program for first responders or military in their community. Yoga for First Responders® will offer a fully accessible support system as Teachers gain experience. Through well­ prepared teachers, first responders will experience a new level of preparedness for their career.

Core Value #4


Our organization is family. Through the Squad Leader program, social media, newsletters and online digital toolkits Teachers will receive updates, continuing education opportunities, resource support and more. Yoga for First Responders’ executive team, teachers, students and supporters will maintain a close knit group creating a strong foundation as the program builds.

Core Value #5


Our program is down to earth and pragmatic. Yoga for First Responders® values straightforward communication as we bring ancient techniques to practical applications. We use language and an attitude that creates a functional and easy­-to-access style of offering yoga in the 21st century.

Core Value #6


The Yoga For First Responders® program stays integral to its initial and unique system and values yet continues to evolve. Whether revising training material or pausing instruction when tones go off in the middle of class, the YFFR team will adjust to the ever-changing environment of a public safety department and make accommodations to successfully implement yoga training in environments where it has never been seen before.

© 2020 YogaShield YogaForFirstResponders is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization  |  EIN: 81-2161762

834-F S Perry Street #1191 | Castle Rock, CO 80104

Designed by: Stephanie Wharton

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