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Every dollar makes a difference

No matter what amount you're able to give, every donation makes a difference. Thanks to you, YogaShield® Yoga For First Responders® can continue to provide first responders and military personnel with proactive and lifesaving skills to process stress, build physical and mental resilience, and perform at the highest level in service to their communities - and families - for years to come.

Your Donation Counts

As an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, tax ID 81-2161762, your donation is tax-deductible, and it counts. Over 50% of our funding comes from grants and donations. Contributions are used to provide safe and effective training to help first responders and other emergency personnel live a life of wellness despite the death, destruction, and trauma they witness in the line of duty along with the limited budget of public safety agencies for this type of training.

Over 50% of our funding comes from grants and donations.


IN 2017

More police officers and firefighters died of suicide than line-of-duty deaths in 2017.*

**Ruderman White Paper on Mental Health and Suicide of First Responders by Miriam Heyman, PhDJeff Dill, MA, NBCC Robert Douglas, DCC April 2018: First Responder White Paper_Final by Ed Praetorian on Scribd

Develop PTSD

Studies show 30% of first responders develop depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).**

**Abbot, C., Barber, E., Burke, B., Harvey, J., Newland, C., Rose, M., & Young, A. (2015). What’s killing our medics? Ambulance Service Manager Program. Conifer, CO: Reviving Responders. Retrieved from http://www.

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 physical health problems

25-30% of Police Officers have stress-based physical health problems.


Heart Attack

Leading cause of death in fire service is heart attack.

Critical Stress

86% Emergency Medical Providers experienced Critical Stress

Support YFFR's Mission

How far can your donation go?

Because Yoga For First Responders® trains personnel and community members to teach in their local departments, YFFR can help responders in large cities and small towns alike. Yoga For First Responders® has certified teachers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and beyond who bring job-specific and culturally informed yoga to first responders and military personnel in departments and academies. Your donation will help provide in-service education, training scholarships, classes, and online resources to get this training to those who need it most.

There for those who serve

First responders and military personnel carry the weight of their own safety and well-being as well as those they serve. Like you, we believe every responder deserves care in return for the service they provide to their local communities and country. Thanks to donors like you, even departments without a wellness budget are able to provide this life-saving, resilience-building training so their responders can continue to perform their duty at optimal level for years to come. Your support means YogaShield® Yoga For First Responders® can focus on what matters most — caring for the lives of those who put theirs on the line. Preparing, supporting, and protecting those who serve.

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