Our Mission Statement
YogaShield® Yoga for First Responders® (YFFR) has a mission of bringing yoga philosophy, through somatic and cognitive exercises, to practical applications for first responders and military around the country. We will do this through an official protocol which is safe, effective and consistent and provides a systematic skill set to a known problem; the high rates of Post Traumatic Stress, heart attack, suicide and other stress-based issues in the first responder population. In addition, the YFFR protocol builds mental and physical resilience leading to optimal levels of performance on and off the job.
Our method to achieve our mission is by training first responders/military, yoga teachers, clinicians, and anyone looking for education on the neurological effects of yoga on our unique approach including delivery methods and long-term sustainability. Achieving sustainability includes continuing to support our trained teachers through operationally sound programming as they implement YFFR yoga programs, classes and curriculums into training academies, public safety agencies and departments, and local community settings to improve community relations.
YogaShield® Yoga For First Responders® (YFFR) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides proactive resiliency training to first responders and military around the country through a methodology of yoga that is job-specific and culturally informed. We consider first responders anyone who works in public safety or emergency services. Our training models include Teacher Training Intensives, In-Service and Training Demos (Introductory workshops for the purposes of continuing education), licensed curriculum for training academies, and online digital content. We currently have training models for law enforcement, fire service/EMS, Dispatch/911 Telecommunications, and military, with jail-based law enforcement in development.
YFFR programs, classes and curriculum may only be taught by trained and licensed YFFR Teachers or Ambassadors with a signed service and/or teacher contract in place. This ensures the highest quality of instruction and instructional material, sustainable program implementation, feedback for continued growth and revisions, insurance protection, and tracking the progress toward our mission.
To date, YFFR has trained over 300 instructors and introduced this new skill set to thousands of first responders in the United States, Canada and Australia.