Yoga and Resiliency for First Responders : Part 1

By
Leanne Wierzbicki, CYA-E-RYT 200
woman practicing yoga meditation.

In our modern world, it is widely understood and accepted that the practice of yoga makes us feel good. You may have taken a class at a gym or a local studio and left with that “floaty” feeling, and summed it up to feeling stretched out and relaxed. Many people don’t know that that feeling is a result of the fact that they spent an hour consciously breathing, accessed and hit the calm button on their nervous system, and released tension and stress from their bodies and minds through a combination of breath paired with physical postures.

Yoga woman for heart health in Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II)

Yoga Boosts Cardiovascular Fitness and Psychological Health Study Shows

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Yoga class to cope with anxiety in Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

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Man practicing yoga Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II)

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Yoga for depression Wide-Leg Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana)

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