Mind-Body & Brain Health (Back to Basics Series)

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Show Notes:

Thanks so much to Olivia Mead from Yoga for First Responders – check out YFFR and learn more here.

I am grateful for our conversation and the chance to dig into the brain science behind yoga and insights into training our brains to offer their best back to us. I so value Olivia’s background and deep-rootedness in the research as well as her commitment to supporting our community heroes who serve and sacrifice.

We talk in this episode about taking yoga out of the chic studios and getting back to gritty training that we can use in real life. We talk about the essential aspects of mind-body connection and use of breath work and related yoga tools to support life in high stress. We also dig into the research and rant a bit about the system…you’ll love it!

Olivia Mead is the Founder and CEO of the non-profit organization YogaShield® Yoga For First Responders® (YFFR). Olivia is a life-long yoga practitioner and has studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Human Performance, and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for Veterans. She has taught yoga since 2003 and has focused primarily on public safety since 2013 starting at Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department. Since then Olivia has taught thousands of first responders and military personnel around the country and has spoken at several trade conferences, events, and public safety agencies. Olivia is a member of the Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association and the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.

Olivia shares about YFFR’s app which you can find by clicking here or by searching for YogaShield (YFFR) in google play or app stores.

You can also find YFFR on social media @yogaforfirstresponders on Facebook, and Instagram.

Episode Challenge:

Choose at least one takeaway from today’s episode and work on applying in your life! And if you’re brave enough, tell us about it – reach out on Facebook and Instagram (@lindsayafaas), or email me at support@thrive-life.ca and share what you’re up to, how you’re making use of what you are learning during our Back to Basics for Brain Health Series and how it’s going.

Additional Resources:

Absolutely do go and check out YFFR and learn more here. They have a ton of resources and supports and are genuinely trying to help make a difference for those who sacrifice so much on the front lines.

And if you haven’t checked it out yet, or it’s been awhile since you used this tool to self-assess and check in with your wellness, grab our free Beating the Breaking Point Indicators Checklist & Triage Guide to help assess where you’re at on the burnout spectrum and to get proactive in course correcting.

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