Episode 72, Yoga for First Responders with Olivia Mead and Eric Brenneman

 Over the last few years, I have dabbled with yoga in a variety of forms. And, if I am honest, every time I do a session of any type I come away feeling great. However, I have had a hard time weaving it into my daily life.

In episode 72 I sat down with Olivia Mead and Eric Brenneman to get into the meaningful ways that yoga can improve our lives and health. The two of them drop real knowledge and reframed the foo foo model of yoga into one occupied by the warrior class. I am inspired and convinced that yoga and breath work is something we all need to implement into our daily lives.

Take a listen to the episode and enjoy! Then go out, follow some of YFFR flows and let me know your thoughts.  


A little more about our guest…

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.

what we do

YogaShield® Yoga for First Responders® (YFFR) has a mission of bringing yoga and mindfulness science to practical applications for first responders and military personnel. 

YFFR’s unique, field tested, and evidence backed Protocol provides a systematic skill set to a known problem:

High rates of

  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Heart attack
  • Suicide
  • other stress-based issues

The YFFR Protocol builds mental and physical resilience leading to optimal levels of performance on and off the job.

who we serve

The YFFR Protocol is designed for first responders and military personnel. YFFR considers first responders anyone who works in public safety or emergency services. We currently have training models for law enforcement, fire service, EMS, Dispatch/911 Telecommunications, and military, with jail-based law enforcement and behavioral health in development. 

how we do it

YFFR trains first responders, military personnel, and civilians on the neurological benefits of yoga and our unique approach via the methods below*:

In-Person Options

Instructor School 

3 or 6 day trainings to become certified and licensed to instruct the YFFR Protocol. 

In-Service Training

Workshops (including lecture and experiential portions) that fulfill mandated training requirements.

Training Demo Workshop

An introduction to YFFR Protocol and programs, consisting of a brief lecture and an experiential yoga mat class. 

Academy Curriculum 

Structured curriculum for recruit training academies. 

Department Programs

Structured programs consisting of recurring YFFR classes held within a department facility. 

Program Management

Places trained instructors within departments requesting classes/programs as well as assists departments with ensuring program satisfaction.




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