Namaste: The Most Important Tool in a Firefighter’s Toolbox?

Namaste: pronounced nah-ma-stey. Inside yoga studios, Namaste is a word you often hear at the start and end of yoga classes, typically paired with hands together at the heart. Namaste means to greet another person with honor and respect, unconditionally. As a yoga teacher for firefighters, I generally leave many studio rituals at the studio, bringing into fire stations only …

Why Bartenders and Firefighters Are Practicing Yoga at Work

A handful of programs aim to bring mind-body awareness to grueling urban jobs. Shannon McQuaide launched FireFlex Yoga at the fire department in San Jose, California around two and a half years ago. Since then, it’s expanded to six different fire stations and reached over 100 firefighters and policemen. “Most fire departments and police departments are tuned into the physical demands of …

Separating Fact From Fiction, Continued

This month, I continue the theme of last month’s article: separating fact from fiction in firefighter culture. The following comments were derived partly from my conversations with Travis, a firefighter/paramedic with the San Jose (CA) Fire Department. Travis and his crew have been practicing yoga with me for more than 18 months. Lesson #1: Playing Telephone I recently heard this from …