How yoga is helping first responders in Texas

How yoga is helping first responders in Texas


A-P-D. 2-ROBERT:ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH WITH MOVEMENT! FIFTY FIRST RESPONDERS FROM DIFFERENT AGENCIES ARE IN CENTRAL TEXAS THIS WEEK TO COMPLETE YOGA TRAINING.2-ERIN: RESEARCH FROM THE RUDERMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION SHOWS FIRST RESPONDERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO DIE BY SUICIDE – THAN IN THE LINE OF DUTY.KXAN’S STEFFI LEE SHOWS US HOW A LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT IS PARTNERING WITH ‘YOGA FOR FIRST RESPONDERS – TO GET AHEAD OF THE PROBLEM. STEFFI: THIS TRAINING – IS TEACHING THESE FIRST RESPONDERS TO TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR MIND – BREATH -NAT POP “HOLD IT OUT FOR ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR.”STEFFI: AND BODY. PEYTON PERRIOR “IT’S NOT HOT YOGA – IT’S NOT LIKE NAMASTE KIND OF STUFF – IT’S VERY DOWN TO EARTH – AIMED TOWARDS FIREFIGHTERS.”NAT POP “INHALE REVERSE WARRIOR – HIGH FIVE BEHIND YOU.”STEFFI: PFLUGERVILLE BROUGHT YOGA TO ITS FIREFIGHTERS A FEW YEARS AGO – FOR ITS PHYSICAL BENEFITS.VANESSA FROST- PIEDRAHITA “IT’S NOT UNCOMMON FOR THEM TO BE WOKEN UP THREE OR FOUR TIMES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. AND SO WHEN IT COMES TO GOING BACK TO SLEEP – WE ALREADY KNOW THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE SOME DISRUPTED SLEEP – SO HOW CAN WE GET THEM THE BEST BOTH WHILE THEY’RE HERE AT THE STATION AND ALSO AT HOME BECAUSE THOSE HABITS TRANSLATE.”PEYTON PERRIER “ANXIETY – DEPRESSION – IT’S A BIG DEAL. IT AFFECTS A LOT OF US. OUR MENTAL HEALTH CAN BE PRETTY GARBAGE. YOU MAY NOT NOTICE IT BUT WE TAKE IT HOME – SOMETIMES WE EVEN TAKE IT INTO THE STATION.”STEFFI: THE MISSION HERE IS MINDFULNESS. RACHEL PETERSON “WE’RE ALSO TEACHING FIRST RESPONDERS BASIC BREATHWORK THAT THEY CAN DO WHILE THEY’RE IN THE FIRE TRUCK – SITTING AT THE DISPATCH STATION OR IN A POLICE CAR. THAT THEY’RE JUST BREATHING, AND HELPING RESET THEIR NEUROLOGICAL SYSTEM AND THAT’S DOING YOGA.”STEFFI: EACH COMMAND IS DELIBERATE – AND THE POSES AIM TO MAKE THIS ANCIENT PRACTICE ACCESSIBLE – FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE ON THE FRONTLINES EVERYDAY. PEYTON PERRIER WE FIGHT AGAINST LIKE INSURMOUNTABLE YOGA’S HARD – OKAY? YOUR BODY WANTS TO GIVE UP. BUT HER BEING DELIBERATE – YOU HAVING TO FOLLOW EXACTLY WHAT SHE SAYS – NOT GIVING UP BEFORE SHE REALLY GOOD STRENGTH BUILDING TECHNIQUES NOT JUST FOR THE BODY BUT ALSO FOR THE