The Conscious Warrior: Yoga for Firefighters & First Responders

Shannon McQuaide
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The Conscious Warrior: Yoga for Firefighters & First Responders

By Shannon McQuaide

Shannon McQuaide's book explores the benefits and practical application of yoga and its benefit to first responders. 

Part I: The Crisis in the Fire Service

1.     Today’s Fire Service Needs a Conscious Warrior Culture            


Part II: East Meets West—Why Yoga Belongs in the Fire Station

2.     From Badass Warrior to Savasana: The Benefits of Yoga for Firefighters
and First Responders                                                                            

3.     What Does Resilience Have to Do with Yoga?                             


Part III: The Science behind Yoga and Mindfulness

4.     How Yoga Reduces Chronic Stress and What That Means for Your Job
and Your Life                                                                                       

5.     Take Heart: How Yoga and Mindfulness Mitigate Chronic Diseases
and Disorders                                                                                       


Part IV: How to Set Up an Evidence-Based Yoga Program in Your Fire Station

6.     Fireflex Yoga Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know     

7.     Day One: Starting on the Right Foot


Part V: The Classes

8.     My Hips Are Too Tight! Classes 1 and 2                                      

9.     Shouldering the Burden: Classes 3–4                                            

10.  Trunk Stability for Your Aching Back: Classes 5–6                     

11.  Balancing Your Life: Classes 7 and 8                                           

12.  #ItAllConnects: Classes 9–10                                                        


Part VI: The Conscious Warrior

13.  The Conscious Warrior: A Mind-Body Approach to Leadership 

The Yoga Challenge

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  • 5
    Great data & entertaining to read

    Posted by Katy Pollock on Apr 21st 2022

    The Conscious Warrior is a down-to-earth and very informative book that shines a light into first responder culture. The author integrated her fire-family background to create a yoga and wellness program for firefighters. Entertaining stories are weaved through her journey of developing an impactful and measurable program for agencies. The years of data measuring the effect of yoga on chronic stress and common injuries clearly shows that yoga provides positive mental and physical support. This is a great read for fire chiefs, government agency human resource professionals, yoga teachers, and anyone who wants to understand and support first responders.