In celebration of First Responder Appreciation Month, we're opening our doors to honour and invite the community’s Police, Fire, and Paramedics heroes to discover the practice of yoga!
With a flash of the badge at any YYOGA location, First Responders can enjoy complimentary classes in May and experience the benefits of yoga on physical, mental, and emotional health. For every such visit during May, YYOGA will donate $1 to The Wounded Warriors First Responder Resiliency Program; a peer-based program that helps First Responders maintain or regain their well-being during the routine exposure to operational stressors in their work. Additionally, YYOGA is introducing a permanent First Responders Community Rate giving police, fire, and paramedics 25% off passes and memberships - the best rates offered in the company’s 10 year history.
YYOGA believes that yoga is especially beneficial to the grueling physical, mental, and emotional demands of First Responders’ jobs.
"Numerous academic studies have shown that yoga can reduce back pain and muscle tension while improving sleep quality, by activating the parasympathetic nervous system to combat the body’s fight or flight stress response." Says YYOGA's President, Carey Dillen "Through the practice of mindfulness, yoga has also been proven to alleviate and manage the symptoms of PTSD, depression, and anxiety which are part of the challenges First Responders face every day."
Yoga helps ease the stress brought on by being a firefighter. It is a healthy balance between mental, physical, and social well being. It’s nice to be able to have an outlet after a tough day at work.
Brent Holm, Firefighter, City of Coquitlam
Local Firefighter and long time YYOGA member Brent Holm is one of the first to take up the new First Responder Community Rate and he acknowledges the value that yoga has for his life.
If you're a First Responder looking to discover yoga, visit any one of our 12 studios and see the front desk for 2 complimentary classes and an additional 25% savings on YYOGA passes and memberships.
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