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Yoga for First Responders

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Nicole Taylor: Instructor and Trainer


Yoga practice specifically designed for Soldiers, Veterans and First Responders that suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Yoga gently unlocks rigidly held memory material in ways that normal talk therapy might not. The feelings may be too complex for words or the person may be too self-conscious and find it difficult to talk directly about their feelings. The speech centres of the brain often shuts down during trauma leaving the right brain to record the event in visual images or as other isolated sensory events-they may literally not have the words to speak of the trauma.  credited to Central Mass Yoga.


My Yoga journey began in 2002 in Victoria,B.C.  My husband was deployed to the middle east and a year earlier we suffered a tragic loss.  At that time in my life I was sad but I knew I had to keep moving forward in order to carry on.  I had always wanted to try Yoga but was a little afraid not  knowing what to expect.  I took the plunge and signed up for a class at the Victoria Yoga Centre (VYC).  I instantly fell in love!!!  I was amazed by the feeling of being transported to a peaceful and calming environment inside my own body.  I then became a permanent fixture at the VYC.   Since that time my husband and I have had several postings around the country, but the one constant in this nomadic lifestyle has be YOGA!!

Iyengar Yoga was my first style of yoga that taught me the importance of a strong foundation in the body and mind and proper alignment. I have also studied several other styles of Yoga including Kripalu, Anusara, Astanga, and most recently Vinyasa Yoga with Seane Corn.  For me Yoga is a portable Oasis either by choosing to attend a class with others, practice at home, on the beach or at work it is a truly remarkable blessing in my life.  Early on I knew that I felt it was my dharma (or purpose) to serve and teach others… Even if it only helps one person find their own oasis it has all Be worth it!!

This excerpt is from Nicole’s website:, visit for more information and for yoga classes near you. Nicole was the one who had the idea to organize the first I Run and Rock in 2013.

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