Yoga 911 Training
Yoga911 is designed for yoga teachers who want to effectively teach yoga to First Responders and want to enhance their understanding of the First Responder mindset. In this training, participants will learn valuable mind-body skills to support the health, healing and resilience of First Responders.
In this training, teachers will be introduced to the following:
- Yoga911 health and resiliency practices
- Learn about police, fire and EMS culture
- Live shooting exercise (not mandatory)
- Yoga in various levels of fire gear
- Learn how to lead a first responder yoga class
- Learn how to conduct student intakes, evaluations and observations of students when working with first responders
- Learn how to approach and discuss yoga training with local departments
- Explore key studies, emerging research, and current health care needs and learn how to use them effectively to support your teaching and program development
Kelsy Timas, HHP, MBSR, E-RYT®500, WAET, iRest ® Level 1
Guiding Wellness Institute CEO and Founder
Kelsy Timas is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Author, Therapist, Educator, and Speaker/Coach assisting the world in discovering and recovering a life in balance. A lifelong yoga practitioner with a professional background in Quality/Risk Management and Emergency Medicine, Kelsy is on a mission to serve humanity in their journey and return to holism through evidence based mind body practices that support effective performance, resilience and recovery in a life well lived.
Recognized as an industry leader and sought after as a subject matter expert, Kelsy invests her time and talents in people, organizations and communities looking for wellness solutions that move us toward a more productive and integrative world. Her 20+ years of clinical practice and teaching experience, evidence based holistic strategies and research experience, and network of over 300 students worldwide delivering the art of yoga and meditation are just a few of the accomplishments that testify Kelsy’s lifelong devotion to this powerful work. Kelsy’s drive and success can be attributed to her deep desire and commitment to creating accessible and sustainable solutions that serve performance, resilience and recovery; pillars of support that allow people to create and live their best life. A natural entrepreneur and pioneering spirit that has never been afraid to create solutions needed in order to find “a better way”, and the sincere belief that she is in service of her life’s calling, Kelsy has blazed a trail that will support many generations to discover, recover and maintain their balance in an ever changing world.
Kelsy serves as the Program/QM Director and Lead Faculty for Warriors at Ease (WAE), was awarded the Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year by Reeves Business school in 2019, the Owner and Director of GWI’s Registered Yoga School (RYS) and the Author of LIVE WELL Magazine and BE WELL Podcast.
Devoted to her role as a military spouse and her military family, Kelsy serves, directs and advises many non-profit organizations serving those who serve and their families that sacrifice so much. When she is not teaching or at work running her national operation, Kelsy spends time with her six dogs, her family and close friends, living the message of “Be well” she shares with the world. She is a connoisseur of coffee and french wine, loves cooking from her home potager and taking time for regular sunshine in nature and the outdoors, her favorite people call her “naynay”. Kelsy also enjoys reading, writing, pottery and house projects along with her deepest passions of yoga, meditation and mindfulness.
Location: Guiding Wellness Institute
Kelsy Timas, E-RYT®200, RYT®500, YACEP, Warriors at Ease TRAIN Program Director & Level I iRest Teacher
Christopher Davis, RYT® 200, WAET – See bio below
Christopher Davis, RYT®200, WAET
Yoga 911 Founder and Facilitator
After 25+ years of service, Christopher Davis recently retired as an Assistant Chief of Police from the Fayetteville (NC) Police Department. In his last assignment, he served as the Investigative Bureau Commander and supervised over 150 employees. Davis has worked in patrol, investigations, internal affairs and the training division. Prior to law enforcement, he served 3+ years as a U.S. Army officer and served in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield.
In addition to his law enforcement career, Davis has worked as an adjunct criminal justice professor at Methodist University, Fayetteville State University, and currently at North Carolina Central University. He graduated from the Guiding Wellness Institute as a certified yoga instructor and has a passion for improving resilience and operational performance via yoga.
Davis has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Dayton. He is also a graduate of the 118th Session of the Officer’s Administrative Course (Southern Police Institute / University of Louisville) and the Senior Management Institute for Police (Police Executive Research Forum).
Currently, Davis works for North Carolina Central University as an Adjunct Professor and the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) as a contractor for the VALOR Program, which focuses on police officer safety, wellness and resilience.