Yoga 911 Training

Course Description

This comprehensive course is designed to inform, equip and enhance performance, resilience and recovery for all personnel covering the watch in the first response community. Through evidence based lectures, experiential learning and group exercises we will explore the foundations of neurobiology, the science of performance and rest, the unique needs and potential for first responders and strategies for every level of success for work life balance. Each day will include yoga and meditation practices with tools for personalizing your tactical mind body routines for optimized service, health and wellbeing!

Course objectives:

  • Cultivate a deeper understanding of the neurobiological effects of stress and trauma
  • Learn about the role of Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) for first responders and the community
  • Explore ways to prevent, support and release stress and trauma
  • Explore mind body medicine practices for developing personal care and lifestyle support
  • Learn how to support co-regulation and peer support mindfully
  • Explore key studies, emerging research, and current health care needs and learn how to use them effectively to support program development.
Registration Details

In-Person Dates:

Pricing: $450

Meals and lodging not included. 


Kelsy Timas, ERYT®500, YACEP, MBSR, iRest® Level 1

Christopher Davis, RYT® 500, WAET, iRest® Level 1 – See bio below

Christopher Davis, RYT®500, WAET, MBSR, NSCA, iRest® Level 1

Christopher Davis, RYT®500, WAET, MBSR, NSCA, iRest® Level 1

Yoga 911 Founder and Facilitator

After 25+ years of service, Chris 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. Chris 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, Chris has worked as an adjunct criminal justice professor at Methodist University, Fayetteville State University, and at North Carolina Central University.

He is a certified yoga instructor and has a passion for improving resilience and operational performance via yoga. In May of 2019, Chris started Yoga911 to enhance the delivery of Yoga / Mindfulness practices. The first Yoga911 Yoga Teacher Training was taught in November 2020. Chris has completed the following training:

-Yoga for First Responders (Level 1 & 2)
-Warriors at Ease (Level 1 & 2)
-iRest (Level 1)
-500-hour Yoga Teacher Certification
-MBSR Training (Mindful Leader)
-Tactical Strength & Conditioning Facilitator (NSCA)

Over the last 5-years, Chris has taught yoga at the following agencies / organizations:

-Fayetteville Police Department (NC)
-Fayetteville Fire Department (NC)
-NC State Bureau of Investigation
-NC Justice Academy
-Inner Armour
-The Station Foundation (Bozeman, MT)
-Fraternal Order of Police (National Wellness Summit 2021 & 2022)
-The Mindful Badge (Portland, OR)
-Raleigh Police Department (NC)
-Lone Survivor Foundation (April 2021)
-Harnett County Sheriff’s Office (NC) (SWAT Team)
-North Carolina Police Executives Association Conference (2021)
-North Carolina Field Liaison Officer Conference (2021)
-Defense Criminal Investigative Service (2022)
-NC Division of Insurance Investigations Division (2022)
-VALOR Program – Department of Justice (2022)
-North Carolina Women’s Law Enforcement Association Conference (2022)
-Charlotte Police Department (NC) – Train the Trainer
-COPS Conference (2022)
-North Carolina Law Enforcement Executive Program (2022)
-International Conference of Police Chaplains – Region 8 (2023)
-NC Justice Academy (Weathering the Storm Retreat (2023)

Chris 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, Chris works at FirstHealth of the Carolinas teaching yoga and HIIT classes and the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) as a contractor for the VALOR Program, which focuses on police officer safety, wellness, and resilience.

Kelsy Timas, ERYT®500, YCEP, MBSR, iRest® Level 1

Kelsy Timas, ERYT®500, YCEP, MBSR, iRest® Level 1

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 served as the Program/QM Director and Lead Faculty for Warriors at Ease (WAE) for six years, 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.