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January 23, 2017

Taking Mindfulness to the Streets

In 2006, Brant Rogers offered a free yoga class to police officers at his studio in Hillsboro, Ore. No one showed up. A few days later his phone rang. The caller introduced himself as Detective Richard Goerling of the local police department. “I want to talk about yoga for cops.” he told Rogers. “I want you to help figure out a way to stop the hurting.’” Goerling was intent on finding techniques that might help police officers cope with the job’s endemic pressures, which can cloud judgment, fuel unconscious biases, and manifest as rage or panic — or a combination of the two. Emotionally charged states can create the kind...
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