A career in law enforcement is one of the most rewarding, challenging, and selfless professions out there. The Guns and Yoga podcast explores the intersection between the impact a first responder career can have on those on the job, their families, and the importance of adopting and maintaining a holistic lifestyle.
Wendy Hummell is a seasoned law enforcement officer in the Midwest with close to 25 years experience. She is a LEO spouse, mother, and wellness enthusiast. She knows first-hand the difficulties this line of work can bring. For the past decade, Wendy has been exploring various ways to improve her emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical well – being. She continues to learn and has a passion for sharing these tools to improve the quality of life not only for herself and her family, but for all first responders.
Wendy is a certified yoga and meditation instructor. She teaches yoga, mindfulness, and resiliency to first responders at her current agency where she works as the Health and Wellness Coordinator. She also teaches throughout the state of Kansas and other national platforms. Wendy retired from the Wichita Police Department in 2019 at the rank of Detective where she spent a majority of her career working persons crimes.
The intention of this podcast is to add value, provide support, and share resources by providing a platform for honest conversations with first responders, family members, retirees, and wellness experts.
Whether you are a law enforcement officer, work in corrections, dispatch, Fire, EMS, The Prosecutors Office, the Coroners Officer, are a member of the military, family member or anyone who supports front line workers, please subscribe today and hear hear the stories of these brave men and women, the challenges and difficulties they have faced; the wonderful programs, people, and resources available to support first responders.
Dr. Stephen James is a sleep researcher with the University of Washington, College of Nursing. He has a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and studies the impact of sleep deprivation on police performance. Dr. James spent 23 years in the British Military as an Irish Ranger, and knows first hand the impact lack of sleep can have. Dr. James and his wife have created a sleep hygiene training based of their research which improves work performance and overall well being. His research findings have been published internationally and help to inform policy and decisions made by agency leaders.
During this episode, Dr. James talks about ideal shift length, his thoughts on rotating shifts, intermittent fasting, circadian rhythm, tactical napping, cops as functional athletes, yoga and why incorporating exercise into your shift is important.