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.
“HORSES ARE THE BRIDGE, VETERANS ARE THEIR OWN BEST THERAPY.” – PATRICK BENSON
Co-Founder/Director of War Horses For Veterans
Patrick Benson is an Army Veteran who served in the Infantry from 1998 to 2004. His numerous military operations enable his understanding of the physical and emotional strain on our combat veterans. As a professional horseman, he manages a training and breeding program for performance horses.
Bulletproof Spirit: This week, I speak with retired Captain Dan Willis who served with the La Mesa Police Department near San Diego for 30 years. During his career, he worked violent crimes cases such as sexual assault - child molestation – and homicide. He also served as the SWAT Commander, and Wellness Unit Coordinator. He's a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is author of the emotional survival and wellness guidebook "Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responders Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart." (which is required reading at the FBI National Academy). He's a national instructor on Trauma, PTSD, and the Process of Healing having taught in 33 states and Canada. He lives in San Diego.