The Guns & Yoga Podcast

Episode #22: Rodger Ruge - Navagating Adversity

October 13, 2021

In today’s episode I spoke with retired police veteran, Rodger Ruge.  Rodger is the author of Navigating Adversity Tactical Self Care for First Responders, podcast host, professional trainer, and resilience coach. 

We discuss Rodger’s career, how police officers tend to over identify with their careers his passion to guide other first responders to be healthier, he discusses an incident that led to his PTSD diagnosis that he refers to as his triggering incident and we wrap up with a brief meditation.

Rodger discusses his healing journey and his realization that his engagement in high risk behavior at work and in her personal life were disguised as his daily attempt to take his life.  When Rodger finally decided to get help, stigma was a huge factor, but he knew he needed to sacrifice outing himself rather than lose everything.

Rodger also explains the Return on Investment in a three minute mindfulness practice he walks us through. 


Link to his book  Navigating Adversity:  Tactical Self Care for First Responders

Connect with Rodger on Linkedin



I have an exciting announcement.  I am launching a program in January 2022 called Radical Resilience.  If you want to build resilience and adaptability into your physiology by optimizing the rhythm of your daily habits, want to tap into your unique purpose and potential, and learn these habits in a dynamic group setting then this program could be for you.  One thing I have learned from peer support is that evolution happens faster and easier in a group and improves success in achieving goals. 

If you struggle with low energy, overwhelm, chronic pain, inflammation, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, irritability, or burnout the curriculum is based on 10 holistic habits that help you feel your best regardless of what stage of life you are in.  Radical Resilience empowers you with the knowledge and practical tools to thrive and heal. These are things I have been teaching to first responders for years, but putting it together for a small group over several months in a group setting has been shown to improve success in achieving goals. If you are interested in learning more about the program you can email me at: or reach out to me on Linkedin.


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