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FireFlex Yoga was developed in 2014 when Shannon McQuaide created a yoga program specifically for firefighters to complete her master's degree capstone project. The outstanding results inspired her to launch the program across the Bay Area. Now serving 20 fire departments, FireFlex delivers yoga classes to more than 1,000 first responders each year.


Shannon and firefighter


Shannon McQuaide, FireFlex Yoga founder, grew up in a fire family. Shannon is a successful entrepreneur, educator, functional and resiliency expert with 20+ years’ experience creating empowering instructional programs for corporations, public schools, community groups and first responders. 
In addition to yoga, Shannon also teaches Mindfulness Workshops to law enforcement and has more than 15 years experience leading professional development training programs. 

She's published articles for the California State Firefighters’ Association, Fire Rescue Magazine, and has recently completed her first book, Yoga in the Fire House: A practical guide to better functional movement and resilience. PennWell publication is expected to release this book later this year (2020).

Shannon is a certified functional movement trainer, has completed Trauma Sensitive Yoga training, and she has a master's degree in leadership and psychology. She has certified over 65 yoga teachers in the FireFlex methodology.


"My father was a firefighter in the San Jose Fire Department for 34 years and loved his job. My uncle was also a firefighter. My sister became a firefighter, then she married a firefighter! It’s a big part of my family story. The fire station always felt like my home away from home. I chose a very different path with yoga and yet, it’s now come full circle: I created a yoga program for on-duty firefighters at the fire station.”

- FireFlex Founder, Shannon McQuaide


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