Is Yoga a Four Letter Word to Cops?

Let me introduce you to Nick Manci, a yoga instructor from Portland Oregon who wants to to help cops deal with their stress through yoga.

Nick’s form of yoga is a little more aggressive than the most common forms practiced in studios and classes because he says he is very in touch with the male energy that is common in law enforcement agencies.

The practice of Yoga is estimated to be over 5000 years old and traces it’s roots back in time to an origin in India. Many sources recommend yoga as stress management for police officers.

Currently, it is estimated that there are about 30 million people in America, and 1 million people in the United Kingdom practicing hatha yoga. Yoga (in the West) is an exercise-related and posture-related technique that involves gentle stretching, breath control and meditation.

According to Nick “The One Breath concept is a tool to systematically eradicate physical, psychological and emotional suffering that resides in the body caused by habit, addiction, situational stress, or past trauma. We do this by… way of stretching and breathing into the areas of constricted discomfort in the physical body.”

“The One Breath system of mind-body exercise is the most thorough and functional way to exercise. This stretching, strengthening, balancing and jumping all done by way of breathing a concentrated breath into the difficulty to dissolve it and make space for our true nature. This addresses all stress in the body and mind. The students ability to be impervious to suffering is continuously challenged while experiencing first hand the distinct difference between yoga and exercise…Breath!”

According to Nick “This system de-emphasises theoretical knowledge and focuses more on the physical practice itself to effectively dissolve the pain. This space promotes mental, psychological and emotional ease, strength and resilience as well.”

You can listen to our 33 minute interview here:

Or you can download the 6 MB mp3 file by RIGHT CLICK HERE to download (that’s CONTROL CLICK if you use a Mac then SAVE LINK AS…) a copy of the mp3 file.

You can learn more here:
Nick’s site is

You can email Nick by CLICKING HERE

See some of Nick’s videos at this site:

You can reach Nick on his Facebook site here:

Here is Nick’s YouTube video site:

If you want to order a DVD of Nick’s basic yoga class you can find one here at

Learn more about The Health Benefits of Yoga from The Mayo Clinic at:

See a Video on the Benefits of Yoga for Stress Management from The Mayo Clinic at: was founded to provide information and strategies to help police officers successfully survive their careers. We help law enforcement officers and their agencies prepare for the risks that threaten their existence.

We do this by Helping Law Enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful lives on the job and beyond. We think the best strategy is for each officer to create a tactical plan for their own life and career.

The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) works with individuals and organizations to help them create and sustain success in their lives and careers as law enforcement professionals. It is the primary goal of The Law Enforcement Survival Institute to become the preeminent source for training, resources and information about how to create and sustain a happy, healthy and successful life and career while providing superior law enforcement service to your community.

About Editor

John Marx was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. Also during his career he served as administrator of his city's Community Oriented Governance initiative through the police department's Community Policing project. Today John combines his skills to consult with businesses about improving both their security and their customer service programs. John retired from law enforcement in 2002. When one of his friends, also a former police officer, committed suicide at age 38, John was devastated and began researching the problems that stress creates for police officers. He decided he needed to do something to help change those problems and he wanted to give something back to the profession that gave him so much. He started a project that has evolved into Put simply, the mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.
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