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For military and law enforcement

By Clifford C. Smith, CYI, CPT, CAM

2009 All rights reserved worldwide.

A Guide for Stress Management through the application of Combat Yoga Fitness and holistic lifestyle principles.

“A simple to follow program that can be completed in 30 minutes”

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"If we can stay awake when our lives are changing, secrets will be revealed to us--secrets about ourselves, about the nature of life,

and about the eternal source of happiness and peace that is always available, always renewable, already within us."

—Elizabeth Lesser

This book is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always consult a medical doctor if you suspect you have a medical problem. Nor is it a substitute for any treatment that may have been prescribed by your doctor.




About the Author: Cliff is a former member of the Canadian Forces and served as an infantryman in the Canadian Grenadier Guards.

He is certified to teach yoga and has completed a variety of fitness programs through ACE, NASM, NESTA and GMP Fitness. Other study areas include naturopathy (college diploma), reflexology (certificate), posture analysis (certificate), stress management (certificate), psychology (college diploma) and complementary and alternative medicine (NIH).

Cliff also is certified in executive protection, holds an advanced credential in paralegal applications, and has completed management courses through Duke University, Continuing Studies.

He works primarily with clients who are injured or have underlying stress conditions.

Cliff is available for teaching and to conduct seminars. For additional information, you can email him at:

Or you can visit his website at:





Introduction: Yoga is a mind, body and spiritual discipline going back thousands of years to the ancient Vedas. Many of its core teachings can be found in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, also known as the eight limbs of yoga.

While this program is non-denominational in its scope, there is nonetheless a wealth of information to be found in many of the older texts on yoga.

Combat Yoga Fitness

is a combination of hatha yoga, fitness based yoga, ayurveda (the healing branch of yoga), naturopathy, marma therapy (Indian acupressure), posture analysis, and reflexology. Its purpose is to provide simplified solutions to high states of stress.

Since people serving in the military and law enforcement absorb an enormous amount of stress while performing their day to day jobs and assignments, I can‟t think of a more important group of people that would benefit from this type of program.

I am confident that with the regular adoption of the principles found in this book that it will help you overcome the stress related problems that you‟re experiencing, whether manifested as job related stress, general anxiety disorder, panic disorder or PTSD. Yoga when used in combination with other holistic modalities can bring about healing and transformation on many levels.

There are many studies linking yoga with its many health benefits. Best of all, there‟s no investment in expensive equipment, like so many other health and fitness programs. All you need is enthusiasm, a relaxed area, a practice mat, some loose fitting clothing, water for hydration, and you‟re ready to begin. It can also be performed in regular military garb on or off the base.

This program is intended for Canadian Forces and American Armed Forces military personnel, since both nations work closely together. Combat Yoga Fitness can be utilized as a stress reduction component for military personnel returning from conflict areas exhibiting symptoms of severe stress. It also can be used by those serving in law enforcement.