CPT B. Wynn, Commander, B Company 1-252 CAB

"Yoga Warriors has been amazing! It's become a key part of my overall physical training plan, and has given me stress relieving tools that I use every day. I would strongly encourage returning vets to incorporate this as part of their reintegration."

G. Aziz (WW2)

"I am motivated to continue coming. I am impressed with our instructor."

C King, Retired USAF

"I’ve been able to cope more. This is something to look forward to. Great classmates."

M. Zarzecki (Vietnam)

"I am better able to deal with the stress of living in our society. Through the loving kindness taught at the Central Mass Yoga "Yoga Warriors" classes I am better at forgiving myself of the terrible pain I caused as a combat Vietnam Veteran. I am not working on feeling. I deserve it."

Jana York, Camp Zama, Japan- June 2013 Yoga Warriors Training

I thoroughly enjoyed the PTSD and the Mind Body Connection training that you recently hosted in Portland, Oregon. I was amazed at how much knowledge I received in two days. You have developed this curriculum with clarity and an ease of understanding and one that motivates us to offer healing through yoga. I am inspired by your compassionate wisdom. Thank you so much for your dedication. The positive affirmations are so instrumental.
Thank you for providing the e-mail list as it will certainly help to create a network of sharing.

Debra A

I came to this training to learn the skills to teach and help veterans heal. I came away from this with much personal healing. The training was clear, organized, and interesting. The training manual is extremely user-friendly. Lucy is an excellent teacher, whose experience and compassion shine through from the beginning.

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I feel comfortable that I could teach a class of veterans. I have the knowledge I need and the understanding of what veterans need. Allison September 2014 YWI training in Boston.

P. Harris, US ARMY

"I noticed my mind and body change. I loved the stretching. Sleeping better on Tuesday nights and on yoga day I eat better and I feel calmer. This was worth every stretch and muscle pull. I think I even look better."

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Great Manual
Great Modeling by instructors
Great experiential experience
Fabulous support!

Marcelle, Yoga Warriors training in Boston with Lucy

Raymond Belsito

The Yoga Warriors Program located in West Boylston, MA has had quite an impact on my life. As an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, I had both physical and social issues upon my return. After attending a few classes provided by Lucy Cimini , Yoga instructor as well as a founder of the Yoga Warriors Program, I found my back pain was no longer the huge problem it had been for me since Vietnam. Her kind words of encouragement and professionally structured program including meditation, relaxed me like nothing before.
I have been attending the Yoga Warriors Program for several years now and have felt the benefits of less physical pain and a more relaxed outlook on life. An additional benefit from Lucy’s program has been the interaction of veteran’s with each other, a common bond is realized. I have made many friends there. If it were not for this program, and Lucy’s dedication to it none of these good things would have happened to me.

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Loved having the veterans at the training. Michael's talk meant so much. I learned many, many great things. Thank you for sharing your incredible work to teach more of us to do this much needed work. Catherine September 2014 YWI training

J Farmer, Army Soldier & Spouse

"Seriously Yoga Warriors is a good way for soldiers to relax and calm their senses through all the things we go through. Highly recommend this."

D. Ebron, Veterans wife

"In the beginning it was hard, now I enjoy every class. My husband and I have benefited each class because we are calmer now and it’s helped our marriage. We have learned how to breathe again."

Jim Mitchell, Sgt. US Army, Combat Vet

"I originally joined the YWI program to improve my physical strenght and flexibility. My twice weekly practice has become the core mechanism for my stability and well being. I recommend the Yoga Warriors program to all combat vets and first responders."

YWI Testimonial - Sandra Doherty, RYT 500

Wonderful to hear from you. I was able to teach Yoga Warriors in Afghanistan & the soldiers/officers were incredibly appreciative for the momentary peace & tranquility they gained from the practice. It would absolutely be my pleasure to offer some comments on the experience. Due to the security situation I do not have any pictures. I also taught YW at the Warrior Transition Unit in Fort Eustis, Virginia.

My husband (Active Duty Army) & I are actually moving to Stuttgart, Germany at the end of the month for a 3 year tour and I hope to bring Yoga Warriors to the military base we will be living on. My husband is actually finishing his 200 RYT in the Fall and I would love to bring him to Central Mass Yoga for YW training in the future.


Sandra Doherty, RYT 500

Edmund DeStefano

Once I retired from the fire department I was looking for an exercise program to stay in shape, maintain flexibility, strength stamina and to reduce stress. I was informed that the Warrior Yoga program at CMYW has what I am looking for, after considerable consideration I decided to join the Warrior Yoga in August 2015.

In the last four months since practicing Warrior Yoga I have noticed considerable improvements by reaping the benefits of my body complete health,and personal well being physically and mentally.
I wish other emergency services personnel could reap the benefits of Warrior Yoga, as they are placed into the most stressful situations.

P. Garry (Vietnam)

"I have less stress, more flexibility and feel better being with my peers. My anger and temper is so much more in control."

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Fascinating, enlightening and very powerful. I recognized certain reactions and responses in myself as we covered various topics and experienced the flow and postures. Judy YWI training September 2014 with Lucy

YWI Testimonial - Bev Hurt

Hi Lucy,

I completed the Yoga Warriors Atlanta training with Dharma Richards in March of this year. The information I learned has added a new dimension to the class I having been leading at the VA Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. The class is going strong but one of the drawbacks is that it is only for vets receiving services at
the hospital. Because of this I felt led to find a spot and offer a free YW community class that would be open to all vets and their guests.

One evening at a regular yoga class I teach I shared about my Yoga Warrior experience and the desire to expand the classes. The next day a gentleman from a local VFW Post contacted me about hosting a class. One of their members had been in my regular class and recommended he call me. Today, Thursday, May 23, was the first class at the VFW Post. Nine folks attended. Three of the vets were excited because they were able to bring their wives to practice with them. The wives were pretty happy too. My vision is to continue to expand the free YW classes to other locations throughout the Louisville community. We sure are off to a good start.

Each time I lead a Yoga Warriors class I am humbled and blessed. I get back so much more than I give. Thank you for offering the training to make this happen.

Just had to share my excitement with you!


Bev Hurt

Maxine Deutschendorf

"I use YW techniques in classes I teach at two of the hospitals here in the mental/behavioral health departments. Recently I had a veteran who was a former Seal. He was suffering from PTSD . He has latched onto some of the YW techniques and other yogic techniques as well....he LOVES yoga. Thank you for your program." Maxine Deutschendorf certified YWI teacher

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