Testimonials

M. Patterson, SFC NC Army National Guard Retired 30 years

"This class has been outstanding after coming back from Iraq this has been the best I have felt."

Cheryl, Norwich, CT

Lucy,

Thank you for such a wonderful experience. I wore my "Yoga Warriors" shirt all day today (my advertising for the area), talking with great passion about the weekend and the vision I have for this area. I feel prepared, ready to go, solid. Your approach is calming and gentle, informative and thorough. The handouts you provided offer great support and provide the opportunity for me to continuously review and practice. If ever you invite interns and need assistants for any workshops, please think about me. I will be there.

I have deep respect for you, and now have hope and contentment combined for the path ahead.

May calm peace fill your spirit,

Cheryl
Norwich, CT

M.E. L. - YWI Teacher Training

It was an incredible experience and I can't wait to bring this back for Canadian Forces Military members. It's time for change!

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."

Captain Alicia Carey

"I wanted to say thank you for sending the yoga straps to my deployed base in southwest Asia. I attend every Yoga Warriors class I can here, and it makes all the difference."

YWI Testimonial: Jana York, MS

Lucy,

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.

Colleagues,

I enjoyed meeting all of you and am very impressed with your passion to work with Veterans and others in need of healing. I am the one that works with the Medical clinic on a small Army base at Camp Zama, Japan. I have been working with an Army Internal Medicine Physician, Commander that has a wonderful passion for mindfulness. Over the past 3 years we have provided some Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses to US Army Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilian and Japanese employees. The 8 week course is modeled after the MBSR of University of Mass Center for Mindfulness and includes mindful meditation, gentle hatha yoga, etc, all focusing on the breath and being in the present moment. We are currently working survey data and hopefully will be published in the near future. Our initial results showed a decrease in stress and anxiety, along with an increase in improved sleep and outlook on life.

I invite you all to join our Facebook page so you can see the face of us and articles supporting mindfulness and yoga. I would like to share articles from time to time on the neuroscience, and other studies that support the benefits of mindfulness and yoga. I hope you will share your insights and experiences as well.

Facebook: Zama Mindfulness Community http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zama-Mindfulness-Community/546508275369726...

I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet you and share two amazing days in Portland.

V/R
Jana

Jana York, MS
Health Promotion Educator
USAMEDDAC- Japan
Bldg 681, Room 104
Camp Zama, Japan
DSN (315) 263-5050/2004

Jemme Stewart

"The Yoga Warriors Training in Apex this past weekend exceeded my highest expectation. As a yoga teacher and a long time psychotherapist, I was thrilled with what I brought back to my practices with me. I have a new set of tools expertly tuned to this population of military service personnel that I long to serve. This evidence based program is practical and yet at the same time full of heart. I can see how this training will be useful to me for years to come.

One additional benefit was the amazing group of dedicated teachers that I met and the inspiration that I received from them. I now have a network all around the southeast of new colleagues!" - Jemme Stewart

Yoga Warriors International™ Trainings

The classroom was so perfect and relaxing. Having the veterans start class with us! The YWI technique, postures, affirmations, using props was great. This was the first time I have used them! WOW! easy to learn in this type of setting. It was wonderful! Karen YWI training in Boston with Lucy

C King, Retired USAF

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

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

Lucy,
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.

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."

L. Ebron, Retired Marine

" This class gives you a chance to wind down each week, relax and stretch you mind and your body."

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.

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.

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."

M. Dziokonski (Vietnam)

"I have found yoga/meditation to be a major tool in the management of combat related PTSD. Over the years my sleeping habits and anger management has improved."

D. Harris, Army Soldier

"I fell asleep because I was so relaxed. I’m calmer, more flexible and coping has increased. I like it a lot….enough said."

E. Bussell, Spouse of a National Guardsman

"This is a gentle, non-invasive way to begin dealing with any PTSD or combat-related stress or reintegration stress as a service member or spouse."

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.
Best,

Sandra

Sandra Doherty, RYT 500

A Tyson, NC National Guard, Company Commander.

"I went to my first class totally burned out and wondering how I was going to make it through the rest of the week. I left feeling put back together, re-energized and totally at peace. I knew yoga was supposed to be good but I didn't know it would be this amazing! Highly recommended to everyone."

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