Meet Lucy Cimini, Owner, Founder and Director of CMYW!
Lucy Cimini is theFounder and director of Central Mass Yoga And Wellness (17+ years) and founder of Yoga Warriors International (13+years), BA, E.R.Y.T. (E-500 hour), C-IAYT, CZT. She was RYT certified by the Himalayan Institute-specializes in Hatha, Iyengar, Therapeutic and Restorative yoga.
Lucy is a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has a background in Education and Social Rehabilitation with over 30 years of experience teaching restorative to advanced yoga classes. CMYW is one of the most popular and established studios in Central Mass. For more than 15 years, she has expanded her teaching to include a 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training program, recognized by the National Yoga Alliance (15+ years). Lucy is the founder of Yoga Warriors International. She has developed outreach yoga programs for corporate clients, combat veterans, active-duty personnel and their families (Yoga Warriors International), recovering addicts and prison inmates. She has integrated formal instruction on teaching “trauma sensitive” classes to yoga teachers across the country. Lucy is the program director/founder and subject matter expert of the published Iraq study,(Jan. 2012; American Journal Of Occupational Therapy) “The Effects of Sensory Enhanced Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel”.
Her work has been the subject of many local, national and international yoga and news articles. Lucy studies with internationally known master teachers, but relies strongly on her own personal practice and intuition to influence her teaching. Her teaching incorporates a strong knowledge of alignment and sequencing to ensure safety while allowing students to develop to their full capacity in the posture.
Lucy teaches throughout the US conducting Yoga Warriors teacher training’s.
Please note: The yoga therapy components of my instruction or practice are based on certification through the International Association of Yoga Therapist, not derived from my status as an RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.
If you would like to schedule a private yoga session with Lucy, please CLICK HERE.
I discovered yoga while in college, but it truly came to the forefront of my life in the early 1990’s after relocating to Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It was there that I raised and home-schooled my two children.We frequented bookstores and libraries and while foraging through used bookstores, I found many classic books on yoga philosophy. These revered masters included Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, and more. This proved to be a most fortuitous discovery since it led to me to take my first Iyengar Yoga class. It was a life changing experience for me. I felt stronger, my sore back from my home sewing business felt healthy again and best of all it brought me to a place of mental and emotional strength. I discovered how to truly take care of myself and found
when I did that others around me benefited!
Realizing the life changing potential of yoga, I enrolled in the Teachers Training Program at the
Himalayan Institute of Yoga Philosophy and Science (www.himalayaninstitute.org) in Pennsylvania.
The commute from my home in Maine to the Institute was over 8 hours. While inconvenient, I
recognized that it was necessary in order to obtain the very best training in Hatha Yoga. During this
time, I read and studied all I could on yoga. I started teaching at local community centers in the
Portland, Maine area.
Today, I continue to incorporate the Iyengar influence into my teaching and have shared this
influence in our 200 hour teacher training program and with the teachers at CMYW.
“In your journey with Central Mass Yoga And Wellness, my wish is that you find more than you initially
sought; not only relief from bodily or emotional pain, but an entryway that leads you into your own
soul… into the deep depths of grace. And within this still point, may you find peace.”
Lucy is a regular contributor to the CMYW Blog, you can find her posts HERE.