Lynn Crimando BFA, MA, RYT-500 empowers her clients to accommodate their individual needs, abilities, and stages of life with safety and a sense of play. In private, semi-private and group classes, Lynn has taught the able-bodied, as well as people living with Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Dementia, Trauma and back pain. In addition to teaching Essential Yoga for Every Body at the Breathing Project and at other studios in the NY area, Lynn lectures throughout the city on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation. She has extensive experience working with older populations, formerly at Marriott's Classic Residence Facility and currently on behalf of Health Advocates for Older People. She's taught stress reduction at Tiffany & Co. and Meditation to victims of trauma in the South Bronx, sometimes on the same day.
Having studied vigorous forms of Yoga for years, Lynn thought that she knew a thing or two about it. A challenging physical practice seemed to fit her life as a type-A publishing executive perfectly. Mastering difficult postures and daring balances made her feel accomplished and in control. That's when she encountered her greatest teacher: A steep descent down a mountain road into a sharp blind curve that ended in an unceremonious “face-plant” off a bicycle in 1997. The fall took place in a flash, but permanently altered her physical structure, leaving her with debilitating chronic pain, and a recovery effort that continues today. This is how her true study of Yoga was born.
Asana practice helped restore physical function and mitigate the accident's physical effects, but the powerful practices of pranayama, meditation and self-study proved even more valuable to her recovery, facilitating everything from feelings of loss and grief to insomnia. Committed to working with others who would similarly benefit from Yoga’s restorative powers, Lynn completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2001 and her 500-hour professional-level certification at Kripalu in 2005. She completed the Advanced Studies Program at the Breathing Project under Leslie Kaminoff in 2009, and studied under Gary Kraftsow at the American Viniyoga Institute, completing yoga therapist training in 2011.
Before committing herself full-time to Yoga, Lynn held top management roles at Sports Illustrated, Money Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com and the ESPN New Enterprises division. She is an NYU-certified executive coach and is grateful for the wisdom gained in all of these experiences.