August Newsletter

August 12, 2013


Been meaning to send this ezap for a while but I felt some kind of habitual and totally unnecessary pressure to write something useful, ie., meaningful, significant, semiprofound.  When I looked in my mind for that message, there was nothing there.  Oh, aha.  I get it.  Sometimes the medium really is the message.  Gap.

Cyndi Lee Teacher Training

It felt good to practice what I preach.  Gap.  Gap.  Gap.  Not filling space, not filling time.  Staying still and reasonably steady.

It’s very heartening to feel the restorative quality of that experience.  Resisting the urge to constantly push the equation forward resulted in a very natural sense of openness and even some cool insights.  It felt like a life-savasana.  (read more below)

Click here to see my schedule — hope to see you all soon! For more info, email

Teacher Trainings

For yoga teachers with a Yoga Alliance approved200 hour TT certificate
Part 1: January 18-26, 2014.
Part 2: April 4-13, 2-14 (Part 2)
Click here to apply.

  • OM Meditation Immersion & Teacher Training  January 12-17  (Level 1 & 2) Kripalu, MA

April 4 & 5 –  Level 1, $150.
April 12 & 13 – Level 2: $275.

April 10 & 11 – $275 

  • OM Pranayama Teacher Training  New York City

April 8 & 9, 2014.  $275 


Workshops & Retreats

  • August 15 – 17   Finding Clarity, Strength & Stability. Kripalu, MA

* May I Be Happy — NorthEast mini-tour * _____________

  • August 14  Class  at Yoga Loft, signing at Book Garden.  Frenchtown, NJ 
  • August 15  Freeport, LI – Class & signing at Breathe n Flow Yoga
  • August 30 -September 2, May I Be Happy, yoga & Meditation retreat for women.  Shambhala Mountain, CO –


  • August 19, Just added!  Special Summer Treat: An Evening Practice. Tacoma Park, MD.
  • September 6 – 8, Sanity & Sweat, weekend workshopsTriyoga, London –
  • September 20, Two workshops at James River Yoga  Lynchburg, VA
  • Nov 22 – 24, May I Be Happy, weekend retreaKripalu, MA -t

And like regular savasana, my gap-ness came at just the right time, following a dense period of work, including a lot of international teaching.  The first True Nature yoga/music event, that I co-founded with Suke Kawazu, was a super positive fun weekend. After a brief stop at wonderful Yogaville for a packed workshop with many awesome yogis, I went to Berlin to teach the second OM yoga 200 hour TT.

MAY I BE HAPPY!  Then…over the July 4th holiday, I taught my first May I Be Happy weekend retreat at Omega and it, well, it was a happy thing. There were tears, too, as many of our glass half-empty habits transformed and even dissolvedthrough the self-care of meditation, yoga, deep sharing…and some homemade ice cream.  One participant wrote:  “ the warm, supportive breakthrough workshop will impact the rest of my life.”  There are more May I Be Happy retreats coming up this year, see the sched below or here.

Cyndi Lee in a panel on happiness



In between gaps, I’ve been skyping with many of you!  My on-line teaching and consulting work is growing!

Whether it is:

* developing a regular meditation practice,

* creating a new studio, or

* marketing your special teaching offering,

…my experience as a yoga teacher, yoga studio owner and yogini on the mat provides me with a vast array of skillful means for offering my clients personal and real solutions to their obstacles.  Let your life be your practice; step onto a clear path with positivity and confidence and flourish as your own best self.  If you are interested in consulting or private teaching with me, email:

I was also thrilled to see that my new book May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind was included in the Kripalu summer reading list compiled by Valerie Reiss.


In June I was interviewed by Suzanne Bryant-Cunha for Yoga Is, an upcoming virtual conference with zillions of yogis, including Rodney Yee, Rod Stryker, Krishna Das,  Dharma Mittra — lots of inspiring wisdom!  You can watch any or all of these video interviews for free, so, why not check it out? It launches August 12.

Click here to see my schedule.

Keep in touch!  email me at, and keep up on facebook and twitter, too. Hope to see you all soon!


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From The Yogis

  • Terri Bender Morrison, Owner, Mindful Motion Yoga, OM 500 TT 2015

    "Cyndi, I feel that my teaching has shifted a bit - sequencing is more interesting and effective. As I was driving home tonight, I thought about the statements of "leaving crumbs" and "connecting the dots". While you meant that for us as direction to be better teachers, I recognize you were doing that for us as well. I believe I am just now processing some of the things you taught this summer. The subtle parts of classes escaped me, but I am getting them now. Thank you for the crumbs, for leaving plenty of space between the dots....I think I see the moon."

  • Zan Margolis, OM 200 TT , 2012

    "The more yoga I experience, the more I realize how special it is that in your teacher trainings you actually teach your yogis how to *teach*"

  • Susan Golden, Studio Owner, Maine

    "Cyndi’s sense of humor and genius teachings have made this OM 500 TT very, very stimulating every minute of the day. I’ve learned so much. I can’t wait to let it all come together and bring this to my teachings and to my life."

  • Natalie Levin, OM Yoga Graduate, OM Warrior Weekend Teacher Training Program 2003

    "I am a graduate of the OM 2003 Warrior Weekend Teacher Training Program.  I had the honor to teach at OM yoga in New York City for several years.  I have since moved to another city and was instantly offered teaching jobs based solely on the fact that I had been a teacher at Cyndi Lee’s OM yoga.  Studio owners in my current city thought so highly of Cyndi Lee’s OM yoga Teacher Training that they hired me immediately and I found and continue to find that my OM yoga Teacher Training opens door after door for me.  OM yoga (practicing there, teaching OM yoga, and learning from Cyndi Lee) helped me professionally in my own yoga-teaching career.  Even more meaningfully for me, I feel that the path of mindfulness and attention to alignment that pours through the pores of OM yoga has influenced me and helped me to soften enough to become more “myself” since I first walked into the OM yoga studio."

  • Jeri Wilson, Studio Owner, Maine

    “I’m Jeri and I’m a studio owner in Maine and I just finished my 500 hr TT with Cyndi Lee. It was an excellent experience, partly because I had been trained primarily in Anusara and I was challenged to think very differently. I found it was very helpful to come back to teach with Cyndi’s influence. She is very, very funny and she will work you and challenge you and you will feel like you have actually gained something really deep from the training.”

  • Jeanie Gasque, Yoga Teacher, South Carolina, OM 500 TT 2015

    "Cyndi's skillful guidance lead me to a greater clarity of alignment based vinyasa.  The yoga combined with the charm of Lynchburg made the Sun Session an unforgettable experience."

  • Gina Callendar, Yoga Teacher, Yonkers, NY, OM 500 TT 2015

    "Cyndi truly follows the middle path and instills that in her teachings.  She combines disciple and humor to create an engaging, thought provoking and enlightening experience.  I had the pleasure of taking her 500 hour OM Yoga Teacher Training.  I have deepened my practice, work to continue challenge myself and never want to stop learning.  I am pretty comfortable teaching, but withCyndi’s guidance I am more confident in my hands-on adjustments and clarity of instruction with my students.  Thank you Cyndi for reinforcing my foundation, challenging me as a student and becoming my teacher.  I hope to continue to learn from you for many years to come.  Namaste."

  • Erica Settino, Founder, , Karuna for Animals

    "I have been teaching yoga for 12 years and over those 12 years I have often felt burned out and at a loss for inspiration. Now that I have taken Cyndi Lee’s OM 500 Teacher Training, I feel completely different, completely inspired, and so, so blessed. If you are even considering it, you must do it."

  • Donna Levenstien, Yoga Teacher, Lake George, NY

    "I am a student of the OM 200 and OM 500 TT. I keep learning from Cyndi Lee who is just a master teacher, every class I take, every hour I’m here she says something wonderful that I can bring into my life, onto my mat, into my classes with my students. As a teacher and a student, I feel enriched every time I’m with her and in her class."

  • Ann Megyas, Actor, Yoga Teacher, , Hospice Worker

    "I’m so glad I decided to take Cyndi Lee’s 500 hr TT. It advanced my personal practice in ways that I could not imagine. There is no pose I am afraid of anymore. It’s advanced my teaching practice, it’s advanced my dharma study. It’s just been a thrilling experience the whole time."