OM yoga is alignment-based vinyasa yoga, grounded in the dharma practices of mindfulness and compassion. If you are prepared to move, to apply clarity to your alignment, to watch your mind, to sweat, to stay steady, to get bored and let go, to engage and be inspired — welcome to OM yoga!
OM yoga Teacher Training offers an integrated study and practice syllabus with a strong emphasis on “best practices of teaching” as applied to yoga. This training will thoroughly prepare you to teach yoga classes with confidence, clarity and compassion.
Your own asana and meditation practice will become stronger and more stable, as well as your understanding and connection to yoga philosophy. But the gem of this training is that you will gain yoga teaching skills sets, enabling you you to provide positive, wholesome experiences to a wide variety of human beings through teaching good, smart, well-rounded yoga classes.
You will be invited to teach in front of the class from Day One. Graduation of the course requires successful completion of a written exam and a practical teaching exam.
Session 1: The Sun Session
Each student will be required to attend daily asana class, except for one day when they will be required to observe class.
Session 2: The Moon Session
Most OM yoga Teacher Trainings are held in 10-day intensive sessions.
Each day is from 9-5 or 9:30-5:30.
You will have some reading assignments before the first day of class, as well as short reading each evening of the session. You will be part of a study group that will have daily assignments which can be done during lunch or in the evenings. Group assignments include discussing reading and bringing in questions; creating sequences and class themes based on reading or Cyndi’s lectures; making a group presentation based on the Yoga Sutra. You will also be required to keep a journal.
In between Session 1 and Session 2 of the OM 200 and OM 500 TT programs, you will be required to do home practice in asana and meditation as well as attend a certain number of asana classes.
OM yoga has been recognized by Yoga Journal as a distinctive, important yoga method. The OM yoga Teacher Training method is renowned throughout the world for excellence, consistency and authenticity.
There are successful OM yoga teachers, trained in the US, Europe and Japan, working throughout the U.S. and in many other countries, including Japan, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Turkey, Sweden, South Africa and India.
You do not have to be a yoga teacher to take OM yoga 200 hour TT. In order to take OM yoga 500 hour TT, you must have a 200 hour TT certificate from a Yoga Alliance registered school
If you have a special physical condition that prevents you from doing certain asanas, you can still take teacher training. Please let Cyndi know about it and she will discuss options with you. Sometimes having a restriction can make you an even more skillful and kind teacher
Yes, you will learn to sequence a class and have lots of experience teaching every aspect of a full class. You will NOT be given a set class sequence, but you will learn how to structure a good class and the process involved in making your own creative, logical classes.
You will be eligible to get a job as a yoga teacher and well-favored due to the excellent worldwide reputation of the OM yoga Teacher Training and the weight that your certificate holds with studio owners.
But it’s up to you — how diligently you work, how deep you are willing to dig, how creatively you apply yourself to the path of being a yoga teacher — all this will determine if and where you get a job as a yoga teacher.
Yes, OM yoga 200 hour TT and 500 hour TT are registered with Yoga Alliance and Cyndi Lee is registered with Yoga Alliance at both the 200 and 500 hour levels. Based on her years of experience and her reputation as a master teacher, Cyndi was grandmothered into Yoga Alliance in 1998.
OM yoga TT does not cover therapeutics, per se. You will learn how to help students modify poses for some common injuries or difficulties. The 200 hour TT covers teaching general population an intermediate level class. There will also be time spent on covering how to create sequences, warm-ups and classes for beginners.
CANCELLATION POLICY FOR TEACHER TRAININGS AND WORKSHOPS
If you cancel:
* more than 30 days before the program begins, you will receive the registration amount less $100 processing fee.
* 30 days or less before the program begins, you will receive a refund equivalent to half of the tuition price you had paid for the program
* anytime during the program, including the first day, you will not be eligible for any refund.
Refunds will be sent to you within 45 days of cancellation.
"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."
"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*"
"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."
"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."
“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.”
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."