Leroy, Self-Care + Living Stitch by Stitch

July 04, 2017


Hello yogis everywhere! 
Last night Brad and I took a lovely walk under the tiny sliver of new moon and rejoiced in the delicious feeling of these long summer nights. The soft, embracing air of central Virginia feels so good and brings with it a general sense of ease. 

I’ve been needing some ease and support to help me through some sadness right now. As a good friend of mine said, “Grief is a mothafucka.” True dat. My little boy poodle, Leroy Brown, passed away in my arms on June 7. He was my dog and I was his person. Simple as that and now there is a huge hole where he used to be. I am so grateful to all of you for the outpouring of letters and cards. I knew that Leroy was a magical being but didn’t realize how many of you knew that, too. There have been numerous donations made in his name and at least three different memorial funds created to honor him and to help various animal organizations. This has helped ease my heart and I thank you for this kindness. 
In an effort to practice what I preach – self-care – I’ve done some different things, including going to Alabama for a week to learn the Natalie Chanin method of slow fashion. I got to spend a week being a student in a workshop. My mom taught me to sew and embroider when I was a little girl and I’ve never stopped. At the workshop, I learned reverse applique, pattern alteration, stenciling and how to work with organic jersey cotton. I loved it. Hand sewing is like meditation, breath by breath, stitch by stitch.  
Back home now, I’m busy working on The Best Abode Prayer Flags, a series of embroidered prayer flags embroidered with what we OMmies called The Dedication of Merit. I’m so excited that this work is going to be part of Lynchburg’s Riverviews Artspace community art show, opening on July 7. Here’s a sneak peek: 





My workshops in New York are all sold out! Check out the rest of my workshops for this year below. These are all places where I regularly teach – every year or every other year. That means they will be full or even sold out. It’s a good idea to sign up ahead of time, as in now, to make sure you get in. 


I’m especially excited to return to the Shamhbala Mountain Center, which is located on a huge, piece of wild Rocky Mountain land. We will practice yoga and meditation in the elegant Sacred Studies Hall and then take hikes up to the stupa, the biggest one in the West, and to the feminine Kami shrine. Get ready to feel inspired by the deep sense of commitment to wakefulness created here by Chogyam Trungpa and continued by Sakyong Mipham Rimpoche.  


And I can’t wait for The Very Special Teachers’ Retreat in Lynchburg. Autumn in central Virginia is exquisitely beautiful and we will take good advantage of it, with special field trips to the Anne Spencer House and the James River. In between we will do a lot of yoga and reflect on our lives, motivation, and direction as yoga teachers, through sharing, contemplative writing, meditating and other nourishments just for yoga teachers. Here’s what Leah Hartofelis, owner of Breathe ‘n Flow Yoga in Long Island, said after attending this retreat: 


“It’s been a week and I’m still Feeling, Sharing, and Processing the experience of attending Cyndi Lee’s annual Very Special Yoga Teachers Retreat (Special Indeed). When asked at the end of the retreat how we feel I said Grateful. I also thought a good way of expressing it was, I feel full like I’ve had a big well balanced meal, but I have a bit of room for dessert.” 
And as a reminder – my Restorative Yoga Teacher Training is always available on line at Yoga International. It is a 6 hour CEU course which includes two different restorative practices, lots of information about how to teach restorative classes or poses within regular classes, and an awesome manual with lots of inspiration and yoga teaching tips from me. You get 6 non-contact hours that can count toward your Yoga Alliance Continuing Ed requirements.  


Sending love to everyone, 




July 21 ~ Open Evening Class

July 22-23 ~ Yoga Body Buddha Mind
YOGA SKY in Berlin



The Very Special Yoga Teachers’ Retreat in Berlin
July 28-30



This retreat is almost sold out (only 2 spaces left!). 
If you are interested in joining us be sure to sign-up soon.



September 1-3
The Resiliency Practices of Yoga and Buddhism

September 22-24
The Resiliency Practices of Yoga and Buddhism

4th Annual Very Special Yoga Teachers’ Retreat in Lynchburg
October 19-24



If you would like to join us this year I recommend
signing up early, all past retreats have sold out. 


November 10-12 ~ Yoga Body Buddha Mind

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training 
on Yoga International

This 6 hour CEU course includes two different restorative practices, lots of information about how to teach restorative classes or poses within regular classes, and an awesome manual with lots of inspiration and yoga teaching tips from me. 



Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.”
~ B.K.S. Iyengar 





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."