May Newsletter: Last Chances, Meditating Poodles & More!

May 25, 2016
 biking with brad

Happy Spring everyone!

It feels so good to get outside and take a walk with Mr. Brown or ride bikes with Mr. Bateman. Especially since lately I’ve had my head in the books, working hard on my Zen Chaplaincy assignments. I’m in year two and the work has gotten more intense – and naturally, even more satisfying and inspiring. 
The first year of the Upaya Chaplaincy program is sometimes referred to as “inner chaplaincy.” This is a time to dig deep within oneself, try to see where you are stuck in your beliefs, hopes and fears. It is also a time to sit, listen and see where you may be called to walk alongside. The whole process begins with “not knowing.” That doesn’t mean you don’t know anything or that you don’t do anything – but that you enter situations, including what is bubbling around inside of you, with an open heart/mind
Recently I came across an interview I did for YogaCity in 2012, at the time that I closed OM yoga Center in NYC. When asked what I was going to do after closing the studio I said that I wanted to go deeper into my practices and that’s exactly what has happened. I started a daily home practice soon after moving out of NYC, attended numerous Buddhist retreats, and now I’m participating in the chaplaincy training, which is a full-on path to living into one’s practice in the world. 
The pull to practice, study, and sharing the work in ways that hopefully are beneficial for others, is only getting stronger for me. The inner chaplaincy work has also helped clarify what I am ready to let go of. I’ve realized it is time for me to let go of giving advanced teacher trainings. 
This decision means that 2016 is the last time I will offer OM 300/500 TT. I am then going to retire from offering that course and hope you can make it in June and September – as it’s not going happen again. There is a link below for more information. 


leroy meditatingI’m ready to focus on the other thing I mentioned in the YogaCity interview – offering more classes and meditation talks on-line. At the time of that interview, some of my students got so angry! They said, “We don’t want on-line classes. We want classes at OM yoga!” But that was then and this is now and times change, as does everything. Now my students from all around the world are asking when I will have more on-line offerings and this answer is NOW and MORE COMING SOON.
See the full newsletter for more details.


This summer I am going to go to Texas to learn how to teach something new for me – NIA! It’s a fun way to get your dance jones on and I love it! Right after that training, you will find me back on the cushion at the Upaya Zendo for a sessin. Movement to stillness….ahhh…. 
Even my poodle, Leroy Brown, meditates > > > >
As always, I am so grateful to all of you for keeping in touch, meeting me in Berlin and London and Miami and Boulder and right here in Lynchburg. My studio, Yoga Goodness, is growing and we love having visitors come to our quiet spot in beautiful central Virginia. 
Write me – ask me questions. Keep in touch and check out the full newsletter for highlights and upcoming workshops!

Read the full May Newsletter HERE!

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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."