OM yoga Meditation Teacher Trainings & Immersions

Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training & Immersion, Level 1, 2 & 3

Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training & Immersion is a three-part course open to:

  • people who have never meditated before; (Level 1)
  • meditators who would like to deepen and refresh their practice; (Level 1)
  • people who want to offer meditation instruction in a group setting such as a yoga class, school group, nursing home, library; (Level 2)
  • experienced meditators who want to work with students on a one-to-one basis. (Level 3)

It is recommended for yoga students, yoga teachers, social workers, school teachers, health care workers, caregivers and leaders in any field.

Mindfulness Meditation TT & Immersion with Cyndi Lee

Mindfulness meditation is an ancient and relevant method for cultivating self-knowledge and confidence in our own goodness, insight and com-passion. Mindfulness meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition but you do not have to be a Buddhist to learn and benefit from being present with things as they are. Rather than attempting to manipulate our experiences, mindfulness is about cultivating an unbiased mind that is open and can fully meet whatever life offers.

Mindfulness meditation involves specific techniques to help develop our innate qualities of stability, clarity and strength. You may find that when you are more in touch with these qualities you also become more men-tally confident and emotionally open-hearted, less confused or stuck.

The word, “mindfulness,”comes from the Sanskrit word, Sati, which means “remembering”. This meditation method is a practice of remembering to bring your attention back to the present when you recognize that it has floated off. From there, we begin to practice remembering other things, such as being kind to ourself when we bring our attention back. Remembering that it is always ok to take a fresh start. We re-member that thoughts are a product of our brain and not a bad thing and we remember to be curious and open to all the ingredients of our life.

Mindfulness Meditation shows us how our own mind works and this is very helpful. It provides a feeling of familiarity and coming home which is relaxing. If we can remember to practice, and remember how to practice, then we may begin to experience a sense of freshness, stable mind, clear thinking, confidence and equanimity.

It is a simple technique but yet it is deeper than you might think, and so it’s good to study and practice it step-by-step.

Each day will include 1-2 dharma talks, 2-3 meditation sessions, journaling exercises, small group assignments and movement snacks of simple stretching and restorative yoga to reawaken stagnant physical energy. Traditional walking meditation will be integrated into the program as a bridge practice between formal sitting meditation and the more interactive aspect of our daily life.

Built on her 30 years as a Buddhist practitioner, Cyndi has designed this course to include what are traditionally known as the Two Wings of the Bird: Study and Practice.

Practice:

Level 1:

  • detailed instruction and practice of mindfulness meditation (sati)
  • detailed sitting posture work (on a cushion or in a chair)
  • detailed instruction and practice of Lovingkindness meditation (maitri)
  • instruction and practice of walking meditation
  • practice mindfulness-in-motion via simple stretching sequences
  • practice self-caring through restorative yoga
  • contemplative writing exercises

Study:

Dharma Talks with Cyndi:

  • What meditation is and is not. What mindfulness is and is not.
  • What is practice?
  • The benefits of mindfulness meditation, and letting go of results
  • Understanding the two layers of motivation
  • Recognizing obstacles in practice and how to work with them
  • Understanding the origin of these practices/overview of the Buddhist path
  • Understanding the Ennobling Truths and how that relates to all of us now
  • Understanding the Brahma Vihara and how to dedicate your practice

If this sounds serious, don’t worry!   One of the greatest benefits of meditation is that it clears the way for joy to appear.  In the meantime, all you have to do is show up.  Just that.

You will find that Mindfulness Meditation practice helps you connect to your inherent strength, stability and clarity, and these are the tools that we use when teaching meditation to others. 

Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training, Level 2 is for people interested in learning to teach meditation to a group.  In addition to longer sitting meditations sessions to develop stamina and insight, Level 2 includes:

  • how to offer meditation instruction to a group (not one-on-one)
  • how to structure and confidently deliver a pithy 5-minute dharma talk
  • the chance to practice this several times!
  • how to field questions and lead group discussions.
  • receiving constructive feedback from Cyndi

* emphasis on heart practices, bodhicitta, maitri,

Study:  There will be a Take Home Test between Level 1 and Level 2 to serve as a review and to help imprint your new learning.

Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training, Level 3 is for more experienced meditators and meditation teachers who want to work with private students.  Level 3 includes:

* Dharma Talk: Not Knowing, Bearing Witness, Compassionate Action

* Learn and practice how to work one-on-one with meditation students

* Practice teaching in dyads, receive feedback from Cyndi

Level 3: June 12, 2019
Triyoga ~ London

Level 3: April 27-28, 2019
Jaya Yoga Center ~ Brooklyn, NY

Study with Cyndi Online

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."