What is an OM yoga Teacher Training?

OM yoga Teacher Training is an internationally recognized training program, known for its high quality and thoroughness of education methods.  This training offers detailed and intelligent instruction of asana practice, to fully prepare students for becoming a safe and helpful yoga teacher.  

OM yoga Teacher Training offers an integrated study and practice syllabus with a strong emphasis on “best practices of teaching” as applied to yoga.  The program integrates philosophy, anatomy, meditative awareness and spontaneity with understanding how to sequence a flow, structure a class and keep students safe.

Graduates of the OM yoga Teacher Training are known for their skill, confidence, clarity, compassion and sense of joy!

“Study and practice are the two wings of a bird — you need both to fly!”
  • Study:  teaching methodology, yoga philosophy, dharma, yoga anatomy, svadyaya
  • Practice:  hands-on work, class planning, creative sequencing, stand alone teaching, daily asana practice, meditation intensive

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 to provide positive, wholesome experiences to a wide variety of human beings through teaching good, smart, well-rounded yoga classes.

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OM yoga Teacher Trainings

200 Hour Training –This program offers detailed and intelligent instruction of asana practice, to fully prepare students for becoming a safe and helpful yoga teacher.  Gain knowledge on philosophy, anatomy, meditative awareness and spontaneity with understanding how to sequence a flow, structure a class and keep students safe.  Click here for full details on the 200 hour trainings.

300/500 Hour Training — This advanced training course is for 200-hour certified yoga teachers looking to refine and develop their yoga teaching skill sets, deepen their own physical and spiritual practice and get fresh inspiration.  
Click here for full details on the 300/500 hour trainings.

Meditation Trainings — Cyndi teaches shamatha or mindfulness/awareness meditation as the foundation for cultivating self-knowledge and confidence in our own goodness, insight and compassion.  There are three levels of training, each building upon the prior lessons.    Click here for full details on the Meditation trainings.

Restorative Training — Cyndi will lead you through TWO full sequences of restorative poses, each designed for a specific energetic result.  Following practice we will look at several key restorative asanas and you will work in partners and groups to teach these poses to each other.   Click here for full details on the Restorative trainings.

Pranayama Training — Cyndi will teach you how to use props and hands-on adjustments to support breath work and will work in study groups to create and teach warm-ups specific to pranayama preparation.  Lectures will introduce aspects, movements, and parts of the breath and how pranayama practice can be integrated with yoga philosophy.    Click here for full details on the Pranayama trainings.


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An excerpt about OM yoga Teacher Training from Cyndi's new book

“Twenty-five people on their best behavior are sitting on the floor.  Everyone in the circle has just told us their names , shared their yoga backgrounds and, at my request, tried to articulate why they want to take this yoga teacher training.  

“I’m an 6th grade teacher and I want to teach yoga to my kids.”

“My anxiety attacks went away since I started yoga.”

“My dance career is ending and vinyasa yoga satisfies my movement jones.”

“I can’t stand working as a lawyer one more day!”

My heart feels soft and open to each one of them as they bravely start sharing their stories.  I am always looking for ways to help them feel acknowledged, especially important in this first meeting.  I want them to feel happy and safe right away.  

“I welcome you all to OM yoga Teacher Training.  We will get to the poses soon enough, but let’s lay the ground for being here in the first place.  The name of this training program is Joining Heaven and Earth.  Has anyone been curious about that title?

Still feeling shy, a couple of them nod but most just sit and wait for what I have to say next.  “Heaven means your vision.  Each one of you has a passion for yoga that has developed into a vision of sharing that beautiful practice with others.  Am I right?”  More nods.

“When you are imagining your future or how you would like to the world to be, you might find yourself looking up at the clouds; that’s heaven.  The opposite of that is the grounding quality of earth that is about making things happen now.

“It’s wonderful to have a positive goal but without earth, it remains just a dream in your head.   On the other hand, if you only have earth and no heaven, you might be good at tasks, like fixing the sink, but that will never evolve into a long-term goal or big vision, perhaps starting a plumbing business or inventing a better pipe.  To be balanced, whole and effective, Earth needs the vision of Heaven and Heaven needs the action of Earth.  

“Humans are the only beings that can bring heaven and earth together and you’ve already started doing that by showing up here today.  You had an idea of being a yoga teacher and then you took steps toward that goal by filling out your application, sending in your money, keeping up your yoga practice and showing up here today — on time, in appropriate clothing, with all your textbooks.  Congratulations!” 

Some of them are already taking notes and feeling inspired by this talk, which is relaxing them and helping them lose their self-consciousness.

“So, what is the reason to be a yoga teacher?  Some of you have already said it….”

“To help.”

“Yes!  That’s right.  The only reason to be yoga teacher is to be helpful.  That’s the whole gig, and you know what?  Sometimes it can be challenging!  There will be people who come to your class that don’t want to do what you ask them.  Some have attitudes.  Some people even have B.O.  And sometimes a person comes to your class that you just don’t like for some reason.  But here they are.  They have come to your class to learn yoga and find a sense of balance and wellbeing and your job is to help them.  All of them, without exception.

“That’s why I consider teaching to be a practice, just like doing yoga is a practice and meditating is a practice.  But when I am practicing yoga on my mat, I’m doing it for myself…and that’s the difference.  The practice of teaching is really to benefit others and so we can think of teaching yoga as a bodhisattva practice.  Does anyone know what bodhisattva means?”

Silence.  Most of them are still too shy to answer and I’m pretty sure none of them are familiar with this word.  Yoga teachings don’t typically include this concept, so I backtrack to something they might have heard in a yoga class.

“OK, does anyone know what the word ahimsa means?”

Hands fly up.  I call on Luke, who is pleased that I still remember his name.  


“Yes, non-harming of self and others.  This is the bottom line of yoga practice, the very first principle.  And did you notice that ahimsa is a “non-”; a renunciation?  That is where we start:  from a place of not wanting to ever harm any living being.   Then if we water that notion, like a flower, our heart opens and our motivation starts to blossom outward, shifting from non-doing to doing.  Non-harming evolves into a purposeful activity of being helpful, and suddenly we see so many opportunities. When we have that feeling, it is like waking up to life a little bit, right?”

Most of the teacher trainees are on the edge of their cushions, knees tucked under their chests listening to me as if they were being read a great novel. They know this is the juice, this is the inside scoop on teaching right from the horse’s mouth and they are drinking it up.  They’ve stacked up yoga blocks to make desks on the floor and they’re furiously taking notes.  

I try to wake up the spaced out people with a playful threat, “You should all be taking notes.  You will actually be tested on this.”  I pause to let them all get organized for the big reveal.  

“Bodhi means awakened, and sattva means existence.  So bodhisattva means….”

Yuki blurts out, “Awakened life!”

“Yes!  A bodhisattva is a person who is so awake in the world that they see the suffering of others.  They dedicate their entire life to relieving this condition.  Doesn’t that sound like a good aspiration for a yoga teacher?

I reassure them.  

“Don’t worry.  You don’t have to be a Buddhist to be a yoga teacher and you don’t have to take a special bodhisattva vow to participate in this course but I offer you this model as an inspiration.  A bodhisattva does what it takes to be helpful to all beings everywhere, all the time, no matter what.    

“Different people learn in different ways:  hearing, visuals, reading, touching and doing.  So you are here to develop your language, your hands-on adjustments, your voice, your eyes, your understanding of people and your compassion.  Because when a student doesn’t understand what you are trying to teach, the bodhisattva says, “I will dig deeper into my tool bag to find a way to communicate and help this person.  We are not really teaching poses, we are teaching and reaching people.  And, this is what it means to be a yoga teacher.”

The room goes silent.  The students are contemplating this, trying to put the pieces together.  Others are clearly moved.  In the gap, I realize that how much this all means to me.  Sandwiched between my students and my own dear teachers, a feeling of warmth and gratitude comes over me. It is said that the chances of meeting these precious teachings in one’s lifetime are as rare as a tortoise popping its head up into an inner tube in the middle of the ocean.”  

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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."