Recovery, Resiliency and a NEW Refrigerator Sequence

May 12, 2018

Happy Spring, everyone!

As I write this I am getting ready for my second hip replacement surgery. I am grateful for all that I have learned from the last 90 days of recovery from hip replacement #1. It was kind of perfect that my first workshop back in action was Yoga and Buddhism for Resiliency, which I taught to a full house at Kripalu in mid-April. 
Yoga and Buddhism for Resiliency at Kripalu. Students of all ages, including an inspiring 88 year old yogini!

Then teaching last weekend at the YJ LIVE NYC event was an absolute joy for me. I could NOT have done it without my assistants: Jennifer Brilliant, Lauren Carlotto Perry, Christine Li, Hunt Parr and Leah Hartofelis. Hands together in gassho to you all!

Three weeks prior I had been in an absolute panic about these upcoming gigs. I worried that I would not have the strength or stamina to make it through and that would inhibit my ability to offer something of value to my students.

Then I remembered Gelek Rimpoche saying, “If you look anger in the eye, it reduces it by 50%.” I figured this must apply to all the kleshas that pop up for us – anger, fear, hatred, jealousy, frustration, pride, anxiety – and it worked! Acknowledging my fear and anxiety seemed to cut it in half, and suddenly, I got my mojo back!

I rubbed arnica oil on my legs, put on my yoga clothes and was ready to practice….something.

Oh, but first I had to look in the refrigerator again to discover what ingredients were in there to cook up my practice meal. Here is what I found:
#1: Direction from Thich Nhat Hanh: “Arrive in every step. Just this.”

#2: My PT exercises are a good warm-up and make me feel safe.
#3: Tree pose was there, waiting for me to bravely try balancing on my new titanium hip leg.
#4: The memory that it is fun to get on the floor and make things up.

Like putting food together to make a meal, these four things – that were already inside me waiting to be (re)discovered – combined to make a brand new practice for me right now.

I wrote the whole thing down for you, plus drawings for the middle section. Click here to check out the Refrigerator Sequence #2.

Stay tuned for updates on what I’ve been reading, listening to, thinking about, meditating around and sewing/knitting during my recovery periods. Come join me next fall for yoga in some amazing places.


August 31 – Sept. 3
The Himalayan Institute ~ Honesdale, PA
Yoga International In-House Retreat
ONLY 5 Teachers:  Rod Stryker, Sally Kempton, Gary Kraftsow, Doug Keller and Cyndi Lee
This is NOT a digital event but is going to be In Real Life.
Early bird Pre-sale pricing is available NOW. 

September 21-23
Shambhala Mountain Center ~ Red Feather Lakes, CO
The Resiliency Practices of Yoga and Buddhism

Oct. 21-24

Mable Dodge Luhan House ~ Taos, NM
The 4th Annual Very Special Yoga Teachers’ Retreat: Escape to Reality
This retreat is ALREADY FILLED – but if you would like to join the
waitlist please write me directly at
November 16-18
Kripalu Institute ~ Lenox, MA  Yoga Body Buddha Mind


Some other small yogi treats being offered…

Yoga Snacks Challenge
12 mins of yoga a day for 14 days with support and guidance on Yoga International

Real Simple Sharing 
I’m thrilled to share Maitri meditation this way
to Real Simple magazine readers.

Full meditation below.



For those who live with chronic pain caused by conditions like fibromyalgia or arthritis, repeating aspirations can serve as a reminder that you are more than your pain. Take a few slow, full, breaths in and out. Let this breathing pattern create a sense of calmness and positivity. Then, on an exhale, say to yourself, “May I be happy.” after a few more breaths, continue whispering or thinking to yourself, “May I be healthy, may I be safe, and may I live with ease.” Take your time saying each line, letting yourself really imagine what it would be like to feel happier, healthier, safer, and more at ease. 
– Cyndi Lee



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."