Thanksgiving News from Cyndi

December 01, 2013


Santosha & Thanksgiving

Newsletter highlights:
OM 500 TT in NYC – only 6 spots left! Apply by 12/4/13
OM Meditation Immersion & Teacher Training
May I Be Happy – Events & paperback edition


How Practice Shows Up
a note from Cyndi
It’s working. This yoga and dharma stuff is showing up regularly in my life and you know how I can tell? I’m happy, which is a good thing for everybody. If you are happy, that is also a good thing for everybody. I’m not talking jumping-up-and-down peak experience situation, but rather a major lessening of craving. I’m no longer looking outside myself for fulfillment or happiness. The Sanskrit word for this sense of contentment is Santosha.Happy with my students

From years of dedicated practice I’m finally getting pretty good at recognizing when I am making myself unhappy. It’s usually when I want something I don’t have and 99% of the time don’t need. Or when I just habitually look at things from a wrong-side-of-the-bed perspective. But that’s just a habit. It’s not a crime; just an old worn-out habit. These days it is not difficult to flip that or let it go altogether because I am clear that I do not want that inner whiner in my life anymore.

For one thing, I see that it is only me that is getting grumpy…that is, at first. If I stay grumpy then it’s going to start to infect my relationships. And I’ve got some beautiful friendships that I am grateful for. I want to nourish them. I want to nourish me.

So I meditate and that enables me to clearly see my habits; gives me the strength and commitment to let them go of what hurts me and others and the stability to hold steady to the course that nourishes me.

Maybe it’s turning 60 but recently it’s gotten easier because it got so much clearer. I have had my heart broken more than once, lost my parents in two different sad ways, and over these 60 years had numerous challenges that stressed me and hurt a lot. This will not change because life holds more for me and all of us. But I see that HOW we live with what is, holds the key. Just as what we practice in yoga is not really about which poses we do, but HOW we do them that creates transformation and positivity.

That’s all I wanted to say this year, right around Thanksgiving. Santosha is powerful. Patanjali says Santosha brings unsurpassed joy. I wish this for all of you this Thanksgiving.



OM yoga 500 hour Teacher Training
Application deadline extended to Dec 12th

Only 6 spots left!

This continuing education 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.Questions? Email Cyndi & she will respond after December 8th when she returns from silent retreat.

Program Dates: Sun Session, Part 1: Jan 18-26, 2014. Moon Session, Part 2: Apr 4-13, 2-14 (Part 2)

The following sections may be taken separately:

Sun Session, Part 1
or Moon Session, Part 2.

Registration and payment in full of $1,500.00 for either is due by December 4.
OM Restorative Teacher Training April 10 & 11 – $275
OM Pranayama Teacher Training April 8 & 9, 2014. $275
Exquisite Sequencing, Building the Basics, Smart, Mixed Level — Jan 20, $375

OM Meditation Teacher Training at Kripalu


OM Meditation Immersion & Teacher Training

Gain a comprehensive understanding of meditation practice and stages of the Buddhist path. Deepen your personal practice and develop the skill sets for presenting meditation and its benefits in a genuinely supportive and clear way.

(Level 1 & 2)
Kripalu, in the Berkshires of Western MA

May I Be Happy

May I Be Happy

We’re so excited that Cyndi’s book May I Be Happy is being released in paperback on Jan. 26 with a new cover! Available on Amazon,
B&N and your local independent book stores!

Jan 31 – Feb 2 – May I Be Happy Weekend Workshop. Willow St. Yoga, Washington DC

Mar 1 – 2, May I Be Happy Classes & Keynote Speaker – Cannon Beach Yoga Festival, Cannon Beach, OR

Mar 7 – 9 – May I Be Happy Retreat for Women – Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

May 2 – 4 – May I Be Happy Weekend Workshops, Suncoast YTA, Florida

Jun 13 – 15 – May I Be Happy: Embodying Compassion Workshop Kaia Yoga, Westport, CT


Click here to see my schedule. Keep in touch! email me at, and check in on facebook and twitter too.


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  • 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."

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  • 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."

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    "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."

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    "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."

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    "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."