Wisdom and Rejuvenation

December 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Hello yogis everywhere ~
 
Upon reviewing 2017 I’ve discovered that I did so much teaching, traveling, writing, and chaplaincy study/practice that I am shocked to discover it all happened in one year.  Though I am tremendously grateful for all the opportunities, I must admit that I have been overworking for the last two years and I’ve gotten out of balance.  That can happen even to yogis!
 
We yogis know that yoga is about the relationship between opposites.  In asana class, I say things like Down Creates Up or I quote my beloved guru, Gelek Rimpoche, holding up his hanky and saying, “This is Samsara”.  Then he would flip the hanky over and said “This is Nirvana”. This is what we talk about when we talk about inhale and exhale, active and passive, steadiness and ease – you can’t have one without the other.  Time for this teacher to re-integrate her life.  
 
So I took yoga practice and turned it into math. Here’s what I came up with:
 
Saying no to some things = saying yes to others.  
 
Duh.  But after years of saying yes, I finally realized that I’ve been doing the same thing and wishing for a different result. I wanted relief from exhaustion, pressure, self-imposed expectations and an opportunity to shift my work.
 
These are the steps on the path:
 
Single tasking = accomplishing more.  
 
Purposefully toggling activities = resilience, fresh energy and perspective, fun!
 
Re-inventing yourself = reorganizing your skill sets and talents to define a new direction 
that reflects your current interests and most valuable offerings to the planet.  (as opposed 
to tossing out the skill sets you have spent years developing and starting from scratch.)
 
When I look back on my life I realize that I have never truly re-invented myself.  I have simply evolved and then reformulated my work.  There is a consistent through-line from when I started dancing with Louise Simonson (Lynn Simonson’s mom for you NYC dancers) at the age of 7, through my BFA and MFA in Dance in California, through 18 years of performing and 20 years of full time yoga teaching and studio owning.  The same ground of passion for movement has only grown along with more knowledge, more study, more practice and hopefully, more wisdom.
 
So I’m letting these insights from my 46 years (GASP!) of yoga practice be my north star.  Here are some changes I’ve made:
  • I sold my Virginia studio, Yoga Goodness, to wonderful Leslie Davis and Jesse Norton.
     
  • I said no to a fantastic teaching invitation because it was on my 65th birthday and instead I want to celebrate that day with friends and family.
     
  • Brad and I bought a casita in Santa Fe, NM which is a place of nourishment and inspiration for us.
     
  • I’m using my yoga and dharma practice to offer hospital chaplains site-specific practices for being more embodied in their work.
     
  • I came out of denial that massage and chiropractic could relive the tremendous chronic pain I’ve been living with for a year.  I went to an orthopedist, got x-rays and discovered there is zero cartilage left in my hips….so I am getting hip replacement surgery on January 30th (stay tuned for an article: “What Pain has Taught Me and No Regrets”.)
 
From the list below you will see that I am only doing FIVE In Real Life events in 2018:  four retreats and one conference.  Other plans include more on-line offerings and writings.  Because I’m not overloading I’m very excited about all of these events and courses and hope you will join me!
 

 

 

In the meantime, if you also need to down-regulate or know someone who does, check out my on-line courses on Yoga International:
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

April 13-15

 

Kripalu Institute ~ Lenox, MA
Yoga and Buddhism for Resilience
 
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April 20-22
Yoga Journal LIVE ~ NYC
 
 
Join me for these classes:
 

 

~ OM Yoga 2.0 ~
~ The Resiliency Practices of Yoga and Buddhism~ 
~ Say Good Morning to Your Sun Salutation ~

 

 
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May 18-20
The Art of Living Retreat Center ~ Boone, NC
Yoga Body, Buddha Mind

 

 
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August 31-September 2
Himalayan Institute ~ Honesdale, PA
Yoga As Healing Art
Registration coming soon. 
 

 

I’ll also be holding another annual Very Special Yoga Teachers’ Retreat in 2018. These retreats have been a popular favorite for yoga teachers and quickly fill up. This year I’ll be holding the retreat in beautiful and expansive Taos, New Mexico. Come find openness, connection, new wisdom and a sense of rejuvenation.

 


The 5th Annual Very Special Yoga Teachers’ Retreat:  Escape to Reality

 

 

October 21-24
Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, NM
 
 
** This retreat is already half full so be sure to register soon if you are interested in joining! **
 
 
 
FOR MORE DETAILS ON THESE LIVE EVENTS GO TO WWW.CYNDILEE.COM
 
Be on the lookout for these new courses being launched in 2018…
 
 

 

 

 
Meditation TT ~ Levels 1 & 2
 
 
 

 

 

Taking Refuge in Your Body
Being the Refuge: A Course for the Helping Professions

 

 

 

 


Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body will allow readers to gain new experiences and that every body will see themselves reflected in this book. And in that reflection, 
feel seen and affirmed.

 

 

 

 
Released on February 4
 
 
 
 
I hope to see you all soon.  I hope you can find your own fluid balance in life this holiday season and in the coming year.  
 
Love,
Cyndi

 

 

 

  A peek at my latest article in REAL SIMPLE magazine

Little Bit is looking for mommy.
Me with friends after 8 days 
of silent Zen retreat at Upaya 
this December.

 

 

After Rohatsu, an 8- day silent Zen retreat that marks Buddha’s awakening on Dec. 8

Last class I taught as owner of Yoga Goodness. 
New owners, Leslie on my right and Jesse on my left.
 

 

 
“The capability of human life is beyond our imagination. What counts 
is the human capacity to investigate and transform our own mind 
and the world around us in a powerful and positive direction.”
 
~ Gelek Rimpoche

 

 

 

 
 
 
     

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."