January Newsletter

January 14, 2013

I’m looking at snow, lots of snow, which is seasonally appropriate since it is December, after all.  The official western 2012 is almost at an end, but the Chinese/Tibetan Year of the Water Dragon is not over yet.  It started on February 22 with the promise of gentle change. That was certainly the case for me.  Pretty much everything in my life has changed in the last ten months — residence, relationship, studio — all in total flux. My little baby Leroy has been a constant but otherwise, fluid would be the best word to describe my life during the Year of the Water Dragon.

This realization came to mind as I was preparing for the upcoming OM 500 Teacher Training in New York City by re-reading Mr. Iyengar’s brilliant book, “Light on Life.”  He writes:

“Nature is full of variety. Not only is it full of variety, it is also constantly changing, so there is always something new to see. We too are part of Nature, therefore constantly changing, so we are always looking at Nature from a different viewpoint.  We are a little piece of continual change looking at an infinite quantity of continual change.”

How do we even know this?  Through our beautiful practices which work from the outside in and the inside out to help us more fully integrate all aspects of ourselves.  When this integration occurs — and you know you’ve felt it arise naturally sometimes, haven’t you? — we are experiencing yoga.

But I don’t want to get ahead of myself.  Must. Stay. Present.  We can discuss this all further on Feb. 4.  In the meantime, Happy New Year everyone.  I look forward to seeing you in 2013.


[title size=”2″]NEWS AND EVENTS ABOUT CYNDI’S NEW BOOK![/title]
May I Be Happy A Memoir of Love, Yoga and Changing My Mind will be released on January 24th!
Please come celebrate, buy the book, hear me read and get your book signed at:


  • Laughing Lotus, NYC  January 25
  • Yoga on High, Columbus, OH  January 29
  • Evolution Yoga, Cleveland, February 1
  • Kaia Yoga, Westport, CT,  February 11


PS. Cheers!   Here I am with Martin Becker and Regula Guldimann at Niyama Studio in Basel, Switzerland.

May I Be Happy: Getting Aligned for the New Year
(an on-line retreat through Tricycle Magazine)
For the entire month of JANUARY, I will be offering 4 dharma talks, one a week, along with meditation, maitri and yoga practices. www.tricycle.com

Lots more planned for 2013 including:

  • OM 500 Teacher Training NYC: Jan 4-13 & April 19-28
  • The first OM 500 TT in Turkey Istanbul: March 8-17 & May 10-19
  • OM 200 TT Berlin: June 6-16 & October 17-27
  • OM 100 hour Vinyasa TT Singapore: October 1-15


Stay Tuned.
Keep In Touch.
Write me anytime at – cyndi@omyoga.com

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  • Jeri Wilson, Studio Owner, Maine

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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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