About Cyndi Lee
Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. In 1998, she founded the OM yoga Center in NYC, which became a mecca for yogis worldwide. One of the most influential teachers in the U.S., Cyndi’s teaching work is now focussed on yoga and meditation, and the resiliency that arises when we practice these methods in a sustainable manner.
Known as a “teacher’s teacher,” Cyndi has trained thousands of yoga teachers in Europe, Asia, Central America and the United States. She currently offers Meditation TT and Restorative TT on-line through www.yogainternational.com. Her annual “Very Special Yoga Teacher’s Retreat” magnetizes yoga teachers from all over the world who are looking for fresh inspiration, clarity of direction and reconnection to their own practices.
Cyndi is the author of five books including the classic yoga text: Yoga Body Buddha Mind. Other books are the The New York Times critically acclaimed May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind and OM yoga: A Guide to Daily Practice. She is a regular contributor to numerous publications including Yoga Journal, Real Simple and Lion’s Roar.
Cyndi is a formally trained Lay Buddhist Chaplain under the guidance of Roshi Joan Halifax of Upaya Zen Center. Her root guru is the Tibetan master, Gelek Rimpoche. She has been teaching yoga for 40 years and meditation for nearly 30 years.
About Basic Goodness
Within us all is a core of Basic Goodness. This is not something we have to earn; it’s our natural state.
But sometimes we get confused, angry, anxious, afraid, and we don’t feel our goodness.
This is where yoga and meditation come in. These practices are course corrections, bringing us back into alignment with who we are already; they offer methods for us to rest fearlessly in our natural state, which is basically good.
Try it now:
Sit up nice and tall.
Feel your seat on the cushion or the chair.
Feel the space all around you.
Slowly begin to deepen your breathing, little by little, breath by breath.
Just like the fresh feeling we get from communing with nature, we can always come back to our own natural breath and once again, experience what it is to be alive, fresh and present.
This is how yoga can helps us appreciate our own goodness in every moment. When we become more familiar with our experience of goodness, we begin to recognize it in others. And we remember that the whole world is sacred.