It was a great pleasure and privilege to get to chat to Cyndi Lee for this episode. I took some fo my Yoga training with Cyndi a number of years ago and have been inspired and guided by her method of teaching in my own style, and how I understand Yoga teachings.
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.
You can find out more about Cyndi and her teaching at https://www.cyndilee.com/