Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. Founder of New York City’s OM Yoga Center (1998–2012), Cyndi now teaches workshops on yoga, meditation, and resiliency  worldwide. Author of the yoga classic, Yoga Body Buddha Mind and May I Be Happy, a memoir about body image and meditation, she also writes for Yoga Journal, Real Simple, Lion’s Roar, and Yoga International. Cyndi is a longtime student of Gelek Rimpoche and an ordained lay Buddhist Chaplain under the auspices of Upaya Zen Center.

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Cyndi Lee shares how her yoga practice has shifted over the years:


  • Radical Inclusivity and the Mind-Body Connection

    We know that mind and body are part of each other. You cannot have a body without a mind or a mind without a body. But sometimes we forget, says Cyndi Lee.

  • Ride the Waves of Alignment

    Yoga provides an opportunity for us to practice whatever it is we want to develop in the other parts of our life when we are not "doing" yoga, says Cyndi Lee, founder of OM Yoga.

  • May I Be Happy

    "Instead of looking outside myself for a better diet, a more effective exercise plan, a face lift in a bottle, or an ultra-enthusiastic bra, I needed to examine my habitual ways of thinking," writes Cyndi Lee in this book excerpt.

  • Take Refuge in Your Body

    Taking refuge in the body means that we begin to make friends with our body. We begin to listen to our body and treat it the way we would treat someone we care about.

  • Yoga and Ayurveda Go Prime Time

    We asked a few yoga and Ayurveda experts to offer health- and happiness-enhancing practices for some very stressed-out small-screen personalities.