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Making Your Class a Refuge, Not an Escape with Cyndi Lee

  • 09/12/2020
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Via Zoom
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2020 has been a game changer for us yoga teachers. With our hearts full of feelings and our minds rocking back and forth between clarity and confusion, we are all trying to navigate the right path forward for ourselves and our students, as well as the best methods and vehicles for offering yoga practices in these new times.  

As yoga teachers, we cannot know what all of our students are carrying inside them, but we know that almost everyone is feeling some level of overwhelm, directionlessness, and lack of grounding. What is the best way to be helpful, appropriate, and sensitively present?

Inspired by the work she experienced while training to be a Buddhist chaplain, Cyndi has developed Three Tenets and Four Guidelines that will help you confidently, safely, and kindly offer your yoga classes as a refuge during stressful times. We will explore refuge, motivation, and knowing/not knowing, as well as practical methods for holding space. The workshop will include asana, pranayama, restorative poses, meditation, and journaling so that all we discuss gets embodied and digested.  And because practice always has to start with oneself, Cyndi will also talk about how to make your own practice a refuge too.

A recording will be made available to participants for 72 hours following the workshop.

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The Zoom meeting link will be sent to registrants on Friday, September 11.

If you register on Friday or Saturday, September 11 or 12,
the Zoom link will be in your registration confirmation.

Please ensure you have it before the day of the workshop—
check your junk/spam folder!

Cyndi Lee is one of the most influential teachers in the United States and 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. Cyndi’s teaching work is now focused 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 and restorative teacher trainings online through 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. In 2020–21, she will offer an online 300-hour teacher training called The Dharma of Engaged Yoga and the Practice of Sustainable OM Yoga, a vibrant approach to practice that flows from the understanding that all beings everywhere are interdependent.

Cyndi is the author of five books, including the classic yoga text Yoga Body, Buddha Mind; 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 JournalReal 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. She holds a BFA and an MFA in dance from University of California, Irvine.

For more information about Cyndi’s teaching offerings, go to cyndilee.com.

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