Synopses & Reviews
In the candid, contemplative memoir May I Be Happy, revered yoga teacher Cyndi Lee gives readers an unforgettable gift: the ability to focus on our experiences as we have them, on the way to a lighter life.
For all her wisdom as a teacher, Cyndi Lee—founder of New York’s world renowned OM yoga Center—understood intuitively that she still had a lot to learn. In spite of her success in physically demanding professions—dancer, choreographer, and yoga teacher—Lee was caught in a lifelong cycle of repetitive self-judgment about her body. Instead of the radical contentment expected in international yoga teachers, she realized that hating her body was a form of suffering, which was infecting her closest relationships—including her relationship to herself.
Inspired by the honesty and vulnerability of her students, Lee embarked on a journey of self-discovery that led her outward—from the sacred sites of the parched Indian countryside to the center of the 2011 earthquake in Japan—and inward, to seek the counsel of wise women, friends and strangers both. Applying the ancient Buddhist practice of loving-kindness meditation to herself, Lee learned that compassion is the only antidote to hatred, thereby healing her heart and changing her mind.
With prose as agile as the yoga sequences she creates, May I Be Happy gives voice to Lee’s belief that every life arises, abides, and ultimately dissolves. By becoming her own best student, Lee internalizes the strength, stability, and clarity she imparts in her Buddhist-inspired yoga classes.
“May I Be Happy
is bold, revealing and thoughtful, exploring the complex relationship we have with our bodies, self esteem, and the journey to find self-acceptance, happiness and love--spirit, mind AND body. It is a deeply intimate memoir.” –Seane Corn, yoga teacher, co-founder Off the Mat, Into the World
“I am crazy about this book! Not only is it well written, humorous and engaging, it is thought provoking. Ms. Lee. reveals her humanness with such courage, one cannot but help but be drawn in and learn, not only about Ms. Lee, but also about ourselves.” --Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, yoga teacher and author of YogaBody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana
“Instantly relatable . . . Lee’s journey reels readers in. Yogis will devour the insightful dharma talks, but the book transcends its New Age genre.” –Publishers Weekly
“Lee beautifully describes the yin and yang of an all-encompassing yogic lifestyle. . . . [A] distinctively Zen autobiography.” – Kirkus Reviews
"Cyndi Lee’s new memoir is absolutely riveting. It is a real, and beautifully-written account of the authentic effects of contemplative practice on the vicissitudes of life with which we all struggle: relationships, career, and the meaning and purpose of this finite life. Lee’s profound self-inquiry will be of great benefit to all who read it." --Stephen Cope, Director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, and author of The Great Work of Your LIfe
A celebrated yoga instructor brings the rigors and rewards of yoga class to the home with a unique teaching method. Instead of directions and minimal pictures, exercises are communicated through easy-to-follow illustrations and streamlined instructions. Concealed Wire-O binding.
Too busy to attend yoga class but can't be bothered to read the endless guidelines in the latest yoga book? In OM Yoga: A Guide to Daily Practice, celebrated yoga teacher Cyndi Lee brings the rigors and rewards of yoga class to the home in an easy, accessible way.
More than two hundred two-color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions present a series of daily yoga routines, including sun salutations, balancing poses, inversions, and seated poses, along with sections on meditation, breathing exercises, tips, and more.
Too busy to attend yoga class but can't be bothered to read the endless instructions in the latest yoga book? In OM Yoga: A Daily Practice, celebrated yoga instructor Cyndi Lee brings the rigors and reqards of yoga class to the home with a totally unique method of teaching. Instead of wordy directiosn and minimal pictures, each series of asanas is communicated entirely through easy-to-follow illustrations and tips. Designed in a practical, concealed Wire-O format that lays flat on the floor while being used, OM Yoga is organized in tabbed sections for each day of the week. Monday is devoted to the Sun Salutation to welcome the week's start. Thursday's practice focusses on sitting poses, when the week's energy is dwindling. When joined together, each day's recipe cultivates a yoga practice that is challenging, energizing, and restorative. Including sections on meditation, breathing, and do-it-yourself yoga "recipes" for all levels, OM Yoga: A Guide to Daily Practice creates the possibility for a meaningful yoga practice in the privacy of the home.
Celebrated yoga teacher Cyndi Lee brings the rigors and rewards of yoga class to the home in an easy, accessible format. In this journal, she offers unique yoga poses and series for each season of the year, communicated through charming illustrations. Guided prompts throughout invite reflection and writing. The perfect tool for all levels of experience, OM at Home creates the possibility for a meaningful yoga practice in the privacy of the home.
Never been busier? Take heart. In OM Yoga Today, renowned yoga teacher Cyndi Lee offers a simple and realistic approach to integrating a daily yoga session into even the most hectic day with a yoga sequence for any schedule and tailored to meet specific needs and fitness goals. Through her signature easy-to-follow illustrations, Cyndi provides straightforward instruction for yoga sessions that last five, fifteen, thirty, sixty, or ninety minuteseach sequence building on the one before. Designed to be used during practice, this user-friendly book for the free-time challenged has easily referenced tabs for locating particular sequences quickly, and a concealed Wire-O format that lays flat on the floor alongside the practitioner. With sage words on meditation, breathing, and dedicating your practice, OM Yoga Today creates the possibility for a meaningful yoga practice in the privacy of the homeno matter how busy the day.
About the Author
Cyndi Lee is the author of Chronicle Books's popular OM Yoga. Director of the OM Yoga Center, she is a practitioner of hatha yoga and Tibetan Buddhism and has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. Cyndi and the OM Yoga center have been featured in Self, Fitness, Shape, New York Magazine, Yoga Journal, and on CNN and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. Currently a regular columnist for Shambhala Sun, she lives in New York City.