A weekend workshop with 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 from all over the world. One of the most influential teachers in the U.S., Cyndi’s teaching work is now focused on yoga, meditation and resiliency workshops worldwide.
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 Teacher Training and Restorative Teacher Training 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. To find more of her on-line classes, courses, and trainings, as well as IRL teaching activities, please go to www.cyndilee.com.
This weekend workshop unfolds the practice of Sustainable Vinyasa, a medium paced flow practice designed to balance your physical and mental strength, stability, clarity, mobility.
Based on the long view of Sustainability, these vinyasa practices will energize and enhance you today as well as expand your capacity to move, breath and live well in the future. Sustainable Vinyasa, grounded in the practice of MIndfulness, helps us care for ourselves in a way that naturally helps us care for others and our whole world.
Individual Session Descriptions
Gathering the Threads of Attention
FRIDAY NIGHT: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
We will toggle between warming vinyasas, walking meditation, pranayama and bright attention; threading awareness throughout each different activity. This active class will involve sitting, lying, rocking and rolling, twisting and using props to invert. Several downward dogs will pop up, but no standing up on your legs poses will happen this evening. Yes, you will sweat. And the uniqueness of this class will leave you feeling nimble, fresh and clear.
Slow Flow for Life
SATURDAY MORNING: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Sustainable yoga is a practice of working with all the ingredients of your life, as you are and as you change. Cyndi will talk about sustainability, boredom, mindfulness and mendfulness. The dynamic sequencing of Cyndi’s medium-paced Slow Flows and three variations of savasana will focus on clarifying methods of rotation, extension, contraction and receptivity. Taking time to observe the effects of our yoga actions helps us have agency in our practice and our life, now and in the future.
Mindfulness of Body
SATURDAY AFTERNOON: 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Mindfulness of Body is an integrated mind-breath-body training practice which teaches us to fall back into the simplicity of each moment. Cyndi will unfold the traditional layers of this powerful Buddhist practice in mini-talks on Sati or Mindfulness: Establishing Presence of Mind, Contemplating Externally, Impermanence and Insight. Meditation practice will sandwich a slow-flow asana practice focussing on connections, transitions, presence and your own mind on motion. Standing poses, floor work, backbends, working on our hands, going upside down and turning inside out — find out what yoga feels like when it grows from a practice of arriving in every step.
Practice as Refuge, Not Escape
SUNDAY MORNING: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Sometimes our motivation to practice is strongest when we feel overwhelmed, directionless and ungrounded. Although yoga is meant to be a path to awakening, we may find that we are using practice to escape from reality.
In this workshop, Cyndi offers Three Tenets and Four Guidelines, which we will explore through lecture, discussion, pranayama, asana and meditation, enabling you to transform stress, fear, confusion and boredom into confidence, security and kindness; to feel grounded even when your world is upside down.
Friday, 6/28/19, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, 6/29/19, 10:00 - 12:30 pm
& 2:30 - 5:30 pm
Sunday, 6/30/19, 10:00 - 1:00 pm
$200.00 for entire workshop
$65.00 for each individual sessions