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Episode 152: Cyndi Lee — Building Resilience Through Meditation and Sustainable Yoga

Today, we’re talking to Cyndi Lee, who was the first Western female yoga teacher to combine Tibetan Buddhism and yoga.

Cyndi and I worked together many times when I was an editor at Yoga Journal and I have so much respect for her. You’ll see why in this candid, down-to-earth interview. Cyndi is is not only inspiring, but she’s a living testament to how practicing yoga and meditation for many years can help you navigate life’s ups and downs with grace.

We talk about:

* Cyndi’s career as a professional dancer in the 1980s–including what it was like working with Cyndi Lauper

* The journey that led Cyndi to open the legendary Om Yoga studio in New York City

* Her recent studies that led her to become a Buddhist chaplain, what that entails, and how that intersects with yoga for her

* Cyndi’s double hip replacement, what she learned from it, and how the healing process is going for her. Plus, she shares what advice she’d give to others who are facing a similar situation.

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Cyndi Lee’s website

Yoga Body, Buddha Mind: A Complete Manual for Physical and Spiritual Well-Being

May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind

Upaya Institute and Zen Center

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Episode 74: Jill Miller Talks Honestly About Hip Replacement Surgery & How Yoga is in Need of a Tune Up

Jill Miller is the creator of Yoga Tune Up® and The Roll Model Method® — a self care method that utilizes specific poses, sequences, and self massage tools to help you tune into your body’s “blind spots.” Jill’s method can help ease aches and pains, it can soothe your nervous system, and increase proprioception — that important ability to feel where your body is in space.

Just before this interview, Jill made the announcement that years of wear and tear on her body (including yoga practice) have led to the need for a hip replacement. Understandably, the response in the yoga community was one of shock, curiosity, and even some judgment. Jill was kind enough to share her story — what she thinks led her to this point, what she would do differently, and why she’s not throwing yoga under the bus.


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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
The Roll Model Method (PS: I highly recommend this book if you’re interested in her method. It’s so detailed and filled with helpful rolling sequences.)
Surprise, Surprise! You Need a Total Hip Replacement
More About Yoga Tune Up®: www.tuneupfitness.com/yogatuneup

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