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

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Cyndi Lee in a tree pose outside

Cyndi Lee quote saying "Mindfulness meditation is a practice of seeing things as they are - not as we wish they were or how we hoped they might be. But what's going on right now - what's right in front of me. Can I sit with that?"

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.

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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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