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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (90 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cyndi Lee Narrator: Cyndi Lee Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lee’s journey reels readers in. Yogis will devour the insightful dharma talks, but the book transcends its New Age genre.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A distinctively Zen autobiography.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jen | 1/19/2014

    " I didn't finish this... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Roxanne | 1/16/2014

    " Just ok! Scattered, all over the place with little gems of insight that were wonderful, but few and far between. Didn't really love the character/ writer- it's a memoir. My love of yoga made me pick it up but it was average at best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cnbarrett | 12/19/2013

    " Started out a little rough. She was pretty self depricating but it ended on an extremly positive note. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer Gravley | 12/11/2013

    " I liked the book, but it began to drag and become repetitive. I think it could have been shorter or have concentrated on a few other through-lines than just body issues. "

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