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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