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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: January 2013 ISBN: 9781469263267
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“How can I help others grow and transform if I haven’t done it myself  ?” Cyndi Lee asks in the opening pages of her memoir, May I Be Happy, where she makes a surprising revelation. 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, which was infecting her closest relationships—including her relationship with 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 knowing women, friends and strangers both. Author and actress Jamie Lee Curtis, visionary health pioneer Dr. Christiane Northrup, and a founder of the self-help movement, Louise Hay, each have wisdom to impart. Applying the ancient Buddhist practice of loving-kindness meditation—“Normally you do it for others,” a sage scholar advises, “but you must do this for yourself right now”—Lee comes to learn that compassion is the only antidote to hate. With candid, contemplative prose, 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. Download and start listening now!

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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mara | 12/6/2013

    " A great book about women with body image issues and some real insight into how to change your thinking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/21/2013

    " Started out a little slow, but then I started really liking it. Cyndi has a lot of great lessons to teach, and I especially loved the scenes from her yoga classes that were interspersed through the rest of the narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monet | 9/30/2013

    " Honest and theraputic, a decent self-help book. Was sad though, that she didn't leave her husband. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/13/2013

    " This book is an excellent read if you, like me, need to learn how to not be so hard on yourself. Lee's body image struggle was strikingly and sadly familiar but I walked away from the book feeling renewed. And committed to expanding my yoga practice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 8/17/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book but it was hard to. She seems to be a great business woman and I admire her ability to grow and sustain her Om Yoga empire but she comes across as somewhat entitled, needy and vain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amymercovich | 6/18/2013

    " It is comforting to know that we all at times dislike our bodies and Cyndi Lee helps herself and the reader to find a way to be at peace anyway. A really useful read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 5/25/2013

    " Yoga teachers are human. Who knew? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/22/2013

    " This was a four star book for me because it was pretty fluffy. I think it would be five stars for many people - beginning yogis or people who want simple, powerful lessons. My review will be published by Library Journal. "

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About the Author
Cyndi Lee is the founder of New York City’s OM yoga center and provides OM yoga teacher training worldwide. A regular columnist for Yoga Journal, she lives in Columbus, Ohio.