May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mindby Cyndi Lee
“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 professionsdancer, choreographer, and yoga teacherLee was caught in a lifelong cycle of repetitive… See more details below
“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 professionsdancer, choreographer, and yoga teacherLee was caught in a lifelong cycle of repetitive self-judgment about her body, which was infecting her closest relationshipsincluding her relationship with herself.
Inspired by the honesty and vulnerability of her students, Lee embarked on a journey of self-discovery that led her outwardfrom the sacred sites of the parched Indian countryside to the center of the 2011 earthquake in Japanand 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.
“Lee’s candor in her healing process will likely resonate with self-help fans... For the millions of people — especially women — who fight the fat talk in their heads, her words will be familiar and comforting. In talking about her students, Lee says, ‘The honesty and vulnerability of each person touches me deeply.’ With this book, Lee has returned the gift.” –Associated Press
“Lee has the ability to look at her self-inflicted suffering with honesty, humor, and open-heartedness. . . . her challenges become part of every woman’story.” –Yoga International
“With candor and curiosity, Lee describes her battle with self-criticism and share how yoga and lovingkindness helped her make the shift from shame to acceptance.” –Yoga Journal
Verdict Lee’s writing matches her teaching style: patient, melodic, and straightforward. Yoga students of all levels and abilities will learn from the simple, profound lessons in this book.—Julia A. Watson, Marywood Univ. Lib., Scranton, PA
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“I am crazy about this book! Not only is it well written, humorous and engaging, it is thought provoking. Ms. Lee. reveals her humanness with such courage, one cannot but help but be drawn in and learn, not only about Ms. Lee, but also about ourselves.” Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, yoga teacher and author of YogaBody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana
“Instantly relatable . . . Lee’s journey reels readers in. Yogis will devour the insightful dharma talks, but the book transcends its New Age genre.” –Publishers Weekly
“Lee beautifully describes the yin and yang of an all-encompassing yogic lifestyle. . . . [A] distinctively Zen autobiography.” – Kirkus Reviews
"Cyndi Lee’s new memoir is absolutely riveting. It is a real, and beautifully-written account of the authentic effects of contemplative practice on the vicissitudes of life with which we all struggle: relationships, career, and the meaning and purpose of this finite life. Lee’s profound self-inquiry will be of great benefit to all who read it." Stephen Cope, Director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, and author of The Great Work of Your LIfe
Meet 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.
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Nowadays, yoga is everywhere. Many different types with sometimes many difficult philosophies. Because this discipline is new to us, we tend to make gurus out of the teachers that introduce us and guide us through. Unfortunately, yoga teachers are subject to be placed on pedestals and are expected to rise above the everyday things that affect most of us. Cyndi Lee, a yoga teacher with worldwide acclaim, has written a refreshing memoir mostly about her changing relationship with her body and her inner self as she gets older. She tells of her history as a dancer, choreographer, and famous yoga teacher who is still insecure about her body despite continuing outside validation. Unlike other books that chronicle yoga as a way to combat body image issues, May I Be Happy pulls the veil back on our perception of perfection to show that it isn't as easy as just striking a pose. This isn't a self-help book, but one woman's story about acceptance.
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