For all her wisdom as a teacher, Cyndi Lee 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 realised that 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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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.
What People are Saying About This
“May I Be Happy is bold, revealing and thoughtful, exploring the complex relationship we have with our bodies, self esteem, and the journey to find self-acceptance, happiness and lovespirit, mind AND body. It is a deeply intimate memoir.” –Seane Corn, yoga teacher, co-founder Off the Mat, Into the World
“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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.