May I Be Happy: A Yoga and Meditation Workshop for Women
August 30–September 2, 2013
Many of us have a natural impulse to be helpful to others but are not as good at caring for ourselves. We tend to put our own honest needs last, leaving us with unhealthy feelings of depletion, isolation and resentment. Learning to take care of ourselves is not selfish, it is actually spiritual maturity. When we take responsibility for our own happiness, we begin to create the patterns of compassion and understanding which will allow us to truly offer support for others.
Drawing on Cyndi Lee’s new book, May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind, this workshop will use Maitri – the traditional loving kindness practice – as the framework for asana and meditation sessions. Each session will focus on one of the slogans:
May I Be Healthy will offer breath work to soothe the nervous system and slow flow sequences which offer spaciousness to help you connect to your natural goodness.
May I Be Happy will integrate a fun, rollicking yoga class with contemplations on how to experience unconditional happiness, whether you can do each pose or not!
May I Be Safe will combine physical alignment principles with an exploration of how our aspiration and actions are aligning.
May I Live with Ease will be an opportunity for some delicious restorative yoga.
This retreat is for women only and recommended for those who have at least 6 months yoga experience.
Cyndi will give a talk and book signing at the Boulder Bookstore on August 29th at 7:30pm.
Read Cyndi’s recent interview on our blog.
Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Buddhism in her teaching. Author of the yoga classic, Yoga Body Buddha Mind and May I Be Happy, a memoir about body image and meditation, she also writes for Real Simple and Lion’s Roar. She is a graduate of Upaya Zen Chaplaincy program under Roshi Joan Halifax.