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Taking Refuge in Your Body

An online course in developing a daily practice of self-care.

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Feel like you’re in an energy rut? Don’t have time for lengthy meditation sessions? Find exercise boring? Make a fresh start with a smart combination of movement and mindfulness, informed by Buddhist teachings.


In 5 jargon-free segments, famed movement innovator Cyndi Lee will guide you in making self-care a vitalizing part of your day—even if you just have 5 minutes. Lee’s talks in Taking Refuge in Your Body will offer insights on applying ancient wisdom to modern life. With her yoga-inspired exercises and mindfulness-based meditations, you can experience a calmer nervous system and an overall sense of renewal.



“This was a fantastic course...the production values were amazing. I would happily invest in another Lion’s Roar course.”


Follow along with Taking Refuge in Your Body from the comfort of your own home, and on your own schedule; return to it as often as you like to refresh what you’ve learned and keep your practice strong.

Yoga classes aren’t your thing?
While Cyndi Lee is a famous yoga teacher, this is not a yoga course. Anyone wishing to make friends with their body while incorporating self-care into their daily life will take comfort in Lee’s restorative approach to bodywork and meditation. (So if yoga classes are your thing and you’re interested in learning about meditation, you’ll love this course too.)

You’re not that flexible?
You don’t need to be! This course was created for all ages and body types, including those with limited mobility. If you can sit in a chair and stand on your feet, you will find the movements liberating. Besides, there’s more than yoga-like exercises here. You’ll also learn breathwork that calms the nervous system, empowering you to align body and mind throughout the day.

Not sure about mindfulness, let alone Buddhism?
You’ve probably noticed that mindfulness practices have been taken up by all kinds of people lately. That’s because mindfulness requires no specific beliefs or any specific spiritual background; everyone is welcome to benefit from Taking Refuge in Your Body. Plus, there’s good reason to believe that mindfulness can work wonders for both our physical health and mental health. As a 2018 Lion’s Roar magazine article notes, “recent studies suggest that mindfulness may have impacts on our hearts, brains, and immune systems, among other potential effects,” and can “play a supportive role in health care by helping people to cope with pain, stress, anxiety, and depression.” (It may be contraindicated in some cases; please seek treatment if you need it.)

Make self-care an intentional part of your everyday life in 2019 — and for many years to come.


Your Instructor


Cyndi Lee
Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. Founder of the world-renowned OM yoga Center in NYC (1998-2012), Cyndi is known for her contemplative classes and soulful teachings. She is the author of 5 books, including Yoga Body, Buddha Mind: A Complete Manual for Physical and Spiritual Well-Being and the New York Times critically acclaimed May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind. In 2018, Cyndi underwent a Buddhist Chaplaincy program at Upaya Zen Center with Roshi Joan Halifax.


Class Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Yoga classes aren’t your thing?
While Cyndi Lee is a famous yoga teacher, this is not a yoga course. Anyone wishing to make friends with their body while incorporating self-care into their daily life will take comfort in Lee’s restorative approach to bodywork and meditation.
You’re not that flexible?
You don’t need to be! This course was created for all ages and body types, including those with limited mobility. If you can sit in a chair and stand on your feet, you will find the movements liberating. Besides, there’s more than yoga-like exercises here. You’ll also learn breathwork that calms the nervous system, empowering you to align body and mind throughout the day.
Not sure about Buddhist mindfulness?
You’ve probably noticed that mindfulness practices have been taken up by all kinds of people lately. That’s because mindfulness requires no specific beliefs or any specific spiritual background; everyone is welcome to benefit from Take Refuge in Your Body. Plus, there’s good reason to believe that mindfulness can work wonders for both our physical health and mental health. (It may be contraindicated in some cases; please seek treatment if you need it.)

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