OM yoga 500 Hr teacher training in NYC

The Program:

The OM 500 hour Teacher Training program is taught by Cyndi Lee, the founder of OM yoga, an alignment-based vinyasa practice informed by Buddhist meditation methods of mindfulness and compassion.

“Cyndi’s 500 hr. TT was completely life transformative.  The whole energy of how to be a yoga teacher was truly given to me by how Cyndi teaches herself — with a lightness but also a depth of knowledge and truth.”  — Ellie Aaron, NYC yoga and meditation teacher

This continuing education course is for 200-hour certified yoga teachers looking to refine and develop their yoga teaching skill sets, deepen their own physical and spiritual practice and get fresh inspiration!

Often called a teacher’s teacher, Cyndi will offer you multiple refinements of the nuts and bolts of teaching.  More importantly, she will guide you in creating your life as a yoga teacher by helping you dig deeper, so that your own grounded sanity can be of benefit to your students.

“I have been teaching yoga for 12 years and over those 12 years I have often felt burned out and at a loss for inspiration.  Now that I have taken Cyndi Lee’s OM 500 Teacher Training, I feel completely different, completely inspired, and so, so blessed.  If you are even considering it, you must do it.” — Erica Settino, founder, Karuna for Animals

Traditionally, we are taught that to develop and deepen, we need Study and Practice — these are the two wings of the bird and we need both to fly!  The OM 500 TT is designed to provide a balance of study and practice, creating a clear path to becoming a more skillful, caring, confident and marketable yoga teacher.

Requirements & Structure

  • a pre-requisite of 200 hour TT certificate
  • Full attendance in both Sun (active) and Moon (receptive) sessions
  • The Sun Session: 100 hours of advanced TT taught by Cyndi, Jan 18-26, 2014
  • The Moon Session: 100 hours of advanced TT taught by Cyndi Lee Apr 4-13, 2014

Then, you add in:

  • 60 hours of asana class, taught by any YA registered teacher, preferably OM yoga teachers
  • 40 hours of anatomy course study, preferably taught by Jason Brown

And you will have completed your 500 hours!  Send your proof of asana and anatomy completion to Cyndi and you will receive an OM yoga 500 TT certificate.

Either of the 100 hour TT sections can be taken separately.  To be eligible to take either or both of the 100 hour TT sessions in 2014 with Cyndi, you must have a 200 hour TT certificate.

The program will take place in New York City’s Greenwich Village at the Integral Yoga Institute. (please note: this program is not associated with IYI, so please do not contact them for information.)

OM 500 Teacher Training Syllabus & Schedule

Part 1:  The Sun Session: January 18 – 26, 2014

18 - Group practice & Talk: “Finding Your Dharma as a Yoga Teacher”

19 – OM yoga Templates: getting on the same page, vinyasa revealed

20 – Exquisite Sequencing: working with Ground, Path, Fruition as a structure to prime the creativity pump

21 – Building the Basics: Creating Vinyasa Flows that Actually Teach Yoga to Newbies

22 – Smart, Mixed Levels: inspiring everyone vs. “dumbing down,” integrating pre-binds and pre-jumping into flows, creating smarter students

23 - Teaching Clinic: Finding Solutions for your common teaching dilemmas

24 – Advanced, Steady Progress: ripening into peak experience vs. peak pose

25 – Backbends and the Dharma:  creating multi-layered instructions integrating philosophy and precise physical action; teaching & adjusting dropbacks, sirsasana drop backs, kapotasana, handstand scorpion

26 – Arm Balances & Inversions:  It’s not really about the core and buff arms… planting the right seeds to get the right results

Program times:  Jan 18, 12 – 5:30, Jan 19 – 26, 9:30 – 5.  Jan 18 – 26 will begin with a morning asana class taught by Cyndi.

Part 2: The Moon Session: April 4 – 13, 2014

4 – OM Meditation TT, Level 1: Dharma and detailed Shamatha instruction, 6 – 9 pm

5 – OM yoga asana class with Cyndi (not included in Med. TT) 9:30 – 11am

5 – OM Meditation TT, Level 1: Shamatha practice, Overview of Buddhist path 11:30 – 5 pm

6 - Teaching Clinic:  Finding Yogic / Dharmic Solutions for your yoga business issues.

7 – Skillful Means of Touch: hands-on adjustments for basic vs advanced; direction, quality & precision of instructive touch for every category of asana

8 - Pranayama TT

9 – Pranayama TT

10 – Restorative TT

11 – Restorative TT

12 – OM Meditation TT, Level 2: Teaching Meditation in a Group Setting

13 - OM Meditation TT, Level 2: Teaching Meditation in a Group

Program times: April 4, 6 – 9 pm, April 6 – 13, 9:30 – 5April 5-7 will begin with a morning asana class taught by Cyndi.

Application, Registration & Payment

Click here to make your full $2,500 tuition payment :  cyndilee_paynow

The following individual parts are still open for registration, only a few spots left!

Sun Sesssion, Part 1 – $1500  cyndilee_paynow

Moon Session, Part 2 – $1500  cyndilee_paynow

OM Meditation TT, Level 1  – $150 cyndilee_paynow

OM Meditation TT, Level 2 – $275 cyndilee_paynow

Pranayama TT – $275 cyndilee_paynow

Restorative TT – $275 cyndilee_paynow

Exquisite Sequencing, Building the Basics, Smart, Mixed Level — only open to those who write to me personally at – $375

Payment can be made by check, credit card or pay pal.

Checks can be mailed to:
Cyndi Lee
3115 Rivermont Ave.
Lynchburg, VA 24503

Email Cyndi at if you want to pay with a credit card and she will contact you.

Application Process:

Please complete and mail or email to Cyndi at with a 500 deposit.  Fee can be paid via check, credit card or pay pal button here:  Your spot will be held once your application is accepted and your payment is received.  If you are not accepted, you will receive a refund less $75 application fee.

Name: Address:
Date of birth:

1. Where and when did you receive certification as a yoga teacher?
2. Where are you currently teaching yoga? Where else have you taught yoga?
3. What is your yoga background and experience? How many years you have been practicing yoga?
Please list in detail: School/Style Teacher(s)
Number of Years

4. What is your educational and professional background outside of yoga?

5. Why do you want to take this Advanced OM yoga teacher training?

6. Please describe any special medical concerns you have. Are you currently taking any medication?

7. Where do you currently practice yoga? What teachers / studio? Home practice?

8. How did you hear about the program?