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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; Book Club edition (Jan. 29 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525953841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525953845
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #289,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 love--spirit, 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

About the Author

Cyndi Lee founded the internationally renowned OM yoga Center in New York City in 1998. She is the author of several books on yoga, including Yoga Body, Buddha Mind, and is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal. Lee and OM yoga have been featured on national television and in print. She lives in New York City.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Mackintosh on March 1 2013
Format: Hardcover
Firstly, I am amazed that Ms. Lee has so many positive blurbs from well-known spiritual pracitioner/writers on the back of her new book; it makes me lose faith in using these comments to make a decision about whether to purchase a book! I also found it hard to believe that this author is 60 years old. Her perspective is childish and self-indulgent, and while the book is supposedly about her journey away from her obsession with her body and appearance in general (in fact, this book was originally entitled "i hate my body") she doesn't seem to reach any kind of self-awareness until the last few pages. this could be forgiveable in someone who wasn't in the profession of helping others with their yoga and spiritual practises, but from a highly-acclaimed yoga personality it is hard to swallow. silly and shallow.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Some gems to be found Jan. 31 2013
By C. Lacher - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Had some real gems that I will take with me to the mat. But I struggled with the continual name-dropping and quoting of her own books. I also found her ranking of other women's gray-hairdos incredibly off putting. As someone who has worn her gray hair straight, long, and proud for years in complete disregard of current hair fashions, this judgmental tone and long discourse on the pros and cons of natural hair color was in sharp contrast to the author's claim to be letting go of this kind of judgmental attitude. More work for the path perhaps. I do applaud the author for sharing her story and her own internal dialogue -- not always the most comfortable reading but what pulled me through the whole book is that I did always feel her desire to be upfront and open -- that counts for a lot.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Really? Feb. 20 2013
By Lauren Mical - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Despite relating to the notion of imperfect bodies can lead to years of unnecessary unhappiness for many women, I found no new insights in this book. In fact I cannot believe someone could write that many pages about how feeling fat made her so unhappy and so little about overcoming it. If you suffer from body acceptance this book will lead you to spending that much more time in that miserable state.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Not much depth May 24 2013
By Yogi - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in two hours - it felt more like an overgrown magazine article than a book. Cyndi surely has wisdom and insight to share, but continual name dropping and her judgemental tone towards other women was off putting. I think the book could have benefitted from several more drafts before going to print - the end almost felt like a self-rightous attempt to prove she was morally superior to her husband. This is what happens when you record events too close to their unfolding. Again, several more drafts would have greatly improved this book.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
would not recommend Sept. 25 2013
By avid reader - Published on
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I forced myself to finish this book just because I love to read, and hate to not finish a book. But this author is so self absorbed it makes this book difficult to read. I found her constant name dropping and self promotion tiresome, and her self centeredness is just sad, considering her fame as a yoga and meditation teacher. She obviously does not practice what she preaches. Don't waste your money on this book.
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A Deeply, Personally, Profoundly Insightful and Inspiring Memoir Jan. 27 2013
By Mark Stephens - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Cyndi Lee has given us many gifts over the years, starting by setting a beautiful example to others in the yoga community by seeming to never lose site of the essence of the practice as one of opening to deep honesty with oneself and sharing with openness and compassion with others on paths of healing and happiness.

In this memoir, Cyndi bares her soul not with any sense that her story is somehow mostly about her but rather, true to her deep roots in both the deeply compassionate world of mindful Buddhism and the transformative practice of yoga, a window onto the inner pain, doubt and confusion that initially brings most folks to either of these perfectly complementary paths. As with her earlier writings, her voice feels natural - probably because it is - and with she lets us more easily sense how we in each of our own lives have all experienced the things she so simply yet eloquently evokes, here offering her reflections on her personal journey of mindful change as something of a well crafted mirror that allows us to see ourselves more clearly and with deeper insight.

All too many yoga teachers seem to occupy a pedestal as though they belong there when in reality not one does, and in this memoir Cyndi Lee reveals what most teachers feel but are either too afraid or too intoxicated by that self-elevation to appreciate as the daily costs of sustaining oneself in an attitude that undermines the soul of the very practice they are ostensibly sharing. While Lee gives us keen insight into these dynamics with which most yoga teachers will identify, she does it with a lightness and sense of self-effacing, self-revealing humor and joy that's is as contagious as it is enlightening.

While I think that yoga teachers and others who find themselves standing in the front of others in the role of leader or facilitator in the healing arts will most resonate with Lee's reflections, insights and suggestions, this book is a gem for anyone who has ever doubted a thing about themselves in the face of a world that tends to make all us wonder if we are enough, good enough, bright enough to be not only self-accepting but a potential beacon of love and hope and joy to others.