In this week’s retreat teaching, “May I Be Safe,” yoga teacher and longtime Buddhist practitioner Cyndi Lee discusses alignment not just in the sense of our physical body, but also in terms of our focus on feelings of union and self-integration. These feelings, through a codified set of practices, can create the causes and conditions for happiness.

Introducing us to one of Patañjali’s yoga sutras, Yogaś citta-vritti-nirodhaḥ, she emphasizes the “state of yoga” as a type of presence or nowness that can be achieved through the processes of mental cessation and “realigning.” She introduces us to the practice of pranayama before ending with more beginner-level yoga.

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