A Personal Video Invitation to the June 21'24 Yoga of Healing and Awakening Summit From Your Hosts, Philip Hellmich & Cyndi Lee



Our first annual Yoga of Healing and Awakening Summit, hosted by Shift’s Director of Peace, Philip Hellmich, and the Founder of OM yoga Center, Cyndi Lee, takes place June 21–24.

This FREE summit features a global gathering of more than 50 world-renowned yoga teachers, swamis, swaminis, and speakers who will share how to experience and celebrate the beauty, power, and depth of yoga as a vehicle for living a divine life and creating a world built on Oneness.

When you sign up, you’ll receive tools, tips, and practices that will help you discover the deeper essence of yoga for your healing and transformation. To register for free, click here.

Philip: Hello, everyone. I'm Philip Hellmich, Director of Peace for The Shift Network, and I'm delighted to be the co-host of the Yoga of Healing & Awakening Summit, looking at the essential depth teachings and daily practices for your mind, body, and soul. The summit is from June 21 to 24. It's presented by The Shift Network in association with Parmarth Niketan and Yoga International. And I'm here with my co-host, Cyndi Lee. Cyndi?

Cyndi: Hi, Philip. Gosh, it was such an incredible honor and treat to get to be the co-host of this summit. Between us, we talked to I think over 50 amazing world-renowned yogis and swamis and sages and beloved teachers and musicians and scientists. All kinds of inspiring people who are really living yoga, they're sharing yoga, they're breathing yoga. And they shared with us their practices and their insights and their teachings. It was really great.

Philip: Yes, we have Kia Miller, Jai Dev Singh, Gloria Latham, Jai Uttal, Seane Corn, Richard Miller, and even Congressman Tim Ryan, we have Ana Forrest and Jose Calarco. Who are some of the people that also jumped out at you there, Cyndi?

Cyndi: Well, it was really great and inspiring to talk with Richard Miller, who shared an amazing practice with us. Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman, Dianne Bondy, you know, she's just on fire, so inspiring. Chelsea Jackson Roberts and Matthew Remski, wow, another guy with a new book that's just right on where we need to be in yoga. And of course, Judith Lasater and Beryl Bender Birch and Desiree Rumbaugh... amazing women that have been teaching forever and have so much to share.

Philip: This all starts on the International Day of Yoga, June 21. This is the fifth year that we will be celebrating International Day of Yoga. The four previous years, we were filming in Rishikesh, India, on the banks of the Ganges. We're going to take the best of those videos and share those with you all on June 21. There's over 60 sessions, and we have His Holiness Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati from Parmarth Niketan. We also have Tommy Rosen, scientist Bruce Lipton, and Laura Plumb, and many more. So, that is just a joyous celebration to start the International Day of Yoga. We want to make sure you come and join us for that. And then, Cyndi, what happens after those days?

Cyndi: Well, after those days, I think what happens is we get very inspired. And we start to elevate our own body, our own mind, and our own practices from the inspiration of these teachers who are telling us how to stay motivated, how to stay committed, and then how to take this out into the world, into schools and into hospitals and into communities. And really start to spread this message of yoga as a way of healing and awakening.

Philip: Yes, this is an opportunity to take your yoga, whether it's hatha and/or meditation or chanting to a whole other level. This is an opportunity for you to really deepen and to really facilitate your own healing process and your own awakening. The website is YogaOfHealingSummit.com. We want to encourage you to go to register.

When you register, you receive a couple free music packages put together specifically for yoga. One is Awakening Yoga, a 60-minute flow with DJ Taz Rashid. We also have a package from White Swan, including pieces from Deva Premal and other artists that you're just going to flow. And so, again, this website is YogaOfHealingSummit.com. Cyndi, any final words in our invitation for people to join us?

Cyndi: I don't like to give guarantees, but I can pretty much guarantee that you will be uplifted by these interviews and by the different approaches that every person that I'd talked to has. It just shows us that our life is completely full of potential, and everything starts with us. And that is the healing and the awakening of ourself personally and our community. I'm on fire with it. I was really excited, really excited.

Philip: Yes, it's a lot of fun. A lot of fun, a lot of wisdom. So, that's from our hearts, we invite you to join us for this Yoga of Healing & Awakening Summit. Thank you all and namaste.

Cyndi: Namaste.


Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. In 1998, she founded the OM yoga Center in NYC, which became a mecca for yogis worldwide. One of the most influential teachers in the U.S., Cyndi’s teaching work is now focussed on yoga, meditation, and resiliency workshops worldwide.

Cyndi, who is known as a “teacher’s teacher,” has trained thousands of yoga teachers worldwide. She is the author of Yoga Body Buddha Mind... May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga and Changing My Mind... and OM Yoga: A Guide to Daily Practice. She is a regular contributor to numerous publications including Yoga Journal, Real Simple, and Lion’s Roar.

She is an ordained Zen Buddhist Chaplain under the guidance of Roshi Joan Halifax at Upaya Zen Center. Her root guru is the Tibetan master, Gelek Rimpoche. She has been teaching yoga for 40 years. Click here to visit Cyndi’s website.

Philip M. Hellmich is Director of Peace at The Shift Network and the lead designer of the World Peace Library. Philip has dedicated most of his life to global and local peacebuilding initiatives, including 14 years with Search for Common Ground. He also served for four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone where he lived and worked in small remote bush villages. Philip is author of God and Conflict: A Search for Peace in a Time of Crisis, which features a Foreword by Lama Surya Das. He also serves as adviser to The Global Peace Initiative of Women. A long-time meditation practitioner, Philip enjoys studying and teaching about the parallels between inner and outer peace.

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This article appears in: 2019 Catalyst, Issue 11: Yoga of Healing and Awakening Summit