Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 6–8:00pm ET | $20 online or in-person
Special guests Cyndi Lee and Bob Thurman will be joining this event via Zoom. Dr. Alejandro Chaoul will attend in-person at Tibet House US.
*Please note that this is a hybrid event and there are separate ticket options for in-person and online participation. Limited tickets are available for in-person attendance. If you are planning to attend in-person, visit our COVID protocol to prepare for your visit.*
Join us for an evening of discussion and conversation with Dr. Alejandro Chaoul, author of Tibetan Yoga: Magical Movements of Body, Breath & Mind (forthcoming through Wisdom Publications, copies available at event). He will be joined by special guest speakers Cyndi Lee, founder of OM yoga, and Bob Thurman, founder and president of Tibet House US.
Learn about the potential of Tibetan yoga to enhance your meditation practice, aid in the healing process, and contribute to overall well-being. While not conventionally associated with the practice of using physical asanas, the subtle movements of Tibetan yoga have the potential to contribute greatly to an integrated approach for improving health and resilience. Alejandro Chaoul’s research and publications focus on mind-body practices in integrative care, examining how these practices can reduce chronic stress, anxiety and sleep disorders and improve quality of life.
Dr. Chaoul will draw on his extensive knowledge of the ancient Tsa lung Trul Khor practices from the Bon Aural Transmission of Zhang Zhung and how they can bring about a more interconnected body-breath-mind experience, and facilitate better focus, stress reduction, the elimination of intrusive thoughts, restful sleep, and general well-being. These distinctive magical movements arose as the result of deep meditation practice by Tibetan yogic adepts. Traditionally practiced in remote Himalayan caves and monasteries, these teachings are now becoming more widely available.
“What a wonderful book—Ale Chaoul’s TIBETAN YOGA! How magnificent is the Bon Buddhist tradition, coming from one of the Buddhas prior to our Shakyamuni Buddha, so well known today! And Dr. Chaoul’s marvelous research into the text and practices, outstanding! And on top of that, pathbreaking is his work to offer Tibetan yoga wisdom and subtle neurological art to cancer patients, making it relevant to their healing! I cannot recommend this book highly enough as an authentic, creative, delightful, and powerfully transformative teaching that, if studied and applied sincerely, can change people’s lives for the better!”
—Robert Thurman, Buddhologist, author, environmentalist
“Tibetan Yoga reveals a treasure trove of simple, deep body practices that profoundly expand the tools for most contemporary practitioners of meditation. While traditional Tibetan meditation and mind-training tools have become widely known, studied, and applied, these magical movement practices have been hidden from greater knowledge until now. Chaoul is the perfect guide on the journey of embodying this ancient wisdom—his devotion to scholarly and spiritual depth is complemented by his contemporary scientific grounding and expertise as a teacher. This book awakens not only the subtle body but also our sense of wonder and joy as we learn how to become the kestrel, the donkey, the tigress, the peacock, and more!”
—Eve Ekman, PhD, co-creator of the Atlas of Emotions
Dr. Alejandro Chaoul is the Huffington Foundation Endowed Director of the Mind Body Spirit Institute at the Jung Center of Houston. He holds a PhD in Tibetan religions from Rice University, and has studied in the Tibetan tradition since 1989, and for almost 30 years with Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, completing the 7-year training at Ligmincha Institute in 2000, and also training in Triten Norbutse monastery in Nepal and Menri monastery in India.
Alejandro is a Senior Teacher of The 3 Doors, an international organization founded by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche with the goal of transforming lives through meditation, and since 1995, he has been teaching meditation classes and Tibetan Yoga (Tsa Lung & Trul Khor) workshops nationally and internationally under the auspices of Ligmincha International.
In 1999 he began teaching these techniques at the Integrative Medicine Program of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, where he holds an adjunct faculty position and for the last twenty years has conducted research on the effect of these practices in people with cancer and their caregivers. He is also an adjunct faculty member at The University of Texas’ McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end-of-life care.
He is the author of Chod Practice in the Bon Tradition (SnowLion, 2009) and Tibetan Yoga for Health and Wellbeing (Hay House, 2018), and has also published in the area of religion and medicine, medical anthropology and the interface of spirituality and healing. Dr. Chaoul has been recognized as a Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute.
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 focused on meditation and engaged yoga and meditation.
Cyndi is the author of five books including the classic yoga text: Yoga Body Buddha Mind. Other books are the The New York Times critically acclaimed 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.
Cyndi was ordained as Lay Buddhist Chaplain by Roshi Joan Halifax of Upaya Zen Center. Her root guru is the Tibetan master, Gelek Rimpoche. She has been teaching yoga for 40 years and meditation for nearly 30 years. She holds a BFA and MFA in Dance from University of California, Irvine.
Bob Thurman, known in the academic circles as Professor Robert A.F. Thurman, is a talented popularizer of the Buddha’s teachings and the first Westerner Tibetan Buddhist monk ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A charismatic speaker and author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, politics and culture, Bob was named by The New York Times the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism, and was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri Award in 2020, for his help in recovering India’s ancient Buddhist heritage. Time Magazine chose him as one of the 25 most influential Americans in 1997, describing him as a “larger than life scholar-activist destined to convey the Dharma, the precious teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, from Asia to America.”