Colleen Saidman Yee
Colleen Saidman?s introduction to yoga was at the urging of a roommate who convinced her to attend a class at a loft space in New York City.
It was not long after that first class that her worn out running shoes, her basketball and her boxing gloves became relics of the past. In 1994, after enduring back surgery, Saidman?s commitment to her yoga practice deepened. A graduate of Jivamukti?s Teacher Training program in 1998, she has been teaching ever since. Saidman has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Times, USA today, New York Magazine, Oprah, Marie Claire, Allure, and has been on the cover of Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga and Natural Health. Saidman is featured in the PBS special called The Practical Power of Yoga. She has also been a guest on the Good Morning America Show.
A consummate student, Saidman?s thirst for yoga knowledge is insatiable. Saidman has taught several teacher trainings, both 500- and 200-hour programs. She holds a certification in Shiatsu and lived in Calcutta, India, working with Mother Theresa at the Home for the Destitute and Dying.
Saidman owes tremendous gratitude for her studies of Bhakti and Vinyasa to David Life and Sharon Gannon. She studies with Richard Rosen and Richard Freeman as frequently as possible. She also offers thanks to the many other teachers with whom she has studied, as well as to her husband, Rodney Yee, who remains her principal teacher. Together with Rodney, she presents the Gaia Yoga Studio and several popular yoga DVDs. In recent years, they helped to create and now co-direct the Urban Zen Integrative Therapist Program, a worldwide initiative of Donna Karan.
Saidman lives in Sag Harbor, New York, where she is the director of the famous yoga Shanti yoga studio. She and Rodney are raising four wonderful teenagers and are teaching yoga teacher trainings and retreats worldwide.