Rodney Yee

Rodney Yee

Taking his first yoga class in 1980, Rodney Yee is now one of the most recognized yoga teachers in the world and is considered a pioneer of yoga in the United States.

Rodney practices and teaches yoga to bring philosophy into action and to unveil the natural beauty of our spirits. He loves the ability of yoga to cleanse the mind and body which allows for presence of being. With his wife Colleen Saidman, Yee developed the Gaia Yoga Studio, designed to make a yoga home practice accessible to a wide audience.

Relying strongly on his own practice and intuition to influence his teaching, Rodney Yee has been curious about the mind and body for as long as he can remember. He was a gymnast, a ballet dancer with the Oakland Ballet Company and the Matsuyama Ballet Company of Tokyo, and a philosophy and physical therapy major at the University of California Davis and Berkeley.

Having created and appearing in over 30 video titles and numerous audio recordings produced by Gaia, Rodney Yee has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN and PBS, and his instructional programs are often among the top 10 fitness programs in the US. Yee leads workshops and teacher trainings around the world and serves as a co-chair of the Urban Zen Health and Wellness Initiative, a foundation dedicated to bringing yoga, massage and holistic therapies to hospitals around the nation.

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The Next Step
Yoga Talks with Rodney & Colleen
Rodney and Colleen discuss what comes after you complete the Yoga Foundations Guide and offer inspiration to help you continue practicing yoga.
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Yoga Foundations
Enjoy a well-rounded practice that starts with seated twists and moves onto some big standing poses and breath-to-movement. Close the practice with a short meditation.
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Exploring Your Limits
Yoga Talks with Rodney & Colleen
Colleen and Rodney discuss how to practice yoga within your own physical limits.
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Yoga Foundations
A foundational flow offering perserverence into your arm balances and inversions. Open your hips, build strength in your core, and explore challenging postures designed to prep your body for handstand and crow pose.
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Yoga for Life
Yoga Talks with Rodney & Colleen
Colleen shares how she has seen yoga help people in many aspects of their lives, including managing their overall health.
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Yoga Foundations
Refine your practice by learning the healthy and safe way to prepare for more challenging poses. Break poses down and discover patterns so that even seemingly difficult poses become more approachable.
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Yoga Foundations
Explore prep poses for inversions and arm balances to increase your agility and flexibility. Learn to enjoy challenges as you re-orient your body and mind.
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Why Do We Say Namaste?
Yoga Talks with Rodney & Colleen
Why do we bow and say Namaste during a yoga class? Rodney and Colleen discuss the various meanings of the word used to share a heart connection with fellow yogis.
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Is Yoga a Religion?
Yoga Talks with Rodney & Colleen
Rodney and Colleen return to their earlier conversation: “What is yoga?”
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Yoga Foundations
Cultivate patience and relaxation with an exploration of closed twists and forward bends. Shift your reflection inward by exploring standing and seated poses taught with many accessible variations.
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Yoga Foundations
A flow to stimulate the organs, intestines, and spine to create heat and encourage purification. Explore a variety of twists and forward folds.
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Yoga and Loving Your Body
Yoga Talks with Rodney & Colleen
Colleen Saidman shares how yoga helped her learn to love her body after years of being insecure about her appearance. Watch this Yoga Talk to find out more.
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Is Yoga Really for Everyone?
Yoga Talks with Rodney & Colleen
Colleen shares her strong conviction that yoga can help each and every one of the 7.2 billion people on the planet.
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Yoga Foundations
Refine your understanding of the architecture and movement of the physical body by focusing on subtle aspects of closed twists and forward bends.
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How Does Meditation Relate to Yoga?
Yoga Talks with Rodney & Colleen
Rodney and Colleen explain that yoga encompasses poses, breathing and meditation.
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Yoga Foundations
Focus on refining twists and backbends to help make them feel effortless and safe. Move methodically with attention to alignment in seated and standing postures.
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Yoga, Breath and Prana
Yoga Talks with Rodney & Colleen
Colleen and Rodney dive deep into the words you hear often in yoga class: breath and prana.