Colleen Saidman, author of Yoga for Life, is an internationally respected yoga teacher who has been teaching since 1998 and practicing since 1984. Her formal studies began at The Jivamukti Yoga School, where she completed the year-long teacher training program. She received the title, “The First Lady of Yoga” by the New York Times and has reached celebrity status in the yoga world. She opened Yoga Shanti Sag Harbor in 1999, where she’s taught and trained thousands of students and teachers over the years. Colleen is considered a teacher’s teacher.

With Donna Karan and Rodney Yee, Colleen created and runs UZIT, formerly known as Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, a program that focuses on self-care and caring for others and has received many prestigious awards. Her integrative health-care calling was intensified when she spent time in Calcutta working at Mother Theresa’s homes for the dying destitute.

Prior to becoming a yoga teacher, Colleen was a top fashion model for more than 20 years, working around the globe and represented by Elite and Ford Models. Colleen has been featured in hundreds of yoga videos on many different platforms and is a strong voice for women. She has graced the cover of Yoga Journal four times and has a 12-week online course called Yoga for Inner Peace. Articles about her have appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, Vanity Fair, and O, The Oprah Magazine.