Rodney Yee teaches at the Piedmont Yoga Studio, which he opened in Oakland, California in 1987. He also teaches regularly at Yoga Shanti, a studio owned by his wife, Colleen Saidman, with locations in Sag Harbor and New York City. He and Colleen helped to create, and now codirect, Urban Zen’s Integrative Yoga Therapist Program, a worldwide initiative founded by Donna Karan.
Yee created and appears in more than 30 yoga videos and DVDs produced by Gaiam, including Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Beginners. He has written two books, Yoga: The Poetry of the Body and Moving Toward Balance, both with Nina Zolotow. Yee teaches workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings around the world, many of them with Colleen.
A student of B.K.S. Iyengar for many years, Yee has come to rely on his own practice and intuition to influence his teaching. He focuses on bringing philosophy into action and on unveiling the natural beauty of individual spirits through yoga. He designs his classes to help cleanse the mind and body, which allows for the presence of being. His reputation as an outstanding teacher stems from his communication style, his sequencing finesse, and his ability to break down postures into their essential elements.
What People are Saying About Rodney Yee
“Rodney Yee is the key that opens the door, allowing you to tap into your mind, body, and soul. He is the charge of electricity that channels the flow of energy, allowing endless possibilities to emerge. I am honored to call him my teacher and friend.”
—Donna Karan, fashion designer and founder of the Urban Zen Initiative