Rodney Yee


Rodney Yee began his yoga inquiry in 1980. At that time, he was a ballet dancer for the Oakland Ballet Company and a physical therapy and philosophy major at UC Berkeley. His yearning for a life that would utilize mind, body and spirit was satiated by practicing and teaching yoga. Over the years, Rodney played an instrumental role in introducing and expanding the reach of yoga across the United States. His appearance on Oprah in 1999 helped catapult yoga into the mainstream. Other highlights in his long career as a premier yoga teacher include the co-owning of Piedmont Yoga Studio, his vast output of videos with Gaiam, and his illuminating workshops around the world. Rodney's illustrious teaching career has flourished globally, but has been centered at Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor, New York, which is owned by his wife, internationally respected yoga teacher Colleen Saidman Yee.  For 20 years, Rodney and Colleen have blended their teaching styles, practices, and their hearts and minds. In 2001, with Colleen and Donna Karan, he cocreated UZIT, formerly known as Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, which encompasses four supportive modalities that deliver self-care and caring for others and help bring us into the present moment. 

Learn more about this presenter’s work:


  • The Yoga of In-Between Moments

    Transitions between poses are the most difficult times to stay focused and mindful, says Colleen Saidman Yee. We space out and simply stop being attentive at the moment when our presence matters most.

  • I Want My Yoga TV

    Most people I know who are really into yoga, meditation, and living a more conscious life are pretty moderate in their TV watching. It’s not that we don’t...

  • The Yoga of Partnership

    We asked teachers what everyone wants to know: What’s the key to a happy and healthy relationship?

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