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Colleen Saidman

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Board Member

Phone: (212) ***-****  HQ Phone
Urban Zen Foundation
705 Greenwich Street
New York , New York 10014
United States

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Jivamukti Yoga
  • Jivamukti
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Colleen Saidman Yee, ..., 20 Jan 2015 [cached]
Colleen Saidman Yee, Co-Director
Blog tagged "Women Who Inspire Leilani" | Leilani Bishop, 29 Mar 2013 [cached]
Colleen Saidman
As I bring you the last woman of this short series, Inspiring Women, I am aware that writing about each of these women has given me renewed fuel and drive, and even more inspiration. Especially in writing about Colleen, a friend and one of my teachers, she inspires me with her work, knowledge and life path.
While I was preparing to write this weeks post I realized I have been moving way to fast, taking on too much and not enjoying myself. While watching her interviews to brush up on anything I might not know about Colleen, I hear her say...
Yoga teacher Colleen Saidman is an amazing advocate and example of celebrating thefeminine, living healthy and having over all well-being. Being a constant student makes the best teacher in my opinion, not one to get stuck in her ways, Colleen has an insatiable appetite for knowledge and is always looking for new information to further her own practice as well as ours whether it be on the mat or in life.
Letting go of Ego, is our life's work in her opinion and in that work you realize that you cannot be to attached to being right or knowing it all, it is essential to be open to new information and to not be dogmatic about anything. Rigidity is the opposite of yoga.
Colleen lives her work and openly shares her struggles of being human and the daily work it takes to bring herself back to center.
Her love affair with yoga began in the late 80's and she has walked it's path ever since. Colleen has taken her knowledge of yoga and intertwined it with her passion for health and the importance of getting " out of the mind" and in to the body.
Colleen's passion for healthcare started when she worked at a geriatric center at the age of 16 and was deepened when she worked alongside Mother Theresa at the Home of the Destitute and Dying in Calcutta, India.
Colleen now co-chairs and had a hand in creating the Urban Zen Foundation's Health and Wellness Initiative,founded by Donna Karen.
Colleen along with her husband Rodney Yee lead a program that trains practitioners in alternative methods to treat patients, called Urban Zen Integrative Therapy.
Again by Colleen's living example, I am taught about humility, work ethic, the importance of using your voice and stepping into the role of teacher and service.
Thank you Colleen!
Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman ..., 13 July 2013 [cached]
Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee are the Directors of the Yoga Therapy component of the UZIT program.
In 1994, after enduring back surgery, Colleen Saidman Yee's commitment to yoga practice deepened. Upon graduating from Jivamukti's Teacher Training program in 1998, Colleen began her career as a yoga instructor. Her passion for working in health care started at a geriatric center while still an adolescent. Certified in Shiatsu, Colleen traveled throughout Europe and Asia studying complementary medicine and spiritual healing. She has lived in Calcutta, India working with Mother Theresa at the Home of the Destitute and Dying. Currently, Colleen serves as a co-chair of the Urban Zen Foundation's Wellbeing Initiative, dedicated to bringing yoga, essential oil therapy, Reiki, nutrition and contemplative care to hospitals. Colleen has been featured in both "The New York Times" and "New York Magazine," on a cover of "Yoga Journal" and has been featured in several best-selling yoga DVDs. Colleen is the owner and Director of Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor, N.Y.
Rodney Yee Yoga Instructor - Colleen Saidman Yoga Instructor, 24 Oct 2014 [cached]
Online Yoga Studio with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman
Learn Yoga with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman
Rodney leads workshops and teacher trainings around the world including many with his wife Colleen Saidman.
Colleen Saidman, Yoga Instructor:
Colleen Saidman, Yoga Instructor Colleen'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 over 20 years ago. It was not long after that first class, that her wornout running shoes, her basketball and her boxing gloves became relics of the past. And in 1994, after enduring back surgery, Colleen's commitment to her yoga practice deepened.
A graduate of Jivamukti's Teacher Training program in 1998, she has been teaching ever since. Colleen has been featured in both The New York Times and New York Magazine, the November 2003 cover of Yoga Journal and several best-selling yoga DVDs.
Her passion for working in health care started in junior high at a geriatric center. Certified in Shiatsu, Colleen has traveled throughout Europe and Asia studying complementary medicine and spiritual healing. She also lived in Calcutta, India working with Mother Theresa at the Home of the Destitute and Dying. Currently, Colleen 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.
Colleen co-owns and co-directs Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor, N.Y. She also leads retreats and teacher trainings nationally and internationally, many with her husband Rodney Yee.
Learn from the world-class yoga instructors Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman with Gaiam Yoga Studio.
NEW YORK, December 4, 2012 - Gaiam, Inc., the leading distributor of lifestyle media, announced today the release of Colleen Saidman's "Yoga for Weight Loss" DVD. In her first solo DVD with Gaiam, Saidman, the wife of the acclaimed yoga teacher Rodney Yee, and the owner and director of Yoga Shanti studio in Sag Harbor, New York, provides practitioners with a program that will help them reach their weight-loss goals and foster a healthy mind-body connection.
By combining muscle-toning poses, aerobic movements, breathing exercises, restorative poses, and meditation, Saidman has created a unique program that slims the body and focuses the mind for optimum health and wellness.
Saidman, who is also the co-director of the Donna Karan's Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) Program and a model with Ford Models for 30 years, developed "Yoga for Weight Loss" to provide an intelligent, holistic approach that also teaches viewers how to apply aspects of the practice to other areas of their lives. "This DVD is designed to approach weight loss by bettering one's health rather than depriving oneself," Saidman says.
Colleen Saidman's "Yoga for Weight Loss" has an approximate runtime of 60 minutes and a suggested retail price of $14.98. The DVD will be available beginning December 4, 2012 in stores nationwide and online at
About Colleen Saidman Colleen Saidman began practicing yoga in 1987, while using yoga as a compliment to her extreme athletic endeavors such as running, boxing, step aerobic classes, and basketball. In 1994, she suffered a back injury that led to surgery, and from that point on, yoga has been her entire regimen to which she is fully devoted, and believes it continues to heal her on so many levels. She graduated from Jivamukti's Teaching Training program in 1998 and has been teaching ever since.
Today, Saidman owns and directs the Yoga Shanti yoga studio in the Hamptons and conducts teacher trainings and retreats worldwide. In addition, Colleen has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, USA today, New York magazine, Oprah, Marie Claire, and Allure, and has been on the cover of Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga and Natural Health. She is featured in the PBS special called The Practical Power of Yoga and has been a guest on "Good Morning America."
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