Conversation with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman

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Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Teach Yoga

Their Journey in Yoga

Rodney Yee, a former ballet dancer, discovered yoga through an interest in gymnastics. Colleen Saidman, a former model, became interested in yoga later in life. Yoga ultimately brought them together.

Interview with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman

VON: Your dance background influenced your yoga style?

RY: I don’t believe I have my style. After meeting Colleen, who studied the Jivamukti system, and me studying the Iyengar system, we combined our knowledge. We’ve studied with numerous teachers, focusing on our practice’s development and refinement.

CS: Our teaching reflects our practice, influenced by our previous experiences. We do not adhere to a specific yoga brand.

VON: Why did you choose the Iyengar system?

CS: My choice happened by circumstance. I liked the practice and stayed with it.

RY: There was an Iyengar studio above our ballet studio. My interest in body opening led me to the system. I admire its precision and depth of human body understanding.

VON: Have you incorporated your dance background into your yoga career?

RY: My dance training shaped my perception of the body’s architecture and movement. It has naturally influenced my yoga practice.

CS: Modeling also requires body awareness. Models have an advantage in yoga classes due to their understanding of their bodies in space.

VON: What was your experience in India?

RY: India is mind-blowing. It shatters preconceived notions. Studying with Iyengar was enlightening. The lessons continue to emerge in our practice and lives.

CS: India provides a sense of freedom and acceptance. The concept of moving from fear to fearlessness is about shedding limitations and embracing life’s impermanence.

Additional Insights

Rodney and Colleen will share their views on gender roles in yoga and India, their travel motivations, and the GAIAM Online Yoga Club in Part 2.

Note: Interview has been condensed and edited.

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