Yoga Power Couple Unveils Yoga Shanti in Manhattan

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By Miranda K. Stewart

Yoga luminaries Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee have established a new yoga studio, Yoga Shanti, in the heart of Manhattan’s Flatiron district. The studio, housed within an ornate Masonic hall embellished with intricate Sanskrit-inscribed moldings and Moorish arches, offers a unique and immersive experience for yoga enthusiasts of all levels.

A Yoga Hub for New York City

Yoga Shanti is not merely a studio but a hub for the yoga community, offering a wide range of classes taught by a team of experienced instructors. The founders emphasize inclusivity, believing that yoga should be accessible to everyone regardless of their skill level. Beginners are welcomed and encouraged to embark on their yoga journey with guidance and support.

The Rise of Yoga and Unskilled Instructors

While the Yees celebrate the growing popularity of yoga, they also acknowledge the proliferation of unqualified instructors. Rodney Yee expresses concern over the insufficient training requirement of 200 hours for leading a yoga class. Saidman Yee envisions Yoga Shanti as a “yoga university,” a sanctuary of knowledge that nurtures the art form and revitalizes those who may have lost their inspiration.

A Haven for Holistic Healing

Yoga Shanti is not just a physical practice space; it is a sanctuary for holistic healing. The studio collaborates with Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation, bringing yoga to hospitals and providing beginner sessions at its new facility. The founders believe that yoga has the power to promote well-being beyond the mat, fostering a sense of community and empowering individuals on their lifelong wellness journeys.

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Article by Miranda K. Stewart
Photo by Evan Yee
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