Rodney Yee began his Yoga inquiry in 1980. In the same period he was a ballet dancer for the Oakland ballet and a physical therapy and philosophy major at UC Berkley. His yearning for a life that would utilize mind, body and spirit was satiated by the practicing and teaching of Yoga, which over the years Rodney has been instrumental in introducing to the United States. His appearance on Oprah in 1999 helped catapult Yoga into the mainstream. Other highlights in his long career as a premiere Yoga teacher include the co-owning of Piedmont Yoga Studio, his vast output of videos with Gaiam, and his eloquent workshops around the world. Rodney's illustrious teaching career has flourished worldwide, but has for years been centered at both his wife Colleen's studio, Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor, and at Yoga Shanti New York City, where he is a founding partner. Since 2001 he has partnered with his wife and with Donna Karan on Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, which encompasses the five main modalities to bring us into the present.
Colleen Saidman Lee, graduate of Jivamukti’s 1998 teacher-training program, opened her own studio, Yoga Shanti, in Sag Harbor, in 1999. Yoga Shanti has since expanded to include locations in Manhattan and Westhampton Beach. She and her husband, Rodney Yee, teach yoga teacher trainings at Yoga Shanti, as well as all over the globe. The New York Times christened Colleen “The First Lady of Yoga,” in their profile of her on the front page of the Sunday Style section in 2013. As one of the most revered and recognizable faces in the world of yoga, Colleen has been featured in Vanity Fair, O: The Oprah Magazine, New York magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Allure, Marie-Claire, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar Italia, and has been on the cover of Yoga Journal four times. Before that she had a varied career: She has been an international fashion model since 1980. Colleen graduated from the Ohashi school of shiatsu in 1998. She has also lived in Calcutta, working with Mother Theresa at the Home for the Dying and Destitute. Together with Rodney, Colleen created and directs the Urban Zen’s Integrative Yoga Therapist Program, Donna Karan’s worldwide initiative—which has been transforming care in hospitals around the world since 2010. Colleen has also appeared in dozens of Gaiam yoga DVDs. Colleen is a contributor to Gaia Online Yoga, OneOeight.tv, and Peloton. She is the host of the online talk show and educational non-profit Talking Yoga. In 2015, Colleen published Yoga For Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom (Simon & Schuster), which elegantly blends practical yoga instruction with inspiring autobiography. In collaboration with Yoga Journal, she has a 12-week online course based on her book called “Yoga for Inner Peace.” She currently lives in Sag Harbor, New York. Colleen has many teachers, but the most important are her four children.