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. Looking back at his long and influential career, and seeing his grown children, makes Rodney wonder a bit long did I blink?



Join Gaiam and Rodney Yee as we gather, explore, share, ask questions, be curious and care for one another in the new Gaiam Wellness Studio, at Lord and Taylor. The Gaiam Wellness Studio is an educational, training and gathering center for us all to better our health and deepen our knowledge of mind, body and spirit. 

Rodney Yee, a Yoga pioneer, has been in the Wellness world for more than 40 years. At the Gaiam Wellness Studio, Rodney will lead yoga classes, trainings, meditations sessions and wellness experiences.




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200-Hour Yoga Shanti Teacher Training with Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee

February 1st - June 30th, 2019

New Albany, Ohio

Join us for a 200-Hour Yoga Shanti Teacher Training with Rodney Yee and Senior Yoga Shanti Teachers at Healthy New Albany wellness center in Ohio. This Yoga Shanti 200-Hour Teacher Training is the signature Yoga Shanti training - and will take place over the course of 8 weekends between February and June 2019.



March 29th - March 31st, 2019

Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto, Ontario

Yoga doesn’t end when you have your 200-hour or 400-hour or 500-hour teacher training…It’s a continuous process that requires continual education. The Toronto Yoga Conference and Show offers a variety of classes from a variety of teachers every year. Open up your body, mind, and spirit to new experiences that will help you grow as a yogi, a teacher, and a person. Continue your education and journey of yoga mastery - no matter where you’re at, there’s still plenty of new things to learn. This year Colleen and Rodney are offering:

“The Complete One Day Yoga Retreat” (All Levels) on Friday March 29th from 9:00am - 5:00pm

“Arm Balances, Hip Openers, and Inversions” on Saturday, March 30th from 10:30am - 12:30pm

“Shanti Sweat” on Saturday, March 30th from 3:15pm - 5:15pm

“Twist, Twists, and Untwist” on Sunday, March 31st from 9:00am - 11:00am

“Yoga Remedies for Natural Healing” on Sunday, March 31st from 11:30am - 1:30pm


yoga retreat with rodney yee and colleen saidman yee at como parrot cay, turks and caicos

May 1st - May 5th, 2019

Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

Rodney and Colleen will be hosting a yoga retreat designed to rebalance both mind and body, using a fusion of ancient methods combined with their shared modern experience. This retreat features full immersion in the different asanas and philosophy of TK yoga, enveloped by the nurturing surrounds of crystalline water, white-powder sand, and COMO Shambhala’s 360-degree approach to wellness. From return airport transfers, to energy-giving COMO Shambhala Cuisine, and the soothing strokes of our signature COMO Shambhala Massage, this retreat is designed for total relaxation and rejuvenation.

Parrot Cay is a secluded private island in the Turks and Caicos, an island chain in the relatively undeveloped Northern Caribbean. The island’s 1,000 acres include pristine white beaches and the opportunity to experience first-hand the rhythms of the natural world with no cars, pollution, or streetlights.


300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training with Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee at Yoga Shanti Tribeca

October 2nd, 2018 - April 2nd, 2019

Yoga Shanti Tribeca, New York, NY

This Advanced Teacher Training comprises five independent 50-hour modules. The Yoga Shanti 300-hour advanced training builds upon and deepens the trainee’s understanding of the fundamental concepts of the practice and teaching of yoga that are taught at the 200-hour level. A 300-hour advanced training prepares you to teach principles and techniques of yoga that are more advanced, detailed, and subtle. It also enables you to teach with greater skill than could be reasonably cultivated from a 200-hour teacher training.

The groups will be intimate, allowing for plenty of individual attention and mentorship. We will guide you in establishing a strong foundation for a lifelong study of yoga. Curriculum will include a deeper look into your daily home practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation; teaching skills including sequencing, seeing and understanding bodies, manual adjusting and assisting; anatomy, philosophy, and chanting.

New Format: this new five-module structure offers two exciting opportunities:

  • Sign up for the entire course and receive your 300-hour certification.

  • Or, sign up on a module by module basis (a la carte) and study specifically what interests you most.

The five modules that comprise our 300-hour advanced training can be taken in any order, and/or as stand alone independent 50-hour courses for students with no intention of matriculating to the 300-hour advanced teacher training program. Click any module title below for more information.

MODULE YS301: Sequencing and Manual Adjustments/Seeing and Understanding Bodies

MODULE YS302: Refining Teaching, Safe Vinyasa Flow and Teaching of Specific Shanti-Style Classes

MODULE YS303: Pranayama, Bandhas, Philosophy and History

MODULE YS304: Therapeutics, Restorative and Anatomy

MODULE YS305: Vinyasa Flow, Arm Balances, Hip Openers and Inversions



July 13th – August 17th, 2018

Yoga Shanti, Sag Harbor, NY 


200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee

September 1st, 2018 - January 23rd, 2019

Yoga Shanti Tribeca, New York, NY

The Yoga Shanti 200-Hour Teacher Training is designed to immerse you into the study of yoga, enriching and strengthening your personal practice, and preparing you to teach a set of safe Shanti-style sequences in a range of categories. The group will be intimate, allowing for plenty of individual attention and mentorship, and we will guide you on establishing a strong foundation for a lifelong study of yoga. Curriculum will include cultivating a daily home practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation; teaching skills including sequencing, seeing and understanding bodies, manual adjusting, and assisting; anatomy, philosophy, and chanting. This extended 200-hour program takes place over four months. Faculty: Christopher Golden, Jamie Lugo, Tracey Toomey, Kari Harendorf, Lippy Orem, Liz Ilgenfritz, Colleen Saidman and Rodney Yee. Dates: September 21-23, 2018 / October 12-14 / October 26-28 / November 2-4 / November 16-18 / December 7-9 / January 11-13, 2019 / January 25-27, 2019. To apply for this program, please complete this online application through this webpage. Email with any questions relating to this program and your application.


ADVANCED series and beginner SERIES With Rodney Yee

August 5th – October 26th, 2018

Yoga Shanti Tribeca, New York, NY 


October 5th - October 7th, 2018

1440 Multiversity Campus in the California Redwoods, CA

Join Rodney and Colleen in the breathtaking California Redwoods for their workshop titled, "The Full Scope of Yoga". Through physically engaging yoga sessions, you will learn: Practices to release tension and restlessness, allowing you to be fully present to life with vitality and ease, how to physically respond to the messages of the body while moving in rhythmic flows, and how to create a home practice that includes energy-boosting movement as well as cooling practices for balance and joy. Moving from posture to posture, the goal is to find steadiness and sweetness, strengthening the ability to flow with inner and outer change. The course will begin by slowly opening up the body and then turning up the heat with asana. After a creative, invigorating, and uplifting practice, students will cool down with restorative poses, pranayama, and meditation, leaving the body stretched, happy, and relaxed. 

Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, the 75-acre 1440 Multiversity campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. 1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life’s most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

You’ll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you’ve pretty much captured what you’ll experience here.



October 19th - October 21st, 2018

Sun Valley, ID

Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee are known the world over for their intense passion for, and commitment to, the healing power of Yoga. Between them they have 72 years experience studying, practicing, exploring and experimenting with all aspects of this rich tradition. Workshops with this dynamic teaching duo include Asana, philosophy, pranayama and meditation and often lead to profound personal insights and lasting transformation.

Join Rodney and Colleen for three days of transformative yoga. $225-$275 investment. Lodging is available with a discounted rate at the Limelight Hotel Ketchum.



October 26th - October 28th

Rhinebeck, NY

Yoga has long been recognized as a spiritual and physical journey to experience life directly and be at peace. To further your journey, spend this weekend exploring asana, meditation, and pranayama. We start with practices designed to slowly open the body, and then turn up the heat with asana. Finally, we cool down with restorative poses, pranayama, and meditation, leaving the body stretched, happy, and relaxed. Through our practice, we also enhance our natural physical rhythms while learning how to listen to our body. We explore practices to release tension and restlessness so we can be present in our life with vigor and a sense of calm.



November 11th - November 17th, 2018

Douro Valley, Portugal

We have found the perfect paradise for our fall yoga retreat this year in Portugal. When the sun is low and before the holidays grab your attention, we can commune and find peace in the beautiful wine country of Portugal. The retreat will feature four hours of yoga each day, and when we aren’t on the mat we will be tasting wine, rolling down the river, shopping in Porto—the fashion capital of Europe, only 50 minutes away—or carousing the gorgeous hills and the enchanting nearby villages. It is the perfect retreat to wind down your year in luxury and relaxation. Six Senses, our retreat location, also hosts one of the the best spa treatment centers in the world, comprising 10 treatment rooms, a heated pool and a gym, and offers a range of locally-inspired therapies. This promises to be one of our most highlighted yoga retreats ever!

In the Douro there is no shortage of breathtaking landscapes that constantly change their colors over the seasons. In the autumn, the hills and valleys are covered in a carpet of copper and browns. In the Douro region, nature lives in harmony with the farmers who are able to work the land while preserving the scenery and maintaining its beauty intact. It is a region intrinsically linked to its wines. As such, the landscape is moulded and sculpted to the production of wine. The slopes, the vast rows of wines and the Douro river are all part of this unique landscape. The area surrounding the Douro river is home to a beautiful landscape that hosts nature reserves that are rich in flora and fauna, such as the International Douro Nature Reserve (Parque Natural do Douro Internacional) and the Serra do Alvão Nature Reserve.

Six Senses Douro Valley presents a superbly renovated 19th-century manor house set high on a hill overlooking the vine covered rolling hills of the Douro Valley, Portugal. A spa, selection of rooms, restaurants, wine library, swimming pools, and organic garden are but a few of the many features offered. Featuring a contemporary decor of natural style with a nod to a past eras, the rooms are spacious and tranquil. Included in all rooms are; air conditioning, hair dryer, pillow menu, personal safe, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, 48-inch flat-panel television with satellite channels, and WiFi. Rates include daily buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner (excluding drinks). Single Occupancy: $7,500 / Double Occupancy: $6,000 per person. Arrival and Departure: Plan to check in to the retreat at 3:00pm on November 11th and to check out at 12:00pm on November 17th. Note that there will be no yoga class on arrival /departure days.


Therapeutics, Restorative, and Anatomy: 50-Hr Yoga Shanti Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Module (YS304 Accruable to 300 Hrs) with Colleen and Rodney in Fort Worth, TX

November 29th - December 2nd, 2018

The Sanctuary Yoga Room, Fort Worth, TX

This advanced training with Colleen Saidman and Rodney Yee will focus on pranayama, sequencing, manual adjustments, and practice teaching. All sessions will be led by Colleen and Rodney and all classes will be held at The Sanctuary Yoga Room in Fort Worth, TX. Class size is limited. Students must have completed a 200-hour training and are expected to have a daily home practice. In this module we will address the deeper fundamentals of common areas of difficulties in the body such as shoulders, wrists, elbows, lower back, hips, knees and ankles and how they are all interrelated. We will also study the energetics of these common areas of complaint. We will look at the integration of the body in movement. In our perspective, restorative poses are the foundation for both pranayama and yoga therapeutics. When one can release deeply, the natural breath is more prominent and the body-mind comes into its optimum healing condition. Looking at the body from both western anatomy and yoga anatomy, we study a unique point of view that will give us an effective way to start studying and applying yoga therapeutics. Immersing into the emotional component of our beings and how it is effected by the yoga practice will also be taught and explored. Using sequencing of poses and restorative poses in combination with different meditations and pranayama, we will sense the five sheaths of the yoga body (physical, pranic, mental, wisdom and bliss). Come join us in the ever magical mystery tour of yourselves!



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