The Yogapedia Podcast: Colleen Saidman Yee, the ‘First Lady of Yoga’

By Yogapedia Editorial Team
Published: April 3, 2019
Key Takeaways

Colleen Saidman Yee, dubbed “First Lady of Yoga” by the New York Times, shares her powerful journey of learning to love herself with courage and kindness in a world that often imposes expectation and self-doubt.


Welcome to Episode 4 of the Yogapedia Podcast, "Know Your Are Enough," featuring Colleen Saidman Yee. The podcast has really been picking up listeners and fans over the last week. We are so grateful to all of you for tuning in, and we think you'll really love the insightful interview with this week's guest.

The Yogapedia Podcast is here to help you navigate life’s biggest questions through the lens of yoga. Listen to insightful discussions with master teachers, leading experts, doctors, researchers and practitioners as they share all the tips, secrets and special knowledge you need for a healthier, more meaningful life. The ancient teachings of yoga offer extraordinary solutions for navigating many of the critical issues in our modern landscape. Through intimate conversation, our expert guests share their personal relationship to yoga, the discoveries that defined their path and the insights that brought meaning into their everyday lives.


The podcast is hosted by Saraswati Clere, an award-winning documentary film-maker, yoga studio owner and 500 RYT Yoga Teacher Trainer, with intro music by Jim Beckwith.

Listen to the interview here, or download or subscribe to the podcast using the podcast app of your choice. Be sure to like us or give us a comment if you do!

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In This Interview: Know You Are Enough

Colleen Saidman Yee is one of the most revered and recognizable women in the world of yoga. She has been an international fashion model since 1980 and teacher since 1998. Along with her husband Rodney Yee, Saidman Yee leads teacher trainings at their studio, Yoga Shanti, in New York City. Together they developed the Urban Zen Integrative Yoga Therapist Program, a worldwide initiative with Donna Karan in 2010 that's designed to transform care in hospitals around the world.

In this episode, we talk with Saidman Yee about her intimate journey to yoga. She shares the tumultuous path of uncovering self-worth as a young fashion model amidst the staggering pressure to conform to expectations of the industry and those around her. She explains that through these early challenges of self-criticism and doubt, she tried to outrun her fears until finally she was faced with no choice but surrender.

This is a raw and authentic conversation about discovering your enough-ness, cultivating peace and contentment, and finding the daily practices that draw you back to yourself. Today Saidman Yee shares the power of breath, meditation and movement as a way into vulnerability, acceptance and resilience.

Saidman Yee also shares with us the inspiring vision and profound work of the Urban Zen Project. Her collaborative initiative trains members of healthcare and yoga communities on treating the patient, not just the disease.

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Yogapedia Editorial Team
Yogapedia's editorial team is dedicated to writing and curating authentic yogic knowledge from around the globe. Our intention is to help seekers turn within and connect with Self (Ātman) through shared understanding of the philosophy and practice of yoga.

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