Colleen Saidman Yee


Colleen Saidman Yee leads retreats, workshops, and teacher trainings around the world. Christened “the First Lady of Yoga” by the New York Times, she began her career as an international fashion model in 1979 and lived in Calcutta working in Mother Teresa’s homes. Colleen started her practice in 1984 and became a Jivamukti teacher in 1998. She opened her first studio, Yoga Shanti Sag Harbor in 1999, and opened Yoga Shanti Tribeca in 2018. With Rodney Yee and Donna Karan, Colleen created the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program. She has appeared in dozens of Gaiam DVDs and contributes to Gaia,, and Peloton. She is the author of Yoga for Life.

Learn more about this presenter’s work:


  • The Yoga of In-Between Moments

    Transitions between poses are the most difficult times to stay focused and mindful, says Colleen Saidman Yee. We space out and simply stop being attentive at the moment when our presence matters most.

  • Yoga for Insomnia

    How do we get a good night’s sleep when our minds are on overdrive, and our muscles are all bound up? Kripalu presenter Colleen Saidman Yee offers a yoga sequence for insomnia.

  • The Yoga of Partnership

    We asked teachers what everyone wants to know: What’s the key to a happy and healthy relationship?