The first lady of yoga
Vaguely indicating the lower torso, the word “heart” was waving (so to speak) through programs of U.S. packaging for about a decade. But yogi Colleen Saidman Yee likes to be more precise.
“Drop the pubic bone!” she ordered, teach the class at a women’s retreat of five days last month Amansala Station in Tulum, Mexico, the golden hair flowing over her shoulders, evoking the Birth of Venus by Botticelli. “This will give you the energy perineal we talked about.”
Another command: “You can not leave the arches of your feet collapse The collapse of the arch is the collapse of your sex life.”.
“I thought you said, ‘Lights out”, “whispered a tight participant.
Thick with estrogen and incense, buffeted by the warm Caribbean breezes, the room was very dark. But Saidman Yee, if smugly perched in the lotus position in front of the subject to a 40 or lurking among them like a jungle cat bodies, emits 53 his own curiosity, almost heavenly glow. Since marrying Rodney Yee, one of the most popular practitioners of the discipline in 2007, she brought this glamorous sensuality without gloomy connotations of recent scandals yoga and commercialism shamelessly approving the wine and posing for Vanity Fair.
“Oh, my God, I’m so not pure,” said Saidman Yee, a long-standing pattern that sometimes blocks the class in Uggs gold glitter. “I never want to be called a guru. All I want to do is to guide women in their bodies so they can be happier. “
The Yees can not be gurus, but they are bumps yoga. They are directors integrative therapy program Urban Zen by Donna Karan, agile Florence Nightingale work with the designer to bring yoga to hospitalized patients and victims of disasters.
“I mean, who would not want Colleen to the bedside?” Karan asked by phone from one of the many exotic places where Yees retreats mixed reception which participants can cost upward of $ 4,000 each.
More democratically, the couple together on DVD for Gaiam, giant welfare. And they are in talks to open a Manhattan outpost of Yoga Shanti studio in Sag Harbor, New York, where Saidman Yee taught Russell Simmons, Christie Brinkley and literary agent Esther Newberg. This is a move that could be a seismic tight-knit so perpetually (and perineal) relaxed community of instructors and their acolytes.
During a canoe trip in Ontario, Canada, Saidman Yee said she was struck by lightning and soon after began to suffer seizures. Later, she broke her ribs in a boxing match with Sparkle Lee, an amateur referee.
A roommate urged to try yoga. And boom: “I went out and I felt strong, I hate the word spiritual, but it was a very spiritual moment.”. After back surgery to repair a herniated disc, it stopped any exercise but yoga.
Now she married Robin Saidman, a photographer. Las applications for modeling time, Colleen took the course teacher training 800 hours at Jivamukti school in the center of Manhattan, the epicenter of a revival of yoga growing.
Well connected as it is, Saidman Yee maintains a certain indifference to fame dizziness clients. Members of the yoga retreat in Tulum were abuzz about the presence of Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon also at the station. In memory of this, Saidman Yee reflected on the dangers of becoming better known.
“I was watching Diaz, and she constantly had to eat with her back facing everyone,” she said, wrinkling her nose. “I would really like to be a celebrity.”