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OM meets… Colleen Saidman Yee

Famed American yoga instructor Colleen Saidman Yee, married to fellow yoga legend Rodney Yee, talks to OM about her remarkable journey

Colleen Saidman Yee, a celebrated yoga teacher in the USA for over 20 years, has faced up to some tough issues in her life, including a heroin addiction when she was younger. Along with famed fashion designer, Donna Karan, and her husband, Rodney Yee, she’s also behind the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Programme, a pioneering scheme that provides yoga and alternative care to hospital patients throughout the USA. Here, she talks to Cathy Margel about her journey from addiction to a life of wellbeing and the incredible power of yoga.

How did you first discover yoga

I’ve always been into sports, mainly to run away, and to feel like I’m somehow worthy, that I could achieve something. I was obsessively exercising. And that almost became my addiction, from every step aerobics class to boxing to running, and just everything that I could do physically. And at that point, a friend wanted me to take a yoga class with her. I thought that yoga would be stupid. But I agreed to go with her, and I felt amazing afterwards. So I went with her, and there were so many things I couldn’t do, mainly because I’d become so bound up muscularly. I walked out of the class and felt amazing, just felt like I was present. And it was almost a high in and of itself.

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Welcome to our August issue. This month, we’ve got everything you need to keep your practice fresh and alive...on and off the mat. There’s some great yoga instruction, sequences, anatomy and meditations, plus a whole lot more goodies too. Look out for some inspirational stories, including from two incredible American yoga ladies, Colleen Saidman Yee and Anneke Lucas. We also take a look at the Power of Yoga Nidra, as well as yoga’s beneficial impact on managing the menopause. And, inside, you’ll also find not one, but two, special reports showcasing some of the nation's top yoga studios (The Fab 5), as well as a guide to upgrading your home practice with some nice new yoga gear (Get Your Kit Together). Have a great month and see you on the mat real soon.