Yoga Conference

Rodney Yee, who has been practicing yoga for 30 years and teaching for 25, got his foundation from Iyengar Yoga. He continues his studies together with his wife, Colleen Saidman Yee. Thirty DVDs and two books later, he has turned his yoga passion toward health care by cochairing the Urban Zen Health and Wellness Foundation, founded by Donna Karan. Learn more at

Mula Bandha
Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman Yee - Course ID: AFYEES

Friday, January 16 — 9:00am - 4:30pm
Friday All-Day Intensives
Mixed Levels

What confluence of actions sets up the right situation for Mula Bandha to happen? In every pose there are different subtle actions and architectures to create so that the root valve will contain energy optimally. Let's move through a variety of poses that will help illuminate the constituents that make Mula Bandha possible, and then take this knowledge into different vinyasas to apply the root valve.

Discussion and asana practice.

Open Twist to Backbends
Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman Yee - Course ID: M1YEES

Saturday, January 17 — 8:00am - 10:00am
Weekend Classes
Mixed Levels

Sequence a gaggle of twists to prepare the body to do effortless backbends. Learn how these are complementary classes of poses and how the elements of open twists are necessary ingredients for even, clear backbends. Then learn which twists are safe to use to follow deep backbends and how to cool the backbend practice down with intelligent sequencing.

Mostly asana.

Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman Yee - Course ID: M2YEES

Saturday, January 17 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
Weekend Classes
Mixed Levels

How do you approach this intimidating pose? What sequence of easier poses reveal the components of splits? Come to this class and learn a step-by-step guide to make this pose come alive in your body safely and joyously. Learn how to approach this pose with ease and steadiness.

Mostly asana.

Urban Zen Restorative Class
Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman Yee - Course ID: M3YEES

Saturday, January 17 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Weekend Classes
Therapeutic / Mixed Levels

Pablo Picasso wrote that if you can do ten things, do only five of them--for then, mastery is in your reserve. Come experience the ultimate in restoration through the healing modalities of Urban Zen. We'll put you in perfect restorative poses while Urban Zen integrative therapists do Reiki and apply essential oils. In addition, we'll incorporate integrative movements, body scan meditations, and breath awareness techniques to integrate your mind and body. We all know that from a place of rest and integration we are able to access our authenticity and creativity. Come join us for your quintessential revitalization.

Restorative yoga practice.