Live In Awe of the Subtle

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | August 12th, 2008 | 8 Comments
topic: Yoga

From the ages 46 to 51, there have been some apocalyptic changes in my body. My hair is graying and receding; my arm is not quite long enough to read fine print; and my pants are not as loose… Yoga is definitely helping slow this inevitable aging process and I’m happy to say that it is a practice that will be taking me (and Colleen) all the way to the last breath.

The breath, rightfully so, becomes the central axis of the asana (postural) practice. It becomes necessary and beautiful to imbue the simplest postures with prana (vibration of the breath). And as the alignment of a posture becomes sublime, the sense organs relax inward, and give the practitioner the sweetest physical and mental bliss. This becomes the doorway to meditation. All the energy of the outer world directs itself inward. Nothing is blocked out; nothing is a distraction.

Train yourself to be in awe of the subtle, and you will live in a world of beauty and ease.


Cofounder of the Gaiam Yoga Club


  1. Thank you for this!

    rz | August 15th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  2. Sometimes the obvious can be the most elusive. Thank you for these thoughts.

    Brenda | August 20th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  3. Yes, you will certainly live in a world of beauty, ease and peace with YOGA. For that you have to train yourself in the yoga way of life.

    The following is one of my experiences in this world. I am a yoga enthusiast doing yoga daily at my young age of 83,.I certainly enjoy both yoga and life.

    There is a section of people in this world , spread everywhere, who hate to see anyone prosper except themselves, and it may be a news to our readers of this column that the universal popularity and usefulness of yoga system of physical culture has caused much envy, malice and jealousy against such section of people mentioned above.. It is the peculiar characteristic of these type of peaple to entertain ill will towards another simply because of his wrong mind working on yoga.

    Yoga being a perfect practical system of physical culture and self culture too, by doing yoga regularly one can attain harmonious development of body, mind and intellect. and evil thoughts as mentioned above will never enter his or her mind . The mind is disciplined through patient practice of yoga converting the mind into a searchlight. Yoga also helps one to practice concentration, and concentration purifies and calms emotions, converts the current of thoughts from bad to good and clarifies ideas.

    In this modern world, taking to Yoga and reaping the reward it pays, can be considered as one of the best solutions.


    T.S.SUNDARAM | August 28th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  4. Dear Rodney,
    How do I take a class with you to show me the correct breathing while I am doing Yoga poses and just in everyday living. I have had spinal cord injury at the neck and have had two operations with 8 screws and titanium plate in my small neck. I’m 5′2″ and feel if I get my breathing down the yoga way, that it will truly make a difference in how I move and feel. Could you be so kind as to guide me on my journey of healing better. Many thanks, Namaste ~ Amadis

    Amadis Garth | September 5th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  5. I loved reading this article and I am finding it more true all the time. If I can follow my breath and let go of my expectations, I hope to also train myself to be “in awe of the subtle”…..thank you, Rodney.

    sandy | September 8th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  6. You are a beautiful man, not just because of your fitness level or musculature but because your heart is open and your energy flows so freely. I watched your PBS special last night and honestly could not guess your age.

    We are beautiful at every age. Our bodies can be strong and beautiful until the day we make our transition. You are living proof.


    Christopher | December 4th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  7. For those of you who haven’t heard about this new PBS special Practical Power of Yoga with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman, it’s airing on PBS stations nationwide. Just check your local listings for times.

    The show is a great way to introduce friends and family to yoga and really emphasizes that yoga is for every body. And it’s inspiring if you already have a yoga practice.

    Andrea Mather
    Gaiam Yoga Club with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman

    Andrea | December 4th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  8. Wow! could’nt be better said…

    sangos | September 3rd, 2009 | Comment Permalink

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