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Transition with Grace — On and Off the Mat

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | November 23rd, 2012 | 12 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: being in a hurry, breath, change, child's pose, chronic issue, coffee, colleen saidman, dark, divorce, grace, headstand, holiday season, Iyengar, light, maha transitions, marriage, menopause, mindful, morning, nature, pranayama, retirement, Richard Freeman, road rage, rodney yee, Roshi Joan Halifax, savasana, seizure disorder, Supta Virasana, thanksgiving, transition

Yoga at summit

In 2006, Rodney and I had the privilege of taking a few classes with Mr. Iyengar. When it came time for Headstand, I informed the yoga master that I didn’t do them — I have a seizure disorder that I always felt was aggravated by Headstands. He told me, in no uncertain terms, to stand on my head now! And I did. I stayed up, and only came down when he said it was time.

By then, the rest of the class had moved on to Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose), and, trying to be a good student, I came down from Headstand and sat right up to join the rest of the class. That’s the point at which he slapped my back and said, “That is your problem, not Headstand: You transition too quickly and mindlessly. I am sure that you do this in your life as well. You never let anything settle in.” Wow, what an acute teaching for a chronic issue!

Gaiam TV: Yoga Comes Home

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | April 23rd, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: colleen saidman, Colleen Saidman Yee, exercise, Fitness, gaiam tv, GaiamTV, GaiamTV.com, home yoga program, live yoga class, online yoga, rodney yee, streaming yoga, video library, workouts, Yoga, yoga at home, Yoga Journal Conference

Just back from a day at the Yoga Journal NYC convention where Colleen and I were invigorated with the curious and competent students that we encountered. We also had time to go to the presenter’s dinner and had a wonderful time catching up with our dear colleagues of many, many years.

Visiting the Gaiam booth and helping get the word out about Gaiam TV where all of our many years of yoga programing is now housed was a whirlwind. Being a human sandwich-board is both humbling and slightly intimidating, even after all these years in the media.

Enrich Your Yoga Practice With Sanskrit

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | January 23rd, 2012 | 13 Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: chanting, chants, colleen saidman, mantra, mantras, pose names, sanskrit, Yoga, yoga class, yoga poses, yoga teacher

Sanskrit

Yoga students often wonder, “Why do we use Sanskrit terms when learning the poses? Is it important? Do we have to learn it?” I can relate because I once asked similar questions.

UZIT and Gaiam: Adding “Urban Zen” to Patient Care

by guest | April 20th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: alternative therapies, cancer, clinics, colleen saidman, contemplative care, donna karan, Eastern-Medicine, essential oil therapy, gaiam-yoga-club, healing techniques, holistic medicine, hospitals, learning, New York City, nutrition, NYC, patients, program, Reiki, rodney yee, school, students, teachers, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, UZIT, Western-Medicine, yoga gear, yoga props, yoga-therapy

Urban Zen Yoga Therapy Program

A guest post from Lisa Sunshine of Urban Zen

Anyone who practices yoga regularly knows that it can be a healing experience, both mentally and physically. In addition to the health benefits to be gained from a regular yoga practice, yoga therapists teach their patients specific ways to use yoga to combat everything from depression to back problems to side effects from cancer treatments.

Recognizing the importance of yoga and other Eastern healing techniques such as Reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition and contemplative care, Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) in New York trains its students to combine these therapies with traditional Western medicine to create a holistic approach to patient care. During the program, each technique is taught separately, then instruction is given on how to interweave them to create a truly integrative healing session. Graduates of the UZIT program leave with experience working bedside with patients and their loved ones and caregivers in hospitals, as well in yoga studios, private practice, outpatient clinics, cancer support groups and a variety of other settings.

Reviewers Recommend Gaiam’s Best Yoga Gear

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 1st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: accessories, asanas, clearance, colleen saidman, CouponSherpa, customer reviews, DVDs, emails, exercise, facebook, Fitness, gaiam, gym bag, mat bag, newsletters, non-slip, online yoga club, organic cotton, outlet, pilates, poses, product reviews, rodney yee, sale, saving money, slippery, social-media, sticky, tote, towels, twitter, water bottles, work out, workout, yoga class, yoga clothes, yoga coupons, yoga flip flops, yoga gear, yoga mats, yoga sandals, yoga socks

Gaiam Yoga Products

Customers know that Gaiam is the place to go for the best yoga mats, DVDs, clothes, and other yoga gear, according to our many glowing user reviews. Based on these reviews and satisfaction rates, we’ve selected the best yoga products from the Gaiam catalog. Here are the seven most loved, most purchased, most reviewed and most awesome items Gaiam has to offer.

Miracles and Meows

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | March 25th, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: aging, animals, bond, cats, colleen saidman, crying, death, father, HOPE, humans, illness, life, love, miracles, pets, Relationships, resilience, story, tears

Miracles and Meows“Your mother has been telling me for 65 years that miracles happen. I am now 84 years old, and I believe.” This is what my father said to me yesterday.

My father has been ill for several years. He spent most of the last year bedridden. One day a beautiful calico cat showed up. It was a wild cat. My dad fell in love immediately. It put a light in his eyes that had been dulled by the enormous amount of pain he has been in for years.

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Contest!

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | October 29th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: balanceball, colleen saidman, costumes, dress, funny, halloween, humor, rodney yee, yoga mat

Need a last-minute Halloween costume on a shoe-string budget? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Be comfortable AND cost-effective reusing your favorite Gaiam products or by being one of the faces of Gaiam!

You can be everyone’s favorite yogi duo Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman with these simple steps.

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Rodney and Colleen Visit Gaiam

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | March 31st, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Yoga | tags: colleen saidman, gaiam-yoga-club, photos, rodney yee, visit

Rodney and Colleen at GaiamRodney Yee and Colleen Saidman were at Gaiam today – March 31, 2010.

They have been working on new and continuing yoga projects with Gaiam, as well as visiting with staff for Q&A sessions and individual interviews.

They led Gaiam staff through a memorable yoga class. Check out the photos from this class and see for yourself what makes Rodney and Colleen yoga “royalty.”

What Is Enlightenment?

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | November 12th, 2009 | 4 Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: colleen saidman, enlightenment, rodney yee, Vancouver Yoga Conference, Yoga

You may know you want to seek enlightenment, but how exactly do you define it and know what you’re looking for? One astute attendee at the Vancouver Yoga Conference, where Colleen and I were answering questions about our online yoga site the Gaiam Yoga Club, asked us for our insight. “That’s the question we’re asking every day,” says Colleen. “What is enlightenment? What does it feel like? How do I get there?” Get our answer in this video that’s not what you might expect.

Living Roundup: Colleen Saidman Humbles Russell Simmons, Back To School Tears & More

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | September 5th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News | tags: africa, charity, colleen saidman, food, green, health, pets, rodney yee, russell simmons, water, Yoga

Every week we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live green, be healthy, and connect with your sense of spirituality. Read our roundup for info that just helps you live better.

Russell Simons Gets the Pretzel Treatment During Yoga Class