Breaking News: Rodney and Colleen Yee named “visionary” at IHSNY19

Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, founders of Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, were recognized as the recipients of the Visionary Award earlier this morning at the 2019 Integrative Healthcare Symposium in New York City.

The Visionary Award, presented annual at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, recognizes a thought leader who has moved the integrative healthcare community forward through their leadership and vision. Notable past recipients include Deepak Chopra, MD, Daniel Kraft, MD, Wayne Jonas, MD, and James Gordon, MD.

Rodney Yee is a world-renowned yoga instructor who has been instrumental in introducing the practice and teaching of yoga to the United States. His 1999 appearance on Oprah brought the practice to the masses, as have his over 30 yoga DVDs and his in-person workshops around the world. His wife, Colleen Saidman Yee, is a yoga instructor, author, talk show host, and former model who was christened by the New York Times style section as “The First Lady of Yoga” in 2013. Her 2015 book Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom, blends yoga instruction with autobiography, and was the basis for a 12-week online course she is offering in collaboration with Yoga Journal called “Yoga for Inner Peace.”

In 2010, Rodney and Colleen Yee partnered with Donna Karan and leading medical professionals to create the Urban Zen Integrative Yoga Therapist Program, which transforms hospital care worldwide by combining eastern healing techniques with western medicine. Through the program, members of the healthcare and yoga communities are trained to address symptoms of pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, constipation (PANIC), and exhaustion using five core healing modalities: yoga therapy, Reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition, and contemplative care.

Rodney and Colleen Yee also delivered the keynote address today, Yoga: A Fad, Evidence-Based, or New-Age Distraction?

“Thank you for this incredible honor,” they said.