Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom

By Colleen Saidman Yee

From a rebellious younger lady with a deadly heroin behavior to a globe-trotting style version to “First girl of Yoga” (The long island Times), Colleen Saidman Yee tells the awesome tale of ways she came upon herself throughout the therapeutic energy of yoga—and then encouraged others to do the same.

I’ve discovered the way to extract the wonderful thing about a standard day. I’ve discovered that the easiest excessive exists within the joy—or the sadness—of the current second. Yoga permits me to surf the ripples and sit down with the dust, whereas catching glimpses of the readability of my domestic on the backside of the lake: my actual self.

The first actual time Saidman Yee took a yoga category, she left feeling inexplicably different—something inside of had shifted. She felt alive—so alive that yoga turned the heart of her existence, aiding her come to phrases along with her insecurities and locate her actual id and voice. From studying to deal with a daunting seizure ailment to navigating marriages and divorces to turning into a mom, discovering the ideal existence associate, and grieving a loved mother or father, Saidman Yee has been via it all—and has came across that yoga holds the solutions to life’s maximum challenges.

Approachable, sympathetic, humorous, and candid, Saidman Yee stocks own anecdotes together with her compassionate insights and sensible directions for employing yoga to daily matters and anxieties. particular yoga sequences accompany each one bankruptcy and handle every little thing from hormonal temper swings to cleansing, melancholy, rigidity, and elevated self belief and effort. step by step directions and pictures display her signature circulation of poses so that you can stick with them effortlessly.

Yoga for all times offers suggestions to convey understanding to each a part of your actual and non secular being, permitting you to consider really alive and to embrace the peace of the current second.

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At some point, my agent, Liza, advised me that I were booked for a go-see with a photographer named Robin Saidman who desired to perform a little attempt pictures. I had obvious one among Robin Saidman’s spreads in Glamour. the photographs have been wonderful. i used to be excited to fulfill this Robin, whom i thought used to be a lady. whilst I arrived on the studio, although, a rock-star-handsome guy opened the door. “I’m right here to determine Robin,” I stated. “Ah,” he responded in a stunning British accessory. “That will be me. ” I had by no means met a guy named Robin, and we laughed approximately my confusion. He was once from a small city south of London, had puppy-dog eyes, and was once wickedly humorous and captivating. He used to be additionally highly clever, with levels from the college of Edinburgh in Scotland and one from the Royal university of artwork in London. Robin placed me on carry for a shoot with corporation journal, England’s model of Glamour. If I received it, the task could circulation me to the following point of types. I known as in on a daily basis to envision with Liza, my booker. “Nope,” she’d solution. “It’s nonetheless tentative. ” yet someday I known as in and he or she stated: “They’ve proven. You’ll be going to a village off the coast of Crete to shoot a ten-page unfold, plus the canopy. ” I had no notion the place Crete was once, yet i used to be delirious with pleasure. I’d by no means been on an aircraft earlier than. Frantically, I made preparations to get a passport, and weeks later i used to be on a flight to the Aegean. Lefkara was once the identify of the village the place we did the shoot, and to at the present time I’ve by no means obvious a extra beautiful position. We have been there for every week, and it felt as though we’d been transported again in time. The streets have been cobblestone, and lovely women and girls sat on benches within the city sq., making the lace the village is known for. pleasure appeared printed on the faces of each person in Lefkara, from the youngsters to the aged girls wearing their bread and greens domestic from the industry. The open-air marketplace held rows of glistening fish stuck simply hours prior to. starting to be up in Indiana, the single seafood I’d ever eaten was once Mrs. Paul’s frozen fish sticks, which my mother served each Friday. The shoot went good, even though I felt loads of lack of confidence. My “look” used to be very natural—casual outfits, little or no make-up, lace woven into my wavy hair. Robin sought after me to only be within the situation—to act as certainly as attainable. i attempted to pose. unexpectedly I needed to examine a brand new method to relate to the digital camera. Over the following 20 years, i might spend thousands of hours in entrance of Robin’s lens, and it used to be by no means effortless. He demanded that I be genuine, which felt very uncomfortable. And but it stretched me. This used to be one among my first classes in individual instead of human doing. I needed to be within the second instead of hiding in the back of a man-made id. Robin desired to photo me, now not a few version i used to be pretending to be. the matter used to be I didn’t recognize who “me” was once. Nisargadatta committed a complete publication to this subject: i'm That. He writes, “Give up all questions other than one, ‘Who am I? ’ in any case, the one truth you're certain of is that you just ‘are. ’ The ‘I am’ is bound, the ‘I am this’ isn't really.

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