Rodney Yee on The Gift of Life
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In our latest episode of Talking Yoga, master yoga teacher Rodney Yee sits down with host Zubin Shroff to explain his teaching philosophy, how yoga empowers him to directly touch life, and what he thinks is the most important thing to ask a new student.

You’ll find out how Rodney, a physical therapy and philosophy major at UC Davis, became a master teacher known and respected the world over. Plus, Rodney shares some of his current misgivings about the drawbacks of teaching mixed-level yoga classes to students of varying levels of experience: “You can’t really tell which one of them are actually going to be naturally curious.” Rodney also explains the most important thing you can say to a new student, and what he sees his job is as a teacher.

From quoting Krishnamurti to exploring the true history and false myths of the evolution of yoga, Rodney offers a unique insight into what has been most important to his own yoga journey. Discover which teachers influenced him – but how he’s learned the most from his friends and peers like concert violinist Ian Swensen, Richard Rosen, and Colleen Saidman, his wife, partner, and co-director at their Yoga Shanti studios in Sag Harbor and New York City. Perhaps most importantly, though, you’ll learn why Rodney says, “I don’t practice yoga anymore… It’s part of my everyday DNA… I really believe that it gives me the gift of life… I can directly touch life as it is and as it’s arising because of these practices.”

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