Summer Solstice in Times Square

Written by: Barbara (view bio) Monday, 23 June 2014

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Thank you to everyone who attended Summer Solstice in Times Square this year. Hope you have found the calm in the chaos. We appreciate all the donations to Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT). Many thanks to The Times Square Alliance and our UZIT Directors Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee for making this happen.


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Check more photos from this amazing event here: Times Square Facebook album


Inspirational quotes by UZIT Directors: Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee

Written by: Barbara (view bio) Tuesday, 4 March 2014

7 Inspirational quotes by UZIT Directors: Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee

This month, join us in celebrating two of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy directors, Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee. With the support of a few partners, they’re opening Yoga Shanti NYC this month. Here’s a collection of our favorite quotes from these two yogis. Enjoy!


“The places where you have the most resistance are actually the places that are going to be the areas of the greatest liberation.” – Rodney Yee


“There’s so much fear running our lives that we forget to be human when it really counts.”- Rodney Yee


“Yoga is the study of the human body. It is the surge for the human soul.” – Rodney Yee


“Let’s hold hands and brave this beautiful, crazy life together with a sweet smile and a calm breath.” – Colleen Saidman Yee


“My main inspiration for myself and for women is to be kind and to not have to push and deplete but to use the yoga practice as restoration. So that we do have energy then to serve the world, we’re not exhausted, we can be with our kids in a real way, we can be with our spouse and I think that is a beautiful thing to offer the world, energy.” – Colleen Saidman Yee


“Any doorway that leads you to a deeper understanding of who you are is worthwhile.” – Rodney Yee


“Listen deeply. Meditate on that which is arising. Even if it’s boredom or difficulty or maybe a feeling of being stuck, that in itself can be the work for your practice.” – Rodney Yee


“Yoga is the methodology with which to unveil the miracle that exists right in front of our faces.” – Rodney Yee


” As we look deeply within, we understand our perfect balance. There is no fear of the cycle of birth, life and death. For when you stand in the present moment, you are timeless.” – Rodney Yee

“ I do what I do because there’s nothing else I can do. I love it because I believe in it.” – Colleen Saidman Yee

“Yoga is really trying to liberate us from … shame about our bodies. To love your body is a very important thing — I think the health of your mind depends on your being able to love your body.” – Rodney Yee


“The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” – Rodney Yee


UZIT Lori Guth Moffett at TEDx

Written by: jonas (view bio) Tuesday, 4 March 2014


We were thrilled to see one of our Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program graduates, now one of our Urban Zen instructors, Lori Guth Moffett, giving a presentation at TEDxColumbus.

Lori has been a registered yoga teacher and reiki master for ten years, and completed our inaugural UZIT program in 2009 . She currently teaches classes and workshops at Yoga on High. In 2013, Lori was able to help secure a grant from Alice and Robert Estrich Fund of the Columbus Foundation to launch a program at Wexner Heritage Village and Zussman Hospice to support patients, staff and family members reducing stress using Urban Zen Integrative Therapy.


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