September 20, 2012

Rodney Yee Open Class

The Rodney Yee workshop I attended two weeks ago was awesome!  The workshop for me was part of my 500 hr Advanced Teacher Training. Every year when he puts on the workshop,  Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman Yee also host an open yoga class.

The pictures above and below are from the open yoga class at Balletmet, Columbus Ohio with 120 registered students. This year the senior members of Yoga on High, the studio I attend for my Teacher Training, were Teacher Assisting Rodney & Colleen.

I was registered to take the class but choose to observe Rodney and Colleen adjust  students. I knew I could learn more observing so I could then apply these adjustment  techniques in my classes. Rodney would adjust every student, row after row, and then start over again for the two and half our class.

I watched Rodney from the back of the room staying out of the way. As he moved across the rows I would be parallel with him, after some time, he stops, turns and looks at me. I thought, I'm in trouble and he's going to ask me to sit down. Instead he calls me over and said "follow me". I couldn't ask for a better opportunity to be in. I could now watch at any angle and as close as I needed to see Rodney at work. The two pictures below are of me watching Rodney adjust students.

From Wikipedia:
"Rodney Yee is an American New Age yoga instructor who rose to national prominence in the early 1990s when he began starring in a series of Gaiam/Living Arts yoga instructional videos and DVDs. More than thirty such programs now exist, selling in the millions worldwide.

Yee has also been featured on calendars, magazines and natural product advertisements; narrated meditation audios; written a book; and done extensive charitable work. He has made guest appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, PBS, and elsewhere."

I began doing Yoga with one of Rodney's beginner videos in 2005. Tried others but always ended up coming back to Rodney's videos for my practice. The way he presents the material makes it easy to understand. The content of the videos works the whole body in a desired sequence.

For about the last four years I've been practicing two of his videos that I have memorized. An intermediate and advanced that I alternate daily six days a week. I hold some poses longer and add poses to the point my practice takes about an hour and thirty minutes.

I would recommend Rodney Yee's video's and books if your a beginner or advanced yogi.

Healthy & Happy,
Yoga Chuck

 

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