UZIT Faculty

Learn about the amazing Master UZIT teachers who will guide this journey.

UZIT Training Faculty

Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee are the Directors of the Yoga Therapy component of the UZIT program. They will provide the core of the yoga therapy instruction.

Additional Master Teacher Trainers for UZIT will also be on the training faculty, whom we are thrilled to have at The Sanctuary Yoga Room. 

Rodney Yee

Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee are the Directors of the Yoga Therapy component of the UZIT program. They will provide the core of the yoga therapy instruction.

Rodney Yee has been curious about the mind and body for as long as he can remember. Upon taking his first yoga class in 1980, he knew it would be a lifelong passion. Now that his mind and body are going through midlife, he is much more curious about the spirit. His spirit is fed by his wife, Colleen Saidman and his four children. Teaching is still a main vehicle for Rodney to understand union. He has created dozens of DVDs through Gaiam and two books, “Yoga: The Poetry of the Body” and “Moving Toward Balance,” both written with Nina Zolotow. Rodney is also co-founder, with Colleen, of the Gaiam Yoga Club.

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

Colleen Saidman Yee

Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee are the Directors of the Yoga Therapy component of the UZIT program. They will provide the core of the yoga therapy instruction.

In 1994, after enduring back surgery, Colleen Saidman Yee’s commitment to yoga practice deepened. Upon graduating from Jivamukti’s Teacher Training program in 1998, Colleen began her career as a yoga instructor. Her passion for working in health care started at a geriatric center while still an adolescent. Certified in Shiatsu, Colleen traveled throughout Europe and Asia studying complementary medicine and spiritual healing. She has lived in Calcutta, India working with Mother Theresa at the Home of the Destitute and Dying. Currently, Colleen serves as a co-chair of the Urban Zen Foundation’s Wellbeing Initiative, dedicated to bringing yoga, essential oil therapy, Reiki, nutrition and contemplative care to hospitals. Colleen has been featured in both “The New York Times” and “New York Magazine,” on a cover of “Yoga Journal” and has been featured in several best-selling yoga DVDs. Colleen is the owner and Director of Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor, N.Y. She also leads national and international retreats and teacher trainings, many with her husband Rodney Yee.

Marcia Miller

Marcia Miller, E-RYT 500, has been teaching yoga for 40 years and has taught all levels and types of students from new beginners to yoga teachers and everyone in between. In 2001 Marcia was one of the founders of Yoga on High and is one of its owners today. She is one of a few Master Teacher Trainers for the UZIT™ Trainings and directs the year-long trainings in Columbus.  She is also a curriculum advisor for UZIT National. She is on a community advisory board for the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness at the Ohio State University and offers UZIT modalities in Wexner Medical Center at the Ohio State University.

Along with her business partners she also co-directs the 200- and the 300-hour Hatha Teacher Training Program and is lead teacher for the Therapeutically-Oriented Teacher Training Program. She designed and taught the yoga protocol for two large Ohio State University research projects, one researching the effect of yoga on the immune system and the other on yoga’s benefits for women recovering from breast cancer.

Marcia is a Reiki Master Teacher and uses reiki in her classes and with private clients.  She is also passionate about Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and is bringing NVC to the yoga community and yoga to the NVC community.

In 2008 Marcia took the lead in founding the Yoga on High Foundation, a fund at the Columbus Foundation, as a way to serve all populations of people in her community including low income kids, homeless veterans and populations traumatized by sexual violence.

Her yoga training has been continuous as she has broadened her knowledge in areas of asana and meditation, anatomy and physiology, yoga for traumatized populations and therapeutically-oriented yoga.

Rhonda Kuster

Rhonda Kuster has a deep passion for, and dedication to, the art of yoga. She began her yoga journey in 1997 and has since studied with many of the best teachers in the country. Some of her principal influences have been Rodney Yee, Tim Miller, Donna Farhi, Doug Keller, and Richard Freeman.

In 2011, she completed training as an UZIT practitioners and began teaching nursing students at Kent State University and The Ursuline College of Nursing to care for themselves and their future patients using the Urban Zen techniques. She was a mentor to the 2012 group of men and women going through the Urban Zen training in New York and is one of the Master Trainers in Yoga on High’s UZIT trainings
She is inspired by her students and continues to appreciate the awe and beauty of yoga with a beginners mind—always endeavoring to “keep her cup empty” and be receptive to what is happening in each moment. Her classes are an eclectic mix of styles and influences, but usually with a focus on alignment, ease of mind, breath awareness, and yoga philosophy. She is delighted to share her practice and teaching of yoga with others to further ignite the vast joy and wonder of this beautiful art form.

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