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First Look: Inside Colleen Saidman Yee’s gorgeous new Manhattan yoga studio

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Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee in front of Yoga Shanti’s altar. (Photos: Well+Good)


This week, celebrity yogis Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee officially opened the Ganesha-facing doors of their first Manhattan studio, an outpost of their popular Sag Harbor spot Yoga Shanti.

The gorgeous space—which retains the Hamptons studio’s color palette and vibe—comes with a level of design detail the city’s yoga scene has never seen, with hand-carved moldings and tiles, chandeliers and carpets sourced from Morocco, and walls painted by a professional artist. Every corner is bursting with beauty, to the point that I felt compelled to take a photo while in the bathroom. Really.

While Colleen and Rodney will be on the class schedule biweekly, they also partnered with yogis Joyce Englander Levy, Jenny Hudak McCabe, and Ariel Levy, who will manage Yoga Shanti New York City. And at an opening event (which was also the release of Colleen’s new Gaiam DVD Calorie Killer Yoga), they said they want the space to serve as a center for yoga education, where renowned teachers from around the country can come share their knowledge with New Yorkers.

Here’s your first look inside the stunning Flatiron studio. —Lisa Elaine Held

yogashanti3Rodney’s artist son Evan Yee and his colleague, industrial designer Joel Siegle, hand-carved tiles throughout the space and this Ganesha logo, which is carved out of copper and allows light to shine through.

yogashanti2They sourced chandeliers and arches from Morocco, a country that’s a huge source of inspiration for Colleen and Rodney.

yogashanti5Walls were painted by Denise Regan, a renowned painter who is also a student of Colleen and Rodney.

yogashanti4The expansive studio includes a moving wall (to the right of the scene pictured) that will allow Yoga Shanti to create a smaller studio for classes like their Beginner Program and the Urban Zen program.

yogashanti7Siegle even built the lockers by hand. But they still come with modern key-code pads for convenience.

(Photos: Lisa Elaine Held for Well+Good)

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