Most of us walk an imperfect path through life. But even when things really veer off course, in the end it’s all about how we react and learn from our experiences.
Many fans of superstar yogi Colleen Saidman Yee will be surprised by the revelations of her own struggles on the way to spiritual and physical wellness detailed in her new book, “Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom,” out today.
In it, Yee opens up about her early rebellious years — overcoming a heroin habit, launching a modeling career — and personal tragedies, eventually emerging as a globally respected teacher and activist.
“We are often shackled by past experiences or the anticipation of future ones,” Yee says about allowing yourself to let go of what’s holding you back. “Remorse and expectation don’t allow you live in the present moment, and if you’re not alive in the present moment, then you’re wasting a valuable life — your own. Life becomes a blur.”
The “freedom” in the subtitle is about “waking up and being alert to what is happening now, whether it’s full of beauty or full of sadness. Freedom is being present to the full spectrum of humanity, and not running from it, or covering it up, which I did for a large part of my life.”
Part memoir, part workout guide, Yee’s book is about applying the principles of yoga to live in a more balanced way. “Yoga can bring you to that doorway by helping to clear out the body and mind. After that, it’s up to you,” she says. “If you want to do the work, walk through the door and reclaim your life.”
Besides on bookshelves, New Yorkers can also find Yee in person this summer at Solstice, a gathering of more than 10,000 yogis in Times Square on June 21, or at her studio in the Hamptons — hey, you have to relax to keep up all that partying, right?