Yoga Therapy & Urban Zen

What is Urban Zen Integrative Therapy?

Imagine a healthcare system where the patient is treated, not just the disease—a system where Eastern healing techniques support Western medicine in a holistic approach to patient care.   In 2009 the Urban Zen Foundation launched the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) toward realizing this vision. The UZIT program includes training in yoga therapy, essential oil therapy, Reiki, nutrition and contemplative care. Inspired by Donna Karan and designed by Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman-Yee, UZIT trains members of the health-care and yoga communities to provide its cluster of therapeutic support services to people facing illness or injury, in and out of a hospital setting. Its curriculum is uniquely designed to address the classic symptoms associated with illness: exhaustion, pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia and constipation (PANIC™). More than 390 students have completed the program which includes 50 hours of clinical rotation in a hospital or health care setting or in private, out-patient settings.  Yoga on High is the first site outside of New York City to offer the accelerated version of this program and we are thrilled by the opportunity it offers to our community. Visit the Urban Zen website for more information on this inspiring work.

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Group Class

One-on-One Patient Care:

Whether you are recovering from an illness or injury or are simply in need of tender loving care. Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) was inspired by Donna Karan and developed by Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee to serve hospital staff, patients and their families. Urban Zen Integrative Therapists use multiple modalities to address the symptoms of PANIC—Pain, Anxiety, Nausea, Insomnia, Constipation and Exhaustion—that accompany disease or injury. These modalities include gentle movements, restorative yoga poses, body scans, breath practices, aromatherapy and Reiki.  No yoga experience necessary.  Urban Zen blends gentle movements, restorative yoga poses, body scans, breath practices, aromatherapy and Reiki. You’ll leave each class feeling calm, relaxed, and revitalized. In a world of over-stimulation and over-work, these practices can offer you a meditative sanctuary.


Short Film CLips About Urban Zen:

Urban Zen Integrative Therapy In @ UCLA

News Conference- Urban Zen

Other Urban Zen Projects with YogaHome in Cincinnati:

S. Ashley Hunt

Owner of YogaHome, Director of Teacher Training @ YogaHome,

E-RYT-500, Urban Zen Integrative Therapist

Ashley is the Owner and Director of Teacher Training at YogaHome in Cincinnati Ohio,  with 2 studio locations, Mariemont and Oakley. She is committed to spreading her work with Urban Zen into Cincinnati medical centers and currently offers Urban Zen Integrative Therapy @ University of Cincinnati Health in the cardiovascular unit. She has her Bachelors of Arts in Hinduism and Buddhism from Trinity College, CT, and continued her graduate studies at The Goddard College in the Individualized Masters of Arts program with a concentration in Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology. In 2010  Ashley taught her own Yoga Philosophy curriculum to Trinity College undergraduates. A class formatted to the setting of a liberal arts New England college where the academic study of yogic ideology is coupled with the practice of yogic techniques. Ashley is also an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist and has contributed to UZIT programs over seas. Urban Zen is a movement founded by Donna Karen headed by Rodney and Colleen Yee that brings  therapeutic healing modalities into medical spheres. In 2009 Ashley completed a 1,500 hour Yoga Development Course, immersed in the teachings of Swami Sivanada Radha at Yashodhara Ashram. Ashley has also studied yoga therapy at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram while studying with Erica Kaufman, in Chennai, India. Ashley is a Reiki practitioner and continues to deepen her own understanding through her work with essential oils. She deeply respects the authenticity and clarity of Rodney Yee, Colleen Yee, Roshi Joan Halifax, Richard Freeman and Richard Rosen’s teachings through her work with Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, and is eternally grateful to her teacher Felix Lopez. Blessings and love to Turner Hunt, Tracy Hunt and Ducky Hunt, Ashley’s family will forever be in her heart.

“Bringing about radical change in the human being, brings about radical change in the structure of humanity, and the world.”- J. Krishnamurti