I get lots of great questions about my offerings at Kripalu (Yoga for Athletes and Teaching Yoga to Athletes, about which you can read more here). Here are some of the usual inquiries, with my answers.
Q: I’m not athletic; is the weekend still for me?
A: Absolutely! We focus on finding ways to include yoga in your daily routine, no matter what you do with your body. Even if you spend most of your time behind a desk, you’ll learn how to use asana to balance your body and yoga’s approach to breath and meditation to sharpen your focus.
Q: I’m not a yogi—in fact, I’ve never done yoga; is the weekend still for me?
A: Absolutely. We will not be putting our feet behind our heads! Athletes are often very tight, and the easygoing style of yoga we practice will accommodate all levels, ages, and abilities.
Q: I’m intrigued, but I’d like to know more about your work and teaching before committing. Where should I look?
A: Poke around my website, and check out these free videos that will give you a sense of my teaching style.
Q: Which of the two sessions should I do? I’m interested in teaching yoga to athletes.
A: If you can make Teaching Yoga to Athletes, the five-day (Sunday–Friday), that’s designed for teachers who want to offer classes to athletes and teams, so it’s the best fit. If you can spare only a weekend, though, come to Yoga for Athletes—you’ll be able to reverse engineer based on what I offer the athletes. Better yet, come for BOTH. Each year there are a few wonderful students who do both programs (you get a discount on registration; ask when you sign up).
Q: I’m not a yoga teacher; is the intensive still for me?
A: Sure! Every year, we have a handful of folks who are coaches, personal trainers, physical therapists, or simply athletes interested in learning how best to incorporate yoga in their training. Join us!
Q: I have an injury (or will be late in a pregnancy)—how vigorous is the teachers’ intensive?
A: We practice every day but NONE of it is that rigorous. As I explain in the first moments of the intensive, as I see it, yoga for athletes is not athletic yoga. Instead, it’s yoga to complement and balance the training athletes do. Each day starts with lecture and discussion, then an hour or so of moderate practice with lots of modifications. After lunch, we do a Q&A, some group work, and a shorter gentle practice. I think you’ll be fine, and you’re welcome to sit and observe the asana practice if that feels better.
Q: What’s the difference between the in-person and the online version of Teaching Yoga to Athletes?
A: The five-day at Kripalu is a slightly condensed version of the online course. It all depends on your time and learning style. More details on cert vs. content are here: http://sageyogateachertraining.com/online-yoga-for-athletes-teacher-training-and-certification/ and here: http://sageyogateachertraining.com/online-course-faq/
Q: How much time do we spend in the program itself? What can I do while I’m there?
A: Three hours in the morning, two in the afternoon. Outside of program hours, there’s so much to do! You can take an early morning class, enjoy a delicious breakfast, shake it at noon dance, enjoy a delicious lunch, go for a run or hike, take an afternoon yoga class, enjoy a delicious dinner, attend a lecture or concert in the evening—and you can also enjoy the fantastic services at Kripalu Healing Arts!
Q: How do the days go in the five-day?
A: Here’s a schedule!
Sunday evening, 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Intentions, introductions, overview
Monday morning, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Lecture and discussion: Philosophy
Practice: Yoga for balance
Monday afternoon, 1:45–3:45 p.m.
Discussion and workbook: Sport-specific demands
Tuesday morning, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Lecture and discussion: Physiology
Practice: Yoga for strength
Tuesday afternoon, 1:45–3:45 p.m.
Discussion and workbook: Sequencing for the sport
Wednesday morning, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Lecture and discussion: Psychology
Practice: Yoga for recovery
Wednesday afternoon, 1:45–3:45 p.m.
Discussion and workbook: Sequencing for the period
Thursday morning, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Lecture and discussion: Pedagogy
Practice: Yoga with modifications
Thursday afternoon, 1:45–3:45 p.m.
Discussion and workbook: Modifications
Friday morning, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Lecture and discussion: Business of teaching athletes
Discussion and workbook: Goals and action plans
Q: I have more questions—can I ask them?
A: Please! Add them to the comments or use the contact form at the bottom of the page!
I’m so excited to join my friends Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell Davis and my soon-to-be friend and colleague Coach Christine Hinton for the first ever Another Mother Runner Retreat in Little Rock, Arkansas, April 16–19. This fun long weekend will include running, inspiring goal-setting sessions, usable nutrition advice, lots of laughter, and yoga led by yours truly.
Dimity, me, and Sarah this spring
No one can describe all the fun we’ll have better than Sarah and Dimity, so click over to their Retreat page to read all about it. This would make a great destination for you and your running friends, or a gratifying solo escape from family life. And it’d also be a great holiday or spring birthday gift! I really hope to see you there.
Meanwhile, enjoy Dim and Sarah’s great Another Mother Runner podcast. You’ll hear me discuss yoga on episode 116 and Racing Wisely on episode 61—but the episodes are all worth your time, and they make a great long-run companion.
Last year’s teachers’ intensive group
In January, I’ll be returning to one of my favorite places: the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. I’ve been traveling to teach there since 2009 (read pre- and postviews from my previous visits here, including detailed notes on what we’ve covered in each of the sessions). There are two offerings for you to enjoy:
Yoga for Athletes: Strength, Flexibility, and Focus
For all levels of athletic or yoga experience; no prior yoga experience required.
Athletes are often turned off by yoga because it seems too hard, too easy, or out of sync with their training. Triathlete, coach, and yoga teacher Sage Rountree demystifies yoga and explains exactly how it fits with training and competition. Yoga’s emphasis on form, focus, and breath translates to increased efficiency and enjoyment in your sport and your life.
This weekend, learn poses to increase your range of motion and flexibility, especially in the hips and hamstrings. Spend time cultivating sport-specific core strength and balance, examine yoga as mental training, and learn how incorporating yoga’s approach to mind-body integration can make you a better athlete. Practicing the poses and techniques taught in this workshop increases your flexibility, core strength, stability, balance, and physical and mental endurance while lowering recovery time and risk of injury.
Friday, January 23 (starting at 7:30 p.m.)–Sunday, January 25 (ending at 11:30 a.m.). Read more and register here!
Yoga for Athletes Five-Day Teachers’ Intensive
As more and more athletes credit yoga with taking their performance to the next level, the field of yoga for athletes is growing in exciting directions. Specializing in yoga for athletes allows you to share yoga’s benefits with a new, receptive population. Sage Rountree, a pioneer in the field, has multifaceted experience as a coach, athlete, and teacher working with endurance-sports athletes and collegiate teams.
This five-day intensive on yoga for sports training is designed for yoga teachers interested in working with athletes of all sports; it will also be useful for coaches, PE teachers, and personal trainers. In lecture, group discussion, led yoga sequences, and practice teaching, we will cover:
- Philosophy: learn clear and easy ways to describe yoga philosophy in ways your athletes will appreciate
- Physiology: consider the role yoga plays in the context of a training cycle so you can best serve your students
- Psychology: understand the needs, abilities, and limitations that athletes bring to a yoga practice
- Pedagogy: learn to modify classes for athletes of various sports, differing levels of experience, and all points in the training cycle
- Profession: define your business goals, structure a working plan, and embark on a successful career teaching yoga to athletes and everyone
Participants will gain a new awareness of the parallels between yoga and sports training and will leave feeling empowered to teach yoga to athletes in studio, gym, team, or one-on-one settings. The workshop may also be used for CEUs and CECs, including Yoga Alliance contact hours and five USAT CEU credits; contact Sage for details.
This intensive parallels the content of Sage’s online course on teaching yoga to athletes. After the training, you can choose to upgrade to a certification track. Upon completion of a take-home exam and submission of a teaching video, participants who are already teaching at the Yoga Alliance 200-hour level or have comparable experience will receive a certification in teaching yoga to athletes. In addition, the certification track includes free access to the online version of the course, which contains resources and specific sequences for working with different sports and needs, as well as ongoing support from Sage and your colleagues.
Sunday, January 25 (first session begins at 7:30 p.m.) through Friday, January 30 (last session ends at 11:00 a.m.). Read more and register here!
The Stockbridge Bowl seen from Kripalu in winter
Here’s a treat for you, thanks to my friends at Yoga Vibes: a FREE short video to get you warmed up for your run or workout. It will also work well as a stretch break during your day.
Yoga Class Description
Use this short online yoga sequence to get you ready for your next run. You’ll find good alignment for your run, activate your lower legs, glutes, and core, and sharpen your awareness of your breath and body. Moving through this dynamic warmup with running coach and yoga teacher Sage Rountree will help you stay injury-free and happily running!
View the entire video here or at Yoga Vibes
, where you’ll find dozens of both free and full-length videos from me.
In this eight-minute free video—free, thanks to my friends at YogaVibes—I’ll guide you through a short, easy post-run routine that you can do in the parking lot, by the trailhead, or in your living room. Please enjoy and let me know what you think.
You’ll find dozens of free, short online yoga videos and racing tips from me at this YogaVibes page!
If you access this blog in an RSS reader, please click over and check out the new site design! (And if you don’t, you can—the feed is at http://sagerountree.com/feed/.) It’s clean and fresh and, I hope, makes it easier to access the content I have online, both at sagerountree.com and across the web.
- Featured blog posts are now front and center, and categorized under PRACTICE, TRAIN, and TEACH—the three things I want to help you do with joy
- It’s easy to find ways to connect with me in person—either in a weekly class or a workshop
- My online offerings are newly collated
- A shop! I’m now offering personalized signed copies of my books, and I will soon have presales for the next book, Everyday Yoga
There are still a few kinks to work out. Please let me know what you think—what’s easy? What’s confusing? Are any links broken or missing? What would you like to see more of?
Here’s the last in my series of classes from the Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive. Join me for an in-person version of the intensive at Kripalu in January and at Carrboro Yoga in July, or online anytime at Sage Yoga Teacher Training.
In this short online yoga class for athletes, teachers, and anyone, filmed at the end of Day 5 of Sage’s Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive, we move through Sage’s three-pose “Christina’s World” sequence. You’ll learn how to move your spine into side bending, twisting, forward folding, and back bending as you release the inner, outer, front, and back lines of your hips. Along the way, Sage explains the rationale behind the sequence. Have a block, bolster and blanket available. (16 mins.)
Watch the entire class at Yoga Vibes.
In this class, filmed during my five-day teaching yoga to athletes intensive (also available online!), we explore principles of working from the core and controlling momentum. If you like to play, this is the practice for you! Expect to giggle and learn plenty as you roll around and maybe kick to handstand at the wall.
Yoga Class Description
In this yoga class for athletes and everyone, recorded at the end of Day 4 of Sage’s Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive, we play with controlling momentum from the core. You’ll warm up your core and your sense of humor as you roll in and out of a squat, and lift up and down to tall mountain pose. Then take what you learned into hand standing, finding a new sense of balance and alignment. Finish with a series of forward folds and hip stretches done at the wall. Along the way, Sage explains the anatomy of the hips and hamstrings and teaches you to find deep release while protecting your back. Have a block, bolster, space at the wall, and blanket available. (48 mins.)
Got five minutes? This short yoga video will get you looser through the shoulders, spine, and hips, give you a chance to connect with your breath, and help you focus better for the rest of the day. Better yet, you can do it wherever you are, whatever you’re wearing. Best of all: it’s free!
Yoga Class Description
In this short online yoga practice—perfect for a midday stretch break in your office—we move the spine through its planes of motion, loosening hips and shoulders along the way. No props needed; you can even leave your shoes on and do this routine in work clothes. Follow along with Sage Rountree to loosen tensions, sharpen focus, and increase your productivity!
Watch the full routine at Yoga Vibes.
Fans of the Pocket Guide will love this new book!
I’ve just pressed send on the e-mail submitting the last chunk of the manuscript for my sixth book. Fitting with the book’s frequent references to food, I told Wes that after today, the book was in the oven. I’ll still take it out to review edits and proofs—to baste it—but most of my work is done. Now the work is on the stovetop in the sauce—we shoot the pictures next week in Boulder.
I’ll look forward to sharing the fantastic title and concept once we have a cover finalized. Meanwhile, I’ll say that if you’re a fan of The Athlete’s Pocket Guide to Yoga or wished you had a handy reference for Parking Lot Yoga, you’ll be pleased! And if you’re looking for that reference, check out my Sequence Library at Sage Yoga Teacher Training.