Scheduled: The Workshop Workshop

Poster.tmm2I’ve always had a fondness for metanarrative—stories that are about themselves. It was the topic of my master’s thesis (on metanarrative cinema, and yes, this included The Muppet Movie and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure) and, in a way, of my doctoral dissertation (on images of the professor and the university in drama since Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf).

Thus: the Workshop Workshop for Yoga and Movement Teachers, which I’ll offer at Carrboro Yoga Company on Saturday, March 19, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Are you eager to share your favorite topics with your students in workshop format, but unsure about where and how to begin? In this workshop on developing workshops, studio co-owner and yoga teacher training lead teacher Sage Rountree explains the who, what, where, why, when, and how of creating, locating a home for, marketing, and teaching successful workshops—from one-hour sessions to weeklong intensives to retreats to ongoing series.

In lecture, discussion, journaling, and small-group work, you’ll identify what you have to offer, refine your vision, write a description that will encourage students to sign up, create a lesson plan and resources to provide students, develop a marketing plan, and workshop the workshop itself with your supportive colleagues.

This workshop is appropriate for teachers of all styles of yoga and movement arts. Bring your tablet, laptop, or notebook, as well as your workshop ideas and questions. You’ll leave with a fully developed offering to benefit both your students and your own career.

$75; $65 before 3/1

3 Yoga Alliance continuing education credits

Sign up here

“How Do I Make Myself Relax?”

The youngest participant in my recent weekend on yoga for athletes at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health was a twelve-year-old swimmer. Toward the end of the first session’s savasana—the quiet relaxation period at the end of practice—he raised his hand.

The question: “How do I make myself relax?”

This question sits at the heart of the yoga practice. How do I create connection? How do I make myself balance? How do I force myself to surrender?

My answer is that you don’t. Paradoxically, the harder you try, the harder it is to achieve. Instead, put your effort into setting the preconditions for your desired outcome. For yoga, union, samadhi, this means establishing clear intention (yama, niyama), appropriate form (asana) and breath (pranayama), inner awareness (pratyahara), focus (dharana), and presence (diyana). After going through the list, if connection doesn’t come, you turn your attention back to one of the preliminary steps. At worst, this will sharpen your skills; at best, it will invite connection.

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Alaska, 2014

It’s like whale watching. You go out to a place where the whales may be. You cast your gaze over the water. And maybe they come. You won’t find them on the street, or on a screen; you have to be in the right place with the right quality of attention. At worst, you had a day out on the water; at best, you catch a glimpse of whales.

Postview: Kripalu 2016

For the eighth consecutive year, I had a wonderful time leading a weekend on yoga for athletes, as well as spending five days investigating teaching yoga to athletes with my colleagues. (If you’d like to do the intensive, it’s always available online and next offered at Carrboro Yoga at the end of June.) Here are some photographic highlights.

Participants: I sent out the postview practice notes just now, so if you don’t have them in your inbox, I must have bungled your e-mail address. Reach me via the contact form below and I’ll send them on!

Highest Recommendation: Yoga for Athletes and Active People Video with Steve

Steve Krojniewski—Krojo to his friends, and everyone is a friend to Steve—is a certified Sage Yoga for Athletes teacher and one of my senior assistants. Steve, who works with several University of Notre Dame teams, has produced a beautiful set of videos for athletes, active people, and everyone, available here and at his website, My True Balance Yoga.

For only $20, you’ll get three videos. Two full-length practices will build strength in the base period of your training and maintain flexibility in the build period, as your workouts are more intense. And a third video is a short meditation to help you center as you approach your peak competitions.

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The production quality is lovely, with soft music and a calm, unhurried delivery. You’ll get both portions where Steve narrates and portions where you can see him teaching an athlete, with lots of positive feedback that will help you feel happy and comfortable.

You can stream the videos or download them to your phone or Roku. I know you’ll be as delighted with this offering as I am! Get started here. And while you’re at Krojo’s site, check out his beautiful and free Yoga Flash Cards!

Newly Certified: Jo Marchi

Meet Jo Marchi, who has just finished her certification in Sage Yoga for Athletes! (Start yours at sageyogateachertraining.com.)

Jo has great videos online at jomaryoga.com

Jo has great videos online at jomaryoga.com

We had the great pleasure of Jo’s company in Carrboro last summer for the five-day Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive. Not only did everyone benefit from her upbeat positive energy and enthusiasm, we were able to pick her brain: Jo works for the University of Colorado at Boulder as an NCAA compliance officer. This means she knows the ins and outs of what is permissible and not for teachers eager to offer yoga to student athletes. (No perks!)

Jo is fun!

Jo is fun!

Jo teaches several CU teams, and she offers open classes around Boulder. See her full schedule here. If you aren’t lucky enough to live in Boulder, you can still learn from Jo by checking out the useful videos on her website, which include not just pre- and post-run and ski videos, but also yoga to prep you to shovel snow!

As an athlete herself, and as someone who spends her day in the company and service of athletes, Jo is uniquely and especially qualified to teach yoga to athletes. She appreciates both how yoga can help with conditioning and balance and—as a yin and restorative yoga teacher—how yoga enhances recovery. Make a point of studying with her in person and online, and you’ll be a better athlete for it. You’ll probably smile along the way, too. Get started at jomaryoga.com.

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Scheduled: Yoga Journal LIVE! New York

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I’ll present three offerings as part of the Yoga Journal LIVE! weekend in New York, then hustle home to graduate our 8-month yoga teacher training:

  • Core Strength for Real People, Friday, April 8, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
  • A More Perfect Union: Building Better Balance, Saturday, April 9, 8:00–10:00 a.m.
  • Yoga for Athletic Recovery (and Tired Moms), Saturday, April 9, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

I’d really love to see you there! The conference offers a wonderful opportunity to study with several world-class teachers in one place, and I look forward to connecting with you.

Read more and register here.

Everyday Yoga: Now in Spanish as Yoga Diario

Do you prefer your Everyday Yoga en español? You’re in luck: Ediciones Tutor has just published the Spanish-language edition. Read all about it and order it here.

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Sage Rountree, la experta más destacada de EE. UU. en yoga para personas activas, comparte el planteamiento fresco y comprensible de su práctica diaria en esta guía de secuencias de yoga ilustradas en color.

Yoga diario, que incluye posturas que desarrollan la flexibilidad, el equilibrio, la fuerza de todo el cuerpo, la recuperación y el rango de movimiento, te ayuda a personalizar tu práctica para lograr tus objetivos. Este libro ofrece secuencias para desarrollar la fuerza en tu zona media (core), la flexibilidad de tus caderas, la relajación de tu cuerpo y la concentración mental. Y puedes hacer todo esto en tu propio hogar.

En este libro hallarás:

  • Calentamientos integrales y vueltas a la calma reconstituyentes.
  • Secuencias de pie y de suelo para mejorar la fuerza de la zona media, el equilibrio y la flexibilidad.
  • Cómo simplificar o complicar las posturas de yoga.
  • Secuencias cortas y largas, desde 5 hasta 50 minutos.
  • Ejemplos de programas para organizar tu práctica en casa.

Disfruta de los beneficios que solo el yoga puede ofrecer. Yoga diario proporciona todas las herramientas que necesitas para crear secuencias adaptadas a tus gustos personales y nivel de forma física.

Sage Rountree

Sage Rountree es profesora de yoga, preparadora de USA Triathlon (el organismo federativo estadounidense de triatlón) y entrenadora del Club de Corredores por Carretera de EE. UU. (Road Runners Club of America). Sage compite en pruebas de carrera a pie, desde los 400 m hasta los 50 km y triatlones, desde el supersprint hasta el Ironman®. Sus populares clases de yoga para atletas atraen a alumnos que van desde triatletas hasta ciclistas, corredores y aficionados a caminar a diario, así como a atletas de deportes de equipo. Colabora habitualmente en las revistas Runner’s World, Yoga Journal, USA Triathlon Life y Endurance Magazine.

Read more and order here.

New Year, New Teaching Schedule

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Happy New Year! After several years of teaching on Thursdays in Durham, I’m making a change! My weekly class at Durham Yoga Company is now Pilates, and it takes place on Wednesdays at noon. Come enjoy this class I’m subtitling “Core Strength for Real People.” We’ll access the core at every layer and from every direction. You’ll leave happily fatigued, deeply connected to your core, and ready to go back to the office or into the rest of your day with better posture. Surprisingly, Pilates is a ton of work without generating much sweat, so you probably won’t need to budget time for a shower afterward. I’m really evangelistic about the benefits of core strength for your yoga practice, your sport, and every aspect of your life. Please come let me show you why!

My other weekly classes remain the same, so my regular schedule is:

And view my travel schedule here.

If you and I won’t be in the same place at the same time in 2016, we can still connect online anytime at YogaVibes and at Sage Yoga Teacher Training.

Scheduled: Preview Provence Perfectly

Looking for the vacation of a lifetime, full of yoga, hiking, gorgeous views, and wonderful food? Join Sage Rountree in Provence in June! In this information session with Sage and hosts Liz Priestley and Claire de la Varre, we’ll preview the fun we’ll have with some beautiful photography as we snack on wine and cheese and answer all your questions about logistics. Put down a deposit at the preview, and you’ll receive a nice discount on the trip price!
Read all about the trip and see a detailed itinerary here.
Free; RSVP at carrboroyoga.com so we can be stocked. Santé!
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Scheduled: Yoga for Athletes Weekend, Shreveport

Friends in northern Louisiana and environs: please join me at Breathe Yoga Shreveport for one or all of these sessions in February!

  • Friday, 2/26, 6:00–8:00 p.m.: Yoga for All Athletes: Sage will lead us through an all level, all sports practice.
  • Saturday, 2/27, 9:00–11:30 a.m.: Teaching Yoga to Athletes: Explore the basics of teaching yoga to athletes.
  • Saturday 2/27, 1:00–3:00 p.m.: Yoga for Athletic Recovery: A relaxing, restorative yoga practice for all levels.
  • Sunday 2/28, 8:30–11:00 a.m.: Building a Playbook: Learn to create a yoga sequence for home or studio practice.sage flyer

Read more and register here.