Newly Certified: Dr. Cheryl Martin

Meet Cheryl Martin, one of the newest certified Sage Yoga for Athletes teachers. It was a treat to work with her as she moved through the training—her skill set is unique and inspiring. As an emergency physician and ultrarunner, she knows the value of yoga to keep you grounded in every situation. Scottish by birth, Cheryl lives in Melbourne, Australia. Watching her final exam video was a treat, between her hybrid accent, positive spirit, and obvious enthusiasm for the benefits of yoga for runners. And I loved reading her homework, which was always as thorough and evidence-based as possible, while also surprising me with details (and a video, below) about how to handle a snake bite during a trail run, or the antics of Australian-rules football, or the incidence of eating disorders among jockeys.

You can learn lots from Cheryl, too. If you’re in Australia, study with her in person. If not, enjoy this excellent post:

Exploring pelvic spatial awareness and kinesthetic awareness of deep versus superficial core muscle engagement in plank pose. Top: posterior tilt with exaggerated kyphosis with superficial abdominal muscles and glute max doing much of the work 😣 Middle: anterior tilt with exaggerated lumbar lordosis dumping into upper body with poor core muscle engagement 😖 Bottom: Neutral pelvis with even weight distribution and deep core muscle engagement 😊. #yogaasana #yogaforathletes #corestability
Yoga for Runners/Athletes worshops commencing March 2018 more details to follow.

Find Cheryl on YogaTrail and on Twitter, where you Aussies can find links to her upcoming workshops.

Want to spend five days with fun colleagues exploring how to teach yoga to athletes of all sports and levels? Join me at one of these three intensives in 2018:

In the southern hemisphere and can’t make the trip? Never fear: the entire program is available online anytime at Sage Yoga Teacher Training.

Favorite Books in 2017

One of the joys of 2017—and yes, there were some!—was taking an hour or more after lunch to sit and read for fun. Reading provided a welcome distraction from the news cycle and from work. I’ve been especially drawn to genre fiction, across all genres. (Perhaps I’m still decompensating from my PhD work. I swore when I graduated never to force myself to finish a book I wasn’t enjoying.) Here’s the list I made when Alexandra asked me for some light reading suggestions.

1. The Red Sparrow books by Jason Matthews. So fun. Spy thriller.*

2. The Force by Don Winslow. Police procedural.

3. An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole. Historical romance. (I’m in the middle of Cole’s next book, A Hope Divided—great snow-day reading.)

4. Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perotta. Social satire.

5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Hollywood tell-all, fiction.

6. All the Dublin Murder Squad books by Tana French, read them in order, starting with In the Woods (Amazon can tell you the order). Irish detective fiction.

7. The Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan, again read in order. Social satire.*

8. How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell. Crazy drug memoir, super well written.

9. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. WWII female spy epistolary novel. Amazing.

10. Real Food, Fake Food by Larry Olmsted. Nonfiction on food choices, really useful.

*Soon to be major motion pictures, so read ASAP.

And, hey, while you’re in a book mood, please check out Lifelong YogaEveryday Yoga, and all my other books!

New Infrastructure for 2018: Sage Yoga Teacher Training

Over at Sage Yoga Teacher Training, I have several online courses:

On Wednesday, I updated the infrastructure of the site to make it far more easy to access more than one course in the same account. Because of this change, everyone who’s bought a course there needs to make a one-time reset of their password. You can even reset it to what it was before!

If you’ve bought a course there, look for an e-mail like the one at right. (Yes, I know it looks really sketchy; I couldn’t change the text, but it’s legit.) If you deleted that message or your spam filter caught it, not a problem. Just click here and input your e-mail address, then click “Forgot your password?” The system should help you from there.

If you haven’t bought a course there, what are you waiting for? You’ll find a host of resources to help you serve your students better. These range from the very specific—teaching yoga to athletes—to the very general. Professionalism, Classroom Management, and the Workshop Workshop will suit movement teachers of all kinds, not only yoga teachers.

And coming in 2018: the Content Workshop, a workbook course to help you discover, produce, and share your gifts with the world. Stay tuned for more on that!


Register Free: Elevate Summit

Balance is the key to injury prevention. Balance in space prevents acute injuries; balance within the body prevents overuse injuries; and balance between work and rest keeps you mentally fit and motivated. That’s why my Monday class, which livestreams at Yoga Vibes and at my Facebook page, is called Yoga for Athletic Balance.

If you’re committed to better balance in 2018, you’ll want to join the Elevate Summit, hosted by Heather Feather.

Register FREE now here.

I’ll be personally sharing my best pain-free body secrets as one of the speakers. It’s all about balance.

You’ll also hear from Justin Michael Williams, Karen Mozes, Kit Yoon, Katy Knowles, Alex Gil, Elyse Jarard, Susan Wesley, Nicole Andrews, and Ben Van Treese. They’re going to share how they have upped their fitness by staying pain and injury free, boosting their vibrant energy and strength, and staying inspired. Because it’s not just about going to the gym day in and day out to stay a certain number on the scale. You need to look at the different aspects of your fitness holistically if you want to take things to the next level. This summit gives you a well-rounded approach that will honor your body and mind so you get big results and better balance. It all starts in just a few days.

Grab your spot now: register here. It’s free! You’ll also get instant access to the Jumpstart Training by Heather Feather: “The 3 Keys to Kick Plantar Fasciitis to the Curb.”

Last-Minute Gift Ideas

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for someone on your list—or looking forward to spending your holiday money on yourself—please consider these, each of which is an experience that will help you find balance.

A Weekend Retreat

The Stockbridge Bowl seen from Kripalu in winter

Join me at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshires January 26–28 for the tenth annual Yoga for Athletes weekend. It’s suitable for all ages, all sports (including none), and all levels of yoga experience (again, including none). We’ve had lots of friend groups and family configurations in the workshop over the years. It’s a great way to spend quality time together while relaxing and enjoying the retreat life (less screen time, more delicious meals you don’t have to cook for or clean up after). Sign up here!

1440 Multiversity

Or come to the redwood forest outside Santa Cruz, California, in April. I’ll be teaching Yoga for Stress Resistance at the gorgeous, luxe 1440 Multiversity April 20–22. We’ll explore ways to handle stress so that we can grow without breaking down. This weekend is appropriate for people of all ages and all levels of yoga experience (including none, of course). You’ll be blown away by the facility, the food, and the setting, guaranteed. Sign up here!

(Yoga teachers/coaches/personal trainers/physical therapists: both of these weekends are followed by my signature five-day teachers’ intensive, Teaching Yoga to Athletes. Follow the links above to register.)

Yoga Vibes

Give the gift of yoga with a YogaVibes gift card—you’ll find over 100 classes with me on the site, with more coming each week!

Gift Cards

If your loved one is in central North Carolina or has plans to visit, both Carolina Yoga Company and Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat offer gift cards in any amount. You can generate these immediately online, making them perfect for the true procrastinators (or the forgetful).

I look forward to connecting with you in 2018!

Watch: Yoga for Athletic Balance, 12/11/17

My latest Yoga for Athletic Balance class is online at Yoga Vibes, where you’ll find 100 other videos from me. (This is a great time to give the gift of yoga with a YogaVibes gift card—help your friends stay balanced in 2018.) This 75-minute class is appropriate for athletes and everyone.

Balance through your shoulders, spine, and hips in this class appropriate for athletes and anyone who feels tired at the end of the day. We start slowly, build to a mellow standing flow, and play with tree pose with a side bend before unwinding in relaxing twists to work around your spine and hips.

Watch the full class at Yoga Vibes!

Newly Certified: Maricelle Campbell

Meet Maricelle Campbell, one of the newest certified Sage Yoga for Athletes teachers. I met Maricelle in person when she took a workshop with me at the Yoga Journal conference in New York, and I was delighted to have her enroll in Teaching Yoga to Athletes shortly thereafter. And we are really excited to have her enrolled in our Carolina Yoga Advanced Studies Teacher Training—it’s designed to be friendly to distance students, and we’ve had graduates from Sweden and Hong Kong!

Maricelle lives just outside of Toronto, where she teaches boutique classes for athletes, prenatal students, and everyone. Find her online at When you have the good fortune to be in class with her, you’ll love her warm, accepting energy. You may also love her Canadian accent, which goes along beautifully with the it’s-all-good vibe in her classroom. Maricelle knows that concerted training leads to tightness and fatigue, and her sequences keep athletes safe and relaxed, instead of simply piling on more stress. Her students are lucky to have her, and if you’re in Ontario, you should make a point of studying with her!

Want to follow in Maricelle’s footsteps and spend five days with fun colleagues exploring how to teach yoga to athletes of all sports and levels? Join me at one of these three intensives in 2018:

Can’t make the trip? Never fear: the entire program is available online anytime at Sage Yoga Teacher Training. You can move at your own schedule! If, as Maricelle did, you take some time off to have a baby, the program and I will be waiting for you on your own terms. Read more!

Skill in Action: Yoga and Social Justice

Join me in supporting Michelle Johnson as she prepares to release Skill in Action: Yoga and Social Justice. Michelle, a longtime teacher at Carrboro Yoga Company and town alderperson, now lives in Portland, OR, where she works to dismantle racism. Her classes are clear and inclusive and her work is for the benefit of everyone! This book will show you how to use yoga philosophy toward social justice, and how to create inclusive spaces in your class and studio.

While we miss Michelle dearly in Carrboro, we are glad to see her work hit a bigger stage. (She’ll be back for her annual New Year’s Eve workshop at Carrboro Yoga—sign up here.) You can contribute toward her Kickstarter here, and you’ll have an option to get a copy of the book along with other incentives.

Thanks for considering it!


New! Core Strength for Real People: Tap Front and Back

Ready to keep your sense of humor as you play with a challenge to your balance? The latest episode of Core Strength for Real People is here to help! From standing and from tabletop, we’ll work abs, back muscles, and balance with contralateral movements to tap in front of and behind the body.

Enjoy the preview above, and buy or rent the entire video at the Core Strength for Real People page. Better yet, subscribe, and for less than the price of one Pilates or yoga class, you’ll get access to the entire library, and a new video to challenge you posted regularly. There are lots more fun challenges coming your way! Get started now.

Watch: Yoga for Athletic Balance, 11/20/17

My latest Yoga for Athletic Balance class is online at Yoga Vibes, where you’ll find 100 other videos from me. (This is a great time to give the gift of yoga with a YogaVibes gift card—help your friends stay balanced in 2018.) This 75-minute class helps athletes and everyone by focusing on a quick routine to help you balance before and after your workout.

In this class you’ll enjoy a slow, mellow warm-up, move through standing balance poses—dancer, pigeon, and pyramid—and repeat the poses as core strengtheners on the floor. Finish with a twist personalized for your hips and spine. The perfect reset for your body and mind!

Watch the full class at Yoga Vibes!

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