Day 3 of my 2016 Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive focused on the psychology of the athlete and on athletic recovery. This was fitting, as that morning I’d yet again rolled my ankle running on the trails. This happens once or twice a year, and it leaves me laid up for several weeks, yet I continue to run trails because it gives me such joy. After a discussion of this and other examples of the psychological quirks of athletes, we moved into a mellow practice to help foster athletic recovery. (For a full take on this, please read The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery.) You’ll see my wrapped ankle propped on a chair in the video of the practice, which you can stream and follow along with at YogaVibes.
Recovery is the key to performance. In this practice, filmed on day 3 of Sage’s 2016 Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive, we enjoy two sequences to relax and restore tired backs and hips. Both appear in EVERYDAY YOGA: Six Moves of the Spine, Prone, One Leg, and Six Moves of the Spine, Supine, One Leg. Along the way, we see how these foster balance in the body, and especially the nervous system. (55 mins.)
Not every class needs to contain sun salutations! And for athletes, sun salutations can be frustrating and difficult. In this medium-spicy practice from day 2 of Sage’s 2016 Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive, we find ways to work around the typical vinyasa template while building balance in the body. We start by turning inward (learn an easy way to introduce the idea of pratyahara, the fifth limb of yoga), then move through Sage’s Leg Swing Flow, Warrior I and Warrior II sequences, and a calming closing sequence on the mat. (59 mins.)
Every summer, I offer Teaching Yoga to Athletes at my home studio, the Carrboro Yoga Company. (Registration is already up for the 2017 edition, which runs July 17–21.) I record our practices, so that both the students in them and anyone interested can watch it later. Stream them or download them at YogaVibes, where you’ll also find dozens and dozens of classes with me.
Here’s Day 1 from the 2016 edition. We do two mat-free routines appropriate for athletes in a gym, on a field, or, of course, in the studio. Along the way, I explain what we’re doing and why. If you’re familiar with the Parking Lot Yoga sequence from my other videos or Everyday Yoga, you’ll find a new approach to the transitions between the poses.
Registration is now open for my annual programs at the beautiful Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in western Massachusetts. Join me for:
Yoga for Athletes, January 20–22: learn how to integrate yoga and sports training. For all levels of yoga and sport experience!
Teaching Yoga to Athletes, January 22–27: learn how to teach yoga to athletes of any sport and level. For yoga teachers, coaches, trainers, and interested yoga students.
Better yet, come to both and get a discount! I’ve been teaching these since 2009, and each year, there are a few people who stay for both.
There’s nothing like being at Kripalu. All your meals are covered, there are wonderful yoga and dance classes three times a day, and there’s fun hiking, snowshoeing, and running to do (OK, usually in single digit temperatures, but that’s invigorating). You’ll love it, guaranteed.
The first of the month means a new video is live at Core Strength for Real People! Here’s one of my favorite sequences—a unique challenge to your core and hips from a side-saddle start.
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 each month. This is the tenth one to be posted, and there are lots more fun challenges in the queue! Get started now.
I’m so enthusiastic about this content that I’ve dropped the price to only $49. This means it will pay for itself the very first time you teach a workshop based on the principles you’ll learn! We cover:
finding a niche
writing a description that will encourage students to sign up
creating a lesson plan and resources to provide students lasting value
placing the workshop at the right venue
contracts, splits, and best business practices
developing a marketing plan
refining and expanding your workshop offerings
building ongoing series
Whether you are frozen at the thought of offering a workshop or looking for ways to expand your current workshop offerings, you’ll find immediately useful and inspiring information to get to work right away.
One of the beautiful side effects of the yoga boom is the array of useful resources for yoga teachers. Podcasts are a great one, and I’ve enjoyed making the circuit and talking to thoughtful, helpful interviewers.
Coming next summer from North Atlantic Books: Lifelong Yoga, a book for anyone who wants to pick up or continue a yoga practice to support activity through the years. We’ll cover core strength, appropriate flexibility, and balance, balance, balance, so that you can develop and maintain a fun, helpful practice for decades to come.
One of the most beautiful things about having helpful partners—and I’ve been blessed with two primary ones in Wes Rountree, my husband, and Lies Sapp, my business partner—is that the workload isn’t just cut in half, it’s reduced by even more. Each of us gets to play to her strengths and interests, and when one feels stuck, the other can pick up the slack. I can’t wait to share the results of this partnership with you! Stay tuned for preorder information, and if you can’t wait, read Yoga for Aging Athletes and my previous books.
Suzanne asks such wonderful questions—teachers at all stages, both interested in working with athletes and interested in chasing their own passions—will benefit from listening to the podcast (not just this episode!). We delve pretty deeply into time management techniques, and I advocate taking scheduled downtime so that you can work more efficiently. I admit my own yoga crush on Tatum Fjerstad. The last few minutes are especially full of information, and when you listen, you’ll find a code to save you 15 percent off the offerings at Sage Yoga Teacher Training. Enjoy!
One of my favorite trips in 2015—a year when I traveled a lot—was to the first-ever Another Mother Runner Retreat, organized by Sarah Bowen Shea, Dimity McDowell, and their incredible crew in Little Rock, Arkansas. For evidence of how fun it was, enjoy the video below.
Now that you’re excited: come to Spokane! We will have an incredible weekend September 22–25, full of running, fabulous company, delicious food, and lots of laughs. I’ll be teaching mellow yoga and helping you get psyched up to race wisely. The AMR crew describe the fun far better than I can—read more and register.