Not Too Late for Summer Intensives

Today feels like the first day of summer proper, as the first weekday with the kids out of school. If your summer isn’t booked down to the last minute, there’s still time to join me at one or more of these upcoming intensives:

Yoga for Athletes: Balance, Strength, Flexibility, and Focus
1440 Multiversity, Scotts Valley, CA
Friday, June 16–Sunday, June 18

Are you ready to take your game to the next level? Yoga’s emphasis on form, focus, and breath will make you a better, well-rounded athlete. Learn how yoga complements mental and physical training, translating into increased balance and enjoyment in your sport and your life.

Read more and register →

Teaching Yoga to Athletes
1440 Multiversity, Scotts Valley, CA
Sunday, June 18–Friday, June 23

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. Learn about the philosophy, physiology, psychology, pedagogy, and profession of teaching yoga to athletes.

Read more and register →

Sequencing Yoga Classes from Welcome to Namaste
Carrboro Yoga Company, Carrboro/Chapel Hill, NC
Monday, June 25–Friday, June 29

This workshop, designed for yoga teachers from any tradition, will give you concrete techniques to craft, teach, and reflect on sequences that will keep your students safe, healthy, and inspired. You’ll leave both with the framework to continue designing fun, useful sequences and with a full list of sequences you can begin using in your classes immediately.

Read more and register →

Teaching Yoga to Athletes
Carrboro Yoga Company, Carrboro/Chapel Hill, NC
Monday, July 17–Friday, July 21

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. Learn about the philosophy, physiology, psychology, pedagogy, and profession of teaching yoga to athletes.

Read more and register →

Advanced Studies Yoga Teacher Training

The five-day intensives are part of Carolina Yoga Company’s advanced studies yoga teacher training. If your summer is especially free, it’s not too late to sign up and complete a large chunk of the requirements for your 500-hour yoga teacher training designation with Yoga Alliance. Read more and register →

Sage Yoga Teacher Training

Can’t travel, but ready to deepen your understanding? Check out the online courses at Sage Yoga Teacher Training, including Teaching Yoga to Athletes, Sequencing Yoga Classes from Welcome to Namaste, and more. Read more and sign up →

Newly Certified: Kirsten Larson

Meet Kirsten Larson, one of the newest certified Sage Yoga for Athletes teachers. This beauty lives on the eastern side of the Research Triangle, but we’ll get to see lots of her at Carrboro Yoga as she moves through our teacher training. She’s already a wonderful teacher, though. Her classes are inclusive, clear, and calming, and her precise cuing gets students into the right places so that there’s plenty of room for quiet and inner experience. To me, this is a major sign of a gifted teacher.

Kirsten is especially interested in soccer and football players, and I also highly recommend her for any athlete or non athlete looking for a skilled teacher in Raleigh and points east. Reach her here.

If you’d like to join Kirsten and Tracey as specialists working with athletes, the first step is to take my five-day intensive on teaching yoga to athletes. You can do this online anytime at sageyogateachertraining.com, or in person at:

 

Newly Certified: Tracey Turner-Keyser

Meet Tracey Turner-Keyser, one of the newest certified Sage Yoga for Athletes teachers! In addition to being a wonderful yoga teacher, Tracey is also a high school running coach and a wonderful family therapist—this is a triple whammy of goodness in helping people feel balanced, connected, and capable of peak performance.

Tracey is not only sympathetic, she’s empathetic, because as an athlete she knows exactly what yoga tools work, and at what point in the training cycle each is most appropriate. Whether they’re building core strength and balance or enhancing their recovery, her students use yoga as the perfect complement to their training. And they do so with laser-sharp focus—a skill that serves them on the mat, in the classroom, on the course, and in life.

If you are a high school runner or parent of a high school runner in central North Carolina, check out Tracey’s running camp this summer! Students will head into cross-country season centered, fit, and ready to run. And read more about Tracey’s work here.

Listen: Fit Bottomed Girls Podcast

I had a really fun chat with Fit Bottomed Girls for their podcast, and I especially appreciated the opportunity to shout out one of my favorite songs, “Both” by Gucci Mane and Drake, and one of my favorite writers, Tana French. You can hear the whole thing here! The FBGs do an especially lovely job of promoting my upcoming workshops at 1440 Multiversity. My wonderful student Ali gives a beautiful description of the content of the workshops—she took them both at Kripalu in January. Once you’re excited to join, sign up for the 1440 workshops here. I’ll be back at Kripalu next January—registration will be online soon here.

New: Core Strength for Real People: Stretch Your Front

The first of this odd-numbered month means a new video is up at Core Strength for Real People. This one is not for core strength, but for core release. If you get enthusiastic about ab exercises, you can get too tight across the front of your body, putting extra pressure on your back. The stretches you’ll find in this sequence target pectoralis minor and the hip flexor muscles to help bring you back into balance front to back. As a bonus, they’re relaxing!

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 every other month. There are lots more fun challenges—and release exercises—coming your way! Get started now.

Save 20 Percent on Programs at 1440 Multiversity in Santa Cruz

I’m excited to be among the very first presenters at 1440 Multiversity, a new center opening in the redwood forest outside Santa Cruz this May. The sweet folks at the multiversity have just extended a 20 percent offer to you! Use the code LOVE1440 when you register before May 15 and you’ll save on either (or both!) of my programs.

Join me for:

Yoga for Athletes: Balance, Strength, Flexibility, and Focus, Friday–Sunday, June 16–18

Are you ready to take your game to the next level? Yoga’s emphasis on form, focus, and breath will make you a better, well-rounded athlete. Learn how yoga complements mental and physical training, translating into increased balance and enjoyment in your sport and your life.

Join Sage Rountree—author, coach, endurance athlete, triathlete, and yoga teacher—for this program designed specifically for athletes of all sports and levels of yoga experience (including none).

This weekend, you will learn:

  • Poses to increase your stability, balance, range of motion, and flexibility, especially in the hips and hamstrings
  • Techniques to enhance your physical and mental endurance while lowering recovery time and risk of injury
  • How to cultivate sport-specific core strength
  • Ways to incorporate yoga’s approach to mind-body integration in both training and competition.

The practice you will experience with Sage is not an athletic form of yoga. Yoga for athletes is a way to use yoga as a complement to sports training so you can move fluidly and powerfully, focus and recover better, and achieve peak performance in sports and beyond.

Read more and register here. Remember to use code LOVE1440 to save 20 percent!

Teaching Yoga to Athletes: An Intensive for Teachers, Trainers, and Coaches, Sunday–Friday, June 18–23

The field of yoga for athletes is growing in exciting directions as more and more athletes credit yoga with taking their performance to the next level. 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.

Through lecture, group discussion, led yoga sequences, and practice teaching, you will learn:

  • Philosophy: clear and easy ways to describe yoga philosophy that athletes will appreciate
  • Physiology: the role yoga plays in the context of a training cycle so you can best serve your students
  • Psychology: to understand the needs, abilities, and limitations that athletes bring to a yoga practice
  • Pedagogy: how to modify classes for athletes of various sports, different levels of experience, and all points in the training cycle
  • Profession: how to create your business goals, structure a working plan, and embark on a successful career teaching yoga to athletes and everyone.

You will leave with a new awareness of the parallels between yoga and sports training, empowered with skills to teach athletes in studio, gym, team, or one-on-one settings.

Read more and register here. Remember to use code LOVE1440 to save 20 percent!

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Facilities

Outside of program time, we’ll have an amazing stay. Campus accommodations include all-natural, farm-to-table cuisine; daily offerings in meditation, yoga, fitness, and other classes and events; as well as four miles of forest hiking (running!) trails on a beautiful 75-acre campus. There’s a wellness center with bodywork modalities designed for relaxation and whole-body integration, steam rooms, and a large outdoor hot tub with an expansive view of the redwoods. I’m super excited and look forward to working with you there! Read all about it at 1440.org.

Listen: “Meet the Moment,” Wanderlust Speakeasy

I also taught yoga nidra—Wes helped me set up.

In 2015, I gave a talk at Wanderlust Snowshoe in the Speakeasy—the festival’s version of a TED Talk. I was so nervous! While I’m no stranger to public speaking, this was next-level stress. Instead of the yoga or meditation teaching I’m used to doing, I was talking philosophically about lessons I’ve learned in life. The talk was recorded in front of a live audience. Wes was there with me and was a wonderful grounding force in the hours leading up to the talk. I remember losing my appetite a full 24 hours beforehand—these butterflies were worse than any prerace jitters I’ve ever had.

Now you can hear the results on the Wanderlust Speakeasy podcast. I talk about how goals and intentions help you in any situation. This is the thesis of my book on mindful racing, Racing Wisely, and it also applies to any situation—I include yoga and life examples in the talk. Search for “Wanderlust Speakeasy” in your favorite podcasting app, or listen here. I welcome your feedback!

Scheduled: Teaching Yoga to Athletes Intensive in North Carolina

The hometown version of my five-day intensive on teaching yoga to athletes will be Monday–Friday, July 17–21, this year. (You can also catch it at the 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley, California, Sunday–Friday, June 18–23, and online anytime at Sage Yoga Teacher Training.) This is always a highlight of my teaching schedule—not only do I love the content, the students are reliably wonderful and everyone falls in love with Carrboro during their stay.

The intensive is part of our summer-long advanced studies (aka 300- or 500-hour) yoga teacher training—join for all of that, or just this productive week. I promise you’ll go home inspired. Early bird rates apply—sign up now! Register here.

Yoga for Athletes Five-Day Teachers’ Intensive in North Carolina

Monday, July 17–Friday, July 21, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:00–5:00 p.m.

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; contact us 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.

Recommended reading: Sage Rountree, The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga, The Runner’s Guide to Yogaand Everyday Yoga. These are all available on this website, at the studio, or on Amazon.

Many hotels are located a short drive from the studio, including a Hampton Inn, and great AirBnB options in easy walking distance (no car needed!). Read more at our travel accommodations page. The studio is located just above the wonderful local co-op, with a hot bar, extensive salad and sushi bars, and bakery. In addition to learning a ton, expect to enjoy your stay in our beautiful town.

Monday, July 17–Friday, July 21, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:00–5:00 p.m.

$799; $749 until July 1

Register now!

Correct Dates for Sequencing: June 26–30

I’m reposting with the correct 2017 dates for Sequencing Yoga Classes from Welcome to Namaste—I’d incorrectly used the 2015 dates before! I do hope you’ll join on June 26 for a week of creative work.


Yoga and movement teachers: when did you last take plenty of time to play on your mat, create new sequences, collate them, and plan classes? Much of this work happens in small increments. Dedicate yourself to a full work week of creativity in Sequencing Yoga Classes from Welcome to Namaste, and you’ll develop an invaluable playbook to keep your classes fun, fresh, thoughtful, and rewarding for both you and your students. It’s the movement teachers’ equivalent of a writers’ workshop! Each day includes large and small group practice, assignments to unleash your creativity and help you tune in to the intelligence of your progressions, and plenty of time for collegial collaboration.

All backgrounds and styles of movement teachers are welcome—the more diverse our group, the more we all benefit. The intensive is part of our summer-long advanced studies (aka 300- or 500-hour) yoga teacher training—join for all of that, or just this productive week. I promise you’ll go home inspired. Early bird rates apply—sign up now! Register here.

Sequencing Yoga Classes from Welcome to Namaste

Monday, June 26–Friday, June 30, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Do you feel uninspired or intimidated when you face a room of students, despite your love for the yoga practice? Does your creativity freeze up when you need to modify on the fly? Have you ever taught a class that felt great, then forgotten what made it special? This is the intensive for you! This workshop, designed for yoga teachers from any tradition, will give you concrete techniques to craft, teach, and reflect on sequences that will keep your students safe, healthy, and inspired. Sage Rountree, your teacher, is the leading expert on yoga for athletes and a prolific author of articles on sequencing for various issues. She has developed a simple, useful approach to keeping students engaged that will help you take your teaching to the next level.

Using a framework that makes modification and creative approaches easy and natural, we’ll work together to design sequences for every portion of an asana class, from warmups to balance poses to the closing minutes. You’ll learn tools to structure balancing, fulfilling, inspiring sequences no matter what style you teach, and we’ll collaborate in group work, partner work, and team practice teaching to build an archive of sequences. Along the way, we’ll address kriya and krama, transitions between poses, clear languaging, and various approaches to modeling and assisting.

Each day includes led asana practice, discussion, workbook exercises, and collaboration. Bring a blank notebook, laptop, or tablet for taking notes, as well as a camera if you are a visual learner. You’ll leave both with the framework to continue designing fun, useful sequences and with a full list of sequences you can begin using in your classes immediately. Never feel uninspired again!

Many hotels are located a short drive from the studio, and a Hampton Inn is a block away. There are plenty of AirBnB offerings to match your budget, too. Carrboro Yoga Company is located just above the wonderful local co-op, with a hot bar, extensive salad and sushi bars, and bakery. In addition to learning a ton and refreshing your love of teaching, expect to enjoy your stay in our beautiful town and your collaboration with your colleagues.

This intensive is a required module for Carolina Yoga Company’s advanced 500-hour yoga teacher training; it is also open to everyone.

Required reading: Sage Rountree, Everyday Yoga.

$699, $649 if paid before June 1.

Register now!

The intensive is also available as an online course at Sage Yoga Teacher Training.

Scheduled: Sequencing Yoga Classes from Welcome to Namaste

Yoga and movement teachers: when did you last take plenty of time to play on your mat, create new sequences, collate them, and plan classes? Much of this work happens in small increments. Dedicate yourself to a full work week of creativity in Sequencing Yoga Classes from Welcome to Namaste, and you’ll develop an invaluable playbook to keep your classes fun, fresh, thoughtful, and rewarding for both you and your students. It’s the movement teachers’ equivalent of a writers’ workshop! Each day includes large and small group practice, assignments to unleash your creativity and help you tune in to the intelligence of your progressions, and plenty of time for collegial collaboration.

All backgrounds and styles of movement teachers are welcome—the more diverse our group, the more we all benefit. The intensive is part of our summer-long advanced studies (aka 300- or 500-hour) yoga teacher training—join for all of that, or just this productive week. I promise you’ll go home inspired. Early bird rates apply—sign up now! Register here.

Sequencing Yoga Classes from Welcome to Namaste

Monday, June 26–Friday, June 30, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Do you feel uninspired or intimidated when you face a room of students, despite your love for the yoga practice? Does your creativity freeze up when you need to modify on the fly? Have you ever taught a class that felt great, then forgotten what made it special? This is the intensive for you! This workshop, designed for yoga teachers from any tradition, will give you concrete techniques to craft, teach, and reflect on sequences that will keep your students safe, healthy, and inspired. Sage Rountree, your teacher, is the leading expert on yoga for athletes and a prolific author of articles on sequencing for various issues. She has developed a simple, useful approach to keeping students engaged that will help you take your teaching to the next level.

Using a framework that makes modification and creative approaches easy and natural, we’ll work together to design sequences for every portion of an asana class, from warmups to balance poses to the closing minutes. You’ll learn tools to structure balancing, fulfilling, inspiring sequences no matter what style you teach, and we’ll collaborate in group work, partner work, and team practice teaching to build an archive of sequences. Along the way, we’ll address kriya and krama, transitions between poses, clear languaging, and various approaches to modeling and assisting.

Each day includes led asana practice, discussion, workbook exercises, and collaboration. Bring a blank notebook, laptop, or tablet for taking notes, as well as a camera if you are a visual learner. You’ll leave both with the framework to continue designing fun, useful sequences and with a full list of sequences you can begin using in your classes immediately. Never feel uninspired again!

Many hotels are located a short drive from the studio, and a Hampton Inn is a block away. There are plenty of AirBnB offerings to match your budget, too. Carrboro Yoga Company is located just above the wonderful local co-op, with a hot bar, extensive salad and sushi bars, and bakery. In addition to learning a ton and refreshing your love of teaching, expect to enjoy your stay in our beautiful town and your collaboration with your colleagues.

This intensive is a required module for Carolina Yoga Company’s advanced 500-hour yoga teacher training; it is also open to everyone.

Required reading: Sage Rountree, Everyday Yoga.

$699, $649 if paid before June 1.

Register now!

The intensive is also available as an online course at Sage Yoga Teacher Training.