Scheduled: USA Triathlon Art and Science of Coaching Conference

1357c5c5-1c79-4586-a930-63f82fa0c743USA Triathlon puts a lot of care and thought into its coaching education programs, and the flagship is the biannual Art and Science of Coaching Conference. The 2016 edition will be held at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center downtown in Atlanta, Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22.

Once again, I’m pleased to be part of the lineup, alongside wonderful colleagues like Bobby McGee, Ian Murray, Allen Lim, and more. I’ll teach yoga and talk about the real secret to performance: proper value of and attention to recoverySee the full schedule, presenter bios, and details here.

See you there, coaches!

Watch: Yoga for Athletes Teachers’ Lounge: Reverse Vinyasa

Day 5 of my 2016 Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive included a short practice featuring an alternative to the standard plank–chaturanga–up dog–down dog vinyasa. Repetitive movements lead to imbalances, both in sports training and in asana practice. Shaking up our habitual patterns helps us build new movement pathways and avoid injury.

Training can lead to sport-specific imbalances—and so can asana practice! In this short lesson, filmed during day 5 of Sage’s Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive, we explore a minor change to the typical plank-chaturanga-up dog vinyasa that both challenges and balances the body. (17 mins.)

Watch the full video and dozens more from me at YogaVibes.

New! Core Strength for Real People: Planks

The first of the month means a new video is live at Core Strength for Real People! This one features a familiar pose—the plank—in varying modifications and orientations to gravity.

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.

Watch: Yoga for Athletes Teachers’ Lounge: Balance Play

Day 4 of my 2016 Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive included a practice with some fun balance play. Balance is critical to athletic performance and athletic longevity—and so is a sense of humor. You’ll see what a good time we are having here!

Balance is crucial for injury prevention in athletes and everyone. In this practice, recorded on day 4 of Sage’s 2016 Teaching Yoga to Athletes Intensive, we explore balance with a sense of humor. Learn how changing a pose’s relationship to gravity can make it sweeter or spicier, allowing you to customize to suit your needs and tastes. (46 mins.)

View the full class at YogaVibes.

Watch: Yoga for Athletes Teachers’ Lounge: Yoga for Athletic Recovery

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.)

Watch: Yoga for Athletes Teachers’ Lounge: Beyond Sun Salutations

The second practice from the 2016 Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive is online now at YogaVibes.

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.)

Watch the practice at YogaVibes.

Watch: Yoga for Athletes Teachers’ Lounge: Standing Poses

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.

See the whole practice here. More are coming throughout the week, and next week you’ll be able to buy the entire series.

Scheduled: Yoga for Athletes at Kripalu, January 2017

The Stockbridge Bowl seen from Kripalu in winter

The Stockbridge Bowl seen from Kripalu in winter

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.

Intrigued? Here are the frequently asked questions.

Read more and register.

New! Core Strength for Real People: Side Saddle

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.

The Workshop Workshop: Now Only $49

Last spring, I loved teaching the Workshop Workshop so much that I recorded an online course version for Sage Yoga Teacher Training.

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
  • offering retreats

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.

Learn more and sign up at Sage Yoga Teacher Training.