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.
Women: let’s enjoy the outdoors together as we overlook Lake Tahoe in August! I’ll be teaching yoga at the inaugural REI Outessa Summit, a three-day event chock full of incredible views, company, and instruction. Each day I’ll lead a morning wake-up class, a midday workshop (Core Strength for Real People, Building Better Balance, Yoga for Athletic Recovery), and a late-afternoon wind-down. Plus, my friends at prAna will have a treat for you!
Come for the three-day weekend, August 19–21, or just for a day. I’ll save you a s’more.
The first of the month means a new video is live at Core Strength for Real People! This one is fun. The tall mountain sequence challenges your balance, engages your core, and boosts your sense of humor.
With practice, you’ll get more graceful. And you’ll improve your sense of where your body is in space, which is critical for both athletes and everyone.
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.