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.

Listen: Love Teaching Yoga Podcast


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.

My most recent conversation was with Michelle of Love Teaching Yoga. You can hear it online or download it from iTunes.

We talked quite specifically about the ins and outs of the field of teaching yoga to athletes. If you’re intrigued when you listen, check out my online courses on the subject! You’ll also hear a shout out to my colleagues Alexandra DeSiato and Jenni Tarma, both of whom do beautiful work in the field.

Coming Summer 2017: Lifelong Yoga

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.

This contract makes it official: LIFELONG YOGA by Sage Rountree and @alexandradesiato is coming summer 2017 on North Atlantic Books!

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This is my seventh book and my first with a collaborator. I couldn’t think of a better one: Alexandra DeSiato is my longtime assistant, teacher, and friend. Together, we’ve been writing Yoga for Aging Athletes, which will soon transition its title to Lifelong Yoga, to match the book. Meanwhile, Alexandra has been writing on yoga for healthy aging for national publications. Read her helpful, friendly, accessible articles.

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.

Listen: Yoga Crush Podcast

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Suzanne Moscovitch at Yoga Crush is creating a wonderful set of resources for yoga teachers. I spoke to her for her podcast. Listen here:

Attract More Clients with Crushworthy Content

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!

Scheduled: Another Mother Runner Retreat, Spokane

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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.

Scheduled: Outessa Women’s Summit


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.

Read all about it and register.

New! Core Strength for Real People: Tall Mountain

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.