How long will the course take me to complete?
Each unit has reading, videos, and homework. The reading could be two or three hours per unit; the videos are between three and four hours per unit. Homework will take an additional two or three hours, with the exception of unit 3 homework, which will take longer, as it involves going to classes. There are also resources for additional study that could add many hours.
Then, for the certification track, there is an exam (say, three hours), and recording/watching/self-critiquing a teaching video, which will take at least three more. (I’ll get feedback to students on homework, exam, and video within two weeks of their submission, and I aim to answer questions sooner than that.) We’ll also consult as needed, which will probably be a few more hours of chat time (phone or video).
Putting that together, estimate 8–10 hours per unit x 5 = 40–50 hours for the content, plus another 8–10 more for the certification materials.
Is there a timeframe for completion?
You can do this all on your own schedule—that’s the beauty of the online format. If you’re on the certification track, I’m happy to help set you a timetable and nudge you. Some of us do better with oversight and deadlines!
Is there a payment plan?
No, but as the course is always available, it’ll be waiting for you when you are ready to pay in full. If money is tight, consider the content track as a starting point. There is also an option to work à la carte through the content track.
Will this count toward my 200-hour yoga teacher training?
No. The course will help you specialize in the niche of yoga for athletes; it is designed as an add-on after your original training. It also would be a nice addition run concurrently with a 200-hour-level training. Think of it as a master’s degree, on top of the bachelor’s degree you earn at the 200-hour level.
Will this count toward my 500-hour yoga teacher training?
Maybe. Talk to your 500-hour program director.
Will this count toward continuing education?
Yes, it counts as 20 non–contact hours toward Yoga Alliance renewal and as 5 USAT CEUs for USA Triathlon coaching recertification.
What if I’m not sure I want to work with athletes?
The course is really an exercise in figuring out how to help our students by determining what stresses they undergo in daily life—whether through sports training, a tough job, or illness and injury—and learning to devise routines to support them. In that way, it’s appropriate for all yoga teachers, especially those who want to sharpen their abilities to work with special populations.
What do others think of the course?
“This course was amazing! The content is so informative for working with athletes. Sage does a wonderful job walking you through each step of the way. I had many questions and concerns about getting started working with athletes in my area. Sage answered e-mails within hours and was so helpful to me making my aspirations a reality! Sage has a way of meeting the athlete where they are and using yoga to enhance them. She does a wonderful job of teaching yoga teachers to have that same connection. Sage puts her heart and soul into making you the best yoga teacher you can be. This course is wonderful if you are considering working with athletes or teams as well as using this information with students at your studios.” —Jamie McDaniel
“It was truly an honor and privilege to be a part of this course. Investing in this course is one of the best decisions I have ever made. When deciding to use my vacation time to go to this class, I was concerned about being fooled into a yoga gimmick. Fortunately, this was absolutely not the case. I got way more out of the Yoga for Athletes teacher training than I had ever anticipated. This was the first workshop I attended were I felt like I was imparted with knowledge, experience, and encouragement. Thank you so much! I truly feel I have the tools and support necessary to take my dream of working with athletes to the next level.” —Heather Walke
“Sage’s Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive was a terrific course for learning how to teach yoga to athletes or any other special population. Not only did I learn how to specify a yoga practice through each phase of periodization in a training cycle, but also how this approach can work in a studio class filled with athletes in different sports and different training phases, or with an entire team focused on the same sport and training cycle. Particularly useful was understanding how the psychology of the athlete differs from that of the more typical yoga student—and why a specific approach is required by the instructor. I also gained a more in-depth understanding of how to address various injuries and ailments of the body through specific postures, which is useful for every yoga teacher. Sage’s knowledge in this area and her skill and generosity in conveying that knowledge are really remarkable.” —Jennifer Weaver
“If at all possible, I urge you to attend one of Sage’s ‘Teaching Yoga To Athletes’ intensives, but if you are unable to be with Sage in person, I highly recommend her online course. Sage’s teaching is informed by her own accomplishments as a runner, and triathlete, and the skills you will learn can’t help but take your own work with athletes to a higher level!” —Chuck Naughton
“Teaching Yoga to Athletes is a phenominal experience that is valuable to yoga teachers as well as sports coaches and athletes in general. Sage’s training is thorough and inspiring. I work with young dancers and young-at-heart amateur athletes. This training gave me the skills and confidence to work with all ages and sports. Most importantly I have learned how to improve sequencing throughout the class and periodization throughout the training season and beyond. My students have commented on the improvement they see in their own sports because of the yoga we practice. I urge everyone to take Sage’s course. You and your students will be glad you did!” —Laura Christopherson