Yoga for Athletes Teacher Training and Certification

I’ve just scheduled a weeklong intensive, June 25–29, 2012, for teachers who want to hone their skills in working with athletes. This is perfect for yoga teachers, personal trainers, and PE teachers. If you’ve completed a weekend intensive with me, you’ll find the weeklong to be a valuable expansion of the weekend workshop, with in-depth explorations of physiology, the system of yoga, and modifications for various sports and injuries.
The week, held at my home studio, the Carrboro Yoga Company, will be video recorded and incorporated into an online course, to be available in summer 2012. Participants in the weeklong training will receive free access to the online version, which will grow through the years. In addition, I’ll offer a certification for teachers who are already at the Yoga Alliance 200-hour level or have comparable experience, pass a take-home exam, and submit a teaching video for critique. I’m very excited to work with you, my colleagues, on increasing the amount of quality yoga teaching for athletes and everyone.

Full details are below; sign up here.
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

  • discuss the needs, abilities, and limitations that athletes bring to a yoga practice
  • survey exercise physiology relevant to yoga asana practice
  • investigate ways to modify classes for athletes of various sports and levels of experience
  • design sequences appropriate for specific needs and points in the training cycle
  • explore the pedagogy and business of working with athletes

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. 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. The workshop may also be used for CEUs and CECs; contact us for details.
Recommended reading: Sage Rountree, The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga, The Athlete’s Pocket Guide to Yoga, and The Runner’s Guide to Yoga. These are all available at the studio or on Amazon.
This intensive will be video recorded. In addition to a printed manual, you’ll gain free access to the forthcoming online version of the course, which will contain updated resources and specific sequences for working with different sports and needs, as well as ongoing support from Sage and your colleagues.
Our lodging and hospitality page gives options for accommodations. We’re located just above the wonderful local co-op, with a hot bar, extensive salad and sushi bars, and bakery.
Schedule: 9:00–noon and 1:30–5:00 daily.
$699; $649 if paid before May 15.
Register here.

2 Responses to “Yoga for Athletes Teacher Training and Certification”

  1. MR says:

    Hi Sage,
    I REALLY want to take this course but I can not do that week due to a committment. I am just finishing up my 200 Yoga Teacher Training. Will you be offering anything else similar to working with athletes?
    Thanks!
    Marisa Robinson

  2. Sage Rountree says:

    Yes, Marisa, I am going to have the course recorded and it will become part of an online course/community for teachers interested in working with athletes. I hope to have it available midsummer. Stay tuned!