About Sage Rountree

I show people how to relax so they can perform better—whether that is in front of a yoga classroom, in competition, or in regular life.

Ironically, telling people to relax is often counterproductive. So I have to take a roundabout approach.

I help people relax by teaching them to be more confident.

Portrait of Sage Rountree, a middle aged white woman smiling in a dress. She stands at Carrboro Yoga Company.

For Teachers

I help yoga and movement teachers feel more confident by building up their classroom skills. Once you feel capable as a teacher—with a clear class plan, confidence in your ability to modify for every student, and with a useful message to deliver—you relax.

For Athletes

I show athletes and tired people the value of rest for peak performance. Rest is where you maximize the gains of your training and prepare to bring your very best A game. Once you understand that, it’s natural to feel great about doing less.

For Everyone

In a new project, I’ll tell and show you exactly what to do to create everyday sanctuary at home. You’ll learn techniques, most free or very low cost, that you can practice daily to feel better balanced and thus be nicer to the people around you.

Everyone wins when you relax!

Yoga with Sage has eased my stiff body from thousands of hours of air travel and helped me relax after the intensity of close games. And when the stress keeps me awake at night, I practice breathing techniques learned with yoga.

—Roy Williams, University of North Carolina Men’s Basketball Coach Emeritus and Hall of Famer, my private yoga student for over a decade
Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Roy Williams at the door of Carrboro Yoga

Where I Work

Photo by Anna Norris for Wanderlust Festival. Sage Rountree on stage leading metta meditation. Students sit quietly.

We might have connected in some of these places I’ve taught:

  • The Pentagon
  • The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs
  • Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where I’ve been on the faculty for over 10 years
  • Yoga Journal LIVE!
  • Wanderlust 108 and Wanderlust Festivals
  • Many yoga studios, REI stores, and MEC stores across the United States and Canada
  • The field of Kenan Stadium and Roy Williams Court of the Dean Smith Center at the University of North Carolina
  • The start line of the local turkey trot

I’ve written ten books to help you move, race, and teach well. You can see them all here. I’d love for you to order them from your favorite bookseller or your local library.

I write magazine articles, too. I have written both features and long-running columns for teachers and for athletes at Yoga Journal, and developed dozens of yoga routines for Runner’s World. I sat on the advisory board at Runner’s World for over a decade. Other bylines include Lava Magazine, USA Triathlon Magazine, Endurance Magazine, and Ironman.com.

Latest Books

Cover of THE ART OF YOGA SEQUENCING by Sage Rountree. Two models demonstrate yoga sequences.
Cover of THE ATHLETE'S GUIDE TO RECOVERY by Sage Rountree. An athlete rests on top of a mountain at sunset.

My work on yoga for athletes and on athletic recovery has been covered in a range of media, including:

My work has also been mentioned in:

  • The New York Times
  • Vogue
  • Inside Triathlon
  • Men’s Fitness
  • USA Today
  • U.S. News and World Report
  • Martha Stewart Living Radio


As co-owner of a yoga studio and a spa, I create and nurture spaces where relaxation happens easily.

Carrboro Yoga Company

101 Two Hills Drive, Unit 150
Carrboro, NC 27510

Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat

1814 Beckett’s Ridge Drive
Hillsborough, NC 27278

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