New! Core Strength for Real People: Dancer, Tree, Pigeon, Eagle

The first of the month means a new video is live at Core Strength for Real People! This one challenges your balance, then takes those shapes into dedicated core work.

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. There are lots more fun challenges coming your way! Get started now.

Scheduled: Yoga for Athletes and Teaching Yoga to Athletes at Kripalu

The Stockbridge Bowl seen from Kripalu in winter

The Stockbridge Bowl seen from Kripalu in winter

Since 2009, I’ve been leading workshops for athletes (and everyone!) at the beautiful Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. As I’ve done for the last several years, I’ll start with a weekend workshop January 20–22, Yoga for Athletes: Strength, Flexibility, and Focus, designed for practitioners of all sports and all levels. We’ve had athletes from 12 to over 70 in this class, as well as those who wouldn’t identify as athletes but who came with a friend or family member. It’s always a lovely time.

Kripalu TYA 2013That weekend is followed by a five-day intensive, January 22–27, Teaching Yoga to Athletes. This is always also a lovely time—super collegial and very productive. Teachers, coaches, and trainers go home with an action plan and steps to follow immediately, and when we check in at three months and later, it’s a treat to hear that the intensive got them rolling on a helpful career. If you are able to do both, it’s a great mix of practice and theory, and there’s a discount for doing the two back-to-back.

Winter at Kripalu is so beautiful. With luck, you can walk on the iced-over lake. And there’s always great company for runs, Noon Dance, and chatting over tea (now, coffee!) and cookies.

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New! Core Strength for Real People: Abductors & Adductors

The first of the month means a new video is live at Core Strength for Real People! This one challenges your inner thighs (adductors) and outer hips (abductors) while asking your core to work as an anchor.

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. There are lots more fun challenges coming your way! Get started now.

Grand Opening Reception: Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat

Hillsborough Spa Grand Opening

I like to fancy myself the expert on not working out. I wrote a whole book on it, The Athlete’s Guide to RecoveryAttention to self-care is a critical part of the stress/rest balance. Without stress, you never grow; without rest, you never grow, either, because rest is where the adaptation to stress takes place.

If you’re looking for a place to rest in central North Carolina, here’s your spot: the Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat. We offer massage, facials, and ample room and tools for quiet downtime. I can’t wait to show it to you, and I hope you can join the grand opening on Saturday, October 29, 3–6 p.m. We’ll have snacks, mini treatments, and space for you to sit and rest. See you there!

Now Open: Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat

What a joy this is to share: a place to unplug, refill your well, and tune in to your higher self. Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat is now open at 1814 Beckett’s Ridge Drive, Hillsborough, North Carolina. It’s just above the Hillsborough Yoga Company, which means you can have a wonderful day of exploring the beautiful Hillsborough Riverwalk, part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, practicing yoga, relaxing in our steam rooms and infrared sauna, reading and journaling in our tranquility lounge, and, if you like, receiving a spa treatment focused on inner beauty.

I’ve been doing years of research toward this project. My business partner Lies Sapp has, too, and she deserves all the credit for the beauty and serenity you’ll find at Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat. Her taste is impeccable, and she’s created something that is truly special. You’ll feel relaxed the moment you walk in. I did, when I entered early for a meeting with Mark Terry, who took these beautiful photos, on Tuesday. I came in with a muscle spasm in my shoulder that had me squirming through the entire drive, but within five minutes of sitting in the tranquility lounge, the pain was gone. Magic!

Please come visit! The slideshow here gives you a peek inside, but the real thing is even better.

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New! Core Strength for Real People: Standing

The first of the month means a new video is live at Core Strength for Real People! This one challenges your core, glutes, and lower legs from a standing position. No mat needed—you may not even need to change your clothes, which means you can do this as a midday break.

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. There are lots more fun challenges coming your way! Get started now.

Listen: Bonus Another Mother Runner Podcast on Racing Wisely

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Racing_Wisely_coverCan’t get enough podcasts about running? You’re in luck: while I was in Spokane, Another Mother Runner recorded a bonus session with me discussing racing wisely and Racing Wisely. This was recorded live with a group of retreaters who were preparing to run Happy Girls Spokane. In it, you’ll hear lots of racing advice, including my critical soul sucking technique, as well as good questions from runners preparing to race.

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Side note: Happy Girls Run was indeed a happy race. I enjoyed running an open 5K for the first time in over a decade. With 5K, 10K, and half marathon options on a mix of bike path and scenic trail, it offered a challenge, then followed through on the happy with brunch! There was beer, cocktails (!!!), teriyaki, and bacon. Best race ever?

Listen: Another Mother Runner Podcast #228, Live from the Spokane Run + Refresh Retreat

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This week’s Another Mother Runner podcast was recorded in front of a live audience in beautiful Spokane, Washington, as part of the AMR Run + Refresh Retreat. I was honored to be the featured guest, speaking about Core Strength for Real People, Lifelong Yoga, and more. This was my third time on the podcast, and far and away my favorite, as we could all see each other and had a warm, present group of listeners to talk to. I hope you enjoy—this is great company on your next long run!

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New This Winter: Nine-Week Weekday Hybrid Yoga Teacher Training in Central North Carolina

yoga teacher training chapel hill carrboroThe Carolina Yoga Company yoga teacher training, which I lead with my business partner Lies Sapp, is constantly evolving. While core features of the program are a constant—lots of practice teaching, exposure to a broad range of styles and approaches to yoga, a sense of humor even as we take yoga quite seriously—we always make tweaks to serve the students in the best way possible. Recently, we dropped our group field trip to visit hot yoga and added an extremely well received session with Zach Ward of DSI Comedy Theater on improvisational techniques.

One of our big innovations for 2017 is offering a completely new format for this wonderful content. We’re calling it the nine-week weekday hybrid, as it sits somewhere in between our eight-month, one-weekend-a-month program and our three-week summer intensive.

img_5455Here’s how it works: we meet over nine weeks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (You’ll notice this corresponds with the school schedule and accommodates those working in the service industry evenings and weekends.) We start January 10, 2017, and finish on March 9 (before the schools head out on spring break). Students will get the benefit of weekly meetings alongside the benefit of four-day weekends to let the teachings sink in.

Our plan is to run this hybrid format in about the same time frame in odd-numbered years, and to keep our three-week summer intensive (a favorite of college students, schoolteachers, and out-of-towners) in even-numbered years. We offer a summer intensive of our advanced studies teacher training in odd-numbered years, so this frees up time and energy for us to devote to that wonderful program, which I co-teach with Mira Shani.

We have some very excited students already enrolling, and an attractive early bird discount for those who pay in full by November 15. Read more and get started with your application here!

Introducing the Carolina Massage Institute: Your New Massage School

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I’ve been conducting in-depth research into the benefits of frequent massage for over 20 years. Quite seriously, I very much recommend massage for athletic recovery. It is the subject of a full chapter in my Athlete’s Guide to Recovery, and I’ve written about self-massage both there and in Runner’s World. Many of my students and friends are massage therapists and bodyworkers, and they love their jobs.

If you would like to love your own job as a massage therapist, please consider the Carolina Massage Institute! This is a brand-new massage school in Hillsborough, North Carolina—right in the middle of the state—housed in the building that also hosts Hillsborough Yoga Company and the soon-to-open Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat. I co-own all of these ventures with my wonderful business partner, Lies Sapp. In Carolina Massage Institute, we are joined by some wonderful colleagues.

Sara Owens, our program director, is a graduate of our yoga teacher training, a longtime teacher at our studios, and possessor of a wonderful résumé that includes work owning Market Street Coffee, a successful chain of local coffee shops, and, recently, work as the crime analyst for the Town of Carrboro. She’ll keep these up while administering CMI.

Ruth Newnam, our director of education, is another longtime Carrboro Yoga teacher and a skilled massage therapist who works on me, my husband, and many of the athletes in town, including my friends at UNC Men’s Basketball. She’s owner of Carrboro Massage Therapy, so in addition to her hands-on experience, she can speak to running a successful therapy practice. Ruth has been hard at work putting together a useful, practical, innovative curriculum. She’ll be joined by a skilled faculty that together has decades of experience. Our staff includes two other hypercapable Carrboro Yoga teachers: physical therapist Laura Terry and massage therapist Helen Tapper.

Wherever you are on your massage therapy journey, we offer support:

Please visit the Carolina Massage Institute website to sign up for our newsletter, apply for the program that will lead you to your dream job, and stay current with your CEUs.