Sale: Save $10 on the Workshop Workshop

Up your teaching game in 2017 with the Workshop Workshop, an online course to help you develop, plan, and teach successful yoga and movement workshops. This workshop quickly pays for itself! And it’s $10 off through the end of February.

Are you eager to share your favorite topics with your students in workshop format, but unsure about where and how to begin? In this workbook course, Sage explains the who, what, where, why, when, and how of creating, locating a home for, marketing, teaching, and refining successful workshops—from one-hour sessions to weeklong intensives to retreats to ongoing series. Follow along and create a wonderful workshop as you go. You’ll finish with a fully developed offering to benefit both your students and your own career.

Sign up for this and all of my online offerings for professional development at sageyogateachertraining.com.

Snow and the Small Business, Part 2

We did get snow: an inch or two on top of three inches of a snow/sleet mix, all of which is now tamped down into sheets of ice along the parking lots and secondary roads (and spots of main roads, too). I’m keeping busy postponing series and our weekday yoga teacher training—two spots remain, and we start January 17 now! We did get to put our money where our mouths are by visiting Panciuto in Hillsborough before the snow arrived. If only we could have walked over—Saturday night they offered family-style dining at the community table.

We put our money where our mouths are and headed through the sleet to our favorite place to eat, @panciutorestaurant. When we got there, the chef/owner was treating the sidewalk out front with pickling salt. We enjoyed one of our best meals ever in the company of hardy, friendly people. And the roads were clear and empty all the way home. Support your local small businesses, and stay safe in the storm. #smallbusiness #smallbusinessowner #snomg

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Dara, our director at Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat, lives just around the corner from the building, so she is ready to open for anyone who wants to nestle in to the sauna! Book online or call her at 919-617-1814.

We are OPEN for day retreats and massage appointments Sunday and Monday, January 8 and 9. It may be 5 degrees outside, but it’s 135 in our infrared sauna, 110 in our two steam rooms, and cozy on the massage table. Book now: hillsboroughspa.com

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Meanwhile, I’ve cancelled all classes at Carrboro Yoga, Durham Yoga, and Hillsborough Yoga through Tuesday at noon, when the temp will be reliably above freezing. Our suggestions for enjoying yoga from home:

Wes is at Rue Cler and reports a full house for brunch (beignets!). Thanks for supporting your small local businesses extra hard in the next few days.

Friday’s forecast high: 70 degrees.

Snow and the Small Business

In the South, everything freezes up at the onset of winter weather. In fact, it freezes up before the weather begins; store shelves were bare of bread yesterday, more than 30 hours before any precipitation was predicted, and schools are being dismissed early despite the forecast, which doesn’t call for rain—not snow!—until sundown. Our plow, salt, and sand infrastructure isn’t equipped to handle what is a laughable amount of snow for most northerners. And often, we get ice instead of snow. You can’t fight ice.

While my children celebrate, as a small-business owner, I cringe at the forecast. I spent all morning coping with the storm: canceling classes, rescheduling workshops and series, and alerting students to the changes. All this work to tell people not to come enjoy our offerings. It’s similar for other business owners, who must fit a weekend’s worth of appointments into long days before and after the lost days. And for restaurant owners, my husband included, the loss of a weekend is really brutal in an industry that relies on cash flow.

All of this to say: as soon as you safely can, be sure to show some love to your local small business owners.  Rebook your dinner reservations. Visit your local boutiques. Spend your snow day signing up for a spa daya workshop at your local yoga studio, or a teacher training!

Better yet, call ahead to find out who’s open, and enjoy a snowy hike into town. That’s what my parents did when I was a child in Buffalo, New York, in 1977. They pulled my brother and me over to the store in our sled, which we all dragged home loaded with groceries. If you’re in Carrboro/Chapel Hill, NC, I know Neal’s Deli plans to be open tomorrow. There’s nothing like an excellent sandwich—and the company of other locals—to fortify you for the snowy walk home.

New! Core Strength for Real People: Leg Swing Flow

Happy 2017!

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.

Really, Really Last Minute Gift Ideas

Happy holidays! If you’ve found it difficult to think long-term in the last few weeks, I get it. And I’ve got you covered if you would like a signed copy of one of my books delivered to a U.S. address—if you order before 11 a.m. tomorrow, December 21, I will ensure it goes out Priority Mail to reach its destination before Christmas. And I’m always happy to personalize these. (Next year will get a little trickier, as I’ll need to get Alexandra to co-autograph Lifelong Yoga!) Get started here.

2016 was a year of two major expansions for me and my business partner, Lies Sapp. We conceived, built, and opened the Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat, as well as the Carolina Massage Institute, which offers both intro to massage and self-care programs in addition to a full diploma program. We offer gift cards in every amount for the spa, so you can treat your friends to a day for reflection and self-connection. Get started here. And for the best of both worlds, check out CMI’s upcoming half-day retreat with Director of Education Ruth Newnam, who’s leading foam rolling and flow yoga before leading you upstairs for two hours of steam, sauna, and spa amenities. Get started here.

If that gets you thinking about a retreat, please check out my 2017 weekend offerings:

And there’s lots more if you’re looking for experiences, not things—check it all out at sagerountree.com/schedule.

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.

Read more and register here.

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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