If you’re a runner, you have likely faced at least one injury—the closer you push to your limits, the more inevitable injuries become. But they don’t have to derail your running. With a little foresight, you can make yourself more injury-resistant and improve your resilience when injuries do occur.
Here comes a wonderful book to help you: The Durable Runner, by Alison Heilig. Alison is a running coach, yoga teacher, and strength trainer—and, as you can deduce from the cover, a protégée of mine who has assisted me at Kripalu. I was honored to write the foreword for this excellent book, which is clear, inspiring, and easy to follow. If you’ve been plagued by injury or have been wondering how to make yourself stronger so you can meet your running goals, this is the book for you!
Its publication date is November 1, but you can preorder now on Amazon or wherever you like to buy books. Meanwhile, follow Alison on Instagram—she’s so inspiring in her unique combination of strength and honesty. Your feed will be the richer for the follow, and your running will be better when you read and incorporate what you find in The Durable Runner.
Since the spring, Carrboro Yoga has been condensed to one room as we prepare to move out of Carr Mill Mall, where we spent our first 15 years. Happily, that move is coming Monday, September 9!
If you’re reading this after that day, you will find us at South Green, 101 Two Hills Drive (aka 501 South Greensboro Street), unit 150. We have two beautiful rooms and a pristine lobby and set of bathrooms for you. Access is simple—provided you can cope with traffic circles. (Alexandra, who lives a few blocks south of the traffic circle, texted me a few days ago: “There are two types of people in this world: those who understand how to use a roundabout and those who do not.”) And there is tons of pervious (i.e., relatively green) parking.
Alexandra will lead the first class there—Pilates at 4:30 p.m.—and I’ll teach the first yoga class, Yoga for Athletic Balance, there at 6:00 p.m. Please join us, if not on day 1, at some day in the near future. We have a great schedule of classes, series, workshops, and teacher trainings for you.
While all classes and yoga teacher training will run in the new space, we’ll be gradually getting up to speed and putting the finishing touches in place for the next few weeks. Please join us for our grand opening party:
WHEN: Saturday, September 28, 4:30–6:30 p.m. WHERE: Carrboro Yoga, 101 Two Hills Drive, Unit 150, Carrboro, NC WHY: We’ll have door prizes, special deals on class passes, and pizza from our neighbor Coronato Pizza. Let’s celebrate!
Join Sage Rountree for a 30-minute yin class designed to open your shoulders and relax your mind. Increase mobility in the shoulders from multiple angles as you move through four yin-style poses. As a bonus, they’re all done lying on the ground, so you get maximum relaxation! This is a standalone chill practice, and also great as a cool down after any Yang-style workout.
Please have one block and a rolled-up mat, towel, or blanket available.
I recently spoke with the sweet folks at Kapwing, a cool app that lets you quickly edit video for posting online, about how we use digital storytelling at the studios. I found the app when I was looking for a way to crop a video to square for Instagram and add captions. Here’s the result:
My newest video available at Yoga Vibes is a special treat for you: it’s restorative yoga! If you aren’t familiar with the practice, prepare to fall in love. It’s long holds of fully supported poses with the goal not to stretch but to let go completely. (If you find letting go tough, start off with one of my short movement practices to burn off your high-end energy and you’ll settle down more easily.)
Restorative yoga is a gentle practice of restful poses that are designed to encourage the body and mind to fully relax. In this practice with Sage Rountree, you’ll move through 4 restorative postures—a heart opener, twist and a forward fold—to encourage balance and release tension. Make sure you’re cushioned, warm, and cozy, and remember, it takes skill to be still! Notice the thought patterns that emerge, and direct your attention back to your breath. Feel free to add your own favorite calming music as a soundtrack.
Please have two blocks (or throw pillows), one bolster (or bed pillow), and one to three blankets (or beach towels). Optional: sandbag (or rice bag), and an eye pillow. Get creative with whatever props you have handy to support your body as you sink into this series of restorative postures on the floor.
In this course, as in the book, we offer you down-to-earth advice on how to make your teaching more lofty while staying relatable. We discuss:
finding your authentic voice
where to look for inspiration
what to do when you’re not inspired
exercises to help you determine what matters to you and how you can share best with your students
You’ll also get bonus themes, links to poems and songs cited in the book, and lively discussion from Sage, Alexandra, and your peers.
When you sign up for the course, you’ll receive instant, lifetime access to an hour of audio discussion and numerous workbook prompts, templates, and bonus completed themes that together will leave you confident to inspire your students more.
Work at your own pace and at a time that’s convenient for you, and use your lifetime access to review the materials (and comments) at your leisure. We look forward to engaging with you there—you’ll get out of the course what you put into it, and we are excited to respond to your comments and share together.
Alexandra and I had a wonderful visit to the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival last weekend, full of sweet surprises. Among them: author gifts including delicious homemade cheese straws, a host of interesting people who turned up to hear about Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses, and this amazing art from Hannah Barnhardt, @wandering_witness:
Meet Deanna Velazquez, one of the newest certified Sage Yoga for Athletes teachers. Deanna has a deep well of expertise in fitness. She has worked as a group fitness instructor, a personal trainer, and of course a yoga teacher. She’s lived in a range of interesting places, too, from Alaska to Austin to, briefly, Raleigh, which meant I had the pleasure of having her in my Monday class in Carrboro.
Deanna has just settled in Eatontown, New Jersey, so if you’re in Monmouth County or along the Jersey shore you can check out her wonderful teaching. As you can deduce from her experience, she’s confident and warm and really understands the needs of an athlete in yoga class. Her sweet sense of humor shines through in her teaching. You can tell she understands that athletes can find surprising challenges in both the mental and the physical practice of yoga. As a bonus, she isn’t just good with grownups, she teaches yoga for toddlers—and that’s a whole different skill set from teaching tightly wound athletes!
If you’re in or near the Piedmont Triad, please join Alexandra DeSiato and me at Greensboro Bound on May 19. We’ll be talking about our cowriting process and our latest book, Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses, and we will lead some street-clothes-friendly, mat-free yoga for festivalgoers. No tickets required, but if you want to see Zadie Smith, Ani DiFranco, and Rhiannon Giddens, you’ll want to get yourself some tickets.
Where: Upstage Cabaret, Triad Stage, 232 S. Elm St., Greensboro, NC