Newly Certified: Cristina Lizarazo

Meet Cristina, the newest certified Sage Yoga for Athletes teacher.

Cristina lives in Oakville, Ontario, where she participates in many sports, with a special interest in rock climbing. Her background includes everything from synchronized skating to league volleyball, so she is especially sympathetic to athletes in all sports, and she has seen the huge benefits yoga has brought to her body and mind.

As you can deduce from Cristina’s diverse background in sport, she is also comfortable teaching in many different styles, from yin to slow flow to faster flow classes. She really shines in her classes for athletes, where her authenticity makes her a kind and understanding teacher as her students find tightnesses. Her sweet voice and presence give her students the chance to meet their bodies where they are, instead of feeling the need to push to achieve some arbitrary external shape. This is really critical for athletes in yoga class: they need someone who will encourage them while dissuading them from their more competitive urges. Cristina is just the teacher to do this.

Cristina bouldering 2

If you’re in Ontario, lucky you: Cristina is moving deeper into her speciality working with athletes of all sports. See her beautiful website at Conquer the Crux.

If you’d like to follow in Cristina’s shoes, plan your trip to North Carolina for Teaching Yoga to Athletes, July 15–19, 2019, or start your work on the course at Sage Yoga Teacher Training.

Listen: Mindful Musings Podcast

It’s always a treat to give podcast interviews, but it’s especially fun to do with a once-and-future student like Elicia, with whom I spoke for her Mindful Musings podcast. We discussed yoga as a means to mindful presence, and I hope you’ll enjoy listening! Click here for the podcast—we spoke on episode four. And find Elicia’s full website here.

New Channel at Yoga Vibes

If you’ve been thinking you’d like to try my online classes, or yoga in general, but feel unsure where to start, check out this excellent resource from Yoga Vibes. They have created a channel with week-by-week suggestions to get you started using yoga to balance your training or whatever else you do with your body.

You can find the full channel here. Plus, there are dozens more classes with me here! And if you’re ready to commit to a full year on Yoga Vibes, use the code sagevibes to save 50 percent off an annual subscription!

Read: Which Yoga Class Is Best for You?

Lifelong Yoga cover

My colleagues Terry Cockburn, Alison Heilig, and I all offered advice to Lauren Bedosky at the Silver Sneakers blog. Click through to get our take on which yoga class you should look for at any age:

And if you’re looking for lots more advice, including how to create a home yoga practice that will see you through the years, please read Lifelong Yoga, which I cowrote with Alexandra DeSiato.

Good News: New Studio Site

Sage with a giant hard hat

I’m happy to share some good news. First, to catch you up on the bad news: Carrboro Yoga Company was forced out of its iconic Paper Lantern Room at the end of February, so for now we are holding all classes in our also-iconic Gold Circle Room, down the hall. If you plan to come for class, please sign up in advance—it smooths the check-in process immensely. (See you there every Monday at 6 p.m. for Yoga for Athletic Balance)

Now the good news: we’ve just signed a lease for a new two-room studio at South Green at 501 South Greensboro Street, just down the road at the new roundabout.

South Green is new construction, which means that we’ll have lots of say in the design and buildout—and also that the timeline for the move is fluid. This hard-hat picture is from our initial visit. If you’re considering coming for any of the wonderful advanced studies teacher training modules this summer (please do!), they will be held at our Hillsborough location until the new place is ready, sometime this summer. Hillsborough is a pretty fifteen-minute drive up a country road, and our Hillsborough studio shares the building with Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat, to sweeten the deal. If you’re traveling from out of town and want to stay car-free (Carrboro is quite walkable, with free public buses), I’ll help get you a ride with a classmate or drive you myself. I’ll be teaching two modules this summer:

Both of these workshops are also available online anytime at

We are excited about this move for a number of reasons:

LOCATION: The new spot is half a mile from Carr Mill, but it will feel way more accessible to everyone who comes off of Highway 54 and points south. It’s central and walkable/bikeable without bringing students into the morass of downtown Carrboro stoplights and parking woes.

PARKING: There will be dozens and dozens of spaces of pervious parking, which means it’s as green as can be.

SAFETY: We’ll be on the first floor—no more staircase.

CLEANLINESS: There’ll be a level, smooth, nail-free floor, and bathrooms of our very own. There’ll be brand-new, quiet HVAC!

NEIGHBORS: Other tenants are Coronato Pizza, which will be a great spot for snacks after class (the rumor is they will have prosecco on tap!!!); Gimghoul Brewery; and Nailz, a locally owned, female-owned nail salon featuring low-VOC polishes. Have you ever been in class and realized you need a pedicure stat? Now you’ll be able to get one.

My business partner and I have most of the design choices made, but if there’s something you have seen at a yoga studio that really enhanced your experience, or something you’ve always wished you could find, please do let me know!

I’ll be sure to post here as construction continues and the timeline for the move becomes clear.

Read: 5 Yoga Poses for Triathletes

You’ll find an excerpt from Everyday Yoga up at Triathlete Magazine today. The site design is gorgeous and features the lovely art that Seth K. Hughes shot for the book. (However, the cover image, while pretty, isn’t part of the book.) Please click over and enjoy!

Extra Incentive: Taryn Burns Assists at Kripalu

Meet Taryn Burns! Taryn participated in my Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health last January, and I’m happy to have her back as my assistant this coming January.

Taryn is a natural teacher (an RYT 500, impressive for someone so young) with a winning smile and an engaging personality. Behind the scenes, she’s a meticulous planner and master of spreadsheets. Her superpower, though, is delivering useful constructive feedback in a friendly way that allows it to be heard—this will be especially useful for the teachers’ intensive, and I’m very glad to have her along.

You can read more about Taryn at her beautiful website; take classes with her in person in the greater Boston area; be inspired by her Instagram account; and take classes with her virtually on FitRadio.

Join us for one or both of these programs:

  • Yoga for Athletes: Strength, Flexibility, and Focus, January 4–6
  • Teaching Yoga to Athletes, January 6–11

Read about both programs here, and register now!

Listen: East West Functional Medicine Podcast

It was a special treat to chat with Sarajean Rudman for her East West Functional Medicine podcast. Sarajean is a bright light of a teacher, positive and curious, and taking her yoga classes is always a highlight of my visits to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts. For the podcast, we discuss yoga for athletes, which is the topic of two upcoming yoga classes I’ll be leading at Kripalu next month:

  • Yoga for Athletes: Strength, Flexibility, and Focus, January 4–6
  • Teaching Yoga to Athletes, January 6–11

Read about both programs here, and register now!

East West Functional Medicine

Listen to East West Functional Medicine here!


Read: Three Hip Stretches You Should Do Every Day

You’ll find some quotes from me alongside three of my favorite stretches for the hip flexors at the Silver Sneakers blog. This is my most favorite of all, as you can do it from a bed, a sofa, or—if you’re as lucky as this woman—a cosy reading nook.

Read the full piece here.

Cyber Monday Gift Ideas

While you’re shopping online this week, I have some offers for you to consider.

A Weekend Retreat

The Stockbridge Bowl seen from Kripalu in winter

Join me at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshires January 4–6 for the eleventh annual Yoga for Athletes weekend. It’s suitable for all ages, all sports (including none), and all levels of yoga experience (again, including none). We’ve had lots of friend groups and family configurations in the workshop over the years. It’s a great way to spend quality time together while relaxing and enjoying the retreat life (less screen time, more delicious meals you don’t have to cook for or clean up after). And we’re meeting early this year, before school goes back and in perfect time to commit to your resolutions. Sign up here!

Yoga teachers/coaches/personal trainers/physical therapists: this weekend is followed by my signature five-day teachers’ intensive, Teaching Yoga to Athletes. If you can make both, you’ll get a 10 percent discount. Sign up here!

Yoga Vibes

Give the gift of yoga with a YogaVibes gift card—you’ll find dozens of classes with me on the site, with more coming soon. The code sagevibes will save you $50 on an online subscription!

Gift Cards

If your loved one is in central North Carolina or has plans to visit, both Carolina Yoga Company and Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat offer gift cards in any amount. You can generate these immediately online, making them perfect for the true procrastinators (or the forgetful).

Personalized Books

When you order a book from me, I’m always happy to personalize and sign it. There’s still plenty of time for me to ship the book(s) to you for you to wrap and deliver to your loved ones. Start here.

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