Watch: Thirty-Minute Restoration at Yoga Vibes

My newest video available at Yoga Vibes is a short restorative practice well worth thirty minutes of your time. Gather your props, put on your favorite relaxing music, and settle in and down. Here, you can see the full practice sped up.

DESCRIPTION

We get it—setting aside time for rest can be challenging. As the title of this class indicates, Sage has put together three restorative yoga poses that can be practiced in thirty minutes (although you’re welcome to take longer of course). Gather all your props together and settle in for the coziest half hour of your day! You’ll need three to four blankets, a bolster or cushion, sandbag (or rice bag), and an eye pillow or mask if you have one.

PROPS

3 to 4 blankets, bolster (or large pillow/cushion), sandbag (or rice bag), eye pillow

If you’d like a discount on a year’s subscription to Yoga Vibes, which also comes with a really nice Jade yoga mat, use the code sagevibes and you’ll save $50!

Newly Certified: Tyra Clemmenson

Meet Tyra Clemmenson, the most recently certified teacher to graduate from my Teaching Yoga to Athletes course!

Tyra Clemmenson (12) of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons brings the ball up the field during second half action against the Davidson Wildcats at Belk Turf Field on September 7, 2014, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Demon Deacons defeated the Wildcats 3-0. (Brian Westerholt/Sports On Film)
Tyra at left after marathon

I had to start with this glorious photo because Tyra played field hockey at my alma mater, Wake Forest University! In her senior year, the team won the ACC championship. She is an all-around athlete, spending time running, cycling, and dancing, as well as generally being outside.

aerial yoga

While she took some classes while in college, after her collegiate sports career, Tyra discovered yoga made a great complement to her athletic pursuits. She now owns a yoga studio—Sky’s the Limit Aerial Fitness and Yoga—in Farmington, Connecticut, where she teaches aerial yoga classes in addition to mat classes.

While Tyra enjoys flowing styles of yoga, she spends plenty of time taking and teaching slow flow, gentle, and restorative yoga. These mellow approaches are wonderfully appropriate for athletes and anyone. Tyra is pursuing master’s level study in yoga therapy to deepen her skill in helping students with yoga.

Tyra under a cherry tree

If you’d like to join Tyra as an expert in teaching yoga to athletes, start your work on the course at Sage Yoga Teacher Training. I’ll also offer the five-day training in person at least twice in 2021: at Kripalu, likely in January, and in Carrboro, North Carolina over the summer. Stay tuned for those dates. Meanwhile, if you are near Farmington, Connecticut, visit Tyra for a class. And go, Deacs!

Listen: Discussion of Carrboro Yoga with Ron Stutts

I dressed for radio!

This morning, I had the fun pleasure of visiting WCHL, our local station, to talk about Carrboro Yoga with legendary broadcaster Ron Stutts. (Ron looks just like he sounds, I think!) You can listen here to hear about Carrboro Yoga’s offerings and what we hope each student feels when they leave. Our discussion starts at the one-minute mark.

Wednesdays in February: Savasana Deluxe

Each Wednesday in February, from 6 to 7 p.m., I’m leading Yoga Nidra, a form of guided relaxation, at Carrboro Yoga. If you like savasana, the relaxation period at the end of yoga class, you’ll love this practice! All you need to do is show up and lie down.

This is a chance for you to explore the other edge—the edge of consciousness. Type As, athletes, and go-getters are all familiar with the edge of control, where you are working to your upper limit and barely hanging on. Yoga nidra gives you a chance to be at the other end of your range. Spending time there will help you feel rested, recharged, and ready for whatever you like to spend your effort on.

You can do all four Wednesdays for only $40, or come to any single session for $15. Read more and register here.

Now Available: Audiobook of Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses

The audiobook version of Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses is now available! You’ll hear me reading this book Alexandra DeSiato and I cowrote. It’s available today in both Audible and CD format.

Reading the book was a fun experience for me—I had several years of public radio experience and spent several years as a reader to a friend with visual impairment, and this took me right back!

Order your copy here.

Watch: Restorative Reset at Yoga Vibes

My newest video available at Yoga Vibes is a sweet restorative practice to enjoy using a chair or coffee table. Here, you can see the full 58-minute video in 30 seconds!

Description

Let’s be real—we all need more rest. This hourlong restorative yoga practice with Sage Rountree delivers just that with three deeply relaxing poses. You’ll begin in a supine position, utilizing a chair to elevate your legs and release tension in the psoas and lower back. From there you’ll move into a gentle twist, finishing with a cozy, supported savasana. This practice is the antidote for frazzled nerves, a tweaked back, or insomnia.

Props

3 to 4 blankets, chair, bolster (or large pillow/cushion), 2 yoga blocks (or several thick books), sandbag (or bag of rice), eye pillow

If you’d like a discount on a year’s subscription to Yoga Vibes, which also comes with a really nice Jade yoga mat, use the code sagevibes and you’ll save $50!

Not Too Late: Kripalu Workshops for Athletes, Teachers, and Everyone

Come learn what this is all about!

If your 2020 needs more yoga in it already, it’s not too late to join me for one or both of these workshops I’m leading at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in western Massachusetts later this month:

  • Yoga for Athletes: Strength, Flexibility, and Focus—the eleventh year I’ve offered this program in January. People repeat the program regularly, so if you’ve done it before, please join us again Friday–Sunday, January 24–26. We have some sweet alumni returning this year!
  • Teaching Yoga to Athletes, Sunday–Friday, January 26–31. You’ll get a discount if you sign up for both! If you are a teacher who can make only the weekend, I’m happy to chat with you about ways to reverse engineer what you learn in the weekend so you can help your athletic students better.

The assistant for both is Amanda Frayeh, whose expertise in both kinesiology and sport psychology, along with her warm sense of humor, will elevate the programs substantially! Read more about Amanda here.

Find details on both workshops and excerpts from my work at my Kripalu presenter page. I look forward to seeing you there!

Extreme Last Minute Gift Ideas

If you’re just getting around to buying gifts or haven’t found the perfect thing yet, don’t panic! How about a gift card for your recipient’s locally owned yoga studio or spa? If you’re in central North Carolina, we offer gift cards in any amount for Carolina Yoga Company and for Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat.

Or give a membership to YogaVibes, where your friend can stream hundreds of online classes, including dozens of classes with me. The code sagevibes will save you $50 on an annual subscription.

Or give an experience, like a weekend or a full week at the beautiful Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in western Massachusetts. I’ll be offering these workshops there in January:

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Nothing new under the sun. Today’s unexpected joy: finding this ad for @kripalucenter in the June/July 1980 issue of @yogajournal in the stacks at the @uncsa library. Note the Yoga and Running workshop at the top right. I’ll be leading two workshops at Kripalu in January: Yoga for Athletes (and everyone) 1/4–6, and Teaching Yoga to Athletes 1/6–11. Join me: I promise you’ll feel as radiantly happy as this woman! You can get to registration via the link in bio or at sagerountree.com. Thanks @vivianrountree for the find. #ujoy #kripalu #yogaforathletes #yogaforrunners #ytt

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Finally, here’s an unrelated, unpaid endorsement. After reading the illuminating book Real Food, Fake Food by Larry Olmstead (a nice gift in itself, published by Chapel Hill–based Algonquin books and only $1.99 on the Kindle!), I joined the Fresh Pressed Olive Oil Club, based in Asheville, NC. They send three excellent fresh oils each quarter, and these oils really elevate whatever you put them on. They would be a great gift for a friend or for yourself!

Gift Guide 2019

Here are a few ideas as you finish (or start!) your holiday gift shopping. Thanks for considering them!

Products

These books are available on Amazon, at your favorite local seller, or direct from me. If you order from me, I’m happy to personalize!

For Yogis, Athletic or Not

book cover

For Athletes

book cover

For Teachers

Services

If you like to give experiences, not things, consider a gift card for your recipient’s locally owned yoga studio. If you’re in central North Carolina, we offer gift cards in any amount for Carolina Yoga Company and for Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat. Or give a membership to YogaVibes, where your friend can stream hundreds of online classes, including dozens of classes with me. The code sagevibes will save you $50 on an annual subscription. You could also give a subscription to my Core Strength for Real People video series, but please do that only if you know the recipient really wants it—otherwise it might convey Peloton Wife vibes!

Or give an experience, like a weekend or a full week at the beautiful Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in western Massachusetts. I’ll be offering these workshops there in January:

Product + Service Combined

Yoga mats are a great accompaniment to a Yoga Vibes membership or a studio gift card. I think of mats like cars. Some are cushy and posh, with low road feel, like a Cadillac. The prAna ECO Mat is such a mat. I love it for both Pilates and yoga, especially when the practice is low to the ground. Others are sporty and really let you feel the ground under you, like a Porsche. The Manduka PRO is such a mat; they kindly sent me one a few years ago and my husband immediately co-opted it as his own!

Kripalu Preview: Meet Amanda Frayeh

I’m delighted to introduce Amanda Frayeh, who’ll be my assistant for Yoga for Athletes and Teaching Yoga to Athletes at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in January! (Read all about the workshops and register here.) Amanda took the five-day teachers’ intensive with me at Kripalu in January 2019, and I’m really excited she’ll be coming from Minneapolis to add her expertise to both programs in 2020. She’ll accompany me for Yoga for Athletes: Strength, Flexibility, and Focus Friday–Sunday, January 24–26, and for Teaching Yoga to Athletes Sunday–Friday, January 26–31.

Like me, Amanda is a recovering academic with ties to North Carolina. She went to college at Warren Wilson in western NC, where she played soccer, before earning a master’s degree in sport psychology from UNC–Greensboro and a PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. What a skillset she will bring to our workshops! I had the pleasure of seeing Amanda teach a soccer-specific sequence to our teachers’ group, and she’s a natural. Her warm, fun presence makes athletes of any level feel immediately comfortable. I know she’ll add a ton of value to the workshops, and I hope you will join us both in January. Visit Amanda’s website to learn more about her.

Amanda is also the author of this excellent Kripalu Bingo card! You’ll have to come to one or both workshops to understand it and complete your own. Read all about the workshops and register here.

Kripalu bingo card

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