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:
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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).
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.
Heads up, all my friends who like yoga for athletes plus good conversations: here’s a podcast for you. CLUTCH, hosted by Joe Pace from Icewater Yoga. Joe was a collegiate pitcher and is a great conversationalist. I spoke to him about athletes’ ability to find comfort with discomfort and their/our need to find comfort with comfort instead.
One of the most common yoga injuries is a tear to the high hamstring tendon. It feels like a pain in your bottom, just under your sitting bone. Ironically, this injury often feels like something that “better” hamstring stretching will dissolve away. Nothing could be further from the truth! It’s often a consequence of overstretching, perhaps from a flow-style yoga practice with an emphasis on forward folds.
Not only is the high hamstring attachment a frequent site of yoga injuries, it’s also a common achy area in runners and other running athletes. Quick pace changes can add stress to the area, preventing it from healing.
If this is sounding familiar to you, I have wonderful news. My colleague Jenni Tarma has just released an e-book, Stronger with Yoga: Hamstring Injury Rehab, to help you rehab this area so you can run pain-free, practice without the niggling ache, and generally feel stronger! It’s the first book in her Stronger with Yoga series. I’ve had the pleasure of reading the whole book, which is clearly written, accessible to non-yogis, and full of advice for dealing with every single stage of the injury, from taking the right amount of downtime to beginning a smart progression to realign and strengthen the injured area. (Bonus: my daughter Vivian contributed a few anatomical illustrations!)
Consider the Carolina Yoga Company 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, which Jenni co-teaches alongside me, Lies Sapp, and several excellent guest teachers. She leads many eye-opening asana practices to help practitioners and aspiring teachers understand anatomy and movement in easy, immediately applicable ways.
One of my favorite offerings at Carolina Yoga is our daytime hybrid yoga teacher training, which meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., January through March, in odd-numbered years. We call this the “hybrid,” as it’s a cross of our three-week intensive format (offered in even-numbered summers) and the eight-month, one-weekend-a-month format we offer every year.
While “hybrid” is currently our in-house term, we started off calling it “the mom schedule,” as it coordinates nicely with school schedules. But we find that we get folks from all walks of life in this program: retirees, service workers (we could call it “the bartender schedule”!), and students with a hiatus between jobs.
You can read all about the program here. And hit me up with any questions you have—I love talking about our offerings and am always happy to connect prospective students with former and current students, for a reference.
I had a great chat with Jason Fitzgerald of the Strength Running podcast (and strengthrunning.com) about yoga for runners: the ins, the outs, the dos, and the don’ts. Jason came to yoga as an experienced runner via one of the more vigorous entry points, Bikram yoga. We discussed what kinds of yoga are appropriate for runners and when, as well as how to make smart choices both about the classes you choose and in class itself.