Newly Certified: Alison Whelan

Meet Alison Whelan, the newest certified Sage Yoga for Athletes teacher. Alison lives in New York City, where she teaches yoga full time and runs a nonprofit called Breathe and Believe Yoga, focused on bringing yoga to those who would otherwise be unable to access the practice.

A lifelong athlete, Alison played lacrosse in college before turning her focus to yoga. Like any NYC yoga teacher, she gets her workout offering a full schedule focused in Manhattan and will now be adding yoga-for-athletes class offerings as well as private lessons. Her broad teaching experience includes everything from chair yoga to heated power flow yoga, all influenced by the students’ needs. Speaking of studentship, Alison is also an ongoing student, which makes her compassionate to the experiences that can confuse or mystify athletes in their first class experiences.

Alison’s background teaching trauma-sensitive yoga makes her an especially welcoming teacher for you to study with. Her classes feel inclusive and offer plenty of room for students to choose the right experience for them, moment to moment. Part of the course is a teaching video; in Alison’s, I saw a seasoned teacher who guides her students kindly, with great sensitivity to their needs.

Read more about Alison at her website,

If you’d like to learn like Alison did, plan your trip to Kripalu for Yoga for Athletes Five-Day Teachers’ Intensive at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA, January 6–11, 2019, to Carrboro for Yoga for Athletes Five-Day Teachers’ Intensive at Carolina Yoga Company in Carrboro, NC, July 15–19, 2019, or start your work on the course at Sage Yoga Teacher Training.

Watch: Yin Yoga for Happy Hips

My latest yoga video to stream at Yoga Vibes is Yin Yoga for Happy Hips. In yin yoga, we hold poses for a long time in order to target the connective tissues in the body. This short sequence works the hips in every direction.

Watch the full video at Yoga Vibes. You’ll also find over 100 other videos of mine there, as well as several dozen from my excellent colleagues at Carolina Yoga Company. The code carolinayogaco will save you 25 percent on any subscription!

Scheduled: Workshops at YogaWorks Back Bay, Boston, November 3–4

I’m excited to visit Boston again! My last trip there was for the 2008 Boston Marathon, which was so perfect that I never returned, despite having signed up subsequent races. I figured nothing could top the perfect weather and requalifying run, or the sweet time with my mother, who went to college in the city, or our fun watching the women’s Olympic qualifier.

Please join me for one or all of these workshops:

  • Teaching Yoga to Athletes: The Fundamentals, Saturday, November 3, noon–2:00 p.m.
  • Yoga for Athletes; Before, During, and After, Saturday, November 3, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
  • Core Strength for Real People, Sunday, November 4, noon–2:00 p.m.
  • Yoga for Athletic Recovery, Sunday, November 4, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

If you aren’t going to be in town, please do tell your friends who will. See you there!

Sign up here! (If you’re logged in to another studio’s MindBody account, you’ll need to log out first.)

Listen: Yoga for Runners Interview on Marathon Training Academy

I recently spoke with Angie and Trevor of Marathon Training Academy about how yoga can complement running, what to look for in a class, and more. Hear the full interview here.

One More Week of Early Bird: Teaching Yoga to Athletes, Carrboro, 2018

There’s one more week to get the early bird rate and one of the few remaining spots in my intensive on teaching yoga to athletes held at Carrboro Yoga this July. Join me!

The 2018 hometown version of my five-day intensive on teaching yoga to athletes will be Monday–Friday, July 9–13, this year. (You can also catch it online anytime at Sage Yoga Teacher Training.) This is always a highlight of my teaching schedule—not only do I love the content, the students are reliably wonderful and everyone falls in love with Carrboro during their stay.

The intensive is part of our advanced studies (aka 300- or 500-hour) yoga teacher training—if you choose to enroll in the advanced studies YTT after the workshop, you’ll still get credit for it toward your course work. I promise you’ll go home inspired. Early bird rates apply—sign up now! Register here.

Yoga for Athletes Five-Day Teachers’ Intensive in North Carolina

Monday, July 9–Friday, July 13, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:00–5:00 p.m.

As more and more athletes credit yoga with taking their performance to the next level, the field of yoga for athletes is growing in exciting directions. Specializing in yoga for athletes allows you to share yoga’s benefits with a new, receptive population. Sage Rountree, a pioneer in the field, has multifaceted experience as a coach, athlete, and teacher working with endurance-sports athletes and collegiate teams.
This five-day intensive on yoga for sports training is designed for yoga teachers interested in working with athletes of all sports; it will also be useful for coaches, PE teachers, and personal trainers. In lecture, group discussion, led yoga sequences, and practice teaching, we will cover:
  • Philosophy: learn clear and easy ways to describe yoga philosophy in ways your athletes will appreciate
  • Physiology: consider the role yoga plays in the context of a training cycle so you can best serve your students
  • Psychology: understand the needs, abilities, and limitations that athletes bring to a yoga practice
  • Pedagogy: learn to modify classes for athletes of various sports, differing levels of experience, and all points in the training cycle
  • Profession: define your business goals, structure a working plan, and embark on a successful career teaching yoga to athletes and everyone

Participants will gain a new awareness of the parallels between yoga and sports training and will leave feeling empowered to teach yoga to athletes in studio, gym, team, or one-on-one settings. The workshop may also be used for CEUs and CECs; contact us for details.

This intensive parallels the content of Sage’s online course on teaching yoga to athletes. After the training, you can choose to upgrade to a certification track. Upon completion of a take-home exam and submission of a teaching video, participants who are already teaching at the Yoga Alliance 200-hour level or have comparable experience will receive a certification in teaching yoga to athletes. In addition, the certification track includes free access to the online version of the course, which contains resources and specific sequences for working with different sports and needs, as well as ongoing support from Sage and your colleagues.

Recommended reading: Sage Rountree, The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga, The Runner’s Guide to Yogaand Everyday Yoga. These are all available on this website, at the studio, or on Amazon.

Many hotels are located a short drive from the studio, including a Hampton Inn, and great AirBnB options in easy walking distance (no car needed!). Read more at our travel accommodations page. The studio is located just above the wonderful local co-op, with a hot bar, extensive salad and sushi bars, and bakery. In addition to learning a ton, expect to enjoy your stay in our beautiful town.

Monday, July 17–Friday, July 21, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:00–5:00 p.m.

$799; $749 until July 1

Register now!

Discount Code: Save 25 Percent at Yoga Vibes


Whether you are watching my new Building Blocks of Balance series, the Everyday Yoga series keyed to my book Everyday Yoga, one of the 100 other classes from me, or one of the several hundred wonderful classes from other teachers, including my Carolina Yoga Company colleagues, you’ll want to save 25 percent at Yoga Vibes! Use the code carolinayogaco to save on any subscription. Get started here.Incidentally, @carolinayogaco is also our social media handle, so follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay connected to the studio and our offerings. Our social media team do a beautiful job!

Watch: Building Blocks of Balance at Yoga Vibes

My colleagues at Carolina Yoga Company and I are building a library of targeted videos for Yoga Vibes. You’ll be treated in the near future to wonderful content from Alexandra DeSiato, Jenni Tarma, and Laura Terry—some of Laura’s super helpful videos are already available.

My first series is Building Blocks of Balance. It consists of three short videos that you can do on their own or combine into a balancing-pose bonanza.

Find these and 100+ other classes from me, from short to long, at Yoga Vibes!

Content Role Model: Jenni Tarma

Last month, I launched the Content Workshop, a workbook course for movement teachers. (Read all about it here, and use the code SRWORKSHOP to save $10 on it or on the package of the Content Workshop and the Movement Workshop through May 31.) As I developed the course, I ran it past my most trusted colleagues for feedback. Each of them has developed some really useful content of her own, and I’m delighted to highlight these women’s excellent work on Thursdays in May.

I’ve saved Jenni Tarma for last! Jenni and I met when she took the online version of Teaching Yoga to Athletes. The thoroughness of her homework assignments blew me away, and I forwarded an extra-credit assignment she wrote on yoga for surfers right to my editor at Yoga Journal, who ran it as is. We met in person when she came to assist me at Kripalu (embarrassingly for me, that is when it finally sunk in that her name—she’s Finnish—isn’t pronounced like Jenny, it’s Yen-ni).

Learn from Jenni via:

“Sage Rountree’s Content Workshop is as thorough and thoughtful a course as one could wish for. The depth and detail included make it useful both for people getting started and wanting to learn from the ground up, as well as the seasoned content creator looking for structure and guidance in refining their output. Highly recommended!”

I’m so grateful that we have Jenni leading the team at Carolina Yoga Company, and excited to grow together. If you’re inspired by her as I am, you can get started helping people with content of your own by taking the Content Workshop.

Content Role Model: Alison Heilig

Last month, I launched the Content Workshop, a workbook course for movement teachers. (Read all about it here, and use the code SRWORKSHOP to save $10 on it or on the package of the Content Workshop and the Movement Workshop through May 31.) As I developed the course, I ran it past my most trusted colleagues for feedback. Each of them has developed some really useful content of her own, and I’m delighted to highlight these women’s excellent work on Thursdays in May.

Alison Heilig is another colleague I met through Kripalu—she took both my weekend and my weeklong programs there in 2017, then returned this year to assist me, much to our students’ benefit and delight. In between, she came to Carrboro to take Sequencing Yoga Classes from Welcome to Namaste (this is something you can do in person June 24–28, 2019, or online anytime at Sage Yoga Teacher Training). Alison has a wonderful skillset: she is a running coach and ultramarathoner, a CrossFit coach and competitor, a certified personal trainer, and a bang-up writer and yoga teacher. She also gives feedback in a way that’s both kind and inspiring, which is great for everyone who comes into contact with her in a classroom setting. And to complete the circle of inspiration, she is capable of eating nine egg whites in one sitting!

See her skills in action:

Here’s what Alison has to say about the Content Workshop. “This training breaks down the content creation process so beautifully. It helped me create and implement a simple system of creation, promotion, and evaluation that is both repeatable and sustainable. It also inspired me to finally get moving on some projects that I’d been sitting on for far too long and gave me lots of tools to make it happen. I highly recommend this fabulous training for anyone looking to elevate their content creation, think bigger picture, and generate revenue.”

I’m so grateful to work with and to learn from wonderful people like Alison! If you’re inspired by her as I am, you can get started helping people with content of your own by taking the Content Workshop.

Last Few Slots: Core Strength for Real People, May 19–20

We have just a few spots left in this weekend’s Core Strength for Real People workshop at Carrboro Yoga. Join for both Saturday and Sunday, or for just Saturday morning and/or afternoon. Don’t worry—it won’t be 3–12 hours of core work. We’ll also cover the context of why, how, and when to do core exercises, as well as how to complement them with stretching and rest. There will be plenty of the latter!

Can’t be there in person? Find short, do-able, combinable core routines at Sign up for my newsletter and you’ll get a code for access to any one routine—sign up here.

WHEN: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MAY 19 AND 20, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M.

Saturday’s sessions are open to everyone and can be done à la carte; Sunday’s sessions are for movement teachers from any background, and build on what we’ll learn Saturday. Yoga Alliance–registered teachers will earn 12 continuing education hours, and the course fulfills an elective requirement for the Carolina Yoga Company 500-Hour Advanced Studies Yoga Teacher Training.

Saturday Morning, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

In this session, open to students and teachers alike, we explore the fundamentals of the anatomy and kinesiology of the core, and the physiology of adaptation to exercise. Don’t worry—it’s not dry! Once you wrap your brain around the simple principles we’ll learn in this session, you’ll be able to devise your own core routines to keep you strong and balanced over the years. We’ll finish the morning session with a full Core Strength for Real People class to integrate what we’ve learned.

Saturday Afternoon, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

In this session, open to students and teachers alike, we apply the morning session’s theory as we explore segments of core routines to keep you strong and balanced over the years. (You are also welcome to join for this session only.) All along the way, we’ll try the moves and talk about how to do them safely, why to do them, what they work on, and when to include them in practice. We’ll finish the afternoon session with a friendly restorative practice to jump-start your recovery from the day’s work.

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:00–5:00 p.m.

In this full-day session for movement teachers from any tradition, we examine the pedagogy of teaching core work to students in a group. We’ll explore ways to make sequences easier and more challenging while still being inclusive of everyone present. Using our understanding of physiology from Saturday morning’s session, we’ll determine when and how to stretch and rest in the context of a full class. We’ll finish the morning session with a full Core Strength for Real People class, then break for lunch from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

After lunch, we’ll practice putting together a full core class. You’ll devise, workshop, and revise a segment from a class, then plan a full class sequence that complements what you’ve taught. You’ll learn how to replicate this to create your own sequences and classes using the principles we’ll work with all weekend, and, after a sweet recovery practice at the day’s end, you’ll leave ready and excited to teach fun, accessible core-strength classes to groups of every level.

One session, Saturday: $60
All day Saturday: $100
Full weekend: $200

Register here!

If you’re traveling, find some accommodation and travel tips at the Carolina Yoga Company Travel Accommodation page.

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