New Infrastructure for 2018: Sage Yoga Teacher Training

Over at Sage Yoga Teacher Training, I have several online courses:

On Wednesday, I updated the infrastructure of the site to make it far more easy to access more than one course in the same account. Because of this change, everyone who’s bought a course there needs to make a one-time reset of their password. You can even reset it to what it was before!

If you’ve bought a course there, look for an e-mail like the one at right. (Yes, I know it looks really sketchy; I couldn’t change the text, but it’s legit.) If you deleted that message or your spam filter caught it, not a problem. Just click here and input your e-mail address, then click “Forgot your password?” The system should help you from there.

If you haven’t bought a course there, what are you waiting for? You’ll find a host of resources to help you serve your students better. These range from the very specific—teaching yoga to athletes—to the very general. Professionalism, Classroom Management, and the Workshop Workshop will suit movement teachers of all kinds, not only yoga teachers.

And coming in 2018: the Content Workshop, a workbook course to help you discover, produce, and share your gifts with the world. Stay tuned for more on that!

 

Register Free: Elevate Summit

Balance is the key to injury prevention. Balance in space prevents acute injuries; balance within the body prevents overuse injuries; and balance between work and rest keeps you mentally fit and motivated. That’s why my Monday class, which livestreams at Yoga Vibes and at my Facebook page, is called Yoga for Athletic Balance.

If you’re committed to better balance in 2018, you’ll want to join the Elevate Summit, hosted by Heather Feather.

Register FREE now here.

I’ll be personally sharing my best pain-free body secrets as one of the speakers. It’s all about balance.

You’ll also hear from Justin Michael Williams, Karen Mozes, Kit Yoon, Katy Knowles, Alex Gil, Elyse Jarard, Susan Wesley, Nicole Andrews, and Ben Van Treese. They’re going to share how they have upped their fitness by staying pain and injury free, boosting their vibrant energy and strength, and staying inspired. Because it’s not just about going to the gym day in and day out to stay a certain number on the scale. You need to look at the different aspects of your fitness holistically if you want to take things to the next level. This summit gives you a well-rounded approach that will honor your body and mind so you get big results and better balance. It all starts in just a few days.

Grab your spot now: register here. It’s free! You’ll also get instant access to the Jumpstart Training by Heather Feather: “The 3 Keys to Kick Plantar Fasciitis to the Curb.”

Last-Minute Gift Ideas

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for someone on your list—or looking forward to spending your holiday money on yourself—please consider these, each of which is an experience that will help you find balance.

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 26–28 for the tenth 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). Sign up here!

1440 Multiversity

Or come to the redwood forest outside Santa Cruz, California, in April. I’ll be teaching Yoga for Stress Resistance at the gorgeous, luxe 1440 Multiversity April 20–22. We’ll explore ways to handle stress so that we can grow without breaking down. This weekend is appropriate for people of all ages and all levels of yoga experience (including none, of course). You’ll be blown away by the facility, the food, and the setting, guaranteed. Sign up here!

(Yoga teachers/coaches/personal trainers/physical therapists: both of these weekends are followed by my signature five-day teachers’ intensive, Teaching Yoga to Athletes. Follow the links above to register.)

Yoga Vibes

Give the gift of yoga with a YogaVibes gift card—you’ll find over 100 classes with me on the site, with more coming each week!

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).

I look forward to connecting with you in 2018!

Watch: Yoga for Athletic Balance, 12/11/17

My latest Yoga for Athletic Balance class is online at Yoga Vibes, where you’ll find 100 other videos from me. (This is a great time to give the gift of yoga with a YogaVibes gift card—help your friends stay balanced in 2018.) This 75-minute class is appropriate for athletes and everyone.

Balance through your shoulders, spine, and hips in this class appropriate for athletes and anyone who feels tired at the end of the day. We start slowly, build to a mellow standing flow, and play with tree pose with a side bend before unwinding in relaxing twists to work around your spine and hips.

Watch the full class at Yoga Vibes!

Newly Certified: Maricelle Campbell

Meet Maricelle Campbell, one of the newest certified Sage Yoga for Athletes teachers. I met Maricelle in person when she took a workshop with me at the Yoga Journal conference in New York, and I was delighted to have her enroll in Teaching Yoga to Athletes shortly thereafter. And we are really excited to have her enrolled in our Carolina Yoga Advanced Studies Teacher Training—it’s designed to be friendly to distance students, and we’ve had graduates from Sweden and Hong Kong!

Maricelle lives just outside of Toronto, where she teaches boutique classes for athletes, prenatal students, and everyone. Find her online at yogahealthybalance.com. When you have the good fortune to be in class with her, you’ll love her warm, accepting energy. You may also love her Canadian accent, which goes along beautifully with the it’s-all-good vibe in her classroom. Maricelle knows that concerted training leads to tightness and fatigue, and her sequences keep athletes safe and relaxed, instead of simply piling on more stress. Her students are lucky to have her, and if you’re in Ontario, you should make a point of studying with her!

Want to follow in Maricelle’s footsteps and spend five days with fun colleagues exploring how to teach yoga to athletes of all sports and levels? Join me at one of these three intensives in 2018:

Can’t make the trip? Never fear: the entire program is available online anytime at Sage Yoga Teacher Training. You can move at your own schedule! If, as Maricelle did, you take some time off to have a baby, the program and I will be waiting for you on your own terms. Read more!

Skill in Action: Yoga and Social Justice

Join me in supporting Michelle Johnson as she prepares to release Skill in Action: Yoga and Social Justice. Michelle, a longtime teacher at Carrboro Yoga Company and town alderperson, now lives in Portland, OR, where she works to dismantle racism. Her classes are clear and inclusive and her work is for the benefit of everyone! This book will show you how to use yoga philosophy toward social justice, and how to create inclusive spaces in your class and studio.

While we miss Michelle dearly in Carrboro, we are glad to see her work hit a bigger stage. (She’ll be back for her annual New Year’s Eve workshop at Carrboro Yoga—sign up here.) You can contribute toward her Kickstarter here, and you’ll have an option to get a copy of the book along with other incentives.

Thanks for considering it!

 

New! Core Strength for Real People: Tap Front and Back

Ready to keep your sense of humor as you play with a challenge to your balance? The latest episode of Core Strength for Real People is here to help! From standing and from tabletop, we’ll work abs, back muscles, and balance with contralateral movements to tap in front of and behind the body.

Enjoy the preview above, and buy or rent the entire video at the Core Strength for Real People page. Better yet, subscribe, and for less than the price of one Pilates or yoga class, you’ll get access to the entire library, and a new video to challenge you posted regularly. There are lots more fun challenges coming your way! Get started now.

Watch: Yoga for Athletic Balance, 11/20/17

My latest Yoga for Athletic Balance class is online at Yoga Vibes, where you’ll find 100 other videos from me. (This is a great time to give the gift of yoga with a YogaVibes gift card—help your friends stay balanced in 2018.) This 75-minute class helps athletes and everyone by focusing on a quick routine to help you balance before and after your workout.

In this class you’ll enjoy a slow, mellow warm-up, move through standing balance poses—dancer, pigeon, and pyramid—and repeat the poses as core strengtheners on the floor. Finish with a twist personalized for your hips and spine. The perfect reset for your body and mind!

Watch the full class at Yoga Vibes!

Gift Ideas for Athletes, Yogis, and Everyone

If you’re looking for a gift for a friend who needs balance (who doesn’t?), my work can help!

Books

My books include something for everyone—athletes will learn from Racing Wisely and The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery; aspiring yogis from Lifelong YogaEveryday Yoga, and the others! Several of the books are available in e-book format; all of them are available direct from me, and I’d be happy to personalize any copy!

Yoga Vibes

Give the gift of yoga with a YogaVibes gift card—you’ll find over 100 classes with me on the site, with more coming each week!

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.

Experiences

If you’re a fan of giving experiences rather than things, join your loved one on a trip to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in January! I’ll be leading Yoga for Athletes January 26–28. 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). Sign up here!

Read: Three Yoga Poses That Are Perfect Right After a Run

The third piece in my series of yoga to do before, during, and after your run—all excerpts from the second edition of The Runner’s Guide to Yoga—is up at Yoga Journal.

When your run has been easy, or even moderate, you can move right into a quick practice, and, you’ll enjoy the benefit of warm and relatively loose muscles. (After a hard run, focus on recovery with gentle moves like Cat/Cow and Legs Up the Wall.) If you need to slot your routine a little later in the day, include some warm-up poses, like the Arrow Lunge Sequence, before moving into these balance poses, which challenge your strength and flexibility.

Practicing standing balance poses taxes your hips and legs to stabilize you. You’ll build strength in your standing-leg hip and lower leg while receiving a stretch for the raised or back-placed leg. Doing these three poses in sequence on one side before repeating on the other side increases the challenge. Together, these poses will stretch the main muscle groups of your hips, thighs, and lower legs, making them efficient and easy to include before you hit the shower.

Read the whole thing at Yoga Journal.

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