Posts Categorized: Teaching

Hip Openers

Today I was asked why we call hip stretches “hip openers.” I don’t have a good answer! Are we opening something that’s locked? Is “openness” of the hips even desirable, given the stiffness that’s required for good running? I decided that a better term might be “hip balancers,” since there’s so much going on anatomically… Read more »

Sage Yoga Training: Reclining Twists

Reclining Twists A relaxing series of reclining twists to stretch the chest and shoulders while releasing the hips. All you need for practice is a comfortable surface to recline on: a padded floor, a grassy field, or your bed. Music for this episode is from the album Hidden Sky by Jami Sieber, available at

Teaching Teachers

I spent a weekend in the wonderful company of a group of teachers interested in working with athletes. Walking them through my approach to the subject helped me crystallize my own thoughts, which once again come down to this: Yoga for athletes is not necessarily athletic yoga. Yoga should complement training, not simply pile on… Read more »

Scenes from the Locker Room

Sundays this fall, I’ve been teaching yoga to the Carolina Tar Heels football team. Each class is full of interesting moments—like the time the entire defensive line (average weight: 302 pounds) challenged one of the players to back his claim that he could do a full split, or the time another player went straight from… Read more »

On Yoga and Running Shoes

There’s a nice introduction for athletes on how to get into yoga—appropriate for both women and men—in November’s issue of Her Sports magazine. (Apparently, it’s also the last issue under the Her Sports name; the periodical has been rebranded as Women’s Running.) It’s also available online here. I was happy to be interviewed for the… Read more »

D.C. Report

Vivi and Wes strike catalog poses at the Washington Monument, overlooking the Lincoln Memorial My family joined me on my business trip to Washington, D.C., this weekend. This was the girls’ first trip there. They loved the Museum of Natural History and the zoo; they were perplexed by the freeze-dried ice cream sold at the… Read more »

Yoga and Running Retreat Report

Here are the participants in last weekend’s yoga and running retreat at ZAP Fitness near Blowing Rock, NC. What a perfect weekend we had: we enjoyed yoga nidra, a long run, a long afternoon of practice, a yin yoga session combined with a book discussion, a recovery run with yoga included, great food, and wonderful… Read more »

Sage Yoga Training: Backbends

Backbends This eight-minute episode features moderate-intensity backbends from a lunge, then builds to camel pose. You’ll stretch the quads, hip flexors (iliopsoas), and chest, while building back strength, balance, and mental focus. The routine is especially good for cyclists—or anyone who spends a lot of time sitting or slumping. Practice on a soft surface or… Read more »

Sage Yoga Training: Core and More

Core and More Use this sequence at the end of your workout to improve core strength and flexibility. We’ll alternate core-stabilizing poses and stretches, holding each core pose twice and enjoying each stretch twice. Feel free to move out of the poses or modify according to your needs. Music for the episode is “Man of… Read more »

Sage Yoga Training: Yin Hips

Yin Hips The long holds of simple poses described in this podcast follow the yin yoga style, designed to work deeply in the connective tissue around the pelvis, spine, and joints. The poses will challenge your endurance; you may find the mental experience is very similar to that of a long training session race. If… Read more »