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Teaching Yoga to Athletes

The Premier Online Teacher Training and Certification to Make You an Expert Specialist on Yoga for Athletes

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This is the original—and still the best—yoga for athletes teacher training.

It’s designed and led by me, Sage Rountree, PhD, E-RYT500, a studio owner, yoga teacher, and endurance athlete with coaching certifications from USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, and the Road Runner’s Club of America. I’ve taught athletes from middle school to the professional leagues for two decades, and I have worked extensively with the University of North Carolina football and men’s basketball teams. Hall of Fame Coach Roy Williams was my private yoga student for over a decade.

If you want to specialize in teaching yoga to athletes, this is the online course for you. You will:

  • take your teaching to the next level
  • feel empowered to teach athletes of all sports and levels in studio, gym, or one-on-one settings
  • expand your understanding of yoga, sports training, and the connections between them
  • earn CEUs
  • study with leading expert on yoga for athletes, author of The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga and Yoga Journal‘s Active Yogi blog, endurance sports coach, and master teacher (that’s me!)
  • get my personalized attention throughout

Students from New York to New Zealand, Canada to Malawi, and Copenhagen to Kenya have loved this course and find that going all in on your teaching career reaps amazing gains. If you’ve been dreaming of working with athletes of all sports and levels, or even simply wondering how yoga fits in your own training, this course will give you concrete skills to:

  • serve your students
  • elevate their game and focus
  • keep them safe and happy
  • sharpen your skills teaching athletes and everyone
  • grow your business so you can do more of the work you love

Who It’s For

Combining newly recorded video discussion and yoga practices from my weeklong teachers’ intensive with updated lectures, other online classes, reading, and prompts for self-study, this course empowers teachers—or teachers-to-be—of any style of yoga to begin teaching yoga to athletes.

It has also proved useful for:

  • coaches
  • PE teachers
  • personal trainers
  • physical therapists
  • athletes interested in designing their own practices

“Sage has a way of meeting the athlete where they are and using yoga to enhance them. She does a wonderful job of teaching yoga teachers to have that same connection.”

Jamie McDaniel

Teaching Yoga to Athletes student

What You’ll Learn

In the course, we 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

Take a look at the course outline and view a sample lesson below.

How You’ll Learn It

When you register, you’ll receive online access to:

  • dozens of lectures across five units
  • fifteen yoga practices to illustrate and integrate the principles we discuss
  • additional reading materials, which you can read on the site or in an e-reader, or print for future reference

Work at your own pace and at a time that’s convenient for you, and use your lifetime access to review the materials (and new additions) at your leisure.

Registering for this course is a major investment in your career. I’m happy to answer any questions you have about the program. First, consult this list of frequently asked questions, then schedule a discovery call to talk about the course here, or write for a personal reply.

If you purchase and the course doesn’t meet your expectations, I offer a one-week refund window.

earn CEUs

If you track Yoga Alliance CEUs, you can claim 30 for completing this course.

frequently asked questions

How long will Teaching Yoga to Athletes take me to complete?

Each unit has reading, videos, and homework. The reading could be two or three hours per unit; the videos are between three and four hours per unit. Homework will take an additional two or three hours, with the exception of unit 3 homework, which will take longer, as it involves going to classes. There are also resources for additional study that could add many hours.

Then, there is an exam (say, three hours), and recording/watching/self-critiquing a teaching video, which will take at least three more. (I’ll get feedback to students on homework, exam, and video within two weeks of their submission, and I aim to answer questions sooner than that.) We’ll also consult as needed, which will probably be a few more hours of chat time (phone or video).

Putting that together, estimate 8–10 hours per unit x 5 = 40–50 hours for the content, plus another 8–10 more for the certification materials.

What if I’m not sure I want to work with athletes?

The Teaching Yoga to Athletes course is really an exercise in figuring out how to help our students by determining what stresses they undergo in daily life—whether through sports training, a tough job, or illness and injury—and learning to devise routines to support them. In that way, it’s appropriate for all yoga teachers, especially those who want to sharpen their abilities to work with special populations.

Your early books focus on endurance athletes. Does Teaching Yoga to Athletes include all sports?

Indeed! We discuss everything from curling to surfing. Each unit contains homework and discussion that will get you thinking about the best ways to help athletes in all sports. You’ll get to focus on the sports of particular interest to you, and to hear from others about their interests.

Is Teaching Yoga to Athletes geared to new teachers, or experienced teachers?

Everyone, but the more experience you have, the better, whether it’s as a yoga teacher, as a coach, or as a personal trainer or physical therapist. The course presumes you’re comfortable analyzing movement patterns and eager to consider how asana can help correct imbalances in your athletic students’ bodies. I then guide you through several exercises (with my feedback, if you do the certification side) to structure useful routines for athletes in various sports and at different stages in their training cycles. We go beyond asana, as well, to create meditations and visualizations to help sharpen the mental game. Finally, we investigate the profession, covering questions on pricing, business structure, and marketing.

Preview the Course

Like all the courses here, this one has a full sample unit for you to enjoy. Here, it’s the Philosophy Lectures. Expand using the dropdown arrow, click through the pages and watch—or, if you prefer, read—the videos. The icon in each video with a page of text and a magnifying glass will pull up the transcript.

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