Yoga for Athletes, Sage Rountree

Once again I am headed to Kripalu for another Yoga for Athletes workshop with Sage Rountree. It is impossible stay current with the ever changing, exciting and expanding body of information flooding the fitness world. We need help sorting out the new findings and choosing that which is specific to our own individual needs whether we seek health and well-being or athletic achievement.

Rountree, the author, is prolific. Her books are direct connections to her wisdom and work. I encourage you to take a look.

Sage Rountree is a smart and personable athlete, business woman, wife, mom, coach and teacher. Rountree has put Yoga for Athletes on the map and made her practice and the science behind it available to everyone. She likes to quip that Yoga for Athletes is for “tight and tired people.” Her books are not only readable and easily understood, they provide tangible mentoring for anyone’s individual practice.

As a fitness professional, I consider anyone who intentionally exercises to be an athlete and therefore recommend to all my students and clients ALL of the writings, videos, workshops, classes, and website ( of Sage Rountree.

To understand the importance of Yoga for Athletes, read:

The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga: An Integrated Approach to Strength, Flexibility, and Focus Feb 1, 2008

The Athlete’s Pocket Guide to Yoga: 50 Routines for Flexibility, Balance, and Focus Jul 1, 2009 …is a handy collection of practices for those times when you really don’t want to develop your own and just want to follow the dots.

Though I love all of Rountree’s books, perhaps my favorite – or at least the one I go to most often whether teaching or snagging time for my own home practice – is: Everyday Yoga: At-Home Routines to Enhance Fitness, Build Strength, and Restore Your Body Jun 4, 2015

There are plenty more where these came from as well. Rountree, after all, has been there/done that as competitive runner, cyclist and triathlete. See also: The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery: Rest, Relax, and Restore for Peak Performance Apr 1, 2011

Racing Wisely: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Performing at Your Personal Best Aug 8, 2013

Lifelong Yoga: Maximizing Your Balance, Flexibility, and Core Strength in Your 50s, 60s, andBeyond Aug 1, 2017 NOTE: this book is coauthored by Alexandra Desiato, long time associate of Rountree.

The Runner’s Guide to Yoga, 2nd Edition Oct 24, 2017. NOTE: this is an updated version of one of Rountree’s excellent Runner’s Guide to Yoga originally published 2012 – perhaps the best go-to book of them all for all athletes.

To learn more, go to where you will find a post of my initial encounter with Sage Rountree at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This article was originally published in the Rutland Herald and Times Argus, Active Vermont page.

[All books are available at Amazon or through your local bookseller.]