Create class themes with yoga philosophy, inspirational quotes, and simple concepts to inspire and motivate students Experienced yoga instructors Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato give yoga teachers the tools to find their voice and tap into innate wisdom. The authors offer ready-made, detailed themes to use in classes and provide flexible templates for building a toolkit of themes for future use. Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses offers guidance for both new and experienced teachers starting with a section on voice, authenticity, emulation, phrasing, practice, repetition, and finding inspiration. It continues with a second section that contains fifty-four complete themes that instructors can easily use in their own classes. The final section includes blank templates for instructors to create their own class themes and notes. With a unique angle and practical feel, this workbook will appeal to yoga teachers, teacher trainers, and at-home practitioners who want to move to the next level.
“So pleased to see the beautiful work from Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato in Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses. This book is designed to support teachers in finding their voice and expressing their innate wisdom—what a worthy effort! It’s a wonderful resource!”
—Rolf Gates, author of Meditations from the Mat
“An absolutely essential read for all yoga teachers.”
—Jessamyn Stanley, author of Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the
Mat, Love Your Body
“As a yoga student of over forty years, I’ve taken classes from a wide variety of teachers, and a well-planned class is a thing of beauty. In Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses, Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato go deeply into what makes not only a great class but also what makes a fulfilling practice. This is a book that both teachers and students of yoga will love for its insight and clarity.”
—Barbara Hamby, author of On the Street of Divine Love and Bird Odyssey
“Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, you’ll be inspired and feel supported by Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses. This extremely comprehensive book will help you find your authentic voice, integrate impactful and memorable themes, and truly share the deeper dimensions of yoga. With great expertise, wisdom, and friendship, Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato walk you through sample themes and creative exercises that will bring your teaching, as well as your students’ practice, to the next level.”
—Jillian Pransky, author of Deep Listening: A Healing Practice to Calm Your Body, Clear Your Mind, and Open Your Heart
SAGE ROUNTREE, PhD, is a teacher trainer at the highest level (E-RYT 500) and director of the yoga teacher trainings at the Carolina Yoga Company, which she co-owns. Rountree is the author of The Athlete's Guide to Yoga, The Athlete's Pocket Guide to Yoga, The Athlete's Guide to Recovery, The Runner's Guide to Yoga, Racing Wisely, Everyday Yoga, and, with Alexandra DeSiato, Lifelong Yoga. Her writing has appeared in and she has been cited in Runner's World, Yoga Journal, ESPN, The Atlantic, Vogue, Outside, Men's Fitness, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Martha Stewart Living Radio, and the Chicago Tribune. Rountree presents internationally on yoga, meditation, and athletics at venues including the U.S. Olympic Training Center, the Pentagon, Yoga Journal LIVE!, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, 1440 Multiversity, the Road Cycling Summit, and USA Triathlon's Art and Science of Triathlon conference.
ALEXANDRA DESIATO, MA, holds the highest accreditation of yoga teaching (E-RYT 500) and is the coauthor of Lifelong Yoga. She is an expert in yoga for healthy aging and yoga for prenatal and postnatal women. DeSiato presents and assists in yoga workshops locally and nationally, including Yogaville and Kripalu. She holds a master's in English literature from Appalachian State University, and in addition to teaching yoga classes has taught writing and literature at the college level for over 15 years.