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Yoga Class Description

In this short online yoga class for athletes, chair sitters, and everyone, we focus on opening the front of the chest and hips. Relax into both supported and active backbends as you address all areas of the chest and shoulders to find greater ease, expansion, and openness through the center of your body. Sage Rountree is an endurance coach athlete, author of The Athlete's Guide to Yoga, and regular contributor to the Active Yogi column on YogaJournal.com. Have a rolled up blanket or extra yoga mat available. (30 mins.)

Level: 1 Style: Vinyasa Flow Yoga Focus: Athletes Yoga, Chest & Shoulder Opening Yoga, Hip Opening Yoga  

Suggested Yoga Props

rolled up blanket or extra yoga mat

Comments & Reviews

Average Rating:


Erin F

Great 30 minute practice culminating in camel pose. I have very tight hips and shoulders/chest from computer work and low back injuries. This would be great for anyone looking for a slow but rejuvenating practice to ease into the day before work. I just got home from work and did it - I find myself feeling less tired with more energy for the rest of the evening. As Eric said below, "quiet yet invigorating" and gently opens the hips and shoulders.

Eric O

This is a great gentle half hour class that slowly works to Camel Pose. Sage gives you lots of options for variations along the way. You can modify depending on what you're feeling up to on any particular day. Excellent for those just starting out or for more advanced yogis looking for a quiet yet invigorating practice.



Sage Rountree

Accomplished age-group triathlete, gifted runner and experienced yogi, Sage Rountree has been on a mission to introduce yoga to athletes of all ages, levels and abilities. Teaching yoga to athletes is a passion for Sage, and she has used her extensive knowledge and experience to help all types of athletes - recreational sports enthusiasts, Ironman triathletes, Olympians and NBA, NFL and NCAA players - reach peak performance. She brings everything she has to give, empowering her athletes with concrete yoga tools to increase body awareness, strengthen mental fortitude and train with greater intelligence. 


Her online yoga classes are detailed and precise, rich with modifications so that all students have a place to work comfortably. She’s popular for her sports-specific yoga routines, including Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Cyclists, Yoga for Swimmers and Yoga for Trail Runners, as well as her more focused practices, which instruct proper warm-up, activation, cool down and recovery routines. For a more targeted approach, check out her yoga videos that address common areas of tightness, injury and/or dysfunction in athletes. For more on Sage: www.sagerountree.com

Classes By Sage Rountree

Comments & Reviews

Average Rating:


Erin F

Great 30 minute practice culminating in camel pose. I have very tight hips and shoulders/chest from computer work and low back injuries. This would be great for anyone looking for a slow but rejuvenating practice to ease into the day before work. I just got home from work and did it - I find myself feeling less tired with more energy for the rest of the evening. As Eric said below, "quiet yet invigorating" and gently opens the hips and shoulders.

Eric O

This is a great gentle half hour class that slowly works to Camel Pose. Sage gives you lots of options for variations along the way. You can modify depending on what you're feeling up to on any particular day. Excellent for those just starting out or for more advanced yogis looking for a quiet yet invigorating practice.