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Turning Point: Sage Rountree

Kripalu Online Describe what you do in 15 words or less.
Sage My work explores the intersections of yoga and sports-specifically, endurance sports.

KOL Tell us about a turning point in your life.
Sage My turning points have been very gradual ones, sea changes that were not immediately apparent from my position on deck. One involved getting a big dog that needed exercise and running with him, for longer and longer distances, until I organically became a runner. Another was a slow turn away from academic publishing into full-time coaching, teaching, and writing. With both, there was no identifiable moment where things shifted; rather, it was a gradual reorganization into a new current.

KOL What do you love about teaching?
Sage I love providing the space for students to investigate their own experience and reach their own conclusions. After teaching college English for five years, my switch to full-time yoga teaching felt natural. While people are still inquiring into the meaning of texts, language, and experience, there are no right or wrong answers.

KOL What are you passionate about right now?
Sage Recovery. It’s the topic of my next book. The periods between workouts are when we grow stronger, so resting and regenerating is the really important process in athletic training. Yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation are all useful for recovery.

KOL What do you do in your downtime?
Sage Often my work itself feels like downtime—going for a long run or enjoying a restorative yoga class might technically be work, but it’s soul-feeding for me. Otherwise, I love putting my feet up and reading.