Yoga for Athletes Weekly Classes

Yoga for Athletes is an all levels class specifically designed to stretch, restore, and mobilize your body for increased athletic performance in fitness or other sports. Each session focuses on opening areas that get stiff from a regular fitness routine, such as: shoulders, hips, quads, hamstrings, and more. This class is taught in the Vinyasa style of yoga, linking poses fluidly with breath and music to keep you engaged. Yoga for Athletes will help increase your flexibility, balance, focus, breath capacity, and strength so you can perform better, experience less soreness, and reduce your risk of injury.

This is not your grandma’s yoga practice. Each class features intelligent sequencing, stable positions, good music, humor, and maybe even the occasional mimosa. There will be no chanting (unless Debbie gets carried away). These classes are open to all experience levels.

Private Yoga Sessions

Private Yoga classes with Debbie Steingesser are a wonderful way to develop your flexibility, balance, coordination, and strength. The classes are catered to fit your personal needs and athletic goals whether you’re an avid fitness enthusiast, a newer athlete, or someone just looking to incorporate a little yoga into your life. Debbie has years of experience working with all levels of students and modifying for injuries and pregnancies. She will work with you to customize a practice that will best support your body and mind.

If you are interested in private sessions or have further questions, please contact us.


Have you ever desired a yoga practice designed specifically for the culture of your gym? How about a yoga class that caters to athletes who are more interested in improving their squat than putting their foot behind their head? Or perhaps you just want to sleep better, breathe deeper, recover faster, and experience a greater sense of joy in your workouts; The Functional Yoga For Athletics Course is for you.

This one-day seminar is for coaches and athletes who are interested in implementing a supplemental yoga practice to their fitness training. Participants will learn to practice and teach the most effective yoga techniques for enhanced performance, breathing, recovery, endurance, and mental toughness.

The structure of the day is a mix between practical application and lecture material on how to program yoga–in its most accessible–form to athletes. Course participants learn to apply yoga principles in training themselves and other athletes to increase flexibility, stability, strength, and balance; which will improve athletic performance.

The Functional Yoga Course is not your average yoga training. The material is designed by Coach Debbie Steingesser specifically for athletes and coaches to enhance your overall experience in the gym. There will be no chanting (unless Debbie gets carried away), vegans, or spirituality - just meat and sweet potatoes yoga for coaches and athletes.

Learning Objectives

The Yoga Course teaches participants:

  • How to practice and coach physical yoga sequences for warm up, cool down, and active recover.
  • Yoga breathing techniques to increase physical capacity, endurance and performance.
  • How to properly incorporate effective yoga routines into training and programming for all levels of athletes.
  • Basic meditation techniques to calm the body and focus the mind.
  • How to appropriately scale yoga movements in a Fitness setting.
  • Set up for restorative (supported) yoga poses using gym equipment to help aid physical recovery, sleep, and stress reduction.
  • Breakdown of specific yoga poses and when to use them in conjunction with common strength and conditioning movements.
  • How to use yoga techniques for mental and physical recovery from workouts.
  • Basic history, philosophy, and methodology of yoga.
  • How to structure a yoga class for athletes and implement yoga practices into your regular strength and conditioning programming.

Please contact us for further details and booking.

Weekly Vinyasa Flow Classes and Retreats in Santa Cruz and Worldwide

In addition to being the specialist in Yoga for Athletes, Debbie teaches weekly, all levels, Vinyasa Flow classes throughout San Cruz and semi annual retreats worldwide. Her classes and retreats feature energizing movement sequences, great music, supportive community, and an opportunity for deep relaxation.