About the Studios
Carolina Yoga Company is a group of sister studios ready to help you connect with yoga. The Carolina Yoga Company includes Carrboro Yoga, Durham Yoga, and Hillsborough Yoga. We serve the communities of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, and all of central North Carolina by creating a space for connection. This can be a connection of body, mind, and spirit; of the individual and the community; of mindfulness with action, thought, and feeling. You’ll often find our owners, Sage Rountree and Lies Sapp, enjoying our broad range of class offerings. Together, Sage and Lies direct the Carolina Yoga Teacher Training program. Their commitment to well-being through balance extends to their other businesses, the Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat and the Carolina Massage Institute.
We are both proud and humble to create a space for connection, community, and balance. Thank you for recognizing our hard work with numerous awards, including Best of the Triangle in the Independent Weekly poll for both Carrboro Yoga and Durham Yoga for five straight years. We are excited to continue to grow with you.
About the Owners
Sage Rountree, PhD, E-RYT 500, is an internationally recognized authority in yoga for athletes, athletic recovery, and healthy aging. Her goal is to help people find the right balance between work and rest for peak performance in sports and in life. Author of nine books including The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga, Everyday Yoga, and The Professional Yoga Teacher’s Handbook, she has been a longtime contributor to Runner’s World and Yoga Journal. Sage teaches workshops internationally and online at Core Strength for Real People, YogaVibes, and Sage Yoga Teacher Training. Visit Sage’s website. And take her Yoga for Athletic Balance class in Carrboro every Monday at 6 p.m.
Lies Sapp, E-RYT 500, a former litigator, comes from a ballet background. While you won’t find her on the schedule, she directs the studios from behind the scenes and is responsible for the formation of our internationally acclaimed yoga teacher trainings. Her commitment to health and well-being was extended in 2016 by her conception and construction of the Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat. With Sage, she is also the co-owner of the Carolina Massage Institute. Lies dreams big, with creation of community as her prime directive.
Carrboro Yoga opened its doors in March 2004, with several of our current staff—including Sage, Ann Burrus, Molly Drake, and Lauren Sacks—on the original teacher roll. When its founder, Donia Robinson, moved to California in 2010, Sage and Lies bought the studio. Durham Yoga was born in 2012 with co-founder Olynda Smith, whom you’ll find teaching there on Sunday mornings. In 2015, we assumed ownership of Hillsborough Yoga from Paula Huffmann, another original Carrboro Yoga teacher.
Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat is a peaceful and inspiring full service day spa in Hillsborough, North Carolina, nestled in the woods beside Cates Creek and just minutes from Chapel Hill and Durham. Take time to unwind in the tranquility lounge and treetop deck before or after your treatment and enjoy complimentary use of the two steam rooms and infrared sauna with any service. All spa treatments are customized to your unique needs and focus on inner beauty. Come unwind for an hour or for a day retreat full of quiet downtime. Read all about it.
Carolina Massage Institute offers intro to massage courses, a full diploma program, and continuing education for body workers just below Hillsborough Spa. Students learn to heal people through human touch and connection and how to bring the art and science of massage into a conversation to help each unique client feel better. Read all about it.