Run to Savasana: A Mindfulness + Running Event

Over-training? Over-thinking? Anxious? Stressed? A little bit of each, maybe?
The resources are out there, but are you putting what you know into practice?
Join Dan Perlmutter, Head of Olympic Sports Performance at Duke University, and Kathy Smith, former Duke tennis player and founder of Yoga Off East for a guided discussion and restorative yoga practice to discover your innate ability to remain calm in the face of challenges, roadblocks, and as a helpful resource for your day-to-day training.

Join us for a very special morning of mindfulness, yoga, and guided discussion. Space is limited.
Saturday, November 10th @ Bull City Running Co.
8:00 – 9:30am.
Cost: $30.00



Dan Perlmutter is in his 10th year as head of Olympic Sports Performance at Duke. His staff of six coaches collectively trains 24 Blue Devil teams, and he works directly with Baseball, Men’s Tennis, Men’s Soccer, and Men’s and Women’s Fencing. Perlmutter’s prior experience includes five years as the Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning at Harvard University (2004-2009), as well as stints at Holy Cross in 2004, and Springfield College from 2002-04. In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, he worked with numerous professional athletes in baseball, football, soccer, ice hockey, track & field, and distance running.

Throughout his career, he has contributed to a variety of professional publications in the fields of coaching and sport performance, and has hosted professional clinics and conferences on-campus at Duke. During his time in Durham, he has maintained direct ties with former Blue Devil athletes playing professionally in their respective sports, hosting MLB, MLS, and ATP athletes for off-season training, and consulting on training programs throughout the year. He is also an active member of the Durham community, assisting with fundraising efforts for local non-profit organizations, and working with Duke’s teams to give back to the city in which they live and play.

A native of Massachusetts, Dan lives in Durham with his wife Amy, their two daughters Mia and Jordan, and their son Miles. As a relatively new member of the endurance community, over the last four years he has participated in numerous 5k, 10k, and 10-mile races, as well as multiple half marathons and trail races. He is competing in his first marathon this fall.

Kathy Sell Smith is the founder/owner of Yoga Off East on Ninth Street. She lives in Durham with her husband, Ramsey, their two children and chocolate lab. Kathy graduated from Duke in 2001 where she was a four year starter on the top-5 ranked varsity women’s tennis team while earning a degree in Cultural Anthropology. She remains 2nd on the all-time win list for Duke Women’s Tennis and was the first female recipient of the Senior-Athlete of the Year Award. As a competitive athlete, and later a Division I tennis coach at the University of Oregon and Princeton University, Kathy found mindfulness and yoga to be effective tools for creating a positive mindset, especially in high stakes moments.  She finds it no coincidence that her on-court results improved as she learned, through yoga, how to quiet her busy, critical mind and stay grounded in her body. Today, Kathy is a certified yoga instructor, having completed a 200-hour teacher training at Franklin Street Yoga Center and a 500-hour advanced training at Blue Lotus Yoga in Raleigh.  In addition to weekly classes at Yoga Off East, Kathy works privately with athletes and teams at Duke and around town.