High performance coaching for athletes and coaches by Saana Koljonen
mental performance coach and active breathwork for high performance Saana


This website is my virtual home where you’ll find the tools and support you need to reach your best level as an athlete or high performer that might now be hiding behind stress, overwhelm or self-doubt..

As a mental performance coach/consultant and a certified breathwork facilitator, I specialize in helping athletes and high performers overcome mental barriers and achieve greater success with better speed, joy and confidence.

My coaching combines active breathwork, mindfulness techniques and high performance mindset tools so athletes and high performers can build deeper self-awareness, gain confidence and vision beyond their achievements, rediscover their joy & passion through finding meaningful direction.

Whether you’re an athlete seeking to improve your performance and recover from injuries, or a high performer seeking to excel in your field, I’m here to guide you every step of the way.

So read more below and reach out to me through email at saana@saanakoljonen.com with your questions! Excited that you are here!

Saana Koljonen coach and consult

WEBINAR FOR ATHLETES: Quiet the noise and worry – level up your game!

Learn how to silence the external noise through creating a “performance bubble” so you can focus on what matters the most – you and your performance!

Where: Online

Time: Thursday 21st of September at 11am Mountain time/12 pm Central time/8pm Finland/7pm Central Europe

Replay available after the workshop!

    Where are you at?

    I help you grow to a more confident, authentically excellent and strong performer, leading to more consistency, success and joy. 

    Ready to Grow?

    You’ve been investing your time and energy into your sport, earning between 0-1K per month, but you haven’t yet achieved the results you’re after. You’re determined to make the leap from semi-pro to pro in the near future, and turn your passion into a full-time career.

    If you’re looking for a way to accelerate your progress and achieve your goals as quickly as possible, click here to read more!

    Ready for Gold?

    Congratulations on making sports/your passion your living and consistently earning at least 3K a month. As a high-performing athlete or achiever, you know the pressure of performing at a high level consistently, and the toll it can take on your mental and emotional well-being.

    You’re committed to growing your skills and taking your performance to the next level, but you’re starting to wonder if it’s all worth it if you’re not feeling truly happy and fulfilled. Read more from here (1-2 spots available per month) how to unpack that and find your groove through joy and freedom again.


    Everyone wants to be more confident but only a handful are doing something about it. 

    What if you would be the one taking action and setting yourself apart from the rest?  

    Say goodbye to the crippling self-doubt.

    And absolutely also to the comparison games. No more of those.

    Just calm, excellent and confident performance!

    Read more and grab your virtual seat for this value soaked workshop HERE!


    “Working with Saana was easy because Saana took the leadership of her own task and project from day one. She is a self-starter, productive, happy and social person as well as a solid professional whose work in this project was significant.

    She brought up new perspectives and ideas to the project making it even better. We were impressed especially with her writing skills and production of content in written form. Best example of her know-how in this area are her pieces in the book called “Becoming an Elite Athlete” (Kehity Huippu-urheiljaksi) published by the Olympic Committee.”

    Jarno Parikka

    Specialist, Finnish Olympic Committee

    “With the help of Saana, I managed to get out of the hole that I was stuck in due to my overthinking and perfectionism.

    Now I feel like I can relax and just let the body take over when I play! I don’t need to think all the time and I can just let the body do the work. I don’t overthink and analyze anymore, also my perfectionism is at a healthy level right now. I trust myself much more than before and I can finally just focus on the present moment. Thank you Saana!”

    Karl Andersson


    “Before I started working with Saana, football was overwhelming for me. Being new to the sport and already successful, I felt pressure to be perfect every rep. And when I would execute, it still wasn’t enough.

    Things changed when Saana helped me peel away those layers to uncover why I put this pressure on myself – why I would get so upset with even just one mistake. She helped me find the joy of competing in a new sport after having so much success in volleyball.

    I’ve gained so much confidence working with Saana and through this course. I feel like I can step on any field, against any player and ball out. I’ve learned to play fearless and, with that, came all the accolades that I never expected.”

    Alyssa Speckhals

    American Football

    “Saana has been working for the Olympic Committee in two different tasks and projects at two different times.

    Her professional knowledge has been excellent and she has performed the given tasks succeeding to meet with the given goals.

    In addition to her substance knowledge, she has gained an appreciated position in the work community due to her initiative approach, excellence in her work and her exquisite social skills. I am very happy to recommend Saana in her future endeavours as well as in her career.”

    Antti Paananen

    The Head of Sports Academy Program, Finnish Olympic Committee

    “Said you are wanting your athletes to develop the winning mindset and have the tools to do it I would highly recommend reaching out to Saana.

    She talked to my team and has usable tools that they were able to apply right away. At time of this writing my team is undefeated. Thank you Saana!”

    Tony Jalan

    Division Sales Manager

    “So many things have changed for the better with the next level athlete course – I no longer feel like I am lacking something. I trust myself a lot more to do a good job, and mistakes don’t mean that I am a worthless human.

    I can play with so much more freedom as I am not judgmental anymore which helps me reach a more natural and fearless state on court. I can enjoy the sport again!

    I also value myself and my hard work more – I can see that I am already successful, even tho I am not “world class” as my perfectionist mind wanted me to be.”

    Anonymous Athlete



    Are you really hard on yourself but you are also not sure how to have better, performance supporting expectations towards yourself?

    Because if you would not require this much from yourself… Wouldn’t that mean that you are harming your growth if you know you also could have done better..? 

    BUT then  you also feel like it would be really nice to be happy with yourself for once…?  And enjoy that feeling instead of feeling afraid because satisfaction kills progress…? 

    Listen, check out this valuable, athletes’ favorite training about how to create better expectations that can actually support your performance AND your self-confidence. You will love this one! See you on the other side!

    How to create better expectations towards yourself as an athlete by Saana Koljonen