“How to be a better Athlete with Yoga”

The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga

An Integrated Approach to Strength, Flexibility, and Focus

Sage Rountree

Yoga makes good athletes better. This time-honored discipline imparts flexibility, balance, and whole-body strength, creating improvements in an athlete’s form, efficiency, and power. In addition, yoga’s attention to concentration and breath awareness improves mental focus and mental endurance—hidden assets that become especially important at the end of a long training session or race.

In The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga, yoga instructor, endurance athlete, and coach Sage Rountree explains the benefits that yoga can bring to every training program. With hundreds of color photographs featuring more than 100 poses, this book treats common problem areas to make athletes stronger in their sport. Rountree helps athletes see progress from just 10 minutes of yoga each day. In an engaging and easy-to-follow style, The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga presents:

  • warm-up and cool-down routines for workouts
  • simple poses to specifically target areas of inflexibility and overuse
  • breath and meditation exercises
  • different types of yoga for each phase of training
  • recommendations for intensity and volume of yoga workouts throughout the training year

 
Rountree’s applications for training and racing ease the introduction to yoga, making it practical and accessible for all athletes.

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Yoga and Running

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The Runner’s Guide to Yoga

A Practical Approach to Building Strength and Flexibility for Better Running

Sage Rountree

Yoga will make you a better runner.

Millions of runners practice yoga daily because it cuts injuries and leads to more fluid, enjoyable running. InThe Runner’s Guide to Yoga, Sage Rountree—America’s leading expert on yoga for athletes—shows you the poses and practices for stronger, healthier running.

Filled with color photographs, clear instruction, and easy-to-follow routines, The Runner’s Guide to Yogaoffers simple ways to make yoga a part of your everyday training, even if you have never set foot in a yoga studio. This practical guide highlights the routines that ease tightness in the hamstrings and hips, strengthen the core, build strength and flexibility throughout your body, and speed recovery from minor injuries.

Rountree highlights over 100 key poses modeled by real runners and includes focused routines as well as key pre- and post-race yoga sequences. The Runner’s Guide to Yoga will complement your running every day, all season long.

Discover how yoga can improve your running with

  • Dynamic warm-ups and cooldowns for your workouts
  • Poses that target typical trouble spots, such as hips, calves, and hamstrings
  • Self-tests to determine areas of weakness or imbalance
  • Breath and meditation exercises to sharpen mental focus

WORKING HARD = BIG APPETITE

At the beginning of a serious yoga practice, minimun of 3 times per week and every week from now on your appetite will change and you will get hungrier. That is a good thing! It is best when you eat a variety of fresh, foods including leafy greens. Working hard = big appetite. Yoga will restore all the systems in your body to optimum working order. And in a gradual and even way your body will find the balance that it needs to find it’s natural functioning mechanism. Body fat is not natural, a healthy diet and consistent yoga practice will melt it away in a few months.