Saturday, July 18, 2009

New Pocket Guide to Yoga for Athletes!

Back in May, I reviewed a great book The Athlete's Guide to Yoga (Velopress, 2008) as well as the DVD of the same name from Endurance Films. The author, Sage Rountree is a USA Triathlon certified expert coach, a USA Cycling and RRCA certified coach, and she's an experienced registered yoga teacher. Sage is also a contributor to Runner’s World and Yoga Journal and has published articles in Running Times, Inside Triathlon, and Endurance magazines.

Sage explains that "athletes come to the practice of yoga with muscle tightness from hours spent training and little time in their weekly schedules for lengthy sessions. At the height of the season, they often disappear from yoga classes altogether in favor of demanding sport-specific training, yet it is then that yoga can be most beneficial." To help make the benefits of yoga more readily available to athletes yearround, Sage has recently released a new book, The Athlete’s Pocket Guide to Yoga. This handy new resource is set up to complement a rigorous training schedule. This pocket-sized book provides:
5-minute warm-ups to prepare for daily workouts
Strength sessions for the off-season and base periods
Flexibility sessions for when training grows more demanding, including 20-minute flexibility routines designed to follow workouts
Focus sessions incorporating breath exercises and meditation to improve recovery and sharpen mental toughness for competition

This smaller pocket-sized (6" x 7") spiral-bound book makes it easy to lay flat so the pages can easily be viewed. Each pose is beautifully photographed and tips are included to simplify trickier poses or vary the routine from one session to the next.

If you loved The Athlete's Guide to Yoga, you'll love this new handy guide. If you're just beginning to think about incorporating yoga into your exercise routine, you'll find this easy-to-use resource invaluable. To check out a sample of the book [click here].


ShutUpandRun said...

Great post. I am a huge yoga fan and am convinced that it has helped me tremendously with my running, especially to avoid injury.

RunnerDude said...

Hey ShutUpandRun! Awesome! Another believer!

Lesley Looper said...

I jus recently started going to Sage Rountree's yoga class in Chapel Hill, and it's already started to help. She's a top notch instructor.

Gabby said...

This is great! I don't have time to attend a yoga class and with her book I can do this at home or before and after my runs where ever they are. Thanks for the info!

RunnerDude said...

Hey Lesley! Awesome! Tell Sage I said hi. Small world, huh?

RunnerDude said...

Hey Gabby! Yep, this pocket guide is great especially if you're time-crunched you and me.