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Yoga offers vital tools for healthy aging: strength, flexibility, balance, and peace of mind. In this one-of-a-kind book, Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato describe the poses and routines that can help keep people of any age fit and injury free. In addition to demonstrating simple ways to maintain and even increase our ability to be active into our 50s, 60s, and beyond, the authors—both yoga teachers with decades of experience—offer poses and routines aimed toward specific goals, such as improving balance, maintaining strength and flexibility, and recovering properly between workouts. Each fully illustrated sequence is introduced with a brief overview of its benefits, along with modifications and options suited to individual requirements. Rountree and DeSiato also offer sequences that help support specific activities such as running, swimming, or golf, as well as yard work, travel, and caring for grandchildren. An essential and easy-to-follow guide, Lifelong Yoga offers key practices for maintaining and improving physical and mental well-being throughout a lifetime.
“Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato offer a friendly introduction to yoga. You will improve your flexibility and your balance. You will learn breathing and relaxation techniques. . . . Practice Lifelong Yoga and feel better, whether you’re playing golf or playing with the grandkids.”—from the foreword by Roy Williams, University of North Carolina men’s basketball coach
“In this wise, compassionate, and skillfully written book, Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato draw upon their decades-long experience as athletes and yoginis to offer guidance into how your practice will and should change as you age. With poetic insights from yogic philosophy, Lifelong Yoga is much more just than a posture book—it’s a blueprint for healthy aging.”
—Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT, yoga therapist, Duke Integrative Medicine, and co-author of Relax into Yoga for Seniors
“Sage and Alexandra have made an important contribution to the yoga literature with their splendid Lifelong Yoga. All of us are getting older, whether we realize it yet or not, and we need to keep moving to stay healthy and fit. Stretching, sweating, creating space in the joints and spine, and generally working on wellness is essential for the aging body, especially former athletes. A strong, active asana practice, with mindful awareness of alignment and breath, is a powerful ally for enhancing longevity and maintaining balance, agility, suppleness, strength and vital health.”
—Beryl Bender Birch, author of Power Yoga and Boomer Yoga, director/founder The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and The Give Back Yoga Foundation.
“I’ve been an athlete for 42 years. While young, I felt it was genetics that kept me from obtaining the next level in my sport. Since turning 50, however, I feel my limiters are lack of ability to recover, joint stiffness, impaired range of movement, chronic repetitive injury, and fatigue. Yoga is the answer for me now more than ever! Sage’s gentle but specific approach points me in the direction of improving all of these challenges. But most importantly, she has shown me how to relax, something highly competitive athletes have difficulty truly achieving. Her understanding of sport and dynamics of competition opens the door to knowing best how to encourage an athlete to unwind for improved longevity and vitality through the decades.”
—Kristin Villopoto, 2016 ITU World Sprint Duathlon Champion, 55–59; 2016 USAT National Long Course Duathlon Champion 55–59; 2016 USAT Athlete of the Year, Grandmaster, Duathlon
“I met Sage in 2006 as I was approaching age 40 and we were both competing in local triathlons and running races. We started training together a short time later, and she often touted the benefits of yoga for balancing the intensity and pounding of triathlon training. It took me a couple years and some frustrating injuries to finally accept her offer to come to yoga class, my thinking being, “I already stretch, what more do I need to do?” But in my very first class, I quickly learned that there is so much more to it than stretching. In fact, yoga helped me so much with balance and stability that I was not only able to get faster into my 40s but also to avoid the common overuse injuries that so many triathletes struggle with once they cross over into the “masters” realm. Although my organized yoga class attendance is sometimes sporadic as I juggle a corporate job, family, and other obligations, I’ve learned to incorporate certain poses into my every day routine. Part II of Lifelong Yoga, Solving Problems with Yoga, is especially helpful for me as I’m always looking for ways to proactively address the tweaks and twinges that come with intense training by improving balance, core strength, and stability, especially now that age 50 is just around the corner. I always tell people that it’s worth spending the time on yoga “to keep myself glued together”—and in doing so I’ve been able to continue to swim, bike, and run at a high level, but also feel good in my daily life activities, especially the ones that require lifting, bending, and balance. Thanks to Sage and Alexandra for another great resource for athletes and nonathletes alike.”
—JoAnna Younts, healthcare consultant, mother of two teenage daughters, founder of Kids Tri NC, a non-profit organization that produces triathlon clinics and races for youth. She has been competing in multisport races for over 20 years and recently finished her 100th triathlon. She is a national age group champion in long course triathlon and long course duathlon and is a two-time finisher of the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
“I’ve worked with Sage and Alexandra many years now, and seen their work with other folks firsthand. They have a great way of applying their years of combined experience to help people bring out the best in themselves. This is done using multiple techniques including better breathing, increased flexibility, and additional strength in the many places other exercise tends to miss. The effect of all this for me was better balance of not only my body, but my mind as well. The tools you learn from these ladies will also lead you to a deeper understanding of your own self, which can aid in everything from simple tasks in everyday life like lifting groceries into the car to becoming a more competitive athlete. You will not only be able to work harder if you want to, you will work smarter and more safely as well.”
—Donnie Barnes, entrepreneur, Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race Finisher, and father