A little yoga can go a long way toward balance and performance.
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.
Sage Rountree makes it easy for athletes to reap the benefits of yoga year-round. The Athlete’s Pocket Guide to Yoga is set up to complement a rigorous training schedule. Athletes will find:
- 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
Armed with this pocket guide, athletes can incorporate yoga into their training all year long. A spiral binding makes it easy to display pages during each routine, and attractive color photographs fluidly detail the individual poses. Sage also includes tips to simplify trickier poses or vary the routine from one session to the next.
Careful consideration of the athlete’s needs has earned Sage Rountree a committed following, and her newest book delivers a practical approach to yoga that will make good athletes better.
Spiral-bound with color photos throughout.
“Since she herself is a triathlete and runner, Rountree knows exactly where you get tight and why, what it feels like before and after certain workouts, the difficulties of combining a good yoga practice with hard training, and what’s realistic or not for an athlete.”
“Sage’s clear approach to incorporating yoga into a training season perfectly addresses all the things athletes need to hear about flexibility and balanced conditioning—and Sage delivers it in a way that athletes can relate to.”
—Karen Dubs, creator of the Flexible Warrior Athletic Yoga DVD series
“Sage shares the benefits that yoga has brought to her life as an athlete and offers easy to follow yoga postures and breathing techniques to help athletes of all sports get started with a safe and effective yoga routine and to help them avoid or rehabilitate an injury.”
—Beryl Bender Birch, author of Power Yoga and Beyond Power Yoga, Director/Founder of the Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute, and contributor to Yoga Journal