Yoga makes good athletes better. This time-honored discipline imparts flexibility, balance, and whole-body strength, creating improvements in an athletes form, efficiency, and power. In addition, yogas attention to concentration and breath awareness improves mental focus and mental endurancehidden assets that become especially important at the end of a long training session or race. In The Athletes Guide to Yoga, yoga instructor, endurance athlete, and coach Sage Rountree and two of her pupils demonstrate three levels of modifications appropriate for athletes. Choose from preset routines targeting different points in the training cycle and addressing specific problem areas, or arrange segments in any order to build a custom workout lasting anywhere from two minutes to two hours.
"Endurance athletes generally have poor flexibility, core strength, balance, and posture. Improving these can really change performance for the better. The Athletes Guide to Yoga is a great resource to get you on the path to better training and racing."
Joe Friel, founder of Joe Friel's Ultrafit and author of The Triathlete's Training Bible, The Cyclist's Training Bible, and The Mountain Biker's Training Bible
"The Athlete's Guide to Yoga is a great resource for athletes. Finally, we have an explanation of how to integrate yoga practice into daily training and within different training cycles. The Athlete's Guide to Yoga is well laid out and easy to follow, and it includes pose adjustments to help athletes overcome sport-specific tightness. Ive been practicing yoga to complement to my triathlon training for the past 8 years. Now I have a great tool to take on the road when I can't make it to my usual class."
Samantha McGlone, 2nd Place 2007 Hawaii Ironman World Championships and 2006 Ironman 70.3 World Champion, 2004 Olympian