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The Athlete's Guide to Yoga: An Integrated Approach to Strength, Flexibility, & Focus

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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 ses ...more
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Published February 1st 2008 by Velo Press (first published December 28th 2007)
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Ann M. Noser
Jun 17, 2014 Ann M. Noser rated it it was amazing
This book was incredibly helpful to me when I started practicing yoga. I still keep it on hand, in case I need to look something up.

The only reason I can continue to keep running (safely, without injury) is due to yoga.

Book benefits:
- useful appendix
- helpful pictures
- detailed descriptions
- great organization into related groups
- history of yoga is interesting

I highly recommend it. It's the only athletic book I've come back to repeatedly. All the others I share with like-minded individuals, but
Harish Venkatesan
Jan 07, 2010 Harish Venkatesan rated it really liked it
Solid introduction to yoga with a good overview of how to incorporate different types of practice into an athletic routine, with discussion of mesocycles, weekly programs, etc. I appreciate the emphasis Rountree places on making this book appeal to athletes-- she frequently discusses variations to poses for people with tight hips/hamstrings (most endurance athletes). While I'd considered wading into yoga to supplement my strength/training routine, I had no idea where to start; this book gives me ...more
Aug 06, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
This is a really good book for those who are not looking for the more spiritual aspects of yoga, but rather the health benefits conferred.
Jun 30, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it
A basic guide to incorporating yoga into the training schedules of endurance athletes. Heavy emphasis on ENDURANCE. I don't think there was even one mention of a sport or activity that took place on a field, a sheet of ice, or in a ring. It was all running/cycling/swimming all the time.

A better name for this book would be a TRIATHLETE'S Guide to Yoga.

The best parts of the book were the yoga philosophy and mindset of the athlete - translating the yamas and niyamas into athletic pursuits, and th
I do yoga so I don't fall apart while running. I run to make alpine skiing enjoyable. Yoga probably makes skiing enjoyable, too. Hopefully this book will give me some ideas as to the role yoga can take in my downhill pursuits. After skimming it briefly this morning, I did notice that the author -- admittedly more of a runner and triathlete -- doesn't really distinguish much between downhill and x-country skiing; I feel this makes it incumbent on me to keep researching skiing technique to figure ...more
May 08, 2012 Tasha rated it really liked it
This has some great sequences in the back that can really help you with your home practice. I added yoga to my running about a year ago and it has been wonderful. Less injury, more strength and balance... it's great. I'm really liking my arms and shoulders too.

I am not one to life weights so I really enjoy this approach to strength and flexibility.
Apr 01, 2010 Kara added it
Contains many of the same stretches I (attempt to) do at my Y's "Yoga for Athlete's" class. Bought this so I could get up half an hour later. Seems great, but still probably need the guidance of a professional to keep me from falling to the floor and/or permanently injuring myself.
Jan 01, 2009 Ed rated it it was amazing
Very helpful, written by a yoga instructor and experienced triathlete. Includes training plans for marathoners and triathletes. One of the most useful yoga instruction books I've found.
Feb 26, 2009 Danielle rated it really liked it
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A very straightforward approach to incorporating yoga into a triathalon and running routine. The photos are funny too.
Nov 29, 2009 Martin rated it really liked it
A good reference book for endurance athletes interested in Yoga to enhance conditioning, improve flexibility or for variations in routine. Very well written and illustrated...
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Sage Rountree is a Yoga Alliance experienced, registered yoga teacher and holds coaching certifications from USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, and the Road Runners Club of America. Her popular yoga classes draw all levels of athletes, from recreational walkers to Olympic runners and Ironman triathletes. She is author of The Athlete's Guide to Yoga: An Integrated Approach to Strength, Flexibility, and Fo ...more
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