The Athlete's Pocket Guide to Yoga: 50 Routines for Flexibility, Balance, and Focus

The Athlete's Pocket Guide to Yoga: 50 Routines for Flexibility, Balance, and Focus

by Sage Rountree

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934030417
Publisher: VeloPress
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 750,204
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sage Rountree is America's leading expert on yoga for athletes. She is a certified endurance sports coach as well as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She is a featured instructor at Kripalu and offers yoga workshops for athletes and coaches around the country as well as at Carolina Yoga Company, a yoga studio she co-owns.

An accomplished competitor in running and triathlon, Sage has raced distances from sprint triathlon to Ironman ®, 400 meters to 40 miles, including the Boston Marathon and the 2008 Short-Course Age-Group World Championship in Vancouver, Canada, where she represented the U.S. as a member of Team USA.

Sage is a frequent contributor to Runner's World, Triathlete, Competitor, and Yoga Journal magazines and has contributed to USA Triathlon Life, VeloNews, Running Times, Inside Triathlon, and Endurance magazines. Sage is the author of The Athlete's Guide to Yoga, The Runner's Guide to Yoga, The Athlete's Pocket Guide to Yoga, and The Athlete's Guide to Recovery.

Table of Contents


Yoga and Your Training
Alignment Principles
How to Use This Book


Spinal Warm-up, Prone
Spinal Warm-up, Supine
Spinal Warm-up, Seated
Half Salutes with Chair

Tall Mountain Flow
Chair and Tree
Standing Balance Flow
Crane and Warrior III

Standing Poses
Sun Salutations with Lunges
Moon Salutations
Standing Hip Openers

Core, Back, and Shoulders
Static Core
Dynamic Core
Table Core Sequence
Bow Sequence
Supported Back Bends
Shoulder Strap Series
Interlaced Fingers Series
Wall Shoulder Stretches

Hips and Legs
Lunge Series
Bowing Sequences
Pigeon Series
Head to Knee Sequence
IT Band Flow
Hamstring Strap Series
Symmetrical Stretches
Lower-Leg Stretches

Restorative Routines
Gentle Stretches
Wall Folds
Reclining Twists
Supported Stretches
Corpse Pose

Breath Exercises and Meditations
The Breath in Space
The Breath in Time
Alternate-Nostril Breathing
Counting Meditation
Observation Meditation


Getting Started
Focus on Strength
Focus on Power
Focus on Flexibility
Focus on Focus

About the Models
About the Author

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