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Product Details

  • Series: The Athlete's Guide
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Velo Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030844
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Endurance athletes generally have poor flexibility, core strength, balance, and posture. Improving these can really change performance for the better. The Athlete’s 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

"After running and racing for nearly thirty years, competing through five Olympic trials and the 1996 Olympics, and traveling the world on U.S. track, road, and cross-country teams, I thought I knew all the tricks for success and longevity in distance running. Yoga helped me set a world age-group record in the indoor mile and an outdoor American record in the 1500m at age 45. Yoga should have been—and will be from here on out—added to the mix of ingredients for success for any serious endurance athlete. Incorporate the practice of yoga into your weekly training regimen, and it will make a difference in your life as an endurance athlete. I highly recommend The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga to all athletes who want to train smarter and race faster." —from the foreword by long-distance runner Joan Nesbit Mabe

"Whether you're a yogini or you've never heard of downward-facing dog, you'll come away with something useful from The Athlete's Guide to Yoga." Women's Adventure Magazine

 

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Yoga will make you a better runner.Millions of runners practice yoga daily because it cuts injuries and leads to more fluid, enjoyable running. InThe Runner's Guide to Yoga, Sage Rountree—America's leading expert on yoga for athletes—shows you the poses and practices for stronger, healthier running. Filled with color photographs, clear instruction, and easy-to-follow routines,The Runner's Guide to Yogaoffers simple ways to make yoga a part of your everyday training, even if you have never set foot in a yoga studio. This practical guide highlights the routines that ease tightness in the hamstrings and hips, strengthen the core, build strength and flexibility throughout your body, and speed recovery from minor injuries. Rountree highlights over 100 key poses modeled by real runners and includes focused routines as well as key pre- and post-race yoga sequences.The Runner's Guide to Yogawill complement your running every day, all season long. Discover how yoga can improve your running with
  • Dynamic warm-ups and cooldowns for your workouts
  • Poses that target typical trouble spots, such as hips, calves, and hamstrings
  • Self-tests to determine areas of weakness or imbalance
  • Breath and meditation exercises to sharpen mental focus
Runner's Worldcolumnist Sage Rountree holds coaching certifications from the Road Runner's Club of America and USA Triathlon and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher. Her popular yoga classes for athletes draw students ranging from Ironman® triathletes and Olympians to everyday cyclists, runners, and walkers, as well as team-sports athletes. She is a well-known writer who contributes frequently toYoga Journal, USA Triathlon, andEndurance Magazine, and is the author ofThe Athlete's Guide to Yoga,The Athlete's Pocket Guide to Yoga, andThe Athlete's Guide to Recovery.


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Sage Rountree, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, holds coaching certifications from USA Triathlon (expert level) and the Road Runners Club of America, as well as a PhD in English Literature. Sage's popular yoga classes and workshops for athletes draw students ranging from recreational athletes to Ironman triathletes, Olympians, NBA and NFL players, and NCAA players and coaches. She also coaches clients in triathlon, duathlon, running, and ultrarunning. She is co-owner of the Carrboro Yoga Company and the Durham Yoga Company.

Sage teaches workshops on yoga for athletes across the country and online. Find her workshop schedule and videos for streaming at www.sagerountree.com.

An accomplished age-group triathlete and runner, 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 lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Wes, and daughters, Lily and Vivian.

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Very well written and each pose has a picture for you.
tech mom
I'm surprised, with the high sales ranking on this book, that I am the first review!
Readsalot
This is a great book for ANYONE trying to get more flexibility in their workouts.
Chris

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Readsalot on April 7, 2012
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I'm surprised, with the high sales ranking on this book, that I am the first review! But glad to do it as I like this book a lot. It's full of very good information for yogis who run at all stages, and for runners who want to do yoga. I have done yoga for 2 years, and wanted to start running.

I think doing yoga helped my beginning running efforts succeed, but I did start having some minor issues after 2 weeks and so I bought this book (and a new pair of running shoes) and I did the warm up the other day, about 30 min before going out for my run, and everything was so much easier. Will use the after-running stretches for after-gardening and other activity as well. Generally, well written, well-illustrated, and very practical reference that addresses most topics the every day yogi-runner will need to know.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cultural Groupie on May 15, 2012
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This book is intended for runners who don't do yoga, or who are VERY new to yoga. I'm a runner, and also an intermediate/experienced yogi, and this book didn't tell me anything I don't already know. I'd say you're better off spending the money to take a couple yoga classes, and learning how to properly do the poses. That will teach you much better (and in a safe environment with an instructor where your risk of injury/overstretching is reduced) what poses will help stretch your thight spots.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pam on June 19, 2012
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"The Runner's Guide to Yoga" is an essential book for every runner. This is a book that you can reread many times and still learn something new and valuable each time. Chapter 8, entitled "Prevention and Correcting Overuse Injury" is currently my favorite chapter. As I work through the self tests in Chapter 8, I keep discovering new insights about my body as a runner and a yogini. As a result, my running and overall health has improved greatly. Sage's descriptions of the asanas make this book very enjoyable and easy to understand so that it is beneficial for all levels. I also greatly appreciate the fact that she incorporates yoga philosophy into the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris on June 4, 2012
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This is a great book for ANYONE trying to get more flexibility in their workouts. As a runner, I tend to get very tight especially after a longer run (like a half marathon). This book has tons of pictures so that you have the proper form when stretching. Amazon has the best price on it too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Smyth on January 20, 2013
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She lays this book out nicely, and it is simple to understand and follow. It hits all the problem areas a runner may have and gives advice and positions for all these areas. Also, sound advice to help the reader become a better/efficient runner. This book is NOT ONLY for those who pratice yoga, anyone can and should use this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carl_in_Richland on October 7, 2013
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I found this to be one of the better guides to stretching and sports psychology, truly blending as it does both yoga and running rather than having an obvious imbalance of one or the other as many other exercise/stretching books do. 'The Runner's Guide' combines not only very good stretching exercises relevant to serious running but also contains intelligent discussions about breathing (pranayama) and the philosophy of yoga. These last two items are frequently overlooked or totally omitted in other books on stretching.

If you're already into yoga, then much of what Ms. Rountree says will be familiar or obvious. For example, asanas (the stretching poses) need to have both `sthita' (strength) and `sukha' (flexibility, or springiness). That these features should be included in stretching is easier said than done. But the author does a good job in describing how to insert both of these qualities into one's practice, with a separate discussion on each of the many postures included in the book. And Ms. Rountree includes a short discussion of each of the `Eight Limbs of Yoga', something I've only come across in books on yoga philosophy.

As a runner and a knowledgeable yogini, Ms. Rountree brings a unique perspective to yoga and running. The clear and colorful photographs of the asanas with their systematic description, alone would make this a valuable book for athletes. The discussions on the psychological, respiratory and `spiritual' aspects of yoga make it a truly unique book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Miller on July 23, 2014
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The Runner's Guide to Yoga arrived real quick, I was surprised how quick it was in my mail box, and it was in perfect condition, just like I bought it new off the shelf at the local big name book store. I never go to THAT place anymore, you know what THAT place is, I purchase every, I mean every book from Amazon. This book is incredible. I have read many of Sage's articles and demonstrations of yoga moves in magazines I read like Triathlete, Runner's World, Competitor and have always wanted this book. Great book, great descriptions and the photos are incredibly helpful. A must if you want to get started in Yoga but have never taken the first step for whatever reason……like me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tech mom on May 30, 2013
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I have been a runner for only a year and I am still working on different things to improve my running. This book is great. I have been doing it in the mornings and after runs. It has taken the burn out of my legs. A must have for a runner. I highly recommend it. Very well written and each pose has a picture for you.
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