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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2012
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2012
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2012
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2012
"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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2014
I bought this book to help me adjust or adapt some yoga poses to suit my very tight hamstrings from running and this book was extremely helpful in that regard. Nice clear explanations as to what will help for warm up, cool down, stretching, etc. Also information to let runners know what not to do in a certain pose and what to try to do in order to help problem areas. I cannot give enough credit to parts of this book that state don't let any yoga instructor tell you to do this, that or the other thing if it hurts. This isn't just good advice for runners or other athletes but everyone trying yoga. Really nice photography too showing how to do most poses and how to adapt them if you are unable to do them for any reason. Highly recommend this book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2013
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
on July 23, 2014
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
on May 30, 2013
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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on September 28, 2014
A nice guide to combining a yoga practice with a runner's training plan. This doesn't just talk about the poses themselves (though it does do that), and gives a few sample routines, but also discusses the yoga sutras and how they fit into running philosophy, and how to incorporate the two practices together (for example, don't do a lot of intense yoga and a lot of intense running at the same time; if you're in the middle of your racing season, do more gentle or hatha yoga, but if you're in your downtime and just doing maintenance running, then incorporate some harder yoga to keep your fitness/strength up). So, interesting not just for the asana practice, but for the philosophy as well.
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