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The Athlete's Pocket Guide to Yoga: 50 Routines for Flexibility, Balance, and Focus Spiral-bound – July 1, 2009
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"This sweet little book is a delightful and abundant source of yoga pose sequences. The Athlete's Pocket Guide to Yoga is a great resource for yoga teachers and an easy source of inspiration and guidance for beginner to intermediate yogis." — YogaBasics.com
"For time-crunched yogis and jocks who don't even identify with the term yogi but want a good stretch or cross-training workout, take a look at The Athlete's Pocket Guide to Yoga. With no need to attend a class or even watch a DVD, there's no excuse to not get a few poses in." — GearJunkie.com
"Sage shares the benefits that yoga has brought to her life as an athlete and offers easy to follow yoga postures and breathing techniques to help athletes of all sports get started with a safe and effective yoga routine and to help them avoid or rehabilitate an injury." — Beryl Bender Birch, author of Power Yoga and Beyond Power Yoga, Director/Founder of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, and contributor to Yoga Journal
"Sage's clear approach to incorporating yoga into a training season perfectly addresses all the things athletes need to hear about flexibility and balanced conditioning—and Sage delivers it in a way that athletes can relate to." — Karen Dubs, creator of the Flexible Warrior Athletic Yoga DVD series
"If you're an athlete looking for a straightforward, informative guide to yoga, The Athlete's Pocket Guide to Yoga is for you. The book is portable, easy to read, and informative." BreakingMuscle.com
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Unfortunately, this book didn't click with me in the same way it did with my friend. First, I found the organization of the book to be odd, mainly in that it was not sequenced in the same way that one might sequence a class, or at least not how I was taught. For example, the chapters in the book include Warm-Ups, Balance, Standing Poses, Core Back & Shoulders, Hips & Legs, Restorative Routines, and Breath Exercises & Meditations. Some of these correspond to a typical class, which of course can vary but tends to follow a structure that includes Warm-Ups, Sun Salutations, Standing Poses, Standing Balance, Handbalancing, Hip Openers, Backbends, Inversions, Forward Bends/Twists, Meditation, Relaxation. As you can see, several components of a typical class are not addressed by the chapters in this book.
This book also lacks any instruction on how to do the poses other than inhale-exhale. As a yoga teacher, this wasn't an issue for me, but this is certainly NOT a book I'd recommend to those without prior yoga experience, even athletes. Author Sage Roundtree does include attractive, clear color photographs, but these simply do not provide enough detail for someone unfamiliar with the postures. For those who are more experienced in yoga, Roundtree offers some unique flows, and at the end of the book, she provides suggestions for several short sequences, including "Focus on Strength," "Focus on Power," "Focus on Flexibility," and "Focus on Focus."
So, to summarize, there are some nice things about this book, and it might work for experienced yogis looking for a practice guide, but as a yoga teacher looking for ideas in planning classes, I did not find it to be as useful as I had hoped.