The Runner's Guide to Yoga: A Practical Approach to Building Strength and Flexibility for Better Running, by Sage Rountree is a really great reference for those new to yoga and I suspect, seasoned practitioners. The book aims to show “how yoga can prevent and control running injuries, how yoga can make you feel and look better, and how yoga can give you new focus and tenacity with a direct positive effect on your running.”
The book includes a seemingly endless array of poses, both easy and difficult, includes focused routines and also pre-run and post-effort sequences. Following along in the book will instruct you in dynamic warm-ups and cooldowns, poses for typical runners’ weaknesses, such as hips, calves, and hamstrings, and breath/meditation exercises to sharpen mental focus.
In the old days, runners simply laced up their sneakers and ran, maybe followed by a cigarette and a donut. Since then, runners have embraced stretching, both static and dynamic, started focusing on nutrition, and realized the importance of recovery. It is inevitable that yoga and other eastern practices will find their place in running practice (see my review of the book Running With the Mind of Meditation). The Runner’s Guide to Yoga is the perfect resource to add it to your practice.
(Disclaimer: I was sent this book for free to review on my blog, courtesy of VeloPress. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)
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