Yoga for Runners-2nd Edition
BookYou already know that running can be invigorating, therapeutic, fun, and challenging. And you are likely painfully aware that it can lead to stiffness, muscle imbalances, and overuse injuries such as knee pain, shin splints, sciatica, and hamstring and groin strains.
Let Yoga for Runners show you how to incorporate yoga and breathing techniques into your workouts, help you eliminate chronic aches and pains, and keep you running stronger and longer. Each of the featured yoga poses was exclusively selected for runners and is described in detail to ensure correct execution and improve strength, mobility, and flexibility. Every part of the body is addressed to help you strengthen the spine, core, upper body, hips, hamstrings, knees, and feet and ankles.
Accompanied by full-color photos, the poses are also arranged into 13 yoga sequences to address specific areas of concern such as core stability, strengthening and lengthening the hamstrings, increasing mobility of the hip joint, speeding up the recovery process after a practice run or race, and loosening the neck and shoulders, which is particularly beneficial for runners who sit much of the day. Anatomical illustrations and descriptions explain how the poses and sequences decrease your risk of acute or chronic injury as well as why they are beneficial to your training regimen.
Yoga for Runners also features breathing and mindfulness techniques to help you become more alert to the signs of a possible injury developing and to know when you can push your body a bit harder.
Now is the perfect time to start a yoga program that will help your endurance, strength, breathing, and mental sharpness and make your running experience more productive, pain free, and enjoyable for years to come.
CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. Yoga for Runners Online CE Exam, Second Edition, may be purchased separately or as part of the Yoga for Runners With CE Exam, Second Edition, package that includes both the book and the exam.
AudienceRunners of any distance, coaches and other fitness professionals who work with runners, and yoga teachers.
Table of ContentsChapter 1. The Running–Yoga Connection
Chapter 2. Fit Body and Mind
Chapter 3. Breathing
Chapter 4. Prevent Injury
Chapter 5. Healthy Spine
Chapter 6. Core Strength
Chapter 7. Upper Body
Chapter 8. Hips
Chapter 9. Hamstrings
Chapter 10. Knees
Chapter 11. Feet and Ankles
Chapter 12. Restore and Recover
Chapter 13. Yoga Sequences
Chapter 14. Yoga Off the Mat
Excerpts90/90 Lunge Hover pose
Address muscular imbalances with yoga
Finding the gluteus medius
Flexibility versus mobility
Sample ContentHamstrings curls quadrupedHastrings, quads, and gluets trioLunges - low, kneeling, and highLunges - low, kneeling, and high - continued
This new edition adds strength training to enhance the already excellent stretching for runners. Really helps those of us that are over 60 to keep on running comfortably.
Yoga for Runners, Second Edition is a terrific must-have book for anyone wanting to improve their running, yoga practice, and/or become a healthier, stronger athlete. YfR is well written and well organized, with clear descriptions of poses and sequences. Christine Felstead has evolved her practice in the second edition to focus less on flexibility and more on mobility, strength and stability. I appreciated that she added in more on joint movement and core strength as it relates to breathing. I am a lifelong runner, and have experienced serious stiffness and injuries. I have found Yoga for Runners to be an excellent guide for working on every part of the body, as well as a holistic look at how the body works together. I highly recommend this book.