Yoga for Runners
Enhancing your running by practicing yoga
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You’ve probably experienced it before, someone mentions you need to try yoga and you find yourself feeling a mix of dread and skepticism. You’re a runner, flexibility isn’t really your thing, and you’d much rather hit the pavement than the mat.
But what if there is something to this age-old practice that might improve your training, sharpen your mind, and reduce the risk of injuries? Is your skepticism suddenly mixed with intrigue and curiosity?
Yoga can be the perfect complement to any training schedule. While running works to strengthen, yoga counter-balances to lengthen:
It’s the perfect yin to running’s yang.
If you’re new to yoga, this book will help you get started with a practice, find the right style for you, and show you specific runner-friendly moves you can integrate pre- or post-run. The poses are simple—although we do include a few intermediate-to-advanced options. Remember to always listen to your own body, go at your own pace, and back off if something becomes too intense. In addition, as with any new exercise program, you should check with your doctor before beginning.
Beautiful, useful and well organized
Poses are broken out into sections - useful when short on time or targeting a specific area
Not for beginners
I saw a promo for the book on the WalkRunJog blog and thought this might me good. The blog and the book intro led me to believe it could be a good beginners book. The first chapter suggests a warm up routine that includes Sun Salutation A, yet no where in the book is that sequence outlined or demonstrated. This might be a good book as an addition to someone who understands yoga basics, but I wouldn't recommend it as a stand-alone.
More of a reference
The book works reasonably well as a reference, highlighting specific yoga poses that may improve function of various body areas. However, as noted in another review, it’s not well suited for someone looking to add an overall yoga practice to their running routine. The one suggested practice in the book — a warm up — makes reference to a variety of poses that aren’t documented in the book. The book would be vastly improved if it added suggested routines for various purposes, and included information on all of the poses suggested.