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In Yoga for Runners, Christine Felstead shares her proven program for improving strength, flexibility, endurance, mental sharpness, breathing, and performance. Step-by-step instruction and photos of 88 yoga poses and 10 sequences make this a practical, easy-to-follow training guide that will produce results for every runner, from beginner to veteran.
As a runner, you strike the ground 1,000 times per mile, with a force of two to three times your body weight. You can feel that impact in the muscles, ligaments, and bone structures throughout your body. Thankfully, Yoga for Runners addresses both the physical and mental demands of the sport. Whether you are new to yoga or have practiced for years, Yoga for Runners provides you with the most effective poses—88 poses in all. Each pose is described in detail to ensure correct execution, maximizing the physical benefit and decreasing the risk of injury.
You’ll learn how simple yoga techniques can be incorporated into your existing running workouts and routines to eliminate chronic aches and pains. Discover how each pose can be sequenced to address a specific need, such as strengthen and lengthen the hamstrings, strengthen and increase mobility of the hip joint, eliminate lower-back and upper-body discomfort, speed the recovery process after a practice run or a race, maintain a strong core, or just restore and rejuvenate to prepare for an upcoming event. These sequences target all troublesome muscle regions. Anatomical illustrations and descriptions explain why these poses and sequences decrease your risk of acute or chronic injury as well as why they are beneficial to your training regimen.
After just a few weeks of following Yoga for Runners, you will feel stronger, more balanced, more in tune with your breathing, and more aware of your posture and technique. Your entire running experience—endurance, strength, breathing, and mental sharpness—will be more productive, positive, and enjoyable.
Chapter 1 A Fit Body
Chapter 2 The Running–Yoga Connection
Chapter 3 Breathing
Chapter 4 A Fit Mind
Chapter 5 Running Injuries
Chapter 6 Feet, Ankles, Knees: Stabilize Your Foundation
Chapter 7 A Healthy Spine: Reduce Pain, Strain, and Pressure
Chapter 8 Core Strength: Maximize Your Running Performance
Chapter 9 Hamstrings: Achieve a Longer, More Fluid Stride
Chapter 10 Hips: Unleash the Power
Chapter 11 Quietude and Relaxation Poses: Restore and Recover
Chapter 12 The Yoga Sequences
Chapter 13 Yoga Off the Mat
Chapter 14 Yoga and Injuries
About the Author
With an extensive history as a long-distance runner and yoga instructor, Christine Felstead has married her twin passions into a pioneering program for runners. She teaches yoga classes and workshops for runners and endurance athletes. Her Yoga for Runners teacher training program offers certification to a growing number of instructors now working in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. For additional information, visit yogaforrunners.com. Felstead presents regularly at International Yoga Expos and canfitpro conferences and has produced two best-selling DVDs on yoga for runners. She has been featured in numerous publications, including Runner’s World, Women’s Running, Yoga Journal, Women’s Health, Library Journal, and Canada’s National Post. She resides in Toronto.
“Yoga for Runners empowers you with information on the very nature of yoga and how it works to achieve muscle balance in runners.”