The YogaFit® Athlete
Up Your Game with Sport-Specific Poses to Build Strength, Flexibility, and Balance
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Title: The YogaFit® Athlete // Release Date: April 2016 // Author: Beth Shaw
Shaw (YogaLean), founder of the yoga instructor training company YogaFit Training Systems, provides clear and useful advice for athletes in this guide. According to Shaw, athletes who don’t practice yoga are “competing at a disadvantage.” As each sport strengthens particular parts of the body, imbalance and weakness in other areas can occur. To counteract this effect, Shaw prescribes yoga. The book provides sport-specific yoga sequences (with accompanying photos) for, among others, football, volleyball, baseball, hockey, running, golf, CrossFit, cycling, and kickboxing. Shaw explains how each pose benefits the particular sport; for example, the revolving chair pose trains torso rotation for an effective tennis or golf swing. Sections on breath control, visualization, meditation, restorative yoga, weight training, and core and balance poses round out the program. (Core, in the author’s words, is the “epicenter” of total body strength, and balance is “the root” of movement.) The text offers a sensible route to enhancing productivity and longevity in one’s preferred sport.
Shaw’s straightforward approach will appeal even to athletes who are new to yoga or skeptical about how the ancient practice and mainstream sports can team up.
Bring the strength and breathing power of yoga to the sports you love—and seriously up your game! Yoga routines designed specifically for swimming, running, cycling, golf, tennis, baseball, football, volleyball, basketball, skiing, snowboarding, weight lifting, kickboxing, boxing, CrossFit, and more.
“Your body can either help you achieve your goals or get in the way of you living your best life. By practicing yoga and meditation, you can make your body work with you, not against you.”—Beth Shaw
Whether you’re a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or a pick-up game enthusiast, yoga can dramatically affect your athletic performance and improve your alignment, balance, core stability, strength, flexibility, agility, endurance, lung capacity, and mobility. In this motivating and practical guide, Beth Shaw provides short, sport-specific yoga routines designed to help counter tight muscles, overuse injuries, and musculature imbalances. By adding a quick yoga routine to any workout, you will increase your overall strength and health, and achieve your personal best.
Inside you’ll find
- fully illustrated, sport-specific yoga routines that engage the core, enhance your play, and reduce the risk of injury
- essential warm-up and cool-down movements to complementary athletic endeavor
- simple breathing exercises to steady your breath and calm your nerves during competition
- meditation techniques to help clear your mind and bring laser focus to your goals
- guided imagery and visualization exercises to improve performance
- strategies for coaching yourself and others
Letter from Beth
Every day I am required to show up in prime mental and physical condition to do my job. I am an author, creator of fitness programming, and international presenter. I teach yoga, fitness, wellness and meditation, and am the founder of the largest yoga training school in North America, YogaFit®, which trains professionals to become YogaFit® and YogaLean instructors. For the past twenty years, I’ve taught the yoga lifestyle and principles to thousands of people around the world, and its ripple effect has touched millions of lives, bodies, and minds on earth. Since 1994, YogaFit® has built the global yoga market, impacting a multitude of people with a spectrum of physical and mental goals. Yoga is a gift and my intent with YogaFit® continues to lead the way toward fitness, conscious business, and karmic responsibility.
My intent with this book is to impact you and your sport. In this book, you will complement your sport with sport-specific yoga poses, which can enhance your performance ten-fold and reduce the risk of injury. As much as you spend time fine-tuning your swing or shot or general form for your sport, you are at the same time likely building up a “strong side.” Consistent body movements, such as we do in any sport, create habitual tightness in our muscles (often favoring one side), tendons and ligaments. Yoga is the perfect complement to release tension, tightness and stress, balance your strength and help create better balance overall, even in sports where a strong side is inevitable or even the point- like golf or baseball, for instance.
Learn breathing exercises, physical (hatha) yoga postures, meditation techniques, guided imagery options and custom routines for each athletic activity. You will learn mental as well as physical training, with many options to create your own personal plan for success.
Whether you compete with others or against yourself, yoga guides you to setting goals, developing focus and achieving your own personal best. Discover your inner athlete, with intention and purpose to improve your mind/ body health.
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