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Yoga for Runners and Yoga for Cyclists (Bloomsbury Publishing 2014) are practical manuals for runners and riders wanting to incorporate yoga into their training to enhance performance, boost core strength, avoid injury and sharpen the mind. See below for reviews and the option to buy the books. 

Reviews

Finally, a book for all of us.
The Washing Machine Post

A genuinely useful guide that will soon have tattered edges through use”
Road.cc

Handy for both beginners and pros...leaves no stone unturned.
Women's Fitness 

About Yoga for Cyclists

Yoga is fast becoming an essential performance tool for road cyclists  keen to improve flexibility, core strength, balance, breathing  efficiency and mental focus. Most cyclists want to ride  harder for longer but the unnatural slouched posture and repetitive  nature of riding takes its toll on the body.  Short, tight hamstrings,  hip flexors and quadriceps are easily damaged and, over time, can cause  knock-on problems in the lower back or knees.

But a cyclist with  a supple back, hips and hamstrings will not only be far less prone to  overuse injuries than his stiffer training partners. He can also hunker down into aerodynamic positions easily and ride for longer, with more  comfort. A cyclist able to breathe slower and deeper will breathe more  efficiently and economically. A cyclist able to reduce adrenaline and  control a scattered mind with concentration techniques will remain calm  and focused in the heat of a race.

Yoga for Cyclists  will be the first title to address all of these areas by adapting yoga techniques specifically for cyclists of all levels, in clear, concise chapters. This is the ideal, no-nonsense resource, where every stretch, strengthening posture, breathing or recovery technique relates back to its impact on performance. 

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Reviews

The bible for runners who want to include yoga to enhance their running performance.
Athletics Weekly

A fantastic new book
Running Fitness

The latest on enhanc[ing] your running performance...Our fave.
Trail Running 

About Yoga for Runners

Running is a fantastic cardiovascular workout that floods the body with 'feel good' endorphins and many runners find its rhythmic, repetitive nature a natural stress reliever and maybe even meditative. The downside of repetitive motion, however, is that it taxes a few select groups of muscles (hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and Achilles) and neglects the remainder. This leads to muscular imbalances and, eventually, injury.

This book addresses these imbalances by using yoga postures to both stretch and lengthen these short, tight running hotspots in a way that  is time-efficient and highly targeted.

Like yoga it's a union of all these physical and mental aspects that affect the performance of the runner as a whole. Practice the techniques together to become a stronger, smoother runner who is less prone to injury. Breathe deeper and more efficiently to train for longer. Gain a clear head to tackle negative distractions as you train or race, and in life generally. 

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