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Christine Felstead
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15 Nov 2013
Christine Felstead's unique programme, Yoga for Runners, provides a proven cross-training approach to the sport. Practical and accessible, this guide shows runners how to incorporate yoga into their routine to improve breathing, strength, flexibility, endurance, mental sharpness and overall athletic performance. In Yoga for Runners, 88 poses are described in detail to ensure readers are able to gain the full benefit whilst at the same time decreasing the risk of injury. All poses are used in a variety of sequences in various degrees of challenge. The sequences target runners' hot spots (including the hamstrings, hips and lower back), in order to develop core strength, speed up the recovery process after running and restore and rejuvenate. How to incorporate yoga into your running routine.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers (15 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450434177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450434171
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 1.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With an extensive history as a long-distance runner and yoga instructor, Christine Felstead has combined 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 programme offers certification to a growing number of instructors now working in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Felstead presents regularly at International Yoga Expos and canfitpro conferences and has produced two best-selling DVDs.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Loved the DVD but wanted to see if I could build a programme using the moves in the DVD (as they work!) to fit more within my schedule. How the book is written and structured really works for me.

Introductory sections cover benefits of running, consequences and how yoga can assist in rectifying imbalances; table of typical running injuries and specific poses that can assist. All written in a straightforward, easy, not overcomplicated and in an informative style. Next section breaks down into different body sections: feet, knees, spine, core, hamstrings. hips, restoratives poses. Each section has a breakdown of that body part, a diagram, how the muscles and joints work together, and then poses specific to that body part. Each pose for that section has a page dedicated with a clear photograph of the finished pose, detailed point by point instruction, and benefits. Next section has the sequences: 10 in all, ranging from quick 5 min poses to do in front of the TV, essential ones after a run, 10 min 'runner's hot spots' (good all rounder that I love), longer 30 min weekly sequence, 45 and 60-75 min sessions. Next set of poses designed in programmes for specific body focus areas. Also a section on common yoga injuries and how to mitigate e.g. when doing downward dog my wrists get tired quickly and there were really helpful tips (e.g. contract upper arm muscles and imagine pulling weight up and through back) that has really helped with this.

Only downside is that this would be much better if it were ring-bound so it could lie flat, but I cannot speak highly enough about the content. For me, I started with her Intermediate DVD first which means I now really understand what she means in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Runners Should Read This Book 11 Jun 2014
By Lilo
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Loved this book. I regularly practice yoga and found running was affecting my yoga practice negatively. The book has shown me different ways to protect my muscles and prevent injury and I would recommend it to all runners.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yoga and running go well together 29 Nov 2013
By Anthony Navarro - Published on
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I have been doing some form of yoga for 15 years. I'm not consistent, but I recognize and appreciate the benefits. The primary benefit I need from yoga is flexibility, and since I'm so tight and find yoga so difficult I struggle to make it a regular practice, even though I know only regular practice of yoga will really help me gain flexibility. (Ah, the contradictions of being human.)

I have also started running in the past 4 years. The contradictions continue, since even while I'm running I feel the tightness in my hamstrings and know flexibility would make running more comfortable. When I saw this book that combined both interests, I was intrigued to see what the author had to say.

The book is written with the runner in mind. The benefits of yoga are framed in the context of a runner, with the drive and habits of a runner used to encourage the yoga practice, and also identified where they could be hindrances to a good yoga practice.

The book starts with a description of what makes for a fit body, a balanced body. Then it describes clearly why yoga is of benefit to runners. A chapter on breathing and one on the mind and mindfulness perspective of yoga and then one more chapter on specific running injuries help round out the preparation for the specifics.

The next 5 chapters are focused on specific parts of the body (feet, ankles, knees, then the spine, the core, the hamstrings, and the hips). Each chapter starts with a description of the body part, some of the benefits and dangers of running for that body part, and then the benefits of yoga for strengthening them. Specific yoga postures are identified with pictures and very clear descriptions for holding the post properly. Having read other yoga books and attended many yoga classes, I appreciated the clarity and pointers of the posture descriptions. Each also includes a description of the benefits of that specific posture.

There is also a chapter on some restorative postures and it encourages the reader to perform these each day even if there is not time for a more vigorous yoga routine. I look forward to using these on those day when the end of the day catches up with me too fast.

The chapter with the yoga sequences is well done. There are a variety of sequences with the duration noted so you can pick the one that would work for you on any given day. There is a photo, brief description, and page number of the more detailed description for each pose. And then there is a chapter with ways to do some yoga poses while sitting or standing for work or chores.

I found the book motivating and encouraging. The descriptions were clear and helped explain or remind me why my body feels certain things or needs certain exercises to stay or get healthy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have! 5 Dec 2013
By Burgundy Damsel - Published on
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This is wonderful! As someone who has been doing yoga (casually) for about five years, but is relatively new to running, this book is a god-send.

Organized by muscle groups/body areas, it introduces the science and musculature behind the most common injuries related to running, and why yoga can help. It then provides one-page snapshots of each recommended pose appropriate to preventing/mitigating such injuries, with a photo and step-by-step instructions. I sincerely appreciated that all the models in the photos were clearly real people - not the muscle-bound athletes or boneless wonders you so often see on fitness and yoga videos.

The book contains several excellent reference charts, which dramatically simplify finding what you're looking for, including a Pose and Sequence finder (right at the front of the book, which tells you the page(s) something is on) and a Common Injuries chart (listing common running injuries, how yoga can help, and which poses are applicable). It also provides a series of yoga pose sequences (complete with the amount of time it should take to complete them) intended to support your running practice, such as a general sequence you can do to stretch, a 5 minute post-workout routine, a "runner's hot spots" sequence, a "weekly tune-up", a strength/stamina set, and a series of poses for each of the key body areas (knees, back, etc.).

It is literally everything you need to know to take good care of your body, improve your running/performance, and reduce/prevent injuries all in one place, in an accessible and reader-friendly format. I will be tabbing key pages in my copy and referring back to it often!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Private Study 15 Jan 2014
By Brian D. Newby - Published on
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My daughter, like me, is a runner and she is also a yoga instructor. I run greater distances than her (about 5 miles daily, on average, but from 3-12 per run). She's convinced yoga would improve my times and help prevent injury. I attended a hot yoga class with her and besides being a novice, I had what turned out to be a broken ankle (I thought it was just a muscle issue at the time). So, I got taken to the woodshed a few times by that yoga instructor for not doing the moves properly. I saw the value, but hated the experience.

This book shows the moves that my daughter has confirmed would be most helpful, especially post run. It has explanations and diagrams of the various muscles and spinal cord pressure points. I can use the book without a goofy mat, quickly after a run, and, for me, getting the value of the stretches. I'm not much of a zen person, so that aspect of yoga doesn't appeal to me.

I think of this book as a companion to the Lou Schuler New Rules of Weightlifting books. It's a good way to understand and utilize core strength techniques. Maybe this will help me move from being a novice to take another run at a real yoga class, but, for now, I doubt it. I recommend this book for runners who have read enough stretching tips in running magazines and would like to know more before diving into a group thing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Addition to the Library of Most Runners 7 Dec 2013
By E. Griffin - Published on
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I run four or five miles every day, with longer runs on weekends, and have done so for a number of years. So far, I've been fortunate to avoid serious injury, but I sometimes experience heel pain and very tight calves. I have a few Pilates / light yoga DVDs, and I always feel better, especially my calves, after I work out to one. However, I don't usually have time or I'm too impatient with the pace. I've even purchased a yoga for runners DVD, which does help, but I've never finished the DVD and can't fathom all the poses. So, I was optimistic that a book would offer a smaller set of exercises that I could easily do, and ones that I could learn so I can do them in a hotel room when I travel.

The first several chapters of the book cover overall fitness, running, and yoga. Some of the explanations are a bit technical, but if you are having problems in a particular area, you will likely be interested in this detail. The author also explores some of the non-running related benefits of yoga, which was interesting. The bulk of the book is structured by body part, with detailed yoga exercises, that largely increase in difficulty. After an explanation of the body part and its construction, there is a full page for each pose with a photograph and detailed written instructions. For me, this was great as I really struggle to mimic the pose during a DVD, but do much better when I can work at my own pace. The final chapters are yoga sequences, both short ones for after a run and longer ones to do less frequently. I've not worked my way through all of these yet, you do need to develop some skills to do all the poses, but I don't have any concerns that I will have an issues.

Yoga for Runners is a great addition to the library of any semi-serious runner. You can chose to do some or all of the poses, and focus on areas where you need extra attention. I'm quite happy with detail and level of difficulty, and once I have incorporate the short routines into my after run stretch, do believe I will reduce some muscle tightness and gain some flexibility.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Stretchy Joy 20 Feb 2014
By L. Perry - Published on
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I'm not even going to pretend that I'm ever going to conquer running. I make these fledgling couch-to-5K attempts that never seem to pan out more than the average miner's fool's gold.... Still, I try, and when I do, I stretch (actually, I stretch in general, I happen to like non-sporty forms of exercise, like yoga). I'm finding with this book a more function mindset in some poses (as it regards yoga).

I guess you could say I'm going at this book backwards: using yoga as a hook to get me to run. Whatever works, yes? Still, I find that the connection between the two practices seems well intertwined here.
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