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Yoga for Athletes


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Part I: What Yoga Can Do for AthletesChapter 1. Yoga to Improve Your Performance Chapter 2. Yoga Basics to Get Started Chapter 3. Warm-Up Poses Part II: Poses for AthletesChapter 4. Finding Your Base: Hips Chapter 5. Staying Loose in the Legs: Hamstrings and Quads Chapter 6. Strong From Your Center: Spine and Core Chapter 7. Power at the Top: Shoulders, Arms, and Neck Chapter 8. Wake Up Those Critical Small Muscles: Balance Poses Part III: Sequences for Specific Sports and ActivitiesChapter 9. Football: Different Stretches for Different Positions Chapter 10. Runners: Not Just Legs Chapter 11. Soccer Players: Bringing Balance to the Workout Chapter 12. Bicyclists: Freeing Tight Hips and a Stressed Upper Body Chapter 13. Baseball and Softball: Guard Those Joints Chapter 14. Swimmers: Stretch Those Shoulders and Back Chapter 15. Tennis: Quick Bursts of Motion Chapter 16. Basketball: Explosive Movement Chapter 17. Golf: Lengthen and Rotate the Spine Chapter 18. Bringing Yoga to Power Workouts: Enhance Your Strength Building Part IV: Putting It All Together: Breathe, Balance, and Stay in the ZoneChapter 19. Cool-Down and Meditation for Success: Get in the Zone! Chapter 20. Visualize and Achieve

About the Author

Ryanne Cunningham, RYT 200, RYT 500, is a longtime resident of the Green Bay area. She operates Flow Yoga Studio, where she trains Green Bay Packers football players Randall Cobb, Tramon Williams, B.J. Raji, Jarrett Bush, Mike Neal, Andy Mulumba, and others as well as athletes from many other sports in both group and private yoga sessions. Cunningham obtained her 500-hour RYT Advanced Teacher Training certification in 2012 through a yoga center in Green Bay, where she has practiced and taught since 2002. She earned her 200-hour RYT in 2002 at Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, Virginia, and holds a Power Yoga for Sports certification. Since 2002 Cunningham has owned and operated Advanced Massage Therapy. Her education in massage therapy covered topics such as human anatomy, biology, and kinesiology, which she uses in her yoga teachings and practices. She uses her personal experience in sports and fitness in teaching students proper stretching and alignment, which benefit all yoga students. Cunningham has been featured in numerous national and local publications, including Yoga Journal, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Mantra Magazine.


"Ryanne's approach to yoga has made a dramatic difference in how I move on and off the field. My muscles are looser, I recover more quickly, and I'm primed for game day."Randall Cobb Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers "Since I've started working with Ryanne, my improved flexibility, balance, and core strength have benefitted my on-field performance and helped me avoid injury. Yoga for Athletes offers you the same benefits!"Michael J. Neal II-- Linebacker, Green Bay Packers "Practicing yoga with Ryanne has help me enhance my athleticism, recovery, and focus so I can perform at a higher level during games. Through the practice of yoga I've found a part of the recipe for longevity in my profession."Tramon Williams-- Cornerback, Cleveland Browns "I was intimidated by yoga because I felt that I wasn't flexible enough after a major ankle injury. Ryanne taught me about the connections between the mind and body, and her visualization and meditation techniques helped me boost my performance on and off the court. I will continue to practice and use those elements long after my athletic career ends."Keifer Sykes - Austin Spurs, NBA Development League "This book is well-rounded, conveying what works and why it works in a way that's applicable to all kinds of people. Cunningham has deep knowledge of yoga and impressive experience training athletes (including Green Bay Packers players), but her wisdom is also broad, covering massage, physiology, and more. Clear photos make the positions easy to emulate, and they portray a range of body types, many of them men's. More medical diagrams, such as those of muscle groups, offer deeper understanding to promote safety along with good results." Foreword Reviews

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