Teaching Power Yoga for Sports.
Teaching Power Yoga for Sports
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-5076
9781492563068, $29.95, PB, 344pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: In "Teaching Power Yoga for Sports", author Gwen Lawrence shares her approach to yoga and sports that she developed through years of work with sports' top professional teams; NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS, and MLB coaches; and elite athletes. She takes into account the athlete's training cycle, the position they play, and common movements and injuries in the sport. In this book, she offers detailed, easy-to-implement instruction on the following: Safe and effective poses that complement common movements in sport; Yoga routines, organized by sport and season; Ways to spot and fix posture and alignment imbalances before injury occurs; Five restorative sequences to facilitate recovery and long-term stability; Six facets of Power Yoga for Sports: balance, strength, flexibility, focus, breathing, and mental toughness; Mindfulness tools for developing focus, clarity, and determination.
Exclusive to "Teaching Power Yoga for Sports" are the invaluable sport-specific sequences for athletes participating in a range of sports: football, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball, hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, wrestling, golf, tennis and racket sports, skiing, swimming, running, cycling, and mixed martial arts. For each sport, there are top five poses that most closely mimic that sport's movements, along with accompanying images that compare each pose to an athlete in action.
Coaches and trainers will gain valuable teaching and coaching skills can be immediately put into practice with athletes including training the whole body and mind with powerful yoga poses, breathing techniques, and mental focus activities. "Teaching Power Yoga for Sports" will be an invaluable instruction manual for developing balance, strength, flexibility, and performance in athletes and help them thrive in a long and successful sporting career.
Of special note is that a CE exam is available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading "Teaching Power Yoga for Sports" or The Teaching Power Yoga for Sports CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of the Teaching Power Yoga for Sports With CE Exam package, which includes both the book and the exam.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, illustrated, organized and presented, "Teaching Power Yoga for Sports" provides a complete, comprehensive, and thoroughly 'user friendly' manual that is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, university, and sports team instructional reference collections.
Paul T. Vogel