From the gridiron to the hard court, today’s top athletes know the benefits of yoga. It’s why so many have made it an essential component in their training and conditioning programs. Now you can too with Yoga forAthletes.
Author and instructor Ryanne Cunningham has worked with some of the top names in sports. She’s helped keep some of the toughest NFL players on the field, and top endurance athletes run longer and stronger. Her step-by-step instruction, expert advice, and pose variations focus on active muscles and movements across sports such as these:
Yoga for Athletes is designed for every athlete, from weekend enthusiast to professional. Using demonstrations of the physical poses, breathing, and guided visualization, you’ll improve performance, reduce the riskof injury, and maximize training results.
Your secret to improved strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and performance is Yoga for Athletes.
Part I: What Yoga Can Do for Athletes
Chapter 1. Yoga to Improve Your Performance
Chapter 2. Yoga Basics to Get Started
Chapter 3. Warm-Up Poses
Part II: Poses for Athletes
Chapter 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 Activities
Chapter 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 Zone
Chapter 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 PowerYoga 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."
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 myprofession."
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 techniqueshelped 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 (includingGreen 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.”