Work IN by Erin Taylor

Work IN by Erin Taylor

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Work IN: The Athlete's Plan for Real Recovery and Winning Results
by Erin Taylor
VeloPress (January 11, 2018)
208 pages
Personal copy

If you follow me on any social media outlet, especially Instagram, you've probably noticed my appreciation of Erin Taylor's work as founder and head coach of Jasyoga; I began practicing with her virtually, through Jasyoga Video, in 2015 and can no longer imagine life without this resource. 

In May 2016, Erin published her first book, Hit Reset (my review here), which has proven to be an excellent companion to the video library; I was delighted to learn of her plans to publish a new book this year and immediately pre-ordered a copy. 

All photos courtesy of Jasyoga by Claire Pepper

All photos courtesy of Jasyoga by Claire Pepper

As Erin states in a recent blog post, "it's easy to get trapped in the oversaturation of the stress of your training (and work, life...), leaving your mind and body in a constant fight mode." The goal of Work IN is "to teach your body to stop fighting when the fight is over, to rest, and to recover for real so that you can absorb your effort and come back stronger." 

The book is presented in four sections: Rethink Recovery - signs that we need to slow down, when to stop, what effective recovery looks like; Get Your Head Right - how to meditate, a game plan for incorporating it into a busy schedule, mental focus and breath awareness; Recharge Your Body - restorative yoga and a series of yoga practices (with fantastic descriptions and photos!) that are customizable and easy to follow; and The Plan: Recover for Real - a 28-day program for bringing all of this together in the time you have available each day. 

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Even though I have used a couple of meditation apps in an effort to maintain a regular meditation practice, what I love most about Work IN is the ability to tailor a program to my particular needs, especially considering how rapidly those can change, that includes both physical and mental recovery strategies, is easy to incorporate into my schedule and can be done anywhere. 

Be fluid in your approach, knowing that anything is better than nothing and that your consistent input - a little bit every day - is what will refuel you for your best possible output.

This is not a book that is limited to athletes, or even "weekend warriors;" this is a book for everyone. We all need a reminder to slow down, to grab time for self-care and reflection, and to utilize the opportunities available to optimize all activities of daily living. To download a free preview, follow this link and click the Download Free Preview button at the bottom of the page. I look forward to completing all 28 days of Erin's plan, over and over again, and encourage everyone to do the same! 

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