Hit Reset: Revolutionary Yoga for Athletes by Erin Taylor
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I'm a huge fan of yoga, especially as it relates to recovery and injury prevention for runners. I've practiced yoga, off and on, for ten years, thanks to an introduction by a college professor who was also a certified yoga instructor and invited her students to a class as part of a project we were working on.
After just one class, I was hooked; I wasn't sure exactly what I was hooked on, but I knew that I wanted to experience that mind/body connection again as soon as possible. This was in 2005, and I attended classes with her regularly until she moved away from the area and, since then, I've bounced from place to place; my desire to maintain a regular practice has never faded.
Thanks to a swell in both its popularity and accessibility, one can find yoga just about anywhere; my struggle has always been in finding a teacher in whom I trust to guide me properly and help me understand why certain connections, poses and breathing patterns are important. In addition, as a runner, I want to ensure that I'm not doing anything to jeopardize my training efforts; I would like to enhance and supplement my running with my yoga practice.
Enter Jasyoga, my yoga studio of choice; it is, most wonderfully and conveniently, a mobile studio. For a nominal fee of $4.99, I can practice whenever and wherever I choose with Erin Taylor who is an athlete's yoga instructor. Having discovered yoga after an injury as a collegiate athlete, Erin knows what it means to bridge the gap between performance and recovery, goal-orientation and balance.
In addition to the online, studio-quality classes that she and her team put together, Erin has recently published a book wherein she shares her philosophy on yoga for athletes as well as very specific prescriptions for various imbalances that many of us have discovered and/or struggled with throughout our training.
My personal favorite? Ahh...some amazing hip helpers! I have a significant leg-length discrepancy and completely lazy glutes, so my hips need all the help they can get to be strong, remain mobile and stabilize my body on the run. Erin has written an entire chapter with specific sequences...just for me! Okay, that may be a stretch; I know many other people who struggle with this issue.
Having said that, there is something in this book for everyone; I can't imagine anyone who would not benefit from Erin's experience, knowledge and expertise after years of work with elite athletes, professional teams and weekend warriors. Knee problems? Check! Hold tension in your shoulders and upper body and need some relief? Check! Foot pain? Hamstrings holding you back? Check, check!
Erin's descriptions are extremely easy to follow, there are detailed pictures to guide you along, she provides recommendations on the optimal timing for these sequences and what (if any) props you will need. Whether alone or as a companion to your Jasyoga online subscription, Hit Reset is a fantastic resource for all of you who are interested in creating a little more balance in your life, a little less tension and lot more flexibility and recovery.