Unique Approach to Yoga Suits Athletes

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Football, hockey and basketball players don't beat down the doors of yoga studios. While athletes know greater flexibility aids performance, few embrace yoga's perceived traditions and lifestyle. A unique blend of fitness and yoga called YogaFit combines balance, strength, flexibility, and power into a fitness format that is user-friendly and understandable--and is particularly effective for athletes who need to round out their strength routines. Taught in health clubs around the world, YogaFit is outlined for athletes in an upcoming second edition of Beth Shaw's YogaFit (Human Kinetics), to be released in January.

Football, hockey and basketball players don't beat down the doors of yoga studios. While athletes know greater flexibility aids performance, few embrace yoga's perceived traditions and lifestyle. A unique blend of fitness and yoga called YogaFit combines balance, strength, flexibility, and power into a fitness format that is user-friendly and understandable--and is particularly effective for athletes who need to round out their strength routines. Taught in health clubs around the world, YogaFit is outlined for athletes in an upcoming second edition of Beth Shaw's YogaFit (Human Kinetics), to be released in January.

Through YogaFit, athletes can still reap the benefits of yoga without changing their lifestyle. "While traditional yoga has much to offer, it isn't necessary to speak Sanskrit, chant, or even become vegetarian to enjoy the multidimensional benefits of this ancient practice," says author Beth Shaw. "You don't have to change your life to receive the rewards."

Those rewards include improvements in health, performance, and mental acuity. Athletes practicing YogaFit can reduce the risk of injury through a greater mind-body connection, according to Shaw. Additionally, better breathing patterns learned through YogaFit create a more effective metabolic exchange during all physical activities. "YogaFit also offsets the unevenness of other exercise programs by offering a complete and balanced mind-body workout for all muscle groups and increasing endurance, willpower, and discipline by working not only your body, but also your mind," Shaw explains.

The new edition of Beth Shaw's YogaFit includes in-depth instruction, illustrated poses, and focused workouts for specific sports. Shaw also provides new information on warming up and cooling down, building core strength and stability, healthful eating, and integrating YogaFit principles into daily life.

For more information on Beth Shaw's YogaFit or other fitness books, visit http://www.HumanKinetics.com or call 1-800-747-4457.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Beth Shaw, president and founder of YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide, Inc., is recognized throughout the United States and Europe as one of the leading experts in fitness today. She also stars in her own exercise video, Beth Shaw's YogaFit Workout.

Her accomplishments don't stop there. She is also an award-winning producer of YogaFit TV and a recipient of the Enterprising Women of the Year Award. She has been published in numerous consumer and fitness publications, including Shape, Athletic Business, Fitness, Yoga Journal, CBI, Fitness Product News, Recreation Resources, IDEA Today, and LA Parent.

With 15 years of experience in fitness training and 11 years of yoga practice, Shaw has received teacher certifications from Yoga White Lotus Foundation, Integrative Yoga Therapy Association, Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, and Reebok University. She has also completed course work in the UCLA Fitness Instructors Certification Program. She also holds a bachelor of science degree in health marketing from Long Island University.

Shaw founded YogaFit in 1994 and opened her own signature studio in Hermosa Beach, California, in 1998. Her studio currently serves more than 2,000 students a month. Offering an ACE-, AFAA-, and IHRSA-approved teacher training and certification program, YogaFit has trained more than 50,000 fitness instructors from the United States and Europe.

CONTENTS

Part I    Preparing to Be YogaFit
Chapter 1    YogaFit Essentials
Chapter 2    YogaFit Breathing
Chapter 3    The YogaFit Lifestyle
Chapter 4    Warming Up and Cooling Down

Part II    Purposeful Poses
Chapter 5    Core Stability and Strength
Chapter 6    Standing and Balancing Poses
Chapter 7    Forward and Backward Bends
Chapter 8    Twists
Chapter 9    Deep Relaxing Stretches and Inversions

Part III    Putting It All Together
Chapter 10    Workouts for Fitness and Sports
Chapter 11    Diet and Nutrition
Chapter 12    Meditation

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