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Yoga for Athletes

by Ryanne Cunningham Human Kinetics
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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 for Athletes.

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:

• Football

• Soccer

• Running

• Swimming

• Cycling

• Tennis

• Golf

• Baseball and Softball

• Basketball

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 risk of 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

"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."

Randall Cobb

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 my profession."

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 techniques helped 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 (including Green 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.”

Foreword Reviews

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 Power Yoga 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.