This article is an excerpt from Hit Reset: Revolutionary Yoga for Athletes by Erin Taylor. In this comprehensive guide, Taylor identifies the 10 most common issues holding athletes back and gives specific poses to solve them. In addition, the book incorporates breathing and focus exercises to make you a stronger athlete in both body and mind.
Erin Taylor knows firsthand that athletes make reluctant yogis. As a collegiate basketball player she found herself benched with a serious injury, yoga was the “reset” that brought her back into balance. She developed Hit Reset, a revolutionary, no-nonsense approach to yoga for athletes.
Taylor’s new Hit Reset program distills Taylor’s program down into the essential yoga moves that help athletes. But Hit Reset isn’t just about doing yoga–it’s about how you do it. Certain poses might look cool on social media, but being able to put your foot behind your head isn’t going to help you run faster or jump higher. While typical yoga classes cater to a broad range of practitioners, Taylor helps athletes identify their unique imbalances and equips them with the skills to sustain balance and optimize their potential.
How to Hit Reset
Taylor says that a “reset” is a yoga solution that eases imbalance. To “hit reset” means to use yoga to sustain balance for your sports, your work, and your life. That’s what Taylor’s new Hit Reset book will help you do.It may not seem like it, but our bodies are engineered for balance. The wear and tear we experience as athletes cause imbalance that, if left unchecked, is likely to limit potential and cause injuries. Hit Reset helps athletes close this gap by using yoga to ease imbalance and optimize training rather than working against it. For example, it’s common for runners to have lazy glutes, which limits their power and increases their risk for injury. The Reset (solution) to this problem is targeted poses and routines that help runners become aware of, activate, and strengthen these muscles. The “Wake Up Your Butt” routine is the Reset (solution) that restores balance by addressing glute clenching, low back pain, and spinal compensation. Your body craves balance and will respond to the smallest efforts made to reestablish a sense of center. You don’t have to do everything in a week or do an entire routine to make an impact. The key is to think about what you’re doing and why. Aim to restore balance a little bit every day knowing that anything is better than nothing and consistency is key.
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