Work In: The Athlete’s Plan for Real Recovery and Winning Results shares new mental and physical recovery techniques for athletes who give it all in every workout. Yoga coach Erin Taylor helps athletes balance working out with working in so they can close the gap between where they are and where they want to be.
Expanded Table of Contents
Intro: Work in for the win
1. Rethink recovery
Real recovery is making recovery a practical, integrated part of your daily life. This involves slowing down to speed up, calming your nervous system, identifying signs that you need to stop and work in, and learning the skills to help you mentally focus and physically relax.
2. Get your head right
If meditation is brain training to help you focus better, this chapter will give you the tools to get started. By using your innate tools of breathing, speaking, seeing, and feeling, you will learn how to meditate anytime or anywhere. Coach Erin Taylor will help you make the most of stress, find flow on purpose, and hurdle the mental barriers that get in the way.
Work in for mental focus with 4 breathing meditations, 3 mantra meditations, 3 visualizations, and 4 sensation meditations.
3. Recharge your body
Restorative yoga is a different kind of yoga—restful, supported, and meant to open up your body to create more space. It helps athletes transition from working out to resting, from contraction to expansion. You will learn how to do restorative yoga by two ways: relaxing deeply and gently mobilizing.
Work in for physical relaxation with 17 poses to relax deeply, 10 poses to gently mobilize, and 4 restorative yoga routines.
4. The 28-day recovery plan
This 4-week plan puts the meditation exercises and restorative yoga poses to use in a meaningful way. Each day recommends a meditation with an accompanying yoga posture, along with a focus for the week and prompts to make it personal to you. The consistent practice of mental focus and physical relaxation will develop an intentional, realistic approach to recovery.
About the athletes
About the author
In her groundbreaking new book, WORK IN, coach Erin Taylor gives you practical mental focus and physical relaxation tools to optimize your recovery anytime, anywhere.