I am not usually a fan of yoga books, at least not yoga books that actually are about yoga routines — it’s too hard to do yoga while reading out of a book. Hit Reset: Revolutionary Yoga for Athletes (Amazon Affiliate link) may just have changed my mind on that score.
A Quick Peek
Here’s a list of the chapters in the book:
- Rediscover Balance
- Breathe & Focus
- Strengthen Your Core
- Balance Your Foundation
- Save Your Knees
- Unstiffen Your Hamstrings
- Wake Up Your Butt
- Mobilize & Stabilize Your Hips
- Sort Out Your Shoulders
- Unstick Your Side Body
If you have not found at least one chapter that speaks to your weakness, I’d be shocked. I’m willing to bet you’ve found multiple areas you need to work on.
A Little more detail
Each chapter begins with several common problems and their solutions. There’s also a very short self test to determine whether or not this is really one of your problem areas. Then it’s on to one or more routines that help you with that particular weakness, with plenty of instruction and photos (and at the back of the book, just the entire routine in photos).
One of the things I really love about the book is all the information you get on the nuances of the poses It’s almost like you’re in a private class with Erin instructing you.
Is it more difficult to do a flow of yoga poses while reading a book? Well, yes, yes it is, there’s no getting around that. One of the things Erin emphasizes, though, is there’s no need to stick to the routines exactly as written. If you have the time, it’s great, but if not, just pick a few poses here, a few poses there.
Yoga is meant to be a practice, not something you do for an hour once a week. Imagine getting good at playing an instrument when you only practice one hour a week? Your body is an instrument, too. Your most important instrument.
Eventually you’ll come to know the poses well and you’ll be able to do them without the book, at least your favorites — probably not an entire routine, unless you have a much better memory than I do.
Which is exactly what I do: a few poses before heading out on a run, or when something felt off, and often right before I went to sleep (bed yoga, anyone?).
I only have one teeny, tiny complaint about this book: because the spine is glued, not sewn, it’s not strong and it didn’t take much use before the cover separated from the spine. As a person who used to work in printing many years ago, I know that this is cheaper than a sewn spine — although it does’t mean the book has fallen apart; I’d just rather a sewn spine so that the book laid flat easier.
I highly recommend Hit Reset for any active person, and use it frequently myself.
It’s even better with the videos
Hit Reset does not come with videos, but the author, Erin Taylor, is the instructor behind Jasyoga. I knew several runners who were posting about Jasyoga, and several months ago I subscribed — and I’ve never looked back.
Many of the routines in Hit Reset are available via Jasyoga. But there’s much more: meditations, recovery, yoga for triathletes — just to name a few categories. There are routines from 5 minutes up to about 40 minutes. I use many of them on a regular basis and I really enjoy my practice.
I was lucky that I subscribed when Jasyoga was still $4.99/month and got grandfathered in at that rate; now the monthly subscription is $9.99 — which I think is still a bargain. You can try it yourself for a month free with the code FREERESET — not an affiliate link — I am just a happy customer.
I did, however, reach out to Velopress and request this book to review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not compensated for this review.