Triomphe Triathlon Club, Montreal
Sage Rountree’s Everday Yoga is clear in its objectives right from the first chapter, which states that it is not a how-to book, but a what-to book. Everyday Yoga is not meant to introduce yoga practice to someone who has never practiced before, but rather an aid for those who have some experience and are looking for help in formulating their own home practice. Yoga can be very beneficial to triathletes because of its restorative attributes and ability to hone body awareness.
Rountree chose to weave a metaphor of eating throughout the book. Modifications that lower the intensity of postures are described as “sweeteners,” with options that increase the intensity of postures are “spicy.” The food metaphor does get a little giggle worthy towards the end, for example, when corpse pose (more commonly known as savasana) is described as “the truffle after a satisfying meal.”
The alignment advice is solid and understandable, which is good, because improper body positioning is not something you want to fool around with, especially during home practice, when there isn’t a teacher to notice and offer modifications. Unlike in a practice with a trained and experienced teacher though, you won’t find any Sanskrit or philosophy dropped in Rountree’s book, but rather a more outlined and formulaic approach.
The advice that for best results (in the case of triathletes, injury prevention, stress relief and mobility increase), one should move the spine in six directions, the hips in four and the core in two, is one that most teachers use to guide the journey of their classes.
Pared down to routines like office, parking lot and home yoga that can be as short as two minutes, Rountree certainly delivers on a bite-sized portion of what yoga has to offer, perfect for the triathletes taste-testing their yogic options. With busy training schedules already packed with swimming, biking and running, Everyday Yoga offers an accessible approach to those unable to make it to a yoga class during the week.–