The Science of Yoga

The Science of Yoga

The Risks and the Rewards

Book - 2012 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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The Science of Yoga draws on a hidden wealth of science, history, and surprising facts to cut through the fog that surrounds contemporary yoga and to show - for the first time - what is uplifting and beneficial and what is delusional, flaky, and dangerous. At heart, it illuminates the risks and rewards. The book takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of undiscovered yoga that goes from old libraries in Calcutta to the world capitals of medical research, from little-known archives to spotless laboratories, from sweaty yoga classes with master teachers to the cosy offices of yoga healers. In the process, it shatters myths, lays out unexpected benefits, and offers a compelling vision of how to improve the discipline.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451641424
Branch Call Number: 613.7046 BRO
Characteristics: xxxi, 298 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm


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Found by some to be a bit controversial, this book brings to light a few of the risks of practising Yoga, but also showcases the benefits. It also offers insight into the history of this ancient art.

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This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. EA 270 B 2012

Dec 30, 2012

This book begins with a good overview of the history of yoga. It then presents a factual analysis of yoga, dispelling myths and claims, and providing scientific reasons for yoga's benefits and its drawbacks. There is a lot of unsubstantiated hype about yoga that this book does a good job of refuting. As a casual practitioner I found myself intrigued to study further the relaxation techniques shown to have proven health benefits.

Sep 12, 2012

I thought the book did bring to light important historical events about the origins of yoga, and the controversial Hatha meaning.
Very interesting research results about breathing, and carbon dioxide saturation of the body to slow metabolism. He lightly addressed the benefits of breathing, not a lot of research.

Jun 21, 2012

As a dedicated yogini, I found this book useful for learning the scientific research on yoga. Quite a few surprises for me such as: risk of stroke from poorly holding certain poses and also slowed down metabolism.

frisby Mar 19, 2012


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