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Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing

by Yoga Journal (Author), Timothy Mccall (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Western-trained internist and Yoga Journal medical editor McCall
has practiced Iyengar yoga for a decade. In 2002, he traveled to India, where
most scientific research on yoga's medical benefits has been conducted. The
results of that visit and McCall's subsequent study of yoga therapy and ayurveda
(India's ancient medical system) are presented here, translated into Western
medical terms. For example, McCall demystifies such concepts as samskaras
(unconscious patterns that negatively affect behavior and health); scientists,
McCall says, explain these patterns as repeated firings of neurons that change
the brain's wiring. Although McCall's focus is on yoga therapy, he includes
material that will be helpful to most students. For readers challenged by
illness, he provides an overview of popular yoga styles and their suitability
for various degrees of fitness; steps to finding a yoga therapist; and what to
expect from a session. Twenty chapters feature noted yoga instructors describing
their approaches to specific conditions—panic attacks, carpal tunnel syndrome,
depression, infertility, cancer, etc. They offer advice, rather than fixed
protocols, based on their tradition and experience. This might frustrate readers
seeking a formula, but those willing to experiment have access to many diverse
tools and practices. No doubt McCall's fine articulation of yoga's healing
potential will appeal to a large audience of instructors, students, physicians
and their patients.

"Yoga as Medicine is a powerfully clear, accessible and practical guide to
creating a vibrantly healthy body, mind, and spirit. What a tremendous
contribution to healing and human potential!"—Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of
Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

“Read this to find out why we teach our patients YOGA.”—Mehmet Oz, MD, author of
YOU: The Owner’s Manual and Professor and Vice Chairman, NY Presbyterian/
Columbia University Hospital

“Self-administered yoga therapy, taking your cues from a book or magazine, can
be a tricky, even risky business. But Yoga as Medicine is the next best thing to
having the doctor right there beside you. An instant classic.”—Richard Rosen,
Contributing Editor, Yoga Journal and Director, Piedmont Yoga Studio

“Yoga as Medicine is beautifully organized and presented, making it instantly
readable and practical for anyone desiring better health or immediate help with
a particular problem.”—Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Mother-Daughter
Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

Product Details

Paperback: 592 pages
Publisher: Bantam; (July 31, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553384066



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