The Science of Yoga : The Risks and the Rewards, Paperback

The Science of Yoga : The Risks and the Rewards Paperback

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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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, 8-pp insert
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular science
  • ISBN: 9781451641431



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This is an excellent overview of what we actually know about yoga, as opposed to what claims are made about yoga. The author is himself a yoga practicioner, and also a scientist. He interviews the people who do the research, doctors, physical therapists and presents clear examples of what we know and what we don't, why certain studies are stronger than others, and where there is room for future research. He flatly debunks some popular yoga health claims and cautiously endorses others. He also gives an overview of the history of modern yoga, especially as it has developed in the US. Strongly recommended for anyone interested in improving their health through a yoga practice.

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