The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 7, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 336 pages
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A lead science writer for The New York Times—and lifelong yoga practitioner—examines centuries of history and research to scrutinize the claims made about yoga for health, fitness, emotional wellbeing, sex, weight loss, healing, and creativity. He reveals what is real and what is illusory, in the process exposing moves that can harm or even kill. A New York Times bestseller.

The Science of Yoga draws on more than a century of painstaking research to present the first impartial evaluation of a practice thousands of years old. It celebrates what’s real and shows what’s illusory, describes what’s uplifting and beneficial and what’s flaky and dangerous—and why. Broad unveils a burgeoning global industry that attracts not only curious scientists but true believers and charismatic hustlers. He shatters myths, lays out unexpected benefits, and offers a compelling vision of how the ancient practice can be improved.
 

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User Review  - FranceParijs - LibraryThing

Honest, scientific and open-minded. Loved the author's prose and read the book in three weeks. As a yoga beginner I am really glad I read this book, it may have helped me avoid a serious injury. Just ... Read full review

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User Review  - teckelvik - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Health
13
Fit Perfection
47
Moods
77
Risk of Injury
103
Further Reading
235
Bibliography
285
Acknowledgments
291
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William J. Broad has practiced yoga since 1970. A bestselling author and senior writer at The New York Times, he has won every major award in print and television during more than thirty years as a science journalist. With New York Times colleagues, he has twice won the Pulitzer Prize, as well as an Emmy Award and a DuPont. He is the author or coauthor of seven books, including Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War, a #1 New York Times bestseller.

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