Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing

Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing

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by Yoga Journal, Timothy McCall
     
 

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The definitive book of yoga therapy, this groundbreaking work comes to you from the medical editor of the country’s premier yoga magazine, who is both a practicing yogi and a Western-trained physician.

Beginning with an overview of the history and science of yoga, Dr. McCall describes the many different techniques in the yoga tool kit; explains what…  See more details below

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The definitive book of yoga therapy, this groundbreaking work comes to you from the medical editor of the country’s premier yoga magazine, who is both a practicing yogi and a Western-trained physician.

Beginning with an overview of the history and science of yoga, Dr. McCall describes the many different techniques in the yoga tool kit; explains what yoga does and who can benefit from it (virtually everyone!); and provides lavishly illustrated and minutely detailed instructions on starting a yoga practice geared to your fitness level and your health status. Yoga as Medicine offers a wealth of practical information, including how to:

•Utilize yogic tools, including postures, breathing techniques, and meditation, for both prevention and healing of illness

•Master the art of becoming more in tune with your body

•Communicate more effectively with your doctor

•Adopt therapeutic yoga practices as either an alternative or a complement to surgery and to expensive, sometimes dangerous medications

•Practice safely

Find an instructor and a style of yoga that are right for you. With twenty chapters devoted to the work of individual master teachers, including such well-known figures as Patricia Walden, John Friend, and Rodney Yee, Yoga as Medicine shows how these experts have applied the wisdom of this ancient holistic practice to twenty different conditions, ranging from arthritis to chronic fatigue, depression, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, infertility, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, and obesity. Defining yoga as “a systematic technology to improve the body, understand the mind, and free the spirit,“ Dr. McCall shows the way to a path that can truly alter your life.

An indispensable guide for the millions who now practice yoga or would like to begin, as well as for yoga teachers, body workers, doctors, nurses, and other health professionals.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Western-trained internist and Yoga Journalmedical 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. (July)

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Library Journal

McCall (Examining Your Doctor: A Patient's Guide to Avoiding Harmful Medical Care) details yoga's health benefits and offers therapeutic techniques from a variety of traditions (e.g., iyengar, viniyoga, anusara) for relieving such chronic conditions as anxiety, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. He successfully outlines the reasons yoga can benefit chronic disease sufferers, referencing scientific research and empirical evidence as well as drawing on his own years of experience practicing yoga. At the same time, he stresses safety, encouraging students to talk to their doctors and noting that the information he provides is not prescriptive. In chapters organized by chronic disease, the many poses are illustrated and accompanied by contraindications, considerations, and modifications for those with medical problems. Also included are a reference list and print and online sources for additional information, e.g., directory information for yoga props, clothing, teachers, and centers. Some of the poses may prove too difficult for novices, who may first want to consult a beginner's guide or take a beginner's course, but the yoga therapy he suggests for each chronic disease, along with the modifications and safety tips, makes this an excellent resource. For public and consumer health libraries.
—Dana Ladd

From the Publisher
"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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553903942
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/31/2007
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
207,197
File size:
9 MB

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Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I downloaded this book on kindle first and knew that I had to hold it in my hands and refer back to it time and again to do the exercises. I am over 60 years old and know that we can do more for ourselves than just take a pill for our aches and pains. This is cheaper than a doctor visit and well worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have learned a lot from this book and, as a yoga teacher, I refer back to it often.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love yoga this book will have you loving it more.
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This is an excellent resource and is written beautifully. The blend of personal stories, history, and medical application makes this a must-read for anyone seeking to improve their health or the health of others through yoga.
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