Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.18 in
Published: February 12, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451641427
ISBN - 13: 9781451641424
About the Book
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.
Read from the Book
Prologue Yoga is everywhere among the affluent and the educated. The bending, stretching, and deep breathing have become a kind of oxygen for the modern soul, as a tour of the neighborhood shows rather quickly. New condo developments feature yoga studios as perks. Cruise ships tout the accomplishments of their yoga instructors, as do tropical resorts. Senior centers and children’s museums offer the stretching as a fringe benefit— Hey, parents, fitness can be fun. Hollywood stars and professional athletes swear by it. Doctors prescribe it for natural healing. Hospitals run beginner classes, as do many high schools and colleges. Clinical psychologists urge patients to try yoga for depression. Pregnant women do it (very carefully) as a form of prenatal care. The organizers of writing and painting workshops have their pupils do yoga to stir the creative spirit. So do acting schools. Musicians use it to calm down before going on stage. Not to mention all the regular classes. In New York City, where I work, it seems like a yoga studio is doing business every few blocks. You can also take classes in Des Moines and Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Once an esoteric practice of the few, yoga has transformed itself into a global phenomenon as well as a universal icon of serenity, one that resonates deeply with tense urbanites. In 2010, the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, began illustrating its parking tickets with a series of calming yoga poses. The popularity of yoga arises not only
From the Publisher
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.
Five years in the making, The Science of Yoga draws on
a hidden wealth of discovery, drama, and surprising fact 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.
Broad describes yoga as a burgeoning global industry that
attracts not only curious scientists but millions of true believers
and charismatic hustlers. He takes the reader on a whirlwind tour
of unknown yoga that goes from old archives in Calcutta to world
capitals of medical research, from storied ashrams to spotless
laboratories, from sweaty yoga studios with master teachers to the
cozy offices of yoga healers. In the process, he shatters myths,
lays out unexpected benefits, and offers a compelling vision of how
the discipline can be improved.
About the Author
William Broad, science writer for the Times, has twice shared the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in the New York City area.
"Dramatic...a flair for provocation…valuable."