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The Science of Yoga Read Ó PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ 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 illUstlers 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. 25 stars This book started out very strong and then took a long graceful smoking flaming nosedive Broad started off very skeptical digging into the science and laying out for me exactly what was true and what was not with regard to Yoga's most famous claims—the abilities to stop the heart and to increase oxygen intake primarily He even explained the different scientific journals and schools that did studies on Yoga their types their sources of funding and what that meant for the credibility of each one I greatly appreciated this I thought the fiery passion with which he debunked The Complete Idiot's Guide To Yoga was great if a little weird The first two sections of the book Health and Fit Perfection were pretty darn good and useful and informative and after that each section was progressively worse than the last In Moods the facts were kind of all over the place and not as well presented Risk of Injury all but neglected the common Yoga injuries and instead focused on the relatively minute risk of stroke—and yet pretty much failed to advise the reader on how to avoid this risk The Healing chapter was pretty terrible in that it focused on two individuals who use Yoga to heal one successfully and one less so Let's hear about the science of it eh And if there isn't any then why is it in this book The Divine Sex chapter was TMI in my opinion Some people's ability to think off should've been mentioned briefly in the Mood section and left at that I really didn't need to spend that much time hearing about it Kundalini is a weird little fringe Yoga cult that i frankly don't care about And here again Broad didn't actually discuss the science of it How do they do it What's the benefit Why should i care Even after that chapter i was yet again surprised by how awful the Muse chapter was There was nothing even remotely scientific about this chapter Broad made a very weak argument that Yoga stimulates the right hemisphere of the brain and therefore probably definitely makes people creative And then he talked about a group of people who get together to share their god awful poetry that Yoga inspired them to write Yikes And finally the book explodes in a great plume of flaming wreckage as the author declares in the Epilogue that he doesn't think science can tell us anything meaningful about Yoga I can only assume that this is the reason that he never once even mentions the whole concept of prana; he must think it's some mystical thing that science knows nothing of Well if it affects our physical body then science should be able to study it if it exists—period I had high hopes at the outset of this book that it would take a strictly scientific approach to Yoga but it wandered way off track It failed to advise me on how to make my Yoga practice better failed to entice me to practice Kundalini and failed to even begin to explain to me what the heck all that chakra bullshit is about I'd say it's uite disappointing

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En 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 rewardsBroad describes yoga as a burgeoning global industry that attracts not only curious scientists but millions of true believers and charismatic h. Dana Carvey has a bit in a recent stand up routine about how after a certain age an earlier age than you expected you can seriously injure yourself just reaching for the TV remote The Science of Yoga presents the usually unmentioned risks to yoga Not a really controversial thesis here As with any other exercise you can hurt yourself As with any other exercise you can improve some aspects of your healthCertain yoga poses might cause neck strain check not new information Those same poses might cause a stroke wow new information Also new information that I could get a stroke having my hair washed at a beauty parlor not sure about barber shopsThe book's scare chapter about strokes etc left me with mixed emotions Naturally I went to a 90 minute Bikram yoga class to work them out On the one hand I'm glad the author reminded me to pay attention practice mindfully and keep ego mine my neighbor's a teacher's ego from pushing me into doing something stupidOn the other hand I'm unsatisfied by the author's mix of data and anecdotes to prove his points Long time yoga practitioners often tell pretty tall tales They can make my grandpa's fishing stories look understated So I'm skeptical of the results from yoga teacher surveys and I don't for a second believe a yoga practitioner broke three of his own ribs doing a spine twist I also wish the author in that chapter had set context for his conclusions about yoga's risks How do these risks compare to the risk of throwing a blood clot on a trans oceanic flight To the risk of repetititive stress injuries in running golf racuetball ie other sports popular with the same types of people who buy yoga studio membershipsGood way to get people talking fair to point out that yoga isn't magical But will this book or the publicity around it frighten some people from trying yoga Will update the review when I've read than the scare chapter and the introductory chapter which frames yoga practice in a history of yogis as India's social deviantssigh

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The Science of YogaA 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 hidd. The perfect antidote to yoga rageI would call myself a rational realistic person who is skeptical of wide eyed exaggerated flavour of the month fitness and nutrition health claims I've also been practicing yoga for over 13 years now Therefore it has freuently been a challenge for me to reconcile the inherently flaky faux spirituality present in any urban yoga studio with the uite obvious reality that there are clear physical and mental benefits to practicing yoga This book lays out the history of where yoga came from from its sideshow cult like beginnings to its discarded role in the Indian independence movement which laid the ground work to the sanitized western incarnation William J Broad expertly contrasts scientifically measured benefits with the various claims made by the yoga elite and takes a as well as the risks and falsehoods present in western yoga Broad's writing is concise yet rigorous going far beyond the Top 20 ways to burn away belly fat with Yoga nonsense that you see on the cover of fitness magazines to the true benefits of the practice Unfortunately yoga is not the magic bullet to perfect health but it is the perfect compliment to a regular cardiovascular work out It has been shown to slow the aging process and perhaps most importantly to improve practitioner's happiness and sense of well being This book is a great read for any yoga skeptic with an open mind