William J. Broad’s The Science of Yoga delves into the history of the practice of yoga and the history of scientific study surrounding it. A nice East meets West book.
Some Lessons for Yogis:
* Yoga, like all exercise, can injure you. We might not hear that in class. (Yoga is a practice in awareness, so we want to move mindfully and back out of any pose that brings us pain. But sometimes incorrect alignment can produce long-term injuries not felt right away!)
* Yoga can SLOW your metabolism. (But it has tons and tons of benefits for your physical, sexual, emotional, and mental health! )
* There is some really cool work being done combining Western medicinal practices with this Eastern practice. Yoga is being used to treat a variety of auto-immune diseases, for instance. Maybe more double-blind studies and more rigorous teacher requirements may make yoga a more common prescription in the future.
FOR MORE, you can visit author William J Broad’s website, with a simple page with reviews of the book. http://williamjbroad.com/the-science-of-yoga/
I listened to this as an audiobook and loooved it. ~Jordan
Broad, William J.. The science of yoga: the risks and the rewards. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012. Print.