The Science of Yoga: Review and Free Giveaway

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The Science of Yoga by William J. Broad

Release date: 2012 / 336 pages

Synopsis(from Amazon):  William Broad, a lifelong practitioner, shows us that uncommon states are integral to a hidden world of risk and reward that lies beneath clouds of myth, superstition, and hype.Five years in the making, 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.

Review:   The Science of Yoga exemplifies why William J. Broad has won every major award, including two Pulitzer prizes, throughout his thirty years as a science journalist.  He examines the discipline of yoga from every imaginable angle — history, health, science, spirituality, sexuality, medicine, business, trend — and offers “an impartial evaluation of an important social phenomenon that began five thousand years ago…” (8-9).  The Science of Yoga is loosely chronological, beginning with a brief description of yoga’s most influential figures, a list of styles of yoga, and a timeline beginning in 2500 BCE that continues to the present.

Broad has practiced yoga since 1970 and believes it “could become a force in addressing the global crisis in health care” because “yoga… can turn our bodies into customized pharmaceutical plants that churn out tailored hormones and nerve impulses that heal, cure, raise moods, lower cholesterol, induce sleep, and do a million other things” (216).  Science is currently investigating yoga’s ability to treat depression, arthritis, insomnia, diabetes, fatigue, depressed libido and chronic pain.

However, in the meantime yoga must recognize the inherent dangers in remaining an unregulated industry.  Broad hopes to establish a Yoga Education Society that would facilitate the above and this book is a step toward that goal.  His writing is accessible and engaging and he does not shy away from the more controversial aspects of yoga, as well as the tremendous health benefits.  The Science of Yoga is a fascinating study of yoga’s past popularity and future potential.

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17 Responses to The Science of Yoga: Review and Free Giveaway

  1. I am a senior lady who discovered the peace and joy of practicing yoga two years ago. This book sounds like it would enhance my yoga learning experience. Hope I win. Thank you.


  2. Carol M says:

    I just started taking a yoga class. I would very much like to read this book! Thank you!

  3. Candy Broman says:

    This sounds like a fascinating book-perhaps it would help me understand why my husband practices yoga every day—- for the last 35 years!

  4. Peg Sperli says:

    Just had my 3rd Yoga session & thinking it is probably not doing any good, was going to quit. I guess I need to win this book. Thank You, Grandma of 11
    Great ” ” of 7

  5. Julie P. says:

    Great review. I have been doing yoga the past month or so and like it, but not sure I’m loving it. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to read this one! Thanks for the opportunity!

  6. Ray says:

    Have also started yoga recently and would love to read this! Thanks!

  7. Anne says:

    I would enjoy learning more about yoga. many thanks.

  8. Kay says:

    Love my yoga practice. Would love to read more.
    Yes yoga has helped my 56 year old bag of bones feel alive again.
    It a slow even process, learning work every move.

  9. Elaine J says:

    I discovered yoga for myself 4 years ago. Having just turned 79 2 days ago, I can really attest to the difference it makes to this body. I truly believe the work out I get and the serenity I achieve each time makes a difference in my quality of life — maybe it’s luck, too! I would really like to read the “science” of yoga and the “why” of it.

  10. Anita Yancey says:

    This sounds like a very interesting book. I would love to find out more about the subject. Please enter me. Thanks!

  11. CarolK says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this. It looks great!

  12. Cynthia ☮ ❤ ❀ says:

    I am a long time believer in yoga. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  13. Amy says:

    This looks so interesting! I’m curious to see how yoga can treat today’s medical problems.

  14. Christy says:

    I would be interested in reading this book and learning more about Yoga and it’s health benefits.

  15. Steve Vetter says:

    I would like to learn more about yoga.

  16. Leslie says:

    Interesting. I do yoga a few times a month and while I know it has many health benefits I’m not familiar with the actual science behind it… other than it’s exercise.

  17. Harvee Lau says:

    I recently started yoga and am very interested in what this author has to say. Please count me in for this giveaway contest.

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