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The science of yoga : the risks and the rewards

William J. Broad (Author)
This book draws on more than a century of research to present an evaluation of a practice that is 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. William Broad, a lifelong practitioner, illuminates how yoga can lift moods and inspire creativity. He also exposes moves that can cripple and kill. As science often does, this book reveals a body of evidence that raises questions about whether humans have latent capabilities for entering states of suspended animation and unremitting sexual bliss. The author takes us on a tour of unknown yoga that goes from old archives in Calcutta to the 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. Broad unveils a burgeoning global industry that attracts not only curious scientists but true believers and charismatic hustlers
Print Book, English, ©2012
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed View all formats and editions
Simon & Schuster, New York, ©2012
xxxi, 298 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9781451641424, 9781451641431, 1451641427, 1451641435
Main characters
Styles of yoga
Fit perfection
Risk of injury
Divine sex
Afterword: The outcry Additional Information at Google Books