The agonies of brain damage and the ecstasies of love making are extremes of human existence that seldom get associated with yoga. But as this remarkable book shows, the uncommon states help define a hidden world of risk and reward. Broad, a lifelong practitioner of yoga and a lead science writer for The New York Times, unravels more than a century of scientific research to present the first impartial evaluation of the discipline. He shows what’s uplifting and beneficial, what’s flaky and delusional, what’s dangerous and even deadly. In the end, he offers a compelling vision of how the practice can be improved.
Hardcover, 336 pages, February 2012. Paperback, 352 pages, December 2012.
Healing through Controversy
Adapted from the Afterword to The Science of Yoga paperback
When published, The Science of Yoga stirred more discussion than anything else I’ve written as a science journalist. Before it came out, Bobby Clennell, my talented illustrator and a senior Iyengar teacher with a global following, told me the book would start a conversation. The reality was more like a riot.
A Reading List on Yoga Safety
Here’s a list I’ve drawn up of books and articles on how to avoid yoga injuries. I make no claims for its completeness – or the value of particular tips and recommendations – but offer the list simply as an introduction to the growing literature. Thanks for joining the discussion. We all stand to gain from lowering the risks and raising the benefits. Onward to better yoga!
“Belongs in the library of every yogi.” – Yoga Journal
“A fascinating, persuasive case for demythologizing yoga and recognizing its true value to mind and body.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Dramatic writing and a flair for provocation…a whirlwind tour…unusual and valuable.” – Publishers Weekly
“Broad brings neither the boosterism of a yoga devotee nor the leeriness of a professional skeptic to his project — just curiosity, energy and a commitment to follow where his investigations lead.” – New York Times Book Review