The Science Of Yoga by William J. Broad

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14 Critic Reviews

A fascinating, persuasive case for demythologizing yoga and recognizing its true value to mind and body.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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. Broad unveils a burgeoning global industry that attracts not only curious scientists but true believers and charismatic hustlers. He shatters myths, lays out unexpected benefits, and offers a compelling vision of how the ancient practice can be improved.
 

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William J. Broad has practiced yoga since 1970. A bestselling author and senior writer at The New York Times, he has won every major award in print and television during more than thirty years as a science journalist. With New York Times colleagues, he has twice won the Pulitzer Prize, as well as an Emmy Award and a DuPont. He is the author or coauthor of seven books, including Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War, a #1 New York Times bestseller.
 
Published February 7, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 354 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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All: 14 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
Feb 01 2012

A fascinating, persuasive case for demythologizing yoga and recognizing its true value to mind and body.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by ANNIE MURPHY PAUL on Feb 03 2012

True to his open-minded orientation, he resists ­final summations, leaving ample room for ­yoga’s next ­self-transformation.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Nov 14 2011

While Broad’s report is an unusual and valuable addition to typical yoga books on the market, some readers will feel the loss of the spiritual, which is a basic root in the yoga mix.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Connie Stewart on Feb 06 2012

This book can be enlightening for yogis and nonyogis alike.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Cathryn Keller on Feb 17 2012

His de facto definitions of both yoga and science are too narrow for the complexity of his subject.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Randi Epstein on Feb 21 2012

It's hard to believe that an experienced yoga practitioner and Pulitzer Prize-winning author can inspire such ire, particularly when he concludes his book with a huge endorsement. . .

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Macleans

Excellent
Reviewed by Joanne Latimer on Mar 06 2012

Broad gives readers something unique—a dispassionate evaluation of the science surrounding yoga.

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Valerie Easton on Mar 11 2012

Broad's exploration of yoga's benefits, hype and hedonism lend a 21st century context to this most ancient of human pursuits.

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Elephant Journal

Below average
Reviewed by Eric Shaw on Mar 18 2012

He draws unsupportable conclusions, and over-dramatizes the conflict of viewpoints in the yoga world.

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Elephant Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Brooks Hall on Jan 23 2012

. . .written with a bravado that provokes in places, to be sure. . .I think he is writing to get our attention, and it works.

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FT's Books

Good
Apr 02 2012

. . .a welcome compendium of research written in an engaging manner by a regular practitioner who is not afraid to inject some of his own experience into the story. . .

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The MRC

Good
Reviewed by Jay on May 26 2012

The book provides an impartial evaluation of yoga through a survey of research conducted over the past 100 years. . .

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It's All Yoga, Baby

Good
Reviewed by Roseanne Harvey on Jan 31 2012

. . .a meticulous look at a century and a half of scientific research on how yoga affects general health and healing, moods, sex and creativity.

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LexiYoga

Good

. . .would highly recommend it to any yoga instructor or student looking to increase their knowledge on every aspect of yoga, including the good and the bad.

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