Yoga RX : A Step-by-Step Program to Promote Health, Wellness, and Healing for Common Ailments
East meets West as an assistant dean at the UCLA School of Medecine and a celebrity Yoga instructor show how to use ancient Yoga postures for treating dozens of common ailments.
Yoga has never been hotter in America, and now its benefits are being recognized far beyond the arenas of enlightenment and body sculpting. Yoga RX distills an array of postures into an easy-to-use regimen for anyone seeking relief for anything from back pain to the common cold.
Written by a highly respected professor of medecine and a renowned Yoga teacher and Yoga therapist whose clients include Warren Beatty, Ted Danson, and Dolly Parton, Yoga RX offers a holistic program based on the authors' research into the science of Yoga. Helping readers enhance their chances of disease prevention through increased circulation, strength, flexibility, and concentration, this accessible handbook also covers specific Yoga therapies for treating illnesses such as:
* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
In the tradition of The Pilates Body, this step-by-step, illustrated handbook is the ultimate prescription for healing body, mind, and soul.
Amidst a superfluity of enthusiastic but unspecialized "yoga-is-good-for-you" books, this volume stands out by focusing on yoga therapy, a system of using yogic exercises to relieve pain and sickness. The chapters are organized by anatomical system (musculoskeletal, circulatory, endocrine) and describe a sequence of poses to benefit each one. Usatine, a professor at UCLA's medical school, stresses that yoga therapy is a complement to traditional medical care; he begins each section with easy-to-read overviews of human anatomy and physiology, bolstered by practical advice on both Eastern and Western methods of treating ailments. The clarity and confidence of the yoga directions testify to Payne's many years as an instructor. But learning yoga from a book is difficult, and the novice would likely find this particular volume less forgiving than most. The photographs are fairly small, and for the most part, two must suffice for illustrating a multi-step pose. However, for those who practice yoga on a regular basis (and therefore won't need to parse out sun salutation's complex postures) and would like to refine their routines to improve their health, this book may prove a very valuable resource.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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September 29, 2002
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