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The Science of Yoga Audiobook

The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards

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Publisher's Summary

In this remarkable book about yoga, 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. Broad illuminates how yoga can lift moods and inspire creativity. He exposes moves that can cripple and kill. As science often does, this groundbreaking book also reveals mysteries. It presents a fascinating body of evidence that raises questions about whether humans have latent capabilities for entering states of suspended animation and unremitting sexual bliss.

The Science of Yoga takes us on a riveting 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. In the end, he shatters myths, lays out unexpected benefits, and offers a compelling vision of how the ancient practice can be improved.

©2012 William J. Broad (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Mike Shore 04-20-15
    Mike Shore 04-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Started strong, then went downhill"

    Chapters 1-3 are really good, shedding light on the history of yoga as well as scientific insight about the benefits.
    The second half of the book is not nearly as good, as broad goes out on a limb time and time again - making claims without much scientific basis. The chapters on injury, healing, sexual drive and creativity all lack the substance shown in the first half of the book.
    Still a good read to any interested to yogi and yogini.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juan Calixto 04-12-15
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    "Better yoga, safer yoga"

    This book highlights that yoga as all exercises and physicals activities involves some degree of risk and rewards, and points out the need to educate and practice a better, safer yoga, to decrease and prevent its risk, and for other side, optimize and multiply its rewards. As a yogi one of my favorites books.

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    Matthew 01-07-15
    Matthew 01-07-15
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    "First yoga book you should read."

    I picked this book knowing nothing of yoga and though not a how to guide, I now know where to start and what to look for in a guide.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Evan Djikas Chicago, USA 07-05-16
    Evan Djikas Chicago, USA 07-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "all exercise/health books should be like this"

    An impressive amount of analytics to dispel myths and help you understand the good and the bad of yoga. Written in an authoritative matter, it is a must-read for anyone practicing or considering yoga.

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    LaPortaMA Roseland, FL 05-03-16
    LaPortaMA Roseland, FL 05-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I hesitated over a year before writing this."
    What did you love best about The Science of Yoga?

    Hardest thing to say


    Would you ever listen to anything by William J. Broad again?

    With new ears.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None really, except when I noted repetitive references to impropriety, especially everyone's favorite, sex.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Saying that BKS Iyengar would have told the practitioner in cobra or updog to throw his head back, Appalling. Impeached.
    Also when I realized that the entire publication is intrinsically dishonest.


    Any additional comments?

    Intrinsically dishonest -- good phrase.
    Hack -- written for money or prestige, not for passion.
    (Selectively?) ignorant and poorly researched -- except for the scandals.
    The biggest clue to this writer's incompleteness or bias:
    THE MOST IMPORTANT guides to yogic instruction are not even mentioned, nevermind discussed. What are they?

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    rob 03-23-16
    rob 03-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great book"

    This book was required reading for the yoga teacher training course I'm currently inrolled in. I'm glad that it was. it gave a very balanced narrative of the history of yoga and its positives/negatives of how its tought and marketed. it definitely open my eyes on things I need to be aware of as I go into teaching others

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    C. Anderson Russell Kansas City, Missouri United States 02-20-16
    C. Anderson Russell Kansas City, Missouri United States 02-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "An absolute must read or listen for everybody"

    I have been doing yoga asana practice yoga study mantra chanting and overall just an American yoga enthusiast for 15 years. This book is fantastic. My hat is truly off to this author. Well done sir, well done!

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    Dylan Carmody 02-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Yoga Science!"

    I learned more about yoga from this book than in my entire 200 hr yoga instructor training. I hoghly recommend for all instructors and peolle interested in knowing facts about yoga and the science behind why it works so well to bring the benefits it bestows on the practitioners.

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    Happy in Ohio 10-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very informative and thought provoking"

    Would recommend this title to anyone incorporating a yoga practice into his/her life. The author takes a balanced approach in discussing the claims vs the realities of yoga's powers. A good book for anyone concerned about the safety of his/her practice and what yoga does from a physiological standpoint.

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    Thomas E. Tudor Evans, GA 08-05-15
    Thomas E. Tudor Evans, GA 08-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliantly useful and important"

    Deepened my practice of Yoga and made my teaching more confident knowing the Science behind Yoga as well as known ing the commonly repeated but inaccurate information. The depth and scope of this work truly makes this MUST READ a thorough book on the true and tested science supporting Yoga as a practical approach to health and more.

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    7/26/14
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    "At last"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would definitely recommend. I rarely write reviews but this book presents an understandable and interesting summary of research, folklore and history of yoga - beyond the evangelical or heavy approach of others. If you are looking for a clear account of the pros and cons of yoga and an informed view on history and traditions then this is it. Section on injury and teachers credentials really helpful and meant I finally found someone who can safely guide me in the traditions and eight arms of yoga.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Science of Yoga?

    As above and easy to follow


    What does Matthew Boston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Personable - understandable-authoritative.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Sidcup, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Excellent Information"

    I loved this book. As someone who has not practised Yoga I thought I would listen to this as a way of making sure what i got myself into. Very useful in pointing out the benefits but also the dangers of Yoga before getting into the practice. I will now think twice and ask some important questions of any instructor before taking a class.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
    3/6/13
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    "Good book"

    Really enjoyed this book, well researched and clearly written covering a wide range if yoga through the last 50 years will definitely recommend it.

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  • Miss R. Rhodes
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    12/1/15
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    "A technical study and reference work"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. Lots of information about the history of the various styles with detailed background information.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Science of Yoga?

    The shocking injuries. Who would have imagined yoga could cause strokes!


    What aspect of Matthew Boston’s performance might you have changed?

    His voice is a little bit of a monotone. I found my attention wandering sometimes.


    Do you think The Science of Yoga needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Unless there are dramatic new findings it seems unlikely to need updating.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book as giving a very fair background to yoga. Lots of evidence based studies are quoted. Lots of myths are exposed. The dangers are explained and so are the benefits. It feels very honest.

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  • c
    4/4/15
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    "thorough and grounded"

    I enjoyed the overview of the history of yogas evolution and relationship with science. I found it helpful as a keen yoga practitioner. As a Nurse I found the information about risks interesting too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unclepigg
    bedford,uk
    4/26/16
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    "Not hugely interesting"

    Lots of information and history of yoga, some Intersting revelations. However most of the book seems to refer to how yoga "could" do this and that, and the future of yoga "could" be like this or it "could" be like that. The narrative is very monotonous too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leyla
    6/26/15
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    "Very informative and interesting book!"

    I found this book very insightful, I got through it very quickly, listening at every opportunity and disappointed when it ended. I plan to listen to it again to make sure there wasn't anything I missed. Well structured and an excellent performance. If you are interested in yoga, science and history I would highly recommend this book.

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