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The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care

Edited by Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD,
Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, Timothy MCall,
MD, and Shirley Telles, PhD
Reviewed by Gurjeet Birdee, PhD

In the last 30 years, yoga has spread globally in popularity for physical exercise and to promote personal wellbeing.This has spurred interest within the scientific community to study the benefits of yoga for health. Recently, the scientific literature of yoga for health has grown substantially. However, the quality of yoga research has been uneven, with many studies lacking rigor, sufficient size, and/or appropriate analyses and reporting. Read the full review...

Yoga Therapy & Integrative Medicine
Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine

By Larry Payne, PhD, E-RYT500, YTRX, Terra Gold, MA, LAc, E-RYT500, YTRX, and Eden Goldman, DC, E-RYT500, YTRX, with a foreword by Lilias Folan
Basic Health Publications (March, 2015)
Review by Jennifer Rioux, PhD

Yoga Therapy & Integrative Medicine will soon become an essential reference book for the yoga therapy community. It offers a variety of perspectives on yoga therapy from myriad disciplinary backgrounds. Though some of the chapters are simple in their orientation in that they focus on a small slice of the disciplinary landscape, all the chapters taken together provide a critical foundation for thinking through the future of yoga therapy as a valuable tool that can be integrated into many clinical practices. Read the full review...



The iRest Program for Healing PTSD:

A Proven-Effective Approach to Using Yoga Nidra Meditation and Deep Relaxation Techniques to Overcome Trauma

By Richard C. Miller, PhD
New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
Review by Amy Weintraub

Within the pages of this book, psychologist and master yoga and meditation teacher Richard Miller shares the "open secret” of a practice that in 1970 expanded his sense of ease and connectedness with the world as it is, liberating him from long-held burdens. From that first encounter with yoga nidra at the end of a yoga class, Miller understood that his life had changed. As a yoga scholar, researcher, and teacher, he has blazed a trail, introducing yoga nidra, renamed as Integrative Restoration (iRest) to the military and other settings, and into mental health treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The iRest system adapts a practice that has been in use for 4500 years for use in the treatment of PTSD as well as a multitude of other imbalances in the body-mind.  Read the full review...



Yoga: The Practice of Myth and Sacred Geometry

By Rama Jyoti Vernon

Twin Lakes, Wisconsin: Lotus Press (2015)
Review by Ann Friedenheim


The experience of reading Yoga: The Practice of Myth and Sacred Geometry by Rama Jyoti Vernon is like attending a long yoga retreat where the kindness, technical information, philosophy, enthusiasm, experience, and transmission of wisdom flow from the teacher in every interaction. Drawing from a lifetime dedicated to the study, practice, teaching, and living of yoga, Vernon, a respected and accomplished yoga pioneer, offers us a reading experience that bursts from the pages with history, philosophy, theory, and practice.  Read the full review...