Yoga as Medicine
The most respected yoga publication in North America presents this comprehensive and accessibly organized guide. "Yoga Journal" along with Dr. McCall bring the findings and teachings of yoga together with Western medical science in a book practitioner of yoga will embrace.
The definitive book of yoga therapy, this groundbreaking work comes to you from the medical editor of the country's premier yoga magazine, who is both a practicing yogi and a Western-trained physician.
Beginning with an overview of the history and science of yoga, Dr. McCall describes the many different techniques in the yoga tool kit; explains what yoga does and who can benefit from it (virtually everyone ); and provides lavishly illustrated and minutely detailed instructions on starting a yoga practice geared to your fitness level and your health status. Yoga as Medicine offers a wealth of practical information, including how to:
- Utilize yogic tools, including postures, breathing techniques, and meditation, for both prevention and healing of illness
- Master the art of becoming more in tune with your body
- Communicate more effectively with your doctor
- Adopt therapeutic yoga practices as either an alternative or a complement to surgery and to expensive, sometimes dangerous medications
- Practice safely
Find an instructor and a style of yoga that are right for you. With twenty chapters devoted to the work of individual master teachers, including such well-known figures as Patricia Walden, John Friend, and Rodney Yee, Yoga as Medicine shows how these experts have applied the wisdom of this ancient holistic practice to twenty different conditions, ranging from arthritis to chronic fatigue, depression, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, infertility, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, and obesity. Defining yoga as "a systematic technology to improve the body, understand the mind, and free the spirit, " Dr. McCall shows the way to a path that can truly alter your life.
An indispensable guide for the millions who now practice yoga or would like to begin, as well as for yoga teachers, body workers, doctors, nurses, and other health professionals.
About the author
Timothy has traveled extensively, studying with many of the world's leading yoga teachers and yoga therapists including BKS Iyengar and TKV Desikachar. His primary teachers have been Patricia Walden, Rod Stryker, and Donald Moyer. He has practiced yoga and meditation from various traditions for over 20 years and Tantra for more than a decade. Since 2005, he has studied with a traditional Ayurvedic doctor, Chandukutty Vaidyar, and has spent more than a year at his clinic in Kerala, India.
Timothy's articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, Redbook (where he was a contributing editor), The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Boston Globe. His column appeared monthly in the newsletter Bottom Line Health from 1995 to 2003. From 1996-2001, his medical commentaries were featured on the public radio program Marketplace. He has been a guest on numerous national radio and television programs, including two appearances on The Today Show. In 2004-2005, he was a scholar-in-residence at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA. Since 2002, he has been the medical editor of Yoga Journal. He has lectured at the National Institutes of Health and medical schools, and given numerous workshops and keynote addresses at conferences sponsored by Yoga Journal, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and The Smithsonian Institution. He recently joined the editorial board of The International Journal of Yoga Therapy. Timothy teaches yoga therapy seminars and teacher training in the United States and worldwide.
In addition, since 1996 Timothy has worked in a field that most people have never heard of — medical vetting. That is, he applies his medical knowledge to editing books and articles on health-related themes. He handles both conventional medical writing as well as more integrative and holistic approaches, working with magazines, publishers and both aspiring and established writers.