Last week I wrote a post about a physician from Voorhees, NJ teaches yoga classes and touts the myriad health benefits of hatha yoga. Even though the news article about her stated that the medical establishment is slowly waking up to the benefits of yoga - that may not be quite accurate.
The above book, Yoga as Medicine, another recent addition to my yoga library, is written by Timothy McCall, MD. Just over 500 pages, this book is a comprehensive resource of the many medical conditions that the practice of yoga can alleviate. Part 3 of the book, "Yoga Therapy in Action" offers detailed information about how yoga can help with anxiety and panic attacks, arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, excess weight and many more conditions!
McCall, a Western-trained physician, one day decided to try yoga because he thought it would be "interesting." He stopped and started in his practice. However, once he began regular practice (and, as he says, "inserting yoga into the cracks in my day"), amazing things began to happen. His chest started to open up and he improved his posture. Most importantly, he says, were the mental and psychological benefits he started to notice. He worried less and was less irritated by problems that in the past would have had him blurting out profanities. He ended up studying with renowned yoga teacher, Patricia Walden.
Yoga as Medicine is an excellent resource for someone who wants more convincing about all they can gain from the practice of yoga. The only area I would disagree with McCall in is that he doesn't recommend learning on your own at first. Other than that, I love this book - it's a wealth of research and information about the health benefits of yoga. You can read excerpts from the book at: https://www.drmccall.com.
Wisdom of the Day: Yoga is not a panacea, but it is powerful medicine indeed for body, mind, and spirit. Above all, yoga is a path. The longer you stay with it and the more heart you put into the journey, the father it can take you."~ Timothy McCall, M.D.