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The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care

The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Sat Bir Singh Khalsa - Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Lorenzo Cohen - Director of the Integrative Medicine Program, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Timothy McCall - Board-certified internist
  • Shirley Telles - Director, Patanjali Research Foundation in Haridwar, India

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Family Studies | Public Health

August 2017 | 568 pages | SAGE Vistaar

This is the first book for physicians, yoga researchers, yoga therapists, nurses, and other health care professionals that systematically and comprehensively presents the biomedical research on the efficacy of yoga in health care, describes the implications of this evidence, and provides practical application recommendations.

This book

• brings together the science and the practice of yoga therapy

• reviews the scientific evidence base for yoga for a wide variety of medical conditions

• comprehensively summarizes research findings and their practical implications for professionals who use yoga or refer patients for yoga practice

• includes chapter contributions by leading biomedical researchers of yoga

• supports the emergence of yoga therapy as a credible profession

• provides brief contributions by expert yoga therapists describing practical implementation issues relevant to yoga for specific conditions

The editors include three eminent yoga therapy researchers and one renowned practitioner in the field. In addition, they have brought together an experienced team of researchers and 30 yoga therapist contributors.

The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care will prove essential to yoga therapists, physical therapists, physicians, psychologists, and other health professionals interested in yoga as a therapeutic intervention.


Consulting Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists
Section 1: Introduction to Yoga and Yoga Therapy
SBS Khalsa S Telles L Cohen T McCall
Introduction to Yoga in Health Care
Content and structure of this textbook
R Sovik AB Bhavanani
History, Philosophy, and Practice of Yoga
T McCall L Satish S Tiwari
History, Philosophy, and Practice of Yoga Therapy
L Schmalzi CC Streeter SBS Khalsa
Research on the Psychophysiology of Yoga
Section 2: Mental Health Conditions
L Uebelacker H Lavretsky G Tremont
Yoga Therapy for Depression
Depression: clinical insights
K Pilkington PL Gerbarg RP Brown
Yoga Therapy for Anxiety
Anxiety: clinical insights
S Varambally BM Kutty BN Gangadhar
Yoga Therapy for Other Mental Health Conditions
Other mental health conditions: clinical insights
Section 3: Musculoskeletal and Neurological Conditions
EJ Roseen RB Saper KJ Sherman
Yoga Therapy for Back Conditions
Back conditions: clinical insights
H Cramer SH Moonaz SJ Barlett
Yoga Therapy for Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Conditions
Musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions: clinical insights
E Kozasa D Santaella S Mishra B Trikamji
Yoga Therapy for Neurological and Immune Conditions
Neurological and immune conditions: clinical insights
Section 4: Endocrine Conditions
KE Innes TK Selfe FM Hecht
Yoga Therapy for Diabetes
Diabetes: clinical insights
K Yang J Rioux
Yoga Therapy for Metabolic Syndrome and Weight Control
Metabolic syndrome and weight control: clinical insights
Section 5: Cardiorespiratory Conditions
A Kanmanthareddy K Madan SC Manchanda D Lakkireddy
Yoga Therapy for Heart Disease
Heart diseases: clinical insights
DL Cohen M Hagins
Yoga Therapy for Hypertension
Hypertension: clinical insights
L Bernardi NF Bernardi G Passalacqua
Yoga Therapy for Respiratory Conditions
Respiratory conditions: clinical insights
Section 6: Cancer
SC Danhauer SJ Sohl EL Addington A Chaoul L Cohen
Yoga Therapy During Cancer Treatment
During cancer treatment: clinical insights
SN Culos-Reed R Long AA Walter M Van Puymbroeck
Yoga Therapy for Cancer Survivors
Cancer survivors: clinical insights
Section 7: Special Populations
S Evans ML Galantino L Lung L Zeltzer
Yoga Therapy for Pediatrics
Pediatrics: clinical insights
S Telles N Singh N Patel
Yoga Therapy for Geriatrics
Geriatrics: clinical insights
C Booth-LaForce L Taylor-Swanson R Nagarathna R Chaku
Yoga Therapy for Obstetrics and Gynecology
Obstetrics and gynecology: clinical insights
A Ross A Michalsen
Yoga for Prevention and Wellness
Prevention and wellness: clinical insights
Section 8: Practical and Future Considerations
T McCall L Blashki S Tiwari J Kepner L Fishman
Implementation of Yoga Therapy
SBS Khalsa S Telles L Cohen T McCall
Future Directions in Research and Clinical Care

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, has conducted research in neuroscience, biological rhythms, and sleep since 1978. Since 2001, he has been fully engaged in research on the efficacy of yoga and meditation practices in improving physical and psychological health. He has been personally involved in the practice of a yoga lifestyle since 1971 and is a certified instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. He is currently the Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute, Research Director for the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Research Associate at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Board Member of the... More About Author

Lorenzo Cohen

Dr Lorenzo Cohen is the Richard E. Haynes Distinguished Professor in Clinical Cancer Prevention, Director of the Integrative Medicine Program, and Chief, Section of Integrative Medicine, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is also Distinguished Clinical Professor, Fudan University Cancer Hospital, Shanghai, China. Dr Cohen is a founding member and past president of the international Society for Integrative Oncology and is passionate about educating others on how to prevent cancer and maintain optimal health throughout life. As the majority of cancers... More About Author

Timothy McCall

Timothy McCall, MD, is a board-certified internist and the author of two books, Examining Your Doctor: A Patient’s Guide to Avoiding Harmful Medical Care (Citadel Press) and Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing (Bantam Books). He practiced medicine for more than 10 years in the Boston area before devoting himself full-time to investigating and teaching yoga therapy. He is the Founder/Director of Yoga as MedicineSM Seminars and Teacher Trainings and the Co-Director of the Simply Yoga InstituteSM for Yoga Therapy and Holistic Health, in Summit, New Jersey, near Manhattan. Timothy has traveled extensively, studying... More About Author

Shirley Telles

Shirley Telles has a degree in conventional medicine (MBBS) after which she completed an MPhil and PhD in Neurophysiology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bengaluru, India. Dr Telles’ MPhil and PhD theses were related to research on the effects of yoga practice and their applications in health and rehabilitation, and she has continued her research in this area since then. After her doctorate she joined the Swami Vivekananda Research Foundation in Bengaluru and had the unique postdoctoral experience of setting up the laboratories there before starting research. Dr Telles received a Fulbright fellowship in 1998... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789386602558