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Dr. Yoga: A Complete Guide to the Medical Benefits of Yoga (Yoga for Health) Paperback – September 9, 2004

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Editorial Reviews


"Heriza offers a comprehensive scientifically documented program for preventing and treating disease, based on hatha yoga postures, relaxation techniques and diet."
Library Journal

"Heriza's remarkable book helps reaffirm the role of  yoga as a serious therapeutic modality."  
P.K Shah, M.D.,  Dir of Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

"Dr. Yoga is a wonderful guide to both preventing the most common diseases and as an adjunct treatment to conventional medicine. It will be a great service to so many people."  
Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D.;  Bestselling author of "Reversing Heart Disease and "The Spectrum".

"While filming "Dragnet" I would do the 10 minute microsession that Nirmala recommended for my lungs and back and I would feel better. Really better". Her Integral Yoga based Yoga Therapy described in her book, "Dr. Yoga" helped me recover from debilitating plantar fasciitis.   Lindsay Crouse, Oscar nominated actress

"I used the programs in  Dr. Yoga  to overcome two brain tumors and colon cancer. They saved my life.
Buffy Ford  Stewart  ( John Stewart, Kingston Trio) Folksinger, poet, dancer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Nirmala Heriza received her B.A. from Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, Ca.  and completed post graduate studies in  Yoga and Alternative Medicine including Acupressure and Myofascial Manipulation with an endorsement from the President of Osteopathic Academy of America.  She created the Yoga Cardiac Program for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center, medically adapted from the Integral Yoga Teachings of world renowned Yoga Master H.H Sri Swami Satchidananda. She is President and Director of the Integral Yoga Center of Los Angeles and the Dr. Yoga Health and Wellness Center in Santa Monica Ca. She is an affiliated therapist of Premiere Oncology Foundation in Santa Monica and a referral associate of Dr. Dean Ornish. She is published in numerous magazines and periodicals including Fitness, Glamour, Natural  Health, SpyGhana News, and is considered an expert  consultant in her Specialty for online health forums including  LiveStrong, Pro-Health, Anti-Aging Forum, and LifeScript. Her book is featured on the U.S. Governments Benefits page/Medical Benefits of Yoga along with Mayo Clinic and other distinguished medical organizations and Medical Health Experts.  She is  a doctoral candidate in  Theology and Science.

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Product Details

  • Series: Yoga for Health
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: PenguinTarcher (September 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585422924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585422920
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DR YOGA,(Penguin/Tarcher)by Nirmala Heriza BA,CYT-f'wd Dean Ornish. Nautilus Awd finalist,top five w Deepak Chopra.

DR YOGA is a CL of adapt of SwamiSatchidananda's Integral Yoga Teachings. Author of the bestsellng "INTEGRAL YOGA HATHA". Amazon.



Preface of "Dr Yoga" by C.Noel Bairey Merz,M.D. Women's Guild endowed Chair in Women's Health, CSMC ; Consulting medical contributor: Sandra McClanahan, M.D. (Author; Alternatives to Surgery)

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Featured on the U.S. Govt's Benefits Page/Medical Benefits of Yoga.
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Heriza's remarkable book helps reaffirm the role of yoga as a serious therapeutic modality."
P.K Shah, M.D., Director of Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

"Nirmala Heriza is one of the country's leading practitioners of yoga for heart disease. I have been referring patients to her for more than 20 years. I highly recommend her and her unique approach to yoga." Dean Ornish, MD, Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute

About the Author:

Nirmala Heriza received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Immaculate Heart College and has completed post graduate studies in Yoga, clinical acupressure, and myofascial therapy. She is currently a doctoral candidate with her dissertation in Theology and Science. She developed and implemented the Yoga Cardiac program for Cedars-Sinai's Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center and has served on CSMC staff for over 15 years. Her book, Dr. Yoga documents her medically endorsed work at CSMC as Yoga Cardiac Therapist and in her private practice at "The Dr.Yoga Health and Wellness Center". In addition, she is President of the United Yoga Council for the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and President of the Los Angeles Integral Yoga Center, She is a senior disciple of the renowned Yoga Master and founder of Integral Yoga International, H.H. Sri Swami Satchidananda. In her private clinical Yoga, stress management and myofascial practice, her celebrity clientele has included, Oliver Stone, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Laura Dern and Diane Ladd. She is the Los Angeles collegue and referring therapist for Dean Ornish, author of the best selling book, Program for Reversing Heart Disease. She has published numerous articles and served as expert consultant in mainstream magazines and high profile news venues including Glamour, Fitness, the Washington Post, Time Magazine and the New York Daily News. For additional information regarding her diverse professional credentials log on to

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Meera Patricia Kerr on November 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you'd like to try yoga, but you think it's a lot of hooey, you should read this book, especially if you have a specific condition which probably yoga can benefit. You can just look up your disease, and find out what yoga poses can benefit you. It even describes HOW the different poses work on the body and what the health effect is. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, and there are even pictures!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Miller on August 31, 2007
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Summary, helpful addition to the library of someone with a little experience, but not recommended for true beginners.


This book provides two pre-sequenced yoga series and a large number of "case studies" regarding some way that yoga has helped various medical issues. In many cases, it also suggests several asana that may assist in those medical issues. The goal is to show people how yoga can impact the overall health, rather than just being a tool for flexibility.

I found this approach useful given a reasonable background in yoga, but do not recommend it for a beginner. For someone with background in the Asana, it can help to provide a broader view of the potential benefits of each asana. I have found this useful for adjusting my home practice, particularly to make adjustments around current flucations in my health (for example, if my asthma is flaring up). While you may get some of this information in a group class, my experience is that it tends to come in a haphazard manner (e.g. "your ashtma is bad today? Well, the forward bends should help."). This book allows me to build a more comprehensive and systematic understanding. Also, it frequently states that its arguements are from medical studies, which makes me feel a little better than when the comment is based on something my teacher heard from another guy who once had a similar problem sort of approach. It would have been nice to have references to the studies, but at least I feel like there is some basis here.
As far as not recommending the book for beginners - I don't think the description of the asana are complete enough to really help get you there with the form.
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By Giuseppe Clemente on April 12, 2010
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I'm practicing ashtanga yoga almost 1 year, it is very interesting reading the medical benefits on your body from the perspective of a physician. Every pose has a list of the affected organs, plus a small list of dis-eases or physical conditions that can use the ashtanga yoga as a good help. Yoga is around since 5000 years, there must be somehing very good in it.
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