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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (March 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393330583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393330588
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Loren Fishman, MD, is a physiatrist and a professor at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He lives in New York City.

Ellen Saltonstall is a certified Anusara Yoga instructor and licensed massage therapist who lives in New York City.

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Loren Fishman, MD is Medical Director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City, (www.manhattanphysicalmedicine.com) author of seven books, author or editor of more than 70 academic articles, and a world-recognized pioneer in the treatment of rotator cuff syndrome, piriformis syndrome, and other types of back pain. He is Associate Editor of "Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation," on the staff at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and past President of the New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Fishman has written four books about yoga and medical conditions. He has used yoga in his medical practice for 35 years as an adjunct to Western techniques and has published research on yoga's healing effects. He is also a practicing yogi himself, having spent one year with BKS Iyengar in India.

Dr. Fishman went to India after receiving his B.Phil. in Philosophy at Christ Church, Oxford. His medical interests include electrodiagnosis, functional assessment, non-surgical orthopedics, peripheral neurology and minimally invasive pain management. He lives in New York City with his wife, and has 3 grown children.

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This book was recommended by my yoga insturctor.
linfor
Other helpful arthritic books I liked include Treat Your Own Knee Arthritis.
Becky
The illustrations and instructions are very clear and concise.
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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Becky on January 7, 2011
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Get this book if you have arthritis, would like to try some exercise for it, and like yoga. Well, even if you don't like yoga, there are a lot of reasons to try it- such as it's safe and gentle, and you can do it in the privacy of your own home. A few of the things I liked best...

-the book is about yoga for people with "arthritis"-whether you have rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or even a form of arthritis known as ankylosing spondylitis. This is what makes this book so good- it works for all the different types.

-the book is written in layman's terms. The book does go into some technical explanations about what arthritis is and explains how the joints work at the beginning of each chapter- but not to worry, its all very understandable

-the book's about an inch thick which is mainly because of its numerous pictures of all the exercises- which is a big plus for visual learners like me

-chapters are arranged by body part, for example the shoulders, the wrist and hand, etc., so no arthritic area is left out. Chapter 5 is an "All-Stars" chapter that contains a generalized program if you don't want to focus on one specific area(s).

All-in-all its just a very well-rounded, complete book that is really well-written and illustrated. If you've got arthritis, I can tell you you're going to feel a lot better when you get those joints working better, and this book can certainly help you do that. Other helpful arthritic books I liked include Treat Your Own Knee Arthritis.
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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Wasserman on March 13, 2008
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I am 64 and love yoga but i have some chronic conditions, an arthritic knee, flare-ups of trochanteric bursitis, and spinal stenosis. I was trying by trial and error to figure what yoga postures helped and what didn't, but it really helps to have a source book that tells you what you can do and what not to do. This book does that.

I have been waiting for a book like this for a long time, and as soon as it was available turned to it for help. The blessing is that you can quickly turn to an area of the body that you need to deal with, like knees or lumbar spine, and find out what to do, and every time you go back you can deepen your understanding, the book is that rich.

The pictures and explanations are clear. It's really cheap at the price. Many thanks to the authors.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Suza Francina on March 6, 2008
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Yoga for Arthritis is a fabulous resource for teachers, students, therapists and doctors alike. Everyone can benefit from reading this book! It explains the scientific justification for using yoga to treat joint stiffness and then takes you step by step through yoga practices to increase range of motion.

Long before I understood the degree to which yoga can rehabilitate the body, I was helping people who were unable to dress, bathe or feed themselves independently due to the pain and stiffness in their joints. This has helped me understand the extreme suffering that can be inflicted by arthritis and given me an even greater appreciation for what yoga has to offer.

Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall are longtime students of B.K.S. Iyengar and John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga. In the Author's Note, they explain why they are inspired by both of these great teachers. The appendix describes the alignment principles from Anusara Yoga.

This book will revolutionize yoga therapy for people with arthritis!

--Suza Francina, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, author, The New Yoga for People Over 50, The New Yoga for Healthy Aging and other books for people at midlife and older.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A. Bouck on May 15, 2008
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This book is wonderful. It shows how to relieve pain or stiffness in your hands, your feet, your upper back, lower back, knees, neck .... with easy to understand illustrations. Forget the text (yes that is clear, written in an easy to understand and DO style) but I have to SEE what they are telling me to do. This book is a Must for anyone who has aches and pains -- or for that matter, for anyone who is thinking of getting some :)It's the best book of this type I have ever seen. In fact, I am going to buy one for my daughter just because it is great for people who need to stretch and bend and who think they are too busy.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By yogagirl on May 7, 2009
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I have bought countless "huge" yoga books that have yielded very little of those special little nuggets that rock my yoga world. This book is so full of amazing little variations on traditional poses and some new poses altogether.

Even if you/your students don't have any health issues, the poses and instructions given in this book bring new life to old, worn-out boring poses (variation breads awareness!).

Not only is this book chock full of useful instructions, health info and safety tips, but the info is presented in the most straightforward, succinct way that you don't have to weed through a whole lot of text that may or may not pertain. No space is wasted.

No, I swear I'm not related to the author! I'm just grateful for a well-thought out, succinct, and incredibly useful book for yoga therapists.

My only negative is the title... this book is so NOT just for arthritis!! It is for all different health issues,... and for no health issues.
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