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Yoga RX: A Step-by-Step Program to Promote Health, Wellness, and Healing for Common Ailments Paperback – October 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767907493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767907491
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Amidst a superfluity of enthusiastic but unspecialized "yoga-is-good-for-you" books, this volume stands out by focusing on yoga therapy, a system of using yogic exercises to relieve pain and sickness. The chapters are organized by anatomical system (musculoskeletal, circulatory, endocrine) and describe a sequence of poses to benefit each one. Usatine, a professor at UCLA's medical school, stresses that yoga therapy is a complement to traditional medical care; he begins each section with easy-to-read overviews of human anatomy and physiology, bolstered by practical advice on both Eastern and Western methods of treating ailments. The clarity and confidence of the yoga directions testify to Payne's many years as an instructor. But learning yoga from a book is difficult, and the novice would likely find this particular volume less forgiving than most. The photographs are fairly small, and for the most part, two must suffice for illustrating a multi-step pose. However, for those who practice yoga on a regular basis (and therefore won't need to parse out sun salutation's complex postures) and would like to refine their routines to improve their health, this book may prove a very valuable resource.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Payne and Usatine developed a yoga curriculum for the UCLASchool of Medicine, and now present a book that promotes yoga forhealth maintenance and as a complement to Western medicine fortreating common ailments. Inspired by the viniyoga (personalizedyoga) taught by Indian yoga master T. K .V. Desikachar, Yoga RXoffers simple versions of yoga postures and meditation and breathingtechniques for novices and students alike. Two core routines for basicwellness are suggested as well as numerous routines for specifichealth problems. The collaboration between Payne, a yoga therapist,and Usatine, a professor of medicine, yields a safe and balancedapproach to integrating yoga therapies with Western medicine as theauthors explain the functioning of various anatomical systems,devoting a chapter to each (musculoskeletal, respiratory, etc.), inwhich malfunctions are explained and simple healing yoga therapyroutines recommended. Jane Tuma
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Great service and the book was like New.
penny fleming
Compare, for example, the much stronger sequence for working with the lower back in that book and the emphasis on case studies.
John W. Kepner
I highly recommend Yoga Rx to teachers of all traditions.
Suza Francina

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By John W. Kepner on March 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
As practicing Yoga therapist, perhaps my best recommendation is to note that I have spiral bound my own copy and some of the pages are becoming a bit dog-eared.
This is a well written, sound introductory guide to Yoga therapy, written by two of the Western leaders in this emerging discipline. The text has an elegant simplicity, reflecting years of experience. I especially appreciate the thoughtful allopathic medical advice and wise lifestyle counseling well integrated with the Yoga practices. I also appreciate the extensive resource guide and the many academic references. The book as a whole provides much insight for students, yoga teachers and other health care practitioners wanting to explore the many possibilities for Yoga for health and wellness as well as an alternative or complementary therapy.
As a teacher attempting to work with individuals as a whole, however, I remain somewhat uncomfortable with the connotations of the title of this book. Yoga therapy is not a set of mechanical prescriptions for common ailments. That sort of cookbook assumption does a disservice to the breadth of the discipline, the role of a teacher and the many dimensions to each student. The authors, of course, know this well. Larry Payne has done much pioneering work in Yoga therapy and in bridging this discipline to the allopathic medical community.
In my view, the practices in the book are more illustrative of general principles applied to specific individuals and situations at a point in time rather than prescriptions that can be easily generalized. In that sense, this book may be more appropriate for the experienced Yoga therapist who will be familiar with various caveats, alternative approaches and broader dimensions to Yoga practice.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Norma Levy on October 7, 2002
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This is the best, most practical and useful book on yoga I have ever read. The text is so readable - personal & completely accessible; it really draws you in. What an inspiring, easy to use (and side-effect-free) prescription for healing and well-being. I think anyone who reads this book will find what they need to take their health and joy in living to a much higher level.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Suza Francina on February 8, 2003
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Yoga Rx is a user-friendly introduction to how Yoga Therapy adapts the practices of yoga to the needs of people with specific health problems. It is an important book for bridging the gap between yoga teachers, doctors and other health professionals. Both busy doctors and their patients will benefit tremendously from reading Yoga Rx. As a companion to this book, I recommend Yoga: the Path to Holistic Health, by B.K.S. Iyengar, which illustrates the use of props in therapeutic yoga programs.I highly recommend Yoga Rx to teachers of all traditions. 100 Sun Salutations to Larry Payne and Dr.Richard Usatine for writing this empowering book! Suza Francina, author, The New Yoga for People Over 50 and Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ash Aragam on March 6, 2004
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Any Yoga practitioner and teacher should feel privileged that this book is made available. The authors bring out their experience in dealing with ailments of the body applying Yoga in such great detail. A host of common and not so common ailments are covered - explanation of the relevant anatomy, examples of people they treated with Yoga and the routines used.
As a Yoga teacher I find this book immensely (that is just an understatement) helpful. I routinely use and refer this beautiful presentation to address my student's concern. The authors understanding and respect for the (patient's) body and a diverse audience a book can reach is evident in the routines which are mild and curative, in the precautions and helpful wholesome practices that can also be followed.
The publishers have done a terrific job in the quality of the photographs, printing and the overall book itself. Another jem of a book about application of Yoga for what is needed most today. The authors and publishers have truly done a yoeman service by making such content available.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By lisa on February 5, 2003
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Yoga is a perfect remedy for anxiety.The book Yoga RX gives you the tools you need to improve your bodys reaction to stress.Everything is explained in a professional but clear manner and gives you simple breathing methods that are extremely helpful.Thank you for this great resource! Lisa Marino TX
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By therese lee on November 26, 2002
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This is a beautiful book! I would recommend this to anyone who is on any sort of healing journey, and it's a "must have" for all yoga students!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By therese lee on November 26, 2002
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This is a beautiful book! I would recommend this to anyone who is on any sort of healing journey, and it's a "must have" for all yoga students!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 2002
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This book is a comprehensive, intelligently written, and accessible resource for all those interested in their health, yoga, or both. I enthusiastically recommend this well written, easy to read, and easy to understand book.
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