Baxter Bell, MD and Nina Zolotow:
Yoga for Health Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being
makes a great deal of valuable information eminently accessible. Baxter Bell, MD and Nina Zolotow, two well-known major contributors, teachers and therapists in the field, have organized this clear and helpful volume according to the universal needs of older people: there are sections on strength, flexibility, balance and agility, (a combination of coordination and grace), many well-done and revealing photographs, and good references to the poses and vinyasas.
Dr. Bell entered medicine as a family practitioner, and focused on this for more than a decade. He has been teaching, treating with and writing about yoga for more than 20 years ever since. Nina Zolotow is a long time yoga practitioner, yoga instructor, co-author of two other books on yoga with Rodney Yee, and editor-in-chief of the blog “Yoga for Healthy Aging. Between the two of them are more than 35 years of expertise, and an inestimable welling up of caring for us people as we age. The combination of experience, medical knowledge, and imaginative empathy make this book as warm and interesting as it is useful. We are all facing futures in which we become older; armed with this book, it sounds like fun.
Loren Fishman, MD, Erik Groessl, PhD and Paul Bernstein, OMS III:
Objective: Efficacy of 2 yoga poses for degenerative scoliosis (DS) and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).
Subjects and Methods: Retrospective study of 49 DS and 25 AIS patients with initial Cobb angles less than 120° (DS) and less than 75° (AIS) performing side plank daily, with lumbar and thoracolumbar curves’ convex side inferior. In complex curves, the half-moon pose was added. Outcome measure included Cobb angles after mean 5.8 and 9.4 months, respectively.
Results: Mean lumbar/thoracolumbar improvement: 23.7% (P < .00) in DS, 34.2% (P = .001) in AIS. Thoracic curves improved 27.6% (P = .001) and 20.3% (P = .004): 2.5% per month and 3.5% per month, respectively.
Conclusions: These yoga poses may reduce scoliosis in DS and AIS.
Judith Lasater, Ph.D., PT.
Restore and Rebalance
This book is valuable for people recovering from serious medical or psychological conditions, and those that would teach them. It stands out by virtue of its creative approach to poses, beautiful photographs and practical advice. The prose seems to have a curative effect all its own.