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Yoga Therapy is the definitive textbook on the topic, giving yoga therapists, teachers and students a practical resource for learning how to adapt yoga practices to best accommodate and heal a wide array of common injuries and ailments. Surveying historical writings on yoga, ayurveda, and other early approaches to health and healing, Stephens distills this received wisdom of ancient and modern practices for more insightful and practical application in today's world. He applies these insights to healing musculoskeletal injuries; promoting a healthy reproductive system; and addressing mental, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. A final chapter suggests ways to use yoga to address health conditions in order to continue to live an extraordinary life. 720 pages. North Atlantic Books 2017.


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"A deep bow to Mark Stephens for this substantial contribution to the growing field of yoga therapy! Thoroughly grounded in yoga's historical and philosophical foundations, this book balances well-researched, practical information with heart-felt wisdom. From the insightful section on Healing and Curing to the practical applications of yoga therapy for a wide range of conditions, Mark skillfully conveys the truly integrative nature of yoga therapy. An essential resource for yoga therapists, clinicians and educators in the field!"

Janice Gates, Past President, International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), author of Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga and Founder/Director, Marin Yoga Therapy and Somatic Yoga Therapy Programs.

"Yoga therapy is a big field, encompassing the entirety of yoga and its many practices along with aspects of Western medicine, Ayurveda, physiology, physical therapy, kinesiology, psychology, philosophy, spiritual development and more. No single volume can do it full justice, but Mark Stephens has done a yeoman's job to assemble much of the background information aspiring yoga therapists will need to understand. This book is smart, thoughtful and well-researched and doesn't shy away from presenting a strong — and sometimes provocative — point of view. I recommended it highly."

Timothy McCall, MD, Author, Yoga As Medicine, Co-Editor, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care, Medical Editor, Yoga Journal

"Mark’s capacity for conveying both the depth and the breadth of the yogic sciences are all the more powerful because of his commitment to practice. His works to date on teaching, sequencing and adjustments have already established him as one of the foremost authorities in yoga education.  With the emergence of Yoga Therapy in recent years, as a powerful form of integrative healing, Mark now brings his scholar’s mind and practitioners wisdom to the field.  A boon for all!”

Micah Mortali, Director, The Kripalu Schools (School of Integrative Yoga Therapy, School of Yoga, School of Ayurveda), Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

"Going back to the time of the Buddha, yoga practitioners have been divided into two groups--Experimentalists who know yoga through their bodies and Speculatives who know yoga through its philosophical teachings. Mark Stephens' Yoga Therapy is proof that he has mastered both paths."

David Gordon White, Author of Sinister Yogis and The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: A Biography

"Yoga Therapy, a thorough and comprehensive landmark book, offers illuminating insight into Yoga, Yoga Therapy and the interface with western medicine. Along with Stephens’ generous offering of practical information, he espouses the attributes of kindness and compassion in yoga therapy practice, which although often overlooked, is indeed the very heart of yoga, itself. An essential read for every yoga therapist!"

Nischala Joy Devi, Yoga teacher and therapist; author, The Healing Path of Yoga and The Secret Power of Yoga

"The next great Yoga Therapy book from an excellent teacher and author. Highly recommended for yoga teachers, health professionals and students."

Larry Payne, Co-author Yoga Therapy & Integrative Medicine, Yoga Rx and Yoga for Dummies, Founding director Yoga Therapy Rx & Prime of Life Yoga Programs Loyola Marymount University

"Mark Stephens' Yoga Therapy is a complete guide to anyone who wants thorough information on subtle as well as gross anatomy, Ayurvedic principles, and insight into the many intricacies of the human body and spirit as it relates to yoga and healing. The scope of this book is clearly a labor of devotion and knowledge."

Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones, Author of The Vital Psoas Muscle and Concise Book of Yoga Anatomy.

"Prolific author Mark Stephens' offers a comprehensive primer on yoga therapy and his synthesis of theories, practices and remedies for a host of ailments​."

Ganga White, Author of Yoga Beyond Belief, and co-director, White Lotus Foundation.

"This comprehensive textbook for yoga therapists offers an original synthesis of yoga practices with the insights of western medicine."

Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC, Author of Holistic Nursing and Co-Director, International Nurse Coach Association

"Mark Stephens' sober but optimistic assessment of the potential for yoga therapy inside the western medical model is a welcome addition. My hope is that the field will follow his well-informed guidance in the attempt to responsibly integrate these two models of health-care that have so much to offer each other because, ultimately, it is the patients that will benefit."

David Emerson, Author of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy and Director of Yoga Service, The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute