Science of Yoga Book

by Ann Swanson

Published world-wide by:

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Many of us know that yoga and meditation just work. You may have experienced it for yourself or intuitively know based on common sense; relaxation and movement make us healthier and happier. It seems like magic, but really there is a growing body of scientific evidence to support the vast benefits of these practices. SCIENCE OF YOGA clearly outlines the benefits for every system of your body.

I hope you enjoy reading SCIENCE OF YOGA as much as I enjoyed creating it! This was the book I wanted to read when I started practicing.

This book is for you if:

  • You are a yoga practitioner (or interested in learning!) and you constantly wonder WHY and HOW it works (without the woo woo, unfounded claims)

  • You are a yoga teacher or yoga therapist who wants to better understand the vital science so you can be more confident to safely and effectively teach

  • You are a healthcare or wellness practitioner interested in how yoga can therapeutically help your clients and patients

Did you know that yoga and meditation lower your blood pressure, decrease inflammation and prevent age-related brain changes? You have probably heard that yoga can do all this great things for you and perhaps felt the benefits yourself. Have you wondered WHY and HOW?!

As a yoga practitioner, you intuitively felt that yoga affects your ENTIRE body. Now you can explore how yoga actually positively impacts every system of your body. Plus, get summaries of key yoga research in a simple a straightforward way.

What a journey to write this! Watch this video for my reaction to first holding it and a sneak peak of the contents.


The book includes:

  • How yoga affects every system of your body

    • Yogis and yoga teachers experience that yoga affects more than just our muscles and bones. Yoga impacts every single system of your body. Explore how yoga affects all 11 systems of your body with simple, need-to-know information and key scientific research woven throughout.

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  • Gorgeous illustrations of 30 key yoga poses from multiple angles highlighting:

    • the muscles likely engaging, stretching, and engaging while in a stretched or lengthened position

    • alignment cues (although remember everyone is different so these are just guidelines!)

    • modifications and variations of poses (see downward dog on a chair below), often to make them more accessible

    • how the pose affects different systems and parts of your body

    • tips on how to practice safely and effectively

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  • In the Q&A section, I provide answers to the common questions I have gotten as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, such as:

    • Why do my joints pop in yoga poses?

    • Does hot yoga make me more flexible?

    • What are the benefits of chanting OM?

    • How can I sit comfortably for meditation?

    • Is there research to support the benefits of the spiritual components of yoga?

Use #scienceofyogabook on Instagram and social media to post pictures of you with the book! Include something you learned or enjoy in the comment.


I love the breadth of topics she covers, with an introduction to the many of the systems of the body, amazingly illustrated yoga poses loaded with anatomy and kinesiology concepts…This will be a great resource for curious yoga students of all levels, and a wonderful addition to the reading list for yoga teacher trainings.

-Baxter Bell, MD, C-IAYT of Yoga for Healthy Aging


Science of Yoga, is situated between Norman Cousins and Oprah Winfrey on my bookshelf. The asana explanations and images are rich in detail and information, but the questions and answers section alone is worth the price of the whole book. Just excellent.

-Steffany Moonaz, PhD, C-IAYT of Yoga for Arthritis


A must-read for all yoga practitioners who want an easy to read, beautifully laid out introduction to yoga as a science. Ann Swanson skillfully blends wisdom from the yoga texts with basic functional anatomy.

-Shirley Telles, PhD (Neurophysiology), MBBS, MPhil, DSc (Yoga), Director Patanjali Research Foundation, Yoga Researcher

Ann is not only a great writer she is also a researcher and this book demonstrates that. A book like this has long been needed. A book that carefully explains what matters and why without going into unnecessary and often difficult to understand concepts. Highly recommend.

-Michael Lee, MA, C-IAYT, Founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

Currently, SCIENCE OF YOGA is available in the US, UK, Canada and Spain in print and digitally world-wide. I am excited to announce that SCIENCE OF YOGA will be translated and released in the following languages:

German: Deutsche

Spanish: Español

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Italian: Italiano

Chinese: 中文

  • China (July 2020)

  • Taiwan (September 2019)

French: Français

  • France (March 2020)

  • French Canada (March 2020)

Japanese: 日本人

  • Japan (January 2020)

Korean: 한국어

  • Korea (July 2020)

Slovak: slovenský

  • Slovakia (June 2020)

Swedish: svenska

  • Sweden (January 2020)

Vietnamese: Tiếng Việt

  • Vietnam (September 2019)