In “A Physician’s Journey: Yoga and Meditation to Holistic Medicine,” Dennis K. Chernin, MD, MPH, describes how his spiritual and professional lives melded, culminating in his medical practice. Readers approaching from a range of perspectives will find Dr. Chernin’s experience informative. Chernin’s work, grounded in modern medicine, includes detailed case histories and treatments from his practice. He uses three major yoga-based paradigms - chakras, koshas and raja yoga - as holistic models to help us understand the multidimensional fabric of human health and disease. He also explores a wide range of therapeutic modalities including nutrition, Ayurveda, hatha yoga, tai chi, meditation and homeopathy.
Readers will find a step-by-step guide to meditation based on the ancient yoga tradition of Swami Rama, and a discussion of the similarities and differences with other meditation systems, including Jewish, Taoist and devotional approaches such as kirtan (yoga chanting).