Integral Yoga® Affiliate

Sandra Amrita McLanahan, M.D.

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Sandra Amrita McLanahan, M.D.

Integral Yoga Affiliate


Yoga Therapy, Medical Yoga



Dr. McLanahan is a graduate with high honors of Swarthmore College, and she has an M.D. from Wayne University and a family practice specialty from the University of Massachusetts.

For twenty years, she served as director of stress management for Dr. Dean Ornish’s research, using Yoga and lifestyle changes to reverse heart disease and cancer. She now practices integrative medicine at Yogaville.

Dr. McLanahan has made multiple study trips to India and Asia, where she visited centers that use Yoga and other natural means to prevent and treat disease. She is the co-author of the book, Surgery and Its Alternatives and helped to write the books, Dr. Yoga and After Cancer Care. She also appears in two DVDs, Living Yoga and Health, Yoga, and Anatomy.

Dr. Yoga: A Complete Guide to the Medical Benefits of Yoga

From the Integral Yoga Cardiac specialist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center and president of the United Yoga Council-a complete program for discovering the specific head-to-toe, health-issue-by-health-issue benefits of yoga.

Take a Deep Breath: A Simple Exercise Guide to Increasing Your Oxygen Intake

It may begin with shortness of breath or perhaps a recurring cough as you inhale. Your ability to take in more air becomes impeded—for any number of reasons. The bottom line is that your body is not receiving the oxygen it requires, and when that happens, your body lets you know it. Exhaustion, depression, lack of focus, and dizziness can all set in, not to mention the organ damage created by a lack of oxygen.

Surgery And Its Alternatives: How to Make the Right Choices for Your Health

Accompanied by personal accounts of people who have used the techniques described in this book, a landmark guide provides an extensive discussion of both surgical and alternative approaches to a vast array of medical issues, revealing the pros and cons of various anesthetic and surgical options, describing more than two hundred procedures, and much more.

Dr. Pranayama to the Rescue!

Over many years, Swami Satchidananda made recommendations for keeping our bodies strong, our minds calm, and our hearts open, which all apply especially in this age of the Coronavirus or what I like to call: the “Karuna”-virus. Karuna is the Sanskrit for “compassion.”

The Clinic Where Love and Medicine Go Hand in Hand

In November 1977, Prevention magazine published the first of two articles about Integral Health Services—a groundbreaking integrative medicine clinic in Connecticut. 

The Yoga M.D.

Dr. Sandra Amrita McLanahan is a holistic and Yoga medical doctor with a family practice in Yogaville. She is a pioneer in the field of integrative and lifestyle medicine, having founded America’s first holistic health center in Connecticut in 1976. Personal physician to Swami Satchidananda, with whom she traveled widely, she is also the author of several books.

Popular Lecture Topics

  • The Medical Benefits of Yoga
  • The Medical Benefits of Hatha Yoga
  • Yoga for Healthy Living
  • Yogic Breathing for Health and Well-being
  • Love & Laughter: Recipe for Wellness
  • I/llness vs. We/llness
  • Yogic diet & Nutrition
  • Enlightened Health & Healing
  • Yoga for Heart Health
  • Yoga Skills for Health Professionals