Timothy McCall, MD is a board-certified physician specializing in internal medicine, and the author of three books, Examining Your Doctor: A Patient's Guide to Avoiding Harmful Medical Care (Citadel Press); Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing (Bantam); and his latest, Saving My Neck: A Doctor's East/West Journey Through Cancer (Whole World Publishing). He is co-editor of the first medical textbook on yoga therapy, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care (Handspring Publishing, 2016). He practiced medicine for more than 10 years in the Boston area before devoting himself full-time to investigating and teaching yoga therapy. Certified as a yoga therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, he is the Founder/Director of Yoga As Medicine Seminars and Teacher Trainings and, until 2016, co-directed a yoga therapy center just outside of New York City.
Timothy has traveled extensively, studying with many of the world's leading yoga teachers and yoga therapists including BKS Iyengar and TKV Desikachar. His primary teachers have been Patricia Walden, Rod Stryker and Donald Moyer. He has practiced yoga and meditation from various traditions for over 20 years and Tantra for more than a decade. Since 2005, he has studied with a traditional Ayurvedic doctor, Chandukutty Vaidyar, and has spent more than a year at his clinic in Kerala, India.
Timothy's articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, Redbook (where he was a contributing editor), The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Boston Globe. His column appeared monthly in the newsletter Bottom Line Health from 1995 to 2003. From 1996-2001, his medical commentaries were featured on the public radio program Marketplace. He has been a guest on numerous national radio and television programs, including two appearances on The Today Show. In 2004-2005, he was a scholar-in-residence at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA. Since 2002, he has been the medical editor of Yoga Journal. He has lectured at at the National Institutes of Health and medical schools, and given numerous workshops and keynote addresses at conferences sponsored by Yoga Journal, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and The Smithsonian Institution. He recently joined the editorial board of The International Journal of Yoga Therapy. Timothy teaches yoga therapy seminars and teacher trainings in the United States and worldwide.
In addition, since 1996 Timothy has worked in a field that most people have never heard of — medical vetting. That is, he applies his medical knowledge to editing books and articles on health-related themes. He handles both conventional medical writing as well more integrative and holistic approaches, working with magazines, publishers and both aspiring and established writers. For more details, please visit www.medicalvetting.com.
Most recently, Dr. Timothy has combined two of his loves, yoga and tennis. His new YouTube channel will delve into the many ways that yoga — specifically adapted to meet the needs of tennis players — can help you improve your game. To read more about the philosophy of the Yoga of Tennis YouTube channel, please click here.
Dozens of Timothy's articles are available on this site; you can access them by clicking the heading Articles. In addition, you can read several interviews with him by following the links beneath the photo below.
An interview with Integral Yoga Magazine
Part of a presentation I gave on the differences between Indian and Western research practices, and my own experiences visiting and learning about yoga therapy centers in India.
An interview with San Francisco Medicine,
A publication of the San Francisco Medical Society. Focuses on my path to yoga and my desire to reach out to physicians and other health care professionals about the medical benefits of yoga.
An interview with Yogamates.com
A brief discussion of my focus on yoga therapy, yogic vs. scientific language, Ayurveda, etc.
A "Health Heroes" interview with the Diet Detective
In which we discuss yoga, yoga for beginners, fitting yoga into a busy modern lifestyle, diet, etc.
Teacher Spotlight from Yoga Journal's Conference Connection Newsletter
A reflection on my journey from my medical practice to where I am today.
Introduction to Yoga as Medicine: A Leap of Faith
My path from being a full-time practitioner of Western medicine to becoming a student of yoga and yoga therapy.
Interview with IJYT
In this interview conducted by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., then Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Yoga Therapy, I discuss what Western medicine can learn from Yoga and Ayurveda, the risks, challenges, and rewards of conducting research on yoga therapy, etc.
Video on the "Medical Model" of Diagnosis and Treatment vs. the Yoga Therapy Model
I was asked to record a video in honor of Larry Payne's more than 35 years of teaching yoga. This was recorded in Kerala, India, and you can hear all the birdsong in the background!
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