Surya Namaskara: A Technique of Solar Vitalization

Detailed explanations are given on the effect of each position on the muscles and joints, how the practice affects the vital organs, and the practice's therapeutic effects. The author cautions that surya namaskara is not recommended for people suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, hernias, and intestinal tuberculosis.

Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha

Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Bihar School of Yoga This private label book was first published in 1966, well before the current yoga renaissance. Given the high level of interest in yoga therapy, it is astounding how far-sighted and prescient this book has been. If I had to recommend just one book on yoga, this would be... Continue Reading →

The Upanishads

In the introduction, Easwaran explains that "the sages of the Upanishads learned to make a science and art and craft of insight—something that could be mastered and then taught to others, as a painting master in the Renaissance might take a gifted student as part of his family and absorb his art."

Walking Meditation

To meditate is to learn to stop—to stop being carried away by our regrets about the past, our anger or despair in the present, or our worries about the future.

Yoga and Psychotherapy

The authors bring a wealth of insight to the holistic fullness of yoga and how it encompasses the whole being in all states. This book is extremely well-thought, well-written, and comprehensive without being overwhelming.

Yoga: Mastering the Basics

Sandra Anderson and Rolf Sovik, Himalayan Institute Press If you are looking for a basic book on gentle, non-intimidating yoga, this could be a good fit. Published by The Himalayan Institute, it won the 2001 Independent Publisher Outstanding Book of the Year award. In clear, simple, easy to understand language, it introduces the reader to... Continue Reading →

Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health

B. K. S. Iyengar, DK Books First published in 2001 and written by the most well-known yoga master in the West, B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health brings familiarity to Western readers. Filled with glossy, bright, colorful photographs, there are visual steps to each asana accompanied by detailed descriptions. As Iyengar places great emphasis... Continue Reading →

Yoga Nidra

Thirty years ago, when I began to teach yoga and Yoga Nidra in New York, nobody knew Yoga Nidra. When they experienced it, they loved it and could not get enough.

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