Required reading

Leslie Kaminoff: Yoga Anatomy

This is the ultimate reference for yoga practitioners, instructors and enthusiasts alike. The second edition of “Yoga Anatomy” provides you with a deeper understanding of the structures and principles underlying each movement and of yoga itself. From breathing to inversions to standing poses, see how specific muscles respond to the movements of the joints; how alterations of a pose can enhance or reduce effectiveness and how the spine, breathing and body position are all fundamentally linked.

Jon Kabat-Zinn: Wherever You Go, There You Are

Mindfulness is a more than 2000-year-old Buddhist method of living fully in the present, observing ourselves, our feeling, others and our surroundings without judging them. This book presents meditation as a natural activity that can be practiced anytime and anywhere, without props or trappings. Kabat-Zinn explains how to live in the moment by taking up such techniques as “non-doing,” trust and concentration. He shows readers meditation postures and ways to meditate, including visualizing mountains and lakes, and concentrating on walking or standing.

Thich Nhat Hanh: The Heart Of Buddha’s Teaching

In The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh brings his gift of clear and poetic expression to an explanation of the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, and other basic Buddhist teachings. Thich Nhat Hanh’s extraordinary contribution to Buddhism and to life is the way he makes these teachings and practices accessible to everyone, showing us how the very suffering that is holding us down can be the path to our liberation.


Yoga Practice:

Donna Farhi: Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness

Vanda Scaravelli: Awakening the Spine

Sandra Sabatini: Breath: The Essence of Yoga

Judith Hanson Lasater: Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times

Yoga Philosophy and History:

The Yoga Sutra Attributed to Patanjali, translated by Barbara Stoler Miller

The Bhagavad Gita (Classics of Indian Spirituality)

Paramahansa Yogananda: Autobiography of a Yogi

Mark Singleton: Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice

Buddhist Teaching:

The Six Paramitas: Perfections of the Bodhisattva Path

Chan Master Sheng Yen: Tea Words Vol I

Matthieu Ricard: Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill

Pema Chodron: The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness

Sam Harris: Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

Anatomy and Health:

Blandine Calais-Germain: Anatomy of Movement

Andrea Olsen: Bodystories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy

Paul Pitchford: Healing With Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition

Yoga of Business:

Jennifer Lee: The Right-Brain Business Plan

Scott Belsky: Making Ideas Happen