Energy Medicine and Yoga Theory
Vibrational Medicine: The #1 Handbook of Subtle-Energy Therapies by Richard Gerber, MD. Talks about the history of energy medicine as well as research on how it works. Fairly technical, but fascinating and complete
Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System by Anodea Judith. A great basic book about the chakra system and how it relates to energy imbalances and disease. A must read.
Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self by Anodea Judith. Discusses the chakra system in light of Jungian psychology, childhood development theory, metaphysics and somatic therapy. A powerful synthesis that helps you maintain healing and balance.
Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffman. Ostensibly a text on Hatha Yoga, this book describes not only how to perform the postures, but also describes the internal workings of yoga in an inspired way. This is one of the best books I’ve read on learning yoga “from the inside out”.
Stillness and Meditation
Meditation As Medicine: Activate the Power of Your Natural Healing Force by Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD. Dr Khalsa is a Western trained physician and Kundalini yoga practitioner. He documents ancient yogic techniques to treat medical conditions and references research to support their findings. I often use this book to aid patients in their healing.
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn. A classic book on mindfulness meditation, a form of meditation that many people find more approachable than most. A must read.
The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi. Most Westerners, especially women, breathe in unhealthy patterns. This book describes the consequences of different breath patterns, helps you identify your own and how to work toward healthier breathing. Also includes some easy yoga postures. Especially good for those with anxiety.
Senses Wide Open by Johanna Putnoi. This book contains essays and exercises to help you get out of your head and into experience. Especially important for those anyone who analyzes their life away!
Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann. An older book, but a lovely treatise on the real reason we do yoga.
Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Lasater. A way to daily remind yourself of stillness and the basic premises of yoga. A delightful read.
Everyday Sacred: A Woman’s Journey Home by Sue Bender. We were given this book by a friend. Often, as I read it, I stopped to let things sink in. That, to me, is the sign of a really powerful book. Highly recommended.
www.learningmeditation.com. Wonderful site to walk you through some simple guided imagery. A good beginning that can be done at your computer, in just a few minutes.
www.yogajournal.com. Yoga Journal’s website; great articles that range from philosophy to asana practice to recipes and more.
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Phone: 800-741-7353 or online at www.kripalu.org. A yoga retreat center in the Berkshires of Western Mass. Ongoing classes and workshops in yoga, meditation, self awareness; a wonderful retreat and renewal spot. Spa facilities.
Omega Institute. Phone: 800-944-1001 or online at www.eomega.org. A holistic learning center near Rhinebeck, NY. Holds workshops in yoga, meditation, self improvement – closed during the winter. Like an adult summer camp, slightly less “spiritual” than Kripalu. Spa facilities and a great coed sauna.