The study of yoga is a lifelong process, a method of clearing debris from the mind and spirit so that the innate, universal wisdom that resides in each of us can shine forth. Understanding the philosophy and practices associated with yoga may help guide this learning and I have included some of my favorite resources and references.
Light on Yoga
The definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of Yoga--the ancient healing discipline for body and mind--by its greatest living teacher. Light on Yoga provides complete descriptions and illustrations of all the positions and breathing exercises. Features a foreword by Yehudi Menuhin. Illustrations throughout.
Introduction to Yoga
As people search for inner peace amid increasingly hectic lives, the practice of yoga continues to gain popularity. Yoga means to yoke, or to bring together, the various aspects of the self -- body, mind, and spirit -- and while the physical and mental benefits of yoga are truly astounding, to many people the idea of yoga is intimidating. In fact, nothing could be easier than starting a yoga practice, and Yoga Zone Introduction to Yoga is the perfect guide.
Yoga: Moving into Stillness
World-renowned yoga master Erich Schiffmann now offers an easy-to-follow, exciting new technique - the first to combine hatha yoga and meditation - to all who are seeking healthful beauty and inner peace. Through simple instruction and essential illustrations, Yoga reveals more than one hundred poses and yoga routines for all levels of ability that will slow or even reverse aging, increase stamina and strength, and slim and tone the body.
An excellent reference book for anatomy in yoga asanas. In addition, Kaminoff has a non-mystique view about yoga. For him, it is spiritual but not a religion. He explains how our muscles, bones and internal organs at each posture, all with language of anatomy.
Yoga for Back Pain
Let internationally renowned rehabilitation specialist Loren Fishman, MD, be your personal instructor for a healthier back! With down-to-earth techniques and instruction for all levels, Cure Back Pain with Yoga helps you:
• distinguish between the nine major causes of backache;
• target your source of pain through diagnosis-specific yoga poses;
• manage, reduce, and ultimately end your pain.
Yoga for Arthritis
n this comprehensive and thoroughly illustrated guide, Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall, who between them have seven decades of clinical experience, help readers understand arthritis and give a spectrum of exercises for beginners and experts. Broken down into chapters focusing on each major joint, there are 100 classical yoga poses and numerous imaginative and physiologically sound adapted poses, all with step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow photo demonstrations.
Yoga as Medicine
The definitive book of yoga therapy, this groundbreaking work comes to you from a practicing yogi who is also a Western-trained physician. Beginning with an overview of the history and science of yoga, Dr. McCall describes the many different techniques in the yoga tool kit and explains what yoga does and who can benefit from it in a lavishly illustrated and minutely detailed instructions on starting a yoga practice right for you.
Learn about this ancient system of healing which aims to bring the individual into harmony with nature.
Comfortable with Uncertainty
This book by the renowned American Buddhist nun offers short, stand-alone readings designed to help us cultivate compassion and awareness amid the challenges of daily living. "Comfortable with Uncertainty" does not assume prior knowledge of Buddhist thought or practice, making it a perfect introduction to Pema Chodron's teaching on lovingkindness, meditation, mindfulness, "nowness," letting go, and working with fear and other painful emotions.
A Path with Heart
Jack Kornfield's A Path with Heart has been acclaimed as the most significant book yet about American Buddhism-a definitive guide to the practice of traditional mindfulness in America today. On this audio edition, Kornfield teaches the key principles of Buddhism's cherished vipassana (insight) tradition and puts them into direct service, with the unique needs of the contemporary seeker in mind.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
This valuable book provides a complete manual for the study and practice of Raja Yoga, the path of concentration and meditation. This new deluxe printing of these timeless teachings is a treasure to be read and referred to again and again by seekers treading the spiritual path. The classic Sutras (thought-threads), at least 4,000 years old, cover the yogic teachings on ethics, meditation, and physical postures, and provide directions for dealing with situations in daily life.
The Bhagavad Gita, “The Song of the Lord,” is the best known and most read of all the Indian scriptures, featured on college reading lists, quoted in yoga magazines, found in all good libraries and bookstores, and recognized as part of the wisdom literature of all time. Easwaran held the Gita to be India’s greatest gift to the world, and he found in it his most profound source of inspiration.