For Yogis:

Grzybowski, Eve. Teach Yourself Yoga – An accessible all-round yoga book with everything you need to get into yoga: history, philosophy, practice tips, photos, detailed descriptions of poses, and the author’s own experiences as a practitioner. 

Balaskas, Janet. Preparing for Birth with Yoga:Exercises for Pregnancy and Childbirth – One of the best yoga books for pregnant yoginis and new mothers.
Iyengar, Geeta. Yoga: A Gem for Women – A perennial classic for yoga practitioners and teachers alike from the hugely knowledgable daughter of the old master.
Lasater, Judith. Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times – As advertised, just exactly the yoga practices and poses we need to deal with our too-busy lives.
Scarvelli, Vanda. Awakening the Spine – A poetic description of what yoga means to the octogenarian author, with totally inspiring images.
Kenton, Lesley. Passage to Power – Empowering information that counters how we were conditioned to think about menopause.

Linda Sparrowe and Patricia Walden, The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health, Shambala Boston and London, 2002. Really, everything you need to know about women’s yoga in a clear, clean presentation with great photos.

Gary Kraftsow, Penguin Books 1999 Yoga For Wellness – A useful manual of therapeutic yoga for teachers and students who want a very natural approach to healing.

Timothy McCall, M.D., Yoga as Medicine, Bantam Books, 2007 – A common-sense and inspiring collection of how senior yoga teachers work with various medical conditions.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha, Bihar Yoga Bharati, India, 1997 – I consider this a bible for all of the above practices. Of special interest is the first section on Pawanmuktasana exercise.

Richard C. Miller, The Meditative Heart of Yoga C.D. and book, (Yoga Nidra) – The book explains the power of Yoga Nidra and the c.d. (in Richard Miller’s voice) allows you to experience the depth of the practice.

Suza Francina, The New Yoga for Healthy Aging, Health Communications, Inc., 2007 – The author is knowledgable, fun and accessible. The photo models are “of a certain age” and show the rewards of dedication to yoga practice.

Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca,  Machliss, Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga – This pithy book represents the creative force and vast expertise of these two leaders in field of yoga.

Donald Moyer, Awakening the Inner Body – The author writes clearly and in depth about how to make the physical practice of yoga deeper and more satisfying.

Parmahans Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi. The magical, classic story of one of the leading lights of yoga in the 20th century.

TKV Desikachar, Health, Healing & Beyond. A great teacher in his own right, Desikachar tells the story of his father Krishnamacharya, the teacher of and inspiration for many influential yoga teachers.

Donna Farhi, Bringing Yoga to Life. Writing practically about the practice of yoga, the author of many useful contemporary yoga books tells us how to take our practices from the yoga room into the room of life.

For those interested in writing:

Scott Russell Sanders, A Private History of Awe

Chris Vogler – The Writers Journey

Stephen King, On Writing

Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

Alice Pung, Unpolished Gem

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions On Writing and Life

John Hughes, The Idea of Home

John O’Donohue, Eternal Echoes: Exploring Our Hunger to Belong


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