Book Reviews


Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson

This fascinating book describes how meditation practices can literally change our minds.  Hanson uses neuroanatomy, physiology and psychology to explain how the brain works in creating specific feelings and states… Read More→

Eyes Wide Open by Mariana Caplan

This illuminating and captivating book by psychologist Mariana Caplan explores the practice of discernment on the spiritual path.  Through interviewing thousands of spiritual teachers and practitioners Caplan has uncovered the… Read More→

The Chakra Bible by Patricia Mercier

This delightful book on body’s chakra energy centers is well designed and illustrated with beautiful color photographs, charts and drawings.  The bulk of the book is straightforward, going through the… Read More→

The Key Poses of Hatha Yoga

The second volume in the "Scientific Keys" series of yoga anatomy books is just as impressive as the first with the same style of computer illustrated skeletal models and detailed… Read More→

The Open Road by Pico Iyer

The Open Road is a detailed and candid look into one of the worlds most popular and famous religious teachers, the 14th Dali Lama.  Iyer takes the time to slowly… Read More→

Yogabody by Judith Hanson Lasater

Master yoga teacher Judith Lasater draws upon her training and experience as a physical therapist in her latest book on yogic anatomy. Yogabody is organized into five sections (the locomotor… Read More→

Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers

Yoga-star Sarah Powers first book blends the theory and practice of Hatha Yoga, Chinese meridian therapy and Buddhist meditation into a fascinating exploration of the body, breath, mind and energy…. Read More→

Yoga: The Greater Tradition

There are so many books on yoga on the market now that at times a newcomer can feel like they are drowning in choices. Most of the books for beginners… Read More→

The Yoga Practice Guide

An excellent resource for the sequencing of yoga postures, this large-format spiral-bound book is divided into 5 levels of sequences: beginner, intermediate, intermediate/advanced, advanced and restorative. Each of the sequences… Read More→

New Kirtan and Chanting Books

Kirtan (call-and-response Sanskrit chanting), is becoming increasingly popular in the West. Three recent books aim to describe this practice to newcomers and experienced chanters alike. If you are interested in… Read More→

Yoga for Computer Users

I know from firsthand experience the tolls that working on a computer for extended hours can take on the body. This book addresses these stresses and strains of the hands,… Read More→

Storms Can’t Hurt the Sky

Often it is not the information contained in a book that draws us to it, but the context in which it is presented. The Buddhist teachings and practices that Gabriel… Read More→

Eighty Four Asanas in Yoga

This fascinating and scholarly exploration of the history of hatha yoga and it’s asanas (postures) explores the modern belief that the poses derive from an ancient and original set of… Read More→

Yoga for Arthritis

This excellent book covers the therapeutic applications of yoga for all types of arthritic conditions.  The excellent overview of the pathology of arthritis, and the brief introduction to the therapeutic… Read More→

Yoga as Medicine

While several books have been written on the subject of yoga therapy, this is the first that attempts to explain how and why yoga works as a therapeutic tool to… Read More→

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