A Reading List for Yoga Therapy and Going Beyond the 200hr Training
For anyone interested in my personal stash of books that I use for my yoga therapy students and reference often. There are more than listed below (I have an extensive library, but these books stand out the most to me personally) They will also give you a leg up during your 500hr training so you have have a better understanding when the concepts are discussed:
Yoga as Medicine, by Timothy McCall. – I bought this book before deciding to take the Integrative Yoga Therapy 500hr training. This book highlights various general ailments and diseases, but doesn’t really take it into the deeper yogic discussions. A great primer for anyone interested in what Yoga Therapy might be like or what it entails. Although the IYT method is much more comprehensive, it’s not bad to have this so you can understand what the rest of the Yoga Therapy community thinks about the subject. Again – not my reference manual, but a good to have.
Yoga and Ayurveda, David Frawley – Indispensable. I read this book cover to cover in just a few days. Ayurveda is a vast subject, so knowing the basics regarding the yoga poses is a good start for any yoga teacher. In fact, after reading this book…it makes you hope that all yoga teachers take these principles into consideration.
Ayurveda and the Mind, by David Frawley – Indispensable too. Read this book right after the previous book. A must have on any yoga teacher’s shelf.
Structural Yoga Therapy, by Mukunda Stiles – A must have for any Yoga Therapist. IYT’s anatomy instructor studied with Mukunda for several years before developing her own style. Very much a foundation of the IYT method.
The Concise Book of Muscles, by Chris Jarmey – This was a required purchase for the training. It shows you the muscles in an easy to understand format. I reference it often.
Yoga Nidra, by Swami Satyananda Saraswati – Gotta have this one. It’s the best Yoga Nidra book I’ve seen so far. It’s the straight up old school Yoga Nidra without a PhD. I find it much more effective and it is the core for my yoga nidra practices and recordings.
Again…this is just a quick short list of my favorite Yoga Therapy specific books.