On Practices

The Brain that Changes Itself: Remarkable Stories of Personal Triumph on the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge

Cutting edge psychiatrist shares stories of triumph over devastating strokes, injuries and disorders from the frontiers of brain research on neuroplasticity.            

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy not Time is the Key to Performance and Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

Performance experts outline a strong argument for renewal rituals incorporated into stressful lives for full vitality and optimal performance.

Building Social Business: the New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs by Muhammad Yunus

Nobel Peace Prize winning economist presents a hopeful new vision for capitalism, inspiring business, government and non-profit leaders worldwide.

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein

Journalist profiles some of the most inspirational citizen entrepreneurs around the world, who are using business models to serve pressing community needs, and leading a global grassroots movement for change.

We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy by John Buck

A business manager and a researcher talk about the equivalent of yoga for organizations: principles, structures and disciplines that create an elegant flow of energy and communications, and dramatically improve an organization's effectiveness and morale.  (Thank you for the book, John, and for asking, "How could an organization practice yoga principles?")

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
Business thinker illuminates, through parables and metaphors, the compounding power of consistent, small actions to bring about significant change over time.

Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez
Financial gurus outline liberating steps to relate healthily to money, and offer holistic and positive ideas for creating a livelihood in accordance with ones values, to free up ones' energy for fulfilling pursuits.  (Thank you Martha M. for recommending this!)

The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto

Researcher illustrates the effects of positive or negative thoughts and their fields of energy on the formation of crystals of water.

The Biology of Belief, by Bruce Lipton

Cell Biologist synthesizes his breakthrough research with quantum physics to radically change our understanding of DNA, revealing that cell biology is controlled by energetic messages from our positive and negative thoughts.

Killowatt Ours by Jeff Barrie

Documentary film maker outlines the environmental energy problem in an accessible and personal way that inspires both awareness and immediate, doable action.  (Thanks Julie B. for sharing that it was this film that converted you from being a power hog to green conscious and solar.)

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis
Best-selling cardiologist outlines tasty recipes for a wheat-free diet and outlines the research and his own patients' dramatic health improvements through eliminating wheat from their diets, including reduction of inflammation and cravings.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

Best-selling author describes her family's year of living as locovores in rural Virginia, raising, buying and eating locally sourced foods, providing background on the power of choosing local sources for the environment, for farmers and for health.

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Renowned psychiatrist and survivor of the Nazi death camps writes his conclusions about what drives people most: a search for meaning, and argues that the only thing that cannot be controlled by others, is how we choose to respond to experiences.    

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and in Business by Charles Duhigg

Prize-winning journalist presents compelling research and examples of how to change habits, from weight loss to building social change movements, by understanding their mechanics and using them effectively.    

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by  Adam Grant

Popular business professor researches the most highly successful people in a variety of fields and finds a surprising, key unlying commonality.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Mari Kondo

A surprisingly spiritual approach to managing our possessions.  A key message is to keep only what gives you joy, and release everything else with gratitude for having had it, resulting in a refreshing, energetic click of harmony which does not revert back to chaos.

Intriguing and Inspiring

A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance and Recapture the American Spirit by Tim Ryan
For the first time, a sitting member of the U.S. Congress writes about the power of meditation practice: to "reduce stress, improve performance and reclaim the American Spirit."  Chapters are on his personal experience with meditation, scientific research, children, health care, military and first responders and the economy.  A surprising and welcome perspective!

Somatics by Thomas Hanna
Originator of Somatics, building on the insights of bodywork pioneer Moshe Feldenkrais, debunks the myth of aging or permanent mental and physical decline,  empowering us to rehabilitate from injury, trauma, and chronic ailments.  He shows how most everyone can relearn supple, healthy movement through sensory-motor awareness, freedom which can be maintained with a simple five minute daily routine of yoga-like movements. 

Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Teacher makes meditation down-to-earth and meaningful to daily life in an accessible, doable way.

Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth by Peter Kelder
A legendary back-story introducing the Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation, a simple, concise, but powerful energy practice.

Power versus Force by David Hawkins
Eminent psychiatrist explores the difference between (spiritual) power and (ego) force as it manifests in our body/mind/spirits. 

The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner
A very accessible, how-to book on EFT/Tapping by an expert committed to making EFT widely known and used. 

Light on Yoga by  B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga pioneer comprehensively details root philosophy, poses, breathing, with 600 photos.  Health benefits of each specific pose are explained.

Yoga: the Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffman
Yoga teacher brings development of intuition and spirit into yoga and daily life.

The New Yoga for People over 50 by Suza Francina
Yoga teacher inspires through real stories of yoginis over 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, etc!

An Awesome Book of Thanks by Dallas Clayton

A children's educator shares a whimsical and powerful practice that can transform your daily life.

Yoga Books and Beyond

True to Form:  How to Use Foundation Training for Sustained Pain Relief and Everyday Fitness

Radical in its simplicity, Dr. Eric Goodman’s visionary approach to mindful movement corrects the complacent adaptations that lead to back and joint pain, and teaches us to harness the body’s natural movement patterns into daily activities to make us fit, healthy, and pain free.


An empowering book by and for women with ten women's personal stories with meditations and practices to help us stay connected to our true selves.  Look for a chapter by Unyong with her personal journey!