Background reading

Suggested Reading
Texts or DVDs marked * are priority resources for supporting the material covered on the course, including the specific modules. Others give a helpful

Desikachar, T.V.K. 1998. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice. Inner Traditions International
*Fahri, Donna. 2000 Yoga Mind Body Spirit: a Return to Wholeness. Harry Holt and Co. (An excellent foundation to
the engagement of body and mind as integrated in a yoga practice particularly suited to women aiming to use yoga
to recover health)
Fahri, Donna. 2018 The Breathing Book: Vitality and Good Health through Essential Breath Work. Henry Holt & Company Inc Franklin, Eric 2003 Pelvic Power for Men and Women. Elysian Editions, New Jersey.
*Hirschi, Gertrud 2000 Mudras: Yoga in your Hands. Red Wheel/Weiser Publications.
Iyengar, Geeta Yoga, a Gem for Women Allied Publishers, New Dehli 1983 (a pioneering book on Asanas and their
effects on women’s health from a woman’s perspective and with illustrations of Geeta’s yoga. For further references
see BKS Iyengar’s Light on Yoga)
Kaur Khalsa, Hari 2006 A Woman’s Book of Meditations. Penguin Books
Kaur Khalsa, Shakta 2007 Paperback Yoga for Women. Dorling Kindersley.
*Lasater, Judith 1999 Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times. Rodmell Press. (A classic, elaborating on BKS
Iyengar’s restorative yoga poses with particular reference to women’s needs)
McCall, Timothy Yoga as Medicine: the Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing. Bantam Books 2007.
Miller, Richard 2005 Yoga Nidra: the Meditative Art of Yoga (with CD) Sounds True publications, Boulder Colorado
Muktananda, Swami 1998 (1977) Nawa Yogini Tantra. Bihar School of Yoga Publications. ( a text with useful insights
on applications of yoga to women’s health and spirituality)
Ohlig, Adelheid 1994 Luna Yoga: Vital Fertility and Sexuality Ash Tree Publishing, New York. (an original integration of
dance, yoga and tantra by a woman who healed herself from cancer) Scaravelli, Vanda 2000 Awakening the Spine. Harper One, NY Seibel, Michelle M. MD and Harijog Kaur Khalsa 2002 A Woman’s Book of Yoga: embracing our natural life cycles. Penguin Books
*Sparrowe, Linda and Patricia Walden 2003 Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health
*Shakta Kaur Khalsa Yoga for Women, Dorling Kindersley Hardback 2003, Paperback 2007 (a comprehensive well
illustrated book touching on all phases on women’s lives and conditions from the Kundalini Yoga tradition)
Swami Ambikhananda Sarswati, 2001. Healing Yoga: A Guide to Integrating the Chakras with your Yoga Practice.
Connections Books Publishing. ((A helpful and simple presentation of the effects of particular asanas on the chakras
for achieving a balance of elements and emotions)

Ayurveda/holistic approaches
Conrad, Emilie 2007 Life on Land: The Story of Continuum. North Atlantic Books, US Lonsdorf, Nancy, M.D. 1995 A Woman’s Best Medicine: Health, Happiness and Long Life through Maharishi Ayur-Veda. Penguin Putnam books.
Maya Tiwari, Bri. 2000 The Path of Practice: a woman’s book of ayurvedic healing. Penguin Books

Mental/emotional health

Van der Kolk, Bessel. 2015 The Body keeps the Score: Mind, Brain & Body in the Transformation of Trauma. Penguin books

Specific Anatomy & Physiology
*Calais-Germain, Blandine 2003 The Female Pelvis: Anatomy and Exercises. Eastland Press, Seattle. (This original
anatomy book is still unique in showing the muscles and ligaments of the pelvis. The clear anatomical diagram of the
pelvic floor muscles facilitate greatly the teaching of pelvic floor exercises the yoga way)
Howard, Leslie 2017 Pelvic Liberation: Using Yoga, Self-Inquiry, and Breath Awareness for Pelvic Health. Leslie Howard Yoga Kari, B. et al (eds). 2007. Evidence-based Physical Therapy for the Pelvic Floor. Elsevier.
Koch, Liz 1997 The Psoas Book. Guinea Pig Publications
Lasater, Judith 2009 Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology and Asana. Rodmell Press.
Maddern, Jan. 2002 Yoga Builds Bones. Element Publishers. (Yoga stretches for the prevention of osteoporosis and for
symptom relief) Porges, Steven 2011. The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation. W.W. Norton & Co Rosenberg, Stanley 2017. Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve. North Atlantic Books Uvnas Moberg, Kerstin & Odent, Michel 2003. The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping The Hormone Of Calm, Love, And Healing. Da Capo Press

Holistic medical approaches to women’s reproductive health
Borysenko, Joan 1920 . A Woman’s Book of LIfe: The Biology, Psychology, and Spirituality of the Feminine Life Cycle Riverhead Books, US Hudson, Tori. 2007. Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. Mc Graw Hill, New York.
*Northrup, Christiane MD 2006 (third edition) Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: The Complete Guide to Women’s Health and Wellbeing Bantam Books.
(Still the best book on a holistic approach to women’s health)

Menstrual cycle
Bhaktipoornananda Saraswati, Swami 1998 ‘Getting the most from nature’s cycles’ (pamphlet available from the Satyananda Yoga Centre, London. (Satyananda tradition)
Clennell, Bobby 2007. The Woman’s Yoga Book: Asana and Pranayama for all Phases of the Menstrual Cycle. Rodmell
Press. (Iyengar tradition) Sparrowe, LInda & Walden, Patricia 2004. Yoga for a Healthy Menstrual Cycle. Shambala Publications Inc.

*Francina, Suza, 2003. Yoga and the Wisdom of the Menopause. A Guide to the Physical, Emotional and Spiritual
Health at Midlife and Beyond. Health Communications Books Inc. (One of few positive books on the ’change’ and the
effectiveness of yoga as an alternative to HRT)
Lonsdorf, Nancy M.D. 2002 A Woman’s Best Medicine for Menopause: Your personal guide to radiant good health
using Maharishi Ayurveda. Contemporary Books, McGraw Hill.
Lonsdorf, Nancy 2004. The Ageless Woman: Natural Health and Beauty. MCD Century Publications.
*Northrup, Christiane. MD 2006 revised edition The Wisdom of the Menopause: The complete guide to physical and
emotional health during the change. Bantam Books.
Ojeda, Linda 1995 (1989) Menopause without Medicine. Hunter House Inc. Publishers Weed, Susun 2002 New Menopausal Years: Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90: The Wise Woman Way. Ash Tree Publishing

Friedeberger, Julie 2002 A Visible Wound. Vega Publications
Relevant background reading
Carlson, Karen J, S.A. Eisenstadt and T. Ziporyn 1996. The Harvard Guide to Women’s Health. Harvard University
Chopra, Deepak 1987 Creating Health: Beyond Prevention, Towards Perfection
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston
Dolmar, Alice amd Henry Dreher 1996 Healing Mind, Healthy Woman: Using the Mind-Body connection to manage
stress and take control of your life. Bantam Doubleday Books
Kollack, Ingrid & Utz-Billing, Isabell, 2010. Yoga and Breast Cancer: A Journey to Health and Healing. Demos Health Northrup, Christiane, 2006. Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Creating a legacy of physical and emotional health. Bantam
Dell, New York ( Outlines the importance of patterns passed down female lines)
Mookerjee, Ajit, Kali, the Feminine Force; Thames & Hudson 1988 (A beautifully illustrated book showing the multiple sides of the feminine in Indian cosmology)
Odent, Michel 2009 The Function of the Orgasms. Pinter & Martin, London.Pert, Candace 1997 Molecules of Emotion Simon & Schuster
Smith, Fritz Frederick 1986 Inner Bridges: A Guide to Energy, Movement and Body Structure. Humanics New Age
*Uvnás Moberg, Kerstin 2003 The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping the Hormone of Calm, Love and Healing. Da Capo Press.
(a must reading for understanding the transformative power of bhakti and meditation)
Valins, Linda 1993 Intimate Matters: Restoring balance and harmony to the feminine experience. Gaia Books.

Shakti and sexuality
Chia, Manweewan 1986 Cultivating Female Sexual Energy Healing Tao.
Chia, Mantak, 2004. Taoist Way to Transform Stress into Vitality. Universal Tao Publications, Chang Mai.
Piontext. Maitreyi D. 2001. Exploring the Hidden Power of Female Sexuality. Weiser Books.
Russell, Jenni 2005 Can a vagina really buy a Mercedes: what can your pelvic floor do for you? JM Print Services Ltd,

Audio and visual resources
DVD Shiva Rea. Yoga Shakti Practice: Transformational Vinyasa Yoga (Lunar salutations, Dancing Warrior)
CD Mother Divine: the sacred chants of Devi: 108 sacred names of Mother Divine
Craig Pruess,
CD Breathe and Relax by Julie Friedberger

Research resources/websites ( more links are available in your subject area modules)

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