Ajaya, S. (1984). Healing the Whole Person: Applications of Yoga Psychotherapy.
Honesdale, PA: Himalayan Institute Press.
Ajaya, S., Rama, S., and Ballentine, R. (1976). Yoga & Psychotherapy: The evolution of Consciousness. Honesdale, PA: Himalayan Institute Press.
Aurobindo, S. (1955). A Practical Guide to Integral Yoga. Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Press.
Chidbhavananda, S. (2005). The BhagavadGita. Tiruchirappalli: Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam.
Eliade, M. (1958). Yoga: Immortality and Freedom (W. R. Trask, Trans. 2nd ed.). New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
Farhi, D. (2003). Bringing Yoga to Life. New York: Harper Collins Press.
Forbes, B. (2011). Yoga for Emotional Balance. Boston: Shambala Press.
Goleman, D and Lama, D. (2003). Destructive Emotions: How can we Overcome Them: A Scientifc Dialogue with the Dalai Lama. New York :Bantam Books.
Krishnamurti, J. (2001). Commentaries on Living, Vol. 1 (11th ed.). Wheaton, Illinoise: Quest Books.

Satchidananda, S. (2003). The Yoga sutras of Patanjali (9th ed.). Buckingham, Va. : Integral Yoga Publications.

Sivanananda, S. (1994). Mind, its mysteries and control. Himalayas, India: The Divine Life Society.

Shannahoff-Khalsa, D. (2006). Kundalini Yoga Meditation: TEchniques Specific for Psychoatric Disorders, Couples Therapy & Personal Growth. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.


 Favorite Academic Books & Articles on Yoga


Alter, J. (2004). Yoga in Modern India. Princeton University Press.

Alter, J. (2009). Yoga in Asia - Mimetic History: Problems in the Location of Secret Knowledge. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 29(2), 213-229.

Alter, J. S. (2006). Yoga and fetishism: reflections on Marxist social theory./Yoga et fetichisme : reflexions sur la theorie sociale marxiste. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 12, 763(721).

Alter, J. S. (2000). Gandhi's Body: Sex, Diet and the Politics of Nationalism. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Brockington, J., Carpenter, D., Whicher, I., Pflueger, L., Chapple, C. K., Sundaresan, V., et al. (2003). Yoga: The Indian tradition. New York: Routledge Press.

DeMichelis, E. (2005). A History of Modern Yoga. New York: Continuum.

Douglass, L. (2011). Yoga as counternarrative: American higher education rethinks difference and interdependency Pedagogy, Pluralism and Practice(15), 1-35.

Farhi, D. (2003). Bringing Yoga to life. New York: HarperCollins Publishing.

Feurstein, G. (2003). The Deeper Dimension of Yoga. Boston: Shambhala Press.

Hauschild, T. (2007). Yoga between Indo-Aryan Nationalism and Multisited Fieldwork. Current Anthropology, 48(3), 463-465.

Helberg, N., Heyes, C., & Rohel, J. (2009). Thinking through the body: yoga, philosophy,a nd physical education. Teaching Philosophy, 32(3), 263(218).

Hoyez, A.-C. c. (2007). The 'world of yoga': The production and reproduction of therapeutic landscapes. Social Science & Medicine (1982), 65(1), 112-124.

Morley, J. (2008). Embodied Consciousness in Tantric Yoga and the Phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty. Religion & the Arts, 12(1-3), 144-163.

Michelis, E. D., Alter, J., Strauss, S., Singleton, M., Liberman, K., Nevrin, K., et al. (2008). Yoga in the Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives. New York: Routledge Press.

Pagis, M. (2009). Embodied self-reflexivity.(Author abstract)(Report). Social Psychology Quarterly, 72(3), 265(219).

Persson, A. (2007). Intimate immensity: Phenomenology of place and space in an Australian yoga community. American Ethnologist, 34(1), 44-56.

Sarukkai, S. (2002). Inside/outside: Merleau-Ponty/Yoga. Philosophy East & West, 52(4), 459-478.

Shusterman, R. (2006). Thinking through the body, educating for the humanities: A pleas for somaesthics. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 40(1), 1-21.

Singelton, M. (2010). Yoga body: The origins of modern posture practice. New York: Oxford Press.

Smith, B. R. (2007). Body, mind and spirit? Towards and analysis of the practice of yoga. Body and Society, 13(2), 25-46.

Strauss, S. (2005). Positioning Yoga. New York: Berg.

Tate, A., & Douglass, L. (2010, October 5-8, 2010). Scholars of the Body: Yoga as a Tool for Teaching and Learning within Higher Education. Paper presented at the The Future of Adult Higher Education: Principles, Contexts and Practices, Proceedings of the annual conference of the Adult Higher Education Alliance, Saratoga, NY.

Zaleski, C. (2007). Christian yoga. Christian Century, 124(9), 57-57.

White, D. G. (1984). Why Gurus Are Heavy. Numen, 31(1), 40-73.

White, D.G. (2009). Sinister Yogis. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.


Free Online Films 

 Yoga, Inc. (2007). This documentary chronicle the business of yoga, with an emphasis on Bikram's copyright laws. 


 Yoga Performances

Yoga and Break Dancing Video. 

Surya Namaskar (ballet and yoga)

Tripsicore Yoga Performanc



Yoga Psychology Authors


Akhilananda, S. (1951). Mental Health and Hindu Psychology. New York: Harper and Brothers.

Alter, J. (2004). Yoga in Modern India. New Jersey, Princeton University Press.

Aurobindo, S. (1997). Yoga and education. Pondicherry, India, Sri Aurobindo Press.

Chethimattam, J. (1971) Psychology and Personality. In Patterns of Indian Thought. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books.

Dalal, A. S. (2001). Psychology, mental health and Yoga. Pondicherry, Sri Aurobindo Ahram Press.

Eliade, M. (1958). Yoga: Immortality and Freedom. New Jersey, Princeton University Press.

Farhi, D. (2003). Bringing Yoga to Life. New York, Harper Collins Press.

DeMichelis, E. (2005). A History of Modern Yoga. New York, Continuum.

Feurstein, G. (2003). The Deeper Dimensions of Yoga. Boston, Shambala Press.

Frawley, D. (1997). Ayurveda and the Mind: the Healing of Consciousness. Wisconsin: Lotus Press

Frawley, D. (1999). Yoga and Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization. Wisconsin: Lotus Press

Frawley, D. and Lad, V. (1988). The Yoga of Herbs. Wisconsin: Lotus Press

Kumar, A. (1997).Ayurvedic Clinical Medicine. Delhi, India: Sri Satguru Publications

Lad, V. (1996). The Secrets of the Pulse. Albuquerque, New Mexico: The Ayurvedic Press

Lad, V. (1984).Ayurveda The Science of Self-Healing. Wilmot, Wi: Lotus Press.

Majumdar, A. (1999). Nervous System in Yoga and Tantra: Implications in Ayurveda. Delhi, India: Nag Publishers.

Svoboda, R. (1992).Ayurveda: Life, Health and Longevity. New York, New York :Penguin Books.

Svoboda, R. (1989). Prakruti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution. Albuquerque, NM: Geocom.

Venkatesananda, S. (1993). Vasistha's Yoga. New York, State University of New York Press.



The Ayurvedic Institute: This web site contains general guidelines, food and nutrition information and Ayurvedic cleansing guidelines. It is a quality resource for information, trainings and Ayurvedic products. Established in 1984 by Dr. Vasant Lad, the Ayurvedic Institute is recognized as one of the leading Ayurveda schools outside of to teach and provide traditional therapy of East Indian Ayurveda including herbs, nutrition, panchakarma cleansing, acupressure massage, Yoga, Sanskrit, and Jyotish (Vedic astrology).

American Institute of Vedic Studies. David Frawley's website offers information on trainings in Ayurvedic medicine as well as in the other Vedic Sciences. There is an excellent selection of books that can be ordered directly from the publisher - all of which are quality. Ayurvedic Physicians,Vaidyas, or Ayurvedic Physicians, are classically trained at an accredited Ayurvedic School of Medicine. This entails five years of rigorous full time study and exams followed by several years of apprenticeship.

International Association of Yoga Therapists. A great resource for yoga teachers and new researchers.Provides a current listing of registered yoga teachers.

Modern Yoga Research. Current academic research on yoga.

Swami Krishnananda. E-books and audio lectures on yoga.

Integral Yoga Magazine. A great collection of articles!

Yoga Research Foundation. To bring together a community of practitioners, scientists, visionaries, mathematicians, philosophers, artists, educators, and other well-trained and deeply thoughtful people to develop yoga science for the common good.

Yoga University. Online classes on yoga by some really great instructors.


Research Studies on Yoga

Boudette, R. (2006). Question & answer: yoga in the treatment of disordered eating and body image disturbance: how can the practice of yoga be helpful in recovery from an eating disorder? Eating Disorders, 14(2), 167-170.

Brown, R. P., & Gerbarg, P. L. (2005). Sudarshan kriya yogic breathing in the treatment of stress, anxiety, and depression: Part II clinical applications and guidelines. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 11(4), 711-717

Dale, L. P., Mattison, A. M., Greening, K., Galen, G., Neace, W. P., & Matacin, M. L. (2009). Yoga Workshop Impacts Psychological Functioning and Mood of Women With Self-Reported History of Eating Disorders. [Article]. Eating Disorders, 17(5), 422-434. doi: 10.1080/10640260903210222

da Silva, T. L., Ravindran, L. N., & Ravindran, A. V. (2009). Yoga in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders: A review. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 2(1), 6-16.

Dittmann, K. A., & Freedman, M. R. (2009). Body Awareness, Eating Attitudes, and Spiritual Beliefs of Women Practicing Yoga. [Article]. Eating Disorders, 17(4), 273-292. doi: 10.1080/10640260902991111

Douglass, L. (2009). Yoga as an intervention for eating disorders: Does it help? . Eating Disorders: The journal of treatment and prevention. , 17 (2), 126-139.

Duraiswamy, G., Thirthalli, J., Nagendra, H. R., & Gangadhar, B. N. (2007). Yoga therapy as an add-on treatment in the management of patients with schizophrenia--a randomized controlled trial. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 116(3), 226-232.

Girodo, M. (1974). Yoga meditation and flooding in the treatment of anxiety neurosis. Journal Of Behavior Therapy And Experimental Psychiatry, 5(2), 157-160.

Groessl, E. J., Weingart, K. R., Aschbacher, K., Pada, L., & Baxi, S. (2008). Yoga for Veterans with Chronic Low-Back Pain. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 14(9), 1123-1129.

Javnbakht, M., Hejazi Kenari, R., & Ghasemi, M. (2009). Effects of yoga on depression and anxiety of women. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 15(2), 102-104.

Jella, S. A., & Shannahoff-Khalsa, D. S. (1993). The effects of unilateral forced nostril breathing on cognitive performance. The International Journal Of Neuroscience, 73(1-2), 61-68.

Khalsa, S. B. S., Shorter, S. M., Cope, S., Wyshak, G., & Sklar, E. (2009). Yoga Ameliorates Performance Anxiety and Mood Disturbance in Young Professional Musicians. [Article]. Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback, 34(4), 279-289. doi: 10.1007/s10484-009-9103-4

Khalsa, S. B. S., Khalsa, G. S., Khalsa, H. K., & Khalsa, M. K. (2008). Evaluation of a Residential Kundalini Yoga Lifestyle Pilot Program for Addiction in India. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 7(1), 67-79.

Krisanaprakornkit, T., Krisanaprakornkit, W., Piyavhatkul, N., & Laopaiboon, M. (2006). Meditation therapy for anxiety disorders. Cochrane Database Of Systematic Reviews (Online)(1), CD004998.

Lavey, R., Sherman, T., Mueser, K. T., Osborne, D. D., Currier, M., & Wolfe, R. (2005). The effects of yoga on mood in psychiatric inpatients. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 28(4), 399-402.

LU, C. (2009). An Understanding of Body-Mind Relation Based on Eastern Movement Disciplines and Its Implication in Physical Education. Physical & Health Education Academic Journal.

McIver, S., O'Halloran, P., & McGartland, M. (2009). Yoga as a treatment for binge eating disorder: A preliminary study. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 17(4), 196-202.

Pilkington, K., Kirkwood, G., Rampes, H., & Richardson, J. (2005). Yoga for depression: The research evidence. Journal of Affective Disorders, 89(1-3), 13-24.

Platania-Solazzo, A., Field, T. M., Blank, J., Seligman, F., Kuhn, C., Schanberg, S., & Saab, P. (1992). Relaxation therapy reduces anxiety in child and adolescent psychiatric patients. Acta Paedopsychiatrica, 55(2), 115-120.

Telles, S., Singh, N., Joshi, M., & Balkrishna, A. (2010). Post traumatic stress symptoms and heart rate variability in Bihar flood survivors following yoga: a randomized controlled study. BMC Psychiatry, 10, 18-27.

Rawal, A., Enayati, J., Williams, M., & Park, R. (2009). A mindful approach to eating disorders. [Article]. Healthcare Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal, 9(4), 16-20.

Richards, P. S., Hardmen, R., & Berrett, M. (2007). Spiritual approaches in the treatment of women with eating disorders. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Singh, A. N. (2006). Role of yoga therapies in psychosomatic disorders. International Congress Series, 1287, 91-96.

Shapiro, D., Cook, L. A., Davydov, D. M., Ottaviani, C., Leuchter, A. F., & Abrams, M. (2007). Yoga as a Complementary Treatment of Depression: Effects of Traits and Moods on Treatment Outcome. [Article]. Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine (eCAM), 4(4), 493-502.

Shannahoff-Khalsa, D. S. (2004). An introduction to Kundalini yoga meditation techniques that are specific for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Journal Of Alternative And Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.), 10(1), 91-101.

Sharma, V. K., Das, S., Mondal, S., Goswampi, U., & Gandhi, A. (2005). Effect of Sahaj Yoga on depressive disorders. Indian Journal Of Physiology And Pharmacology, 49(4), 462-468.

Streeter, C. C., Jensen, J. E., Perlmutter, R. M., Cabral, H. J., Tian, H., Terhune, D. B., . . . Renshaw, P. F. (2007). Yoga asana sessions increase brain GABA levels: A pilot study. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 13(4), 419-426

Woolery, A., Myers, H., Stemliebm, B., & Zeltzer, L. (2004). A YOGA INTERVENTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS WITH ELEVATED SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION. Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine, 10(2), 60-63.

Strength Training or Yoga for AN Patients? (2005). Eating Disorders Review, 16(2), 8-8.