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Yoganand Michael Carroll - Is recognized as a Master-Level teacher in the Kripalu Yoga tradition. After studying with Kripalu Yoga Masters in India and America, Yoganand taught at the Kripalu Center for mor than 15 years before founding Radiant Well-being Yoga Center in N. Augusta, South Carolina. He is also the founder of Pranakrya Professional Level Yoga Teacher Training. Steve Wolf is a graduate of his 500 Hour program.
Sharon Salzberg - Sharon is one of our finest Insight Meditation (vipassana) teachers. Her site contains her superb essays and commentary, as well as information on Tibet and the work of the Dalai Lama. www.sharonsalzberg.com
Doug Keller - A nationally recognized yoga teacher and lecturer who makes his home in the DC area. His workshops are highly recommended. www.doyoga.com
Jonathan Foust - Leads vipassana retreats and classes as well as yoga workshops throughout the country, and in the DC area. Jonathan is also a long-time member of the Kripalu Yoga Center community. www.jonathanfoust.com
Barbara Benagh - Barbara is a wonderful and insightful yoga teacher. Her national workshops are informative and entertaining. Highly recommended. www.yogastudio.org
Rod Stryker - Another national treasure, Rod had developed Para Yoga as a prominent teacher training system. He also teaches in association with the Himalayan Institute. Rod Stryker remains a strong influence on Steve Wolf's yoga teaching style.
Crofton Yoga - The premier Kripalu/Pranakrya yoga studio in the DC Metro area, located in the Bowie/Crofton area east of the Washington beltway. www.croftonyoga.com
Erich Schiffmann - A master at making the true teachings of yoga accessible to all, and the author of one of the best yoga books ever written (see book section below). www.erichschiffmann.com and www.movingintostillmess.com
One Minute Meditation - Based on the book, One-Moment Meditation, this video shows you how to meditate in just a moment. Learn to reduce stress, calm down, focus, and find peace ... right now. More info at: onemomentmeditation.com. Click here to watch YouTube video.
YOGA: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness - This is the classic work by Erich Schiffmann. This masterpiece should be in the library of everyone who is serious about their yoga practice. Here is the Amazon listing for this book.
Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment - By George Leonard Although written by a well-known aikidoist, this book is highly recommended for anyone who is committed to a path of mastery. Click here for the Amazon listing.
Yoga Nidra - By Swami Satyananda Saraswati This is the book that revived the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra. It remains the best, most complete text on the subject. If you are interested in learning more about this valuable practice, start with this book. Senior yoga teachers such as Judith Lasater and Rod Stryker stress the importance deep relaxation and regular yoga nidra practice. Click here for the Amazon listing.
30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers - P.T. Judith Hanson Lasater Ph.D. Buy this if you are serious about building a deep, but safe home practice. As the title suggests, there is also much here to help teachers refine their skills. Steve Wolf uses this book as the companion text for his workshop by the same name. 30 Essential Yoga Poses at Amazon. Lasater has written a number of excellent books. Also recommended are: Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana and Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life.
Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness - By Donna Farhi Another classic yoga text. From the Amazon listing: Internationally renowned yoga instructor Donna Farhi reveals how yoga enhances the connections between the mind, body, and spirit. She outlines the seven simple movement principles that underlie all human motion and provides exercises to help readers understand how they can achieve all yoga postures. She also discusses the ten ethical precepts that are the foundation of all yoga teachings and explains how to incorporate them into a spiritually and emotionally rewarding inner practice. Also recommended by this author: The Breathing Book: Vitality & Good Health Through Essential Breath Work
Yoga Teachers Toolbox - By Joseph Le Page and Lilian Le Page. Little known outside Integrative Yoga (IYT) circles, this comprehensive manual is one of the better tools for yoga teachers and students alike. It's all here on beautifully illustrated, removable, laminated pages. Buy this, you won't regret it. The IYT Online Store
Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga - By Gary Kraftsow. Amazon.com Review: There's more to yoga than stretching and bending and twisting. In Yoga for Wellness, one of America's top yoga teachers gives a clinic on the holistic nature of yoga practice, especially in regard to healing and well-being. With over a thousand photographs, Gary Kraftsow covers the basic postures, the specific movements of each posture, and how to sequence postures in a routine. More importantly, he moves from form to function, showing how sequences of postures can alleviate ailments in each system of the body, from lower back pain to hypertension--even depression and multiple sclerosis. In case studies of his own clients, we see how Kraftsow's holistic approach has him recommending not only posture prescriptions, but breathing exercises, sound techniques, and visualizations, not to mention such commonly neglected wisdom as eating a healthy breakfast and getting closer to nature. Yoga for Wellness is the rare yoga instruction manual that teaches the basics of yoga while also paying more than just lip service to the original intention of yoga--achieving a balance of mental, physical, and spiritual wellness. --Brian Bruya Buy it here.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - By Alistair Shearer & Patanjali. If you are ready to delve into the deeper teachings of yoga, start with this. This excellent, but concise guidebook takes the sometimes esoteric teachings of Patanjali, and puts them in the context of our modern lives. Although there are many translations and interpretations of Patanjali's classic work, this remains one of the best. Buy it here.
Yoga Anatomy - By Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews. Now in its second edition, this one is, hands down, the best illustrated anatomy book on yoga postures. Buy it here.