Here are some of my favorite reading recommendations covering yoga practice, philosophy, Buddhism, and meditation.

Adele, D. (2009).  The Yamas and the Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice. An excellent book for anyone wanting to explore these two essential components of yoga's 8-limb philosophy in greater depth.

Austin, M. (2003). Cool Yoga Tricks. A wealth of strategies for modifying yoga postures.

Blair, N. (2017). Brightening Our Inner Skies: Yin and YogaWonderful book on Yin yoga that offers excellent posture breakdowns and modifications applicable to other practices as well.

Boorstein, N. (1997)  It's Easier Than You Think.  A classic, simple, accessible introduction to Buddhist teachings.

Bondy, D. (2019).  Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses for Every Type of Body.  Yoga postures accessible to all; accompanied by amazing full-color photo illustrations.

Harris, D (2019, Revised Edition).  Ten Percent Happier.  A TV anchor and self-proclaimed skeptic reviews how his discovery of meditation made his life 10% better.

Kaminoff, L. (2011, 2nd Ed.). Yoga Anatomy. One of the most comprehensive, readable guides detailing the actions of the body in yoga asana.

Hanh, T.N. (2015).  How to Relax.  A simple (but not simplistic) little guide by the Zen master on how to be more mindful through practices such as resting and breathing.

Hanson, R. (2011).  Just One Thing. Everyday practices founded in both positive psychology and Buddhism to improve overall well-being and move towards a happier life.

Krucoff, C. (2013).  Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less. Nice little book of short yoga and meditation practices to incorporate throughout your day, whether at home, at work, or elsewhere.

Lasater, J. H. (2015, 2nd Ed.). Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life. Provides guidelines for taking the practice beyond the mat by incorporating yogic principles into daily life.

Lasater, J.H. (2003).  30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers. Another excellent book by Lasaster, this one guiding teachers and students alike in exploring yoga's most foundational postures.

McCall, T. (2007). Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing. Details the use of yoga as part of a holistic approach to health, addressing twenty specific conditions.

McGonigal, K. (2009). Yoga for Pain Relief: Simple Practices to Calm Your Mind & Heal Your Chronic Pain. Describes gentle yoga techniques appropriate for anyone, not just those with chronic pain.

Mesko, S. (1997, 2000, 2013).  Healing Mudras: Yoga for Your Hands.  A guide to using hand gestures, or mudras, as part of a wellness practice.

NurrieSterns, M., & NurrieSterns, R. (2010). Yoga for Anxiety: Meditations and Practices for Calming Body and Mind. Offers various exercises for enhancing general well-being; also provides specific instruction on breathing practices, yoga poses for calming, and meditation.

Rasheta, N. (2018).  No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners.  This question and answer guide provides a non-secular guide to the main tenets of Buddhism.

I'm an avid reader, so I'm frequently reading new books and finding new favorites!  For my latest recommendations, follow me as Reviewer Dr. Beth on  I also review fitness DVDs and wellness books for the web site Metapsychology Online Reviews.