Books I hope to finish before 2010 (thanks for the recommendations Yoga Journal):
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, by Norman Doidge, M.D. (James H. Silberman Books, 2007). The book, also not exactly a “yoga” book, focuses on samskaras, the experiences, thoughts, and actions that form energetic “scars” on each of us. Walden notes that yoga practitioners have understood these concepts for years, but a mainstream text like this (it’s a New York Times’ bestseller) can help teachers frame that knowledge in a different way.
The Body Has a Mind of Its Own, by Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee (Random House, 2007 Yoga Journal contributing editor Jason Crandell calls The Body Has a Mind of Its Own “a layperson’s guide to understanding the chemical and neural processes that allow us to feel (and identify) our physical, embodied existence.” He continues, “Without directly addressing yoga asana, it presents clear and insightful food for thought about asana, balance, proprioception, awareness, energy fields, and cognition.”
The Mindful Brain, by Daniel J. Siegel (W.W. Norton & Co., 2007) Crandell adds that The Mindful Brain is an exploration of author Siegel’s analysis of the connections between contemporary neurobiology, psychiatry, and mindfulness practice. The book is sure to provide teachers with insight and points of contemplation as to how the practice of mindfulness affects the brain and, ultimately, leads to greater awareness and wellness.
Ideokinesis: A Creative Approach to Human Movement and Body Alignment, by Andreeacute; Bernard, Wolfgang Steinmüller, and Ursula Stricker (North Atlantic Books, 2006). David Magone praises this book provides an interesting introduction into the ways in which imagery can affect human body positioning and movement performance.
Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing, by Timothy McCall, M.D. (Bantam, 2007). Walden’s final addition to the list, she calls this simply “a must-read” for all yoga teachers. Full disclosure: Yoga as Medicine is a Yoga Journal book.