Inspiration:Audio talks & recommended reading


Audio talks

These websites offer free audio downloads of talks given by leading yoga and dharma teachers. These talks feed my practice daily, providing essential encouragement and insight. – Tias Little’s dharma talks integrate teachings, poetry, and metaphor from an array of sources. These talks are my mainstay and I return to them continually. They remind of the scope of the wisdom teachings and the brilliance creativity and humor add to their transmission. – This site offers hundreds of free talks given by Theravadan Buddhist teachers worldwide. All talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center are available here. – Michael Stone is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, Buddhist teacher, author and activist, committed to the integration of traditional teachings with contemporary psychological and philosophical understanding. He founded Center of Gravity in Toronto which is a Buddhist center committed to practice and sangha within urban life. His talks and yogic teachings are very direct and challenge me to examine the integrity of my life, practice, and teaching (if these can be separated). –  Richard Freeman has been a student of yoga since 1968. Richard’s background includes studying Sufism in Iran, Zen and Vipassana Buddhist practice, Bhakti and traditional Hatha yoga in India. Starting in 1974 he also began an in-depth study of Iyengar yoga, which eventually led him to Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Richard’s talks are unparalleled, in my opinion, in term of his depth of insight into the yoga philosophy, not to mention his poetic voice and humor.



Yoga Philosophy and Lifestyle:

  • Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by B.K.S Iyengar
  • Bringing Yoga to Life, by Donna Farhi
  • Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, by Stephen Cope
  • The Wisdom of Yoga, by Stephen Cope
  • The Mirror of Yoga, by Richard Freeman
  • The Inner Tradition of Yoga, by Michael Stone
  • Awake in the World: Teachings from Yoga and Buddhism for Living an Engaged Life, by Michael Stone
  • Freeing the Body, Freeing the Mind: Writings on the Connections Between Yoga and Buddhism, edited by Michael Stone
  • The Four Desires, by Rod Stryker
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by Georg Feuerstein
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by Chip Hartranft
  • The Tree of Yoga, by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Health, Healing and Beyond, by T.K.V. Desikachar
  • The Heart of Yoga, by T.K.V. Desikachar


  • Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki
  • To Shine in One Corner of the World: Moments with Shunryu Suzuki, edited by David Chadwick
  • The Myth of Freedom, by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
  • Meditation in Action, by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
  • Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
  • Turning the Mind into an Ally, by Sakyong Mipham
  • Ruling Your World, by Sakyong Mipham
  • The Wisdom of No Escape, by Pema Chodron
  • The Places That Scare You, by Pema Chodron
  • Faith, by Sharon Salzberg
  • A Path with Heart, by Jack Kornfield
  • Awake in the Wild, by Mark Coleman
  • Meditations on a Dew Drop, by Tias Little

Asana, Pranayama, Somatics, and Therapeutics:

  • Thread of Breath, by Tias Little
  • Yoga of The Subtle Body by Tias Little
  • Light on Yoga, by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Light on Pranayama, by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • The Woman’s Yoga Book, by Bobby Clennell
  • Somatics, by Thomas Hanna
  • Tao and Dharma: Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, by Robert Svoboda and Arnie Lade
  • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, by Peter A. Levine


  • The Architecture and Design of Man and Woman, by Alexander Tsiaras
  • The Integration of Human Structures, by Ida Rolf
  • The Atlas of Human Anatomy, by Frank Netter
  • Anatomy of Movement, by Blandine Calais-Germain
  • Yoga Body: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana, by Judith Hansen Lasater
  • Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life, by Dr. Claudia Welch


  • News of the Universe: Poems of Two-fold Consciousness, by Robert Bly
  • All Books by Mary Oliver and David Whyte
  • The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, edited and translated by Stephen Mitchell
  • Behind My Eyes, by Li-Young Lee
  • The Lives of the Heart, by Jane Hirshfield

Other Inspirational Reading:

  • A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance, by Andy Couturier
  • Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, by John O’Donohue