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We have changed "Book Club" to the Root Library, a place wher you can find inspiring books on yoga, healing, spirituality and balance. We will not be organizing meetings going forward, but encourage meetings amongst friends and the yoga community!  We hope you get some value out of the suggested reading and always welcome your feedback.  Thank you!

  • Real Food: What to Eat and Why
    by Nina Planck

    Hailed as the "patron saint of farmers' markets" by the Guardian and called one of the "great food activists" by Vanity Fair's David Kamp, Nina Planck is single-handedly changing the way we view "real food." A vital and original contribution to the hot debate about what to eat and why, Real Food is a thoroughly researched rebuttal to dietary fads and a clarion call for the return to old-fashioned foods.
     
    In lively, personal chapters on produce, dairy, meat, fish, chocolate, and other real foods, Nina explains how ancient foods like beef and butter have been falsely accused, while industrial foods like corn syrup and soybean oil have created a triple epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The New York Times said that Real Food "poses a convincing alternative to the prevailing dietary guidelines, even those treated as gospel," and that "radical" as Nina's ideas may be, the case she makes for them is "eminently sensible."

     
  • Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika
    by B. K. S. Iyengar

    The definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of Yoga--the ancient healing discipline for body and mind--by its greatest living teacher. Light on Yoga provides complete descriptions and illustrations of all the positions and breathing exercises. Features a foreword by Yehudi Menuhin. Illustrations throughout.

     
  • Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy
    by Francine Shapiro

    Whether we've experienced small setbacks or major traumas, we are all influenced by memories and experiences we may not remember or don't fully understand. Getting Past Your Past offers practical procedures that demystify the human condition and empower readers looking to achieve real change.

    Shapiro, the creator of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), explains how our personalities develop and why we become trapped into feeling, believing and acting in ways that don't serve us. Through detailed examples and exercises readers will learn to understand themselves, and why the people in their lives act the way they do. Most importantly, readers will also learn techniques to improve their relationships, break through emotional barriers, overcome limitations and excel in ways taught to Olympic athletes, successful executives and performers.

    An easy conversational style, humor and fascinating real life stories make it simple to understand the brain science, why we get stuck in various ways and what to do about it. Don't let yourself be run by unconscious and automatic reactions. Read the reviews below from award winners, researchers, academics and best selling authors to learn how to take control of your life.

     
  • The Brain Mechanic: A Quick and Easy Way to Tune Up the Mind and Maximize Emotional Health
    by Spencer Lord

    You have the incredible power to change the way you think, perceive, and react to stress—for the better—through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT has been known to be widely successful in the treatment of problems associated with anxiety, depression,  mood, personality, addiction, weight, and emotions. Until recently,  access to CBT was only available through professional therapy.  Now with The Brain Mechanic, Spencer Lord delivers a concise,  entertaining, and easy-to-use handbook that demystifies cognitive  behavioral therapy. With simple exercises, clear explanations, and helpful  insight, Lord makes it easy for you to fit this technique into your daily  life to improve your mood, broaden your communication skills, and
    enrich your relationships.

     
  • The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker's Guide to Extraordinary Living
    by Stephen Cope

    For modern spiritual seekers and yoga students alike, here is an irreverent yet profound guide to the most sophisticated teachings of the yoga wisdom tradition–now brought to contemporary life by a celebrated author, psychotherapist, and leading American yoga instructor.

    While many Westerners still think of yoga as an invigorating series of postures and breathing exercises, these physical practices are only part of a vast and ancient spiritual science. For more than three millennia, yoga sages systematically explored the essential questions of our human existence: What are the root causes of suffering, and how can we achieve freedom and happiness? What would it be like to function at the maximum potential of our minds, bodies, and spirits? What is an optimal human life?

    Nowhere have their discoveries been more brilliantly distilled than in a short–but famously difficult–treatise called the Yogasutra. This revered text lays out the entire path of inner development in remarkable detail–ranging from practices that build character and mental power to the highest reaches of spiritual realization. 

    Now Stephen Cope unlocks the teachings of the Yogasutra by showing them at work in the lives of a group of friends and fellow yoga students who are confronting the full modern catastrophe of careers, relationships, and dysfunctional family dynamics. Interweaving their daily dilemmas with insights from modern psychology, neuroscience, religion, and philosophy, he shows the astonishing relevance and practicality of this timeless psychology of awakening.

    Leavened with wit and passion, The Wisdom of Yoga is a superb companion and guide for anyone seeking enhanced creativity, better relationships, and a more ethical and graceful way of living in the world.

     
  • Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection
    by John E. Sarno

    Dr. John E. Sarno is a medical pioneer whose program has helped thousands of thousands of people overcome their back conditions--without or drugs or dangerous surgery. Now, using his grounbreaking research into TMS (Tension Mytostis Syndrome), Dr. Sarno goes one step further: after identifyig stress and other psychological factors in back pain, he demonstrates how many of his patiens have gone on to heal themselves without exercise or other physical therapy. Find out:

    • Why self-motivated and successful people are prone to TMS 
    • How anxiety and repressed anger trigger muscle spasms 
    • How people "train themselves' to experience back pain 
    • How you may get relief from back pain within two to six weeks by recognizing TMS and its causes

    With case histories and the results of in-depth mind-body research, Dr. Sarno describes how patients recognize the emotional roots of their TMS and sever the connections between mental and physical pain... and how, just by reading this book, you may start recovering from back pain today.

     
  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit
    by Deepak Chopra, David Simon

    "The remarkable benefits of yoga, which include improved flexibility, balance, muscle tone, endurance, and vitality, only hint at the extraordinary power of this deeply spiritual practice. When adhered to and practiced mindfully, yoga can unlock readers’ full creative potential, their capacity for love and compassion, and ability to find success in all areas of their lives. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga brings spirituality back to yoga. It shows how the Seven Spiritual Laws play a crucial role in yoga’s path to enlightenment while providing readers with a wealth of meditation techniques, mantras, breathing exercises, and yoga poses. Whether a newcomer to yoga or an experienced practitioner, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga is a portal to yoga’s deeper spiritual dimension and a beautiful step to a happier, more harmonious, and more abundant life." - From Amazon.com

     
  • Why People Don't Heal and How They Can
    by Caroline Myss

    "For more than fifteen years, Caroline Myss has studied why some people heal, while others do not. In her previous book, Anatomy of the Spirit, Dr. Myss illuminated the hidden interactions of belief and body, soul and cell to show how, as she inimitably puts it, "your biography becomes your biology." In this new book, she builds on her earlier teachings of the seven different energy centers of the body to provide a vital self-healing program for physical and spiritual disorders. With her characteristic no-nonsense style and high-voltage storytelling, she exposes and explodes the five myths about healing, explains the cultural and individual contexts in which people become physically and spiritually ill and invested in "woundology," and teaches new methods of working with the challenges that the seven energy centers embody.'
            
    'Both visionary and practical, Why People Don't Heal and How They Can presents a bold new account of the development of human consciousness and spirituality over the ages, and examines the dynamic global transformation of attitudes about healing. To help you get and stay on the path to wellness, Dr. Myss provides rituals and prayers for gaining a symbolic perspective on your life issues; for bolstering your personal power; and for connecting with a universal divine energy. Dr. Myss's breakthrough views on energy medicine and her active approach to healing life issues and physical illness will help you overcome the mental blocks that keep you from becoming well." - From Amazon.com

     
  • Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing
    by Caroline Myss

    "What sets Anatomy of the Spirit apart is Carolyn Myss's ability to blend diverse religious and spiritual beliefs into a succinct discussion of health and human anatomy. For example, when describing the seven energy fields of the human body, she fuses Christian sacraments with Hindu chakras and the Kabbalah's Tree of Life. Fortunately, Myss is a skilled writer as well as researcher, able to ground her extensive spiritual and religious discussions by using real-life stories and a tight writing style.--Gail Hudson

     
  • Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit
    by Ana T. Forrest

    “Fierce Medicine is a journey from the wounded to the healed soul using the grace and elegance of yoga as a guide. Ana Forrest has given us all the best of herself in this book.” (Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Defying Gravity )

    “As a teacher, this is a book that I would certainly share with my students, but as a student myself, there is much in this book that will aid in my own growth and for that I am grateful. I highly recommend this book to all seekers on the path.” (Seane Corn, internationally acclaimed yoga teacher and founder of “Off the Mat, Into the World” )

    “One of the most compelling, inspiring, and eloquent stories you will ever read. I absolutely could not put it down and I’m thrilled for all the other readers who will be captivated by Ana’s storytelling and wisdom.” (Martha Beck, bestselling author of Finding Your Own North Star )

    “Fierce Medicine is classic Ana Forrest: straight ahead life tales from one of the meteors of the modern yoga movement...laced with the intense focus of a Tiger seeking the freedom of the heart.”
    (John Friend, Founder of Anusara yoga )

     
  • Spontaneous Healing : How to Discover and Embrace Your Body's Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself
    by Andrew Weil

    "It is clear that all organisms have highly developed mechanisms for self-repair and healing -- but according to Dr. Weil, Western medicine often interferes instead of working with these systems. In the course of his argument, he describes several extraordinary case studies of drastic spontaneous healing. Perhaps the most valuable feature of the book is his more gradual eight-week program of strengthening the ability of your immune, endocrine, circulatory, and nervous systems to provide such spontaneous healing." Amazon.com

     
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are : Mindfulness Mediation in Everyday Life
    by Jon Kabat-Zinn

    "Stop Trying to get somewhere. Be where you are already. Think the grass is always greener somewhere else or life is better in someone else's shoes? If so, life will constantly disappoint you. True contentment comes from within- and you can uncover the spiritual treasure buried within you through meditation. Blending Western thought and Eastern practice, Wherever you go, there you are is the book that introduced meditation to America. Now you too can learn the simple practice of breathing and focus to keep yourself in the present. You'll discover how to let stress wash over you rather than try to shut it out. You'll find strength where you least expect it and even take charge of your health by adjusting your perspective. Join the nearly one million Americans whose lives have been changed by this book and the empowering practice of meditation." Amazon.com

     
  • Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart
    by Ram Dass, Rameshwar Das

    “‘Be Love Now,’ like ‘Be Here Now,’ is equal parts memoir and manual of meditation. It’s hard to believe the two books are separated by more than 30 years. The writing in ‘Be Love Now’ is as fresh and charged with insight as the earlier one.” (Los Angeles Times )

    “Like Ram Dass’ earlier works, Be Love Now is amusing, eloquent, and wise; it’s a sublime addition to an already invaluable spiritual oeuvre.”
    (Yoga Journal )

    “The celebrated teacher guides us through pitfalls and perils of our own spiritual journey.”
    (The Edge )

    “A gift of love from the man who introduced me to the idea of higher consciousness and became one of my greatest teachers.” (Dr. Wayne Dyer )