Yoga Therapy: Kripalu’s reading list

The following is the recommended reading list for the Integrative Yoga Therapy 800-hour Certified Yoga Therapist program at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA. I am working toward becoming a C-IAYT, a Certified Yoga Therapist as designated by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). There are SO many good books on Yoga and Yoga Therapy! The information on the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual benefits of Yoga and Yoga Therapy ranges far and wide. The following is a good starting point for anyone interested in Yoga Therapy. If you are considering becoming a Yoga Therapist, these books will likely become some the most “go-to” books on your shelf.

The program at Kripalu is set up as eight modules. The following lists the recommended reading for the topics covered in the modules. The links below are to places to buy the books. Most go to links to Amazon, but a few will lead to other websites when the books are not available from Amazon or are only available from specific websites.

Module 1: Foundations of Yoga Therapy, Part 1

 Anatomy of Movement, by Blandine Calais-Germain

Mudras for Healing and Transformation, by Joseph and Lilian Le Page
Also available is the companion set of Mudra Cards, highly recommended!

Pranayama, by Allison Gemmel LaFramboise with Yoganand Michael Carroll

The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well, by Kate O’Donnell

The Principles and Practice of Yoga Therapy in Health Care, by Sat Bir S. Khalsa, et al.

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, by Robert Sapolsky

Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students, by Joseph and Lilian Le Page

Module 2: Foundations of Yoga Therapy, Part 2

Every Bite Is Divine: The Balanced Approach to Enjoying Eating, Feeling Healthy and Happy, and Getting to a Weight That’s Natural For You, by Annie B. Kay

Yoga and Diabetes, by Annie B Kay, MS, RDN, C-IAYT, and Lisa B. Nelson, MD

The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health, by Gerard Mullin and Kathie Madonna Swift

Yamas and Niyamas, by Deborah Adele

Yoga for Depression, by Amy Weintraub

Yoga for Emotional Balance, by Bo Forbes

Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students, by Joseph and Lilian Le Page

Module 3: Practicum

No specific recommended or required resources

Module 4: Yoga Therapy Applied in Medical Settings

(Reading list to be expanded. Module 4 to be held in 2020)

Yoga Chikitsa, by Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine, by Larry Payne, Terra Gold, and Eden Goldman

Module 5: Yoga Therapy Applications Within the Mental-Health Field

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, by Robert Sapolsky

Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing through Spiritual Illusions, by Frances Vaughan

Yoga and Psychotherapy, by Swami Rama et al

Yoga for Depression, by Amy Weintraub

Yoga for Emotional Balance, by Bo Forbes

Yoga for Emotional Trauma, by Mary NurrieStearns

The iRest Program for Healing PTSD, by Richard Miller

Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing PTSD, by Richard Miller

Module 6: In-Depth Anatomy of Asana

Anatomy of Movement, by Blandine Calais-Germain

Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual Movement Therapists, by Thomas W. Myer

Mudras for Healing and Transformation, by Joseph and Lilian Le Page
Also available is the companion set of Mudra Cards, highly recommended!

Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students, by Joseph and Lilian Le Page

Module 7: Pranayama, Mudra, and Subtle Anatomy Applied in Yoga Therapy

Mudras for Healing and Transformation, by Joseph and Lilian Le Page
Also available is the companion set of Mudra Cards, highly recommended!

Pranayama, by Allison Gemmel LaFramboise with Yoganand Michael Carroll

Module 8: Embodying the Principles of Ayurveda in Yoga Therapy

(Reading list to be expanded. Module 8 to be held in 2020)

Yoga & Ayurveda, by Dr. David Frawley

Ayurveda and the Mind, by Dr. David Frawley