Ahimsa Yoga Ashram Nicaragua
Reading List, links to other fabulous places and other recommendations
My aim, at the Ashram is to change your perception of reality.
To show you that many things you thought were true are not
or are your choice to see as true or not.
That you create your own reality and that where mind goes energy goes.
“Is it really worthwhile for the average reader to read a scholarly classic,
a book that has been pulled off a dusty shelf and translated into a modern Western language?
This question occupied my mind for a long time,
until I realized to my surprise that the subjects of my research, the yogis, are anything but dry scientists.
I noticed that the most successful among them were those who understood how to transform old traditions
and terminologies into the spirit of the time.
Similarly, I have seen more laughing yogis than smiling professors.”
-Yoga Swami Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika-
This reading list shows some of my favorite books, which I feel will get you into the right frame of mind. All the internet links are safe and tested. Pick whichever ones call you, but I invite you to read all of these in your life time.
- Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, because it’s a fantastic adventure tale into an unknown reality, with lots of information in story style about the Vedas (ancient scriptures) and the ancient teachings. If you don’t read anything else, READ THIS!
- The Path of Yoga, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by OSHO. This is not so much a translation of Patanjali, but Oshos version of Patanjali’s thought process. A beautiful book on reality, a deeper understanding on the essence of Yoga. Yoga is the cessation of mind.
- Why You Don’t Need Shoes, on Being Now, meditation and pitfalls, letting playfully go of the strongest emotions and behavior, and how to generally rewire your brain and shift into a new dimension of fabulousness. You can download it for free or buy it at http://www.whyyoudontneedshoes.com. The more of us are in the WYDNS mind frame, the more magic, intuitive and crazy fabulously co-incidental our training will be.
- Kundalini Tantra, Bihar School of Yoga. I have an e-book that I’m happy to send. You don’t necessarily have to read through the chakra exercises, but all pages up to the exercises are, in itself simply enlightening! If you do the exercises, awesome, they are incredible! Again, it can all just stay theory, or….
- Excellent article on the little known reality of the Chakras: http://www.tantrikstudies.org/blog/2016/2/5/the-real-story-on-the-chakras
- Why our Yoga postures aren’t 5000 years old: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sadie-nardini/your-yoga-poses-arent-500_b_272821.html
- The tiny book on the five Tibeteans, the exercises, but also the beautifully interesting story: http://www.vielewelten.at/pdf_en/the%20eye%20of%20revelation.pdf
- The incredible Anusara Yoga Manual: http://www.doyoga.com/book.pdf
- This part of the rainbowbody website, because it’s crazy and fabulous and wild and also brilliant. http://www.rainbowbody.com/asana/teachering.htm
- Anything on Yoga sequencing and variations that you can find.
- Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution by Robert E. Svoboda. This book is based on Ayurveda, the ancient healing science of India, by a Westerner first ever to obtain a degree in Ayurveda. It is meant to reintroduce modern man to ‘walking with naked feet’ through life to come back into contact with Nature. Although centuries old the concept of individual constitution is a new concept for the modern mind, a new way for all of us to understand our ‘relationship’ with nature. Ayurveda is above all meant for all people who by harmonizing themselves seek to act as harmonizing forces in the universe. It’s a tiny book on the ‘lifestyle’ of Ayurveda, rather than just food. This was my bible for a while.
- Miracle of Love: Stories about Neem Karoli Baba by Ram Dass, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NMWC0C4/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1. Wondrous, beautiful stories about a recent Guruji. who was all about love and giving.
- Beautiful story of a student of B.K.S Iyengar: http://bksiyengar.com/modules/guruji/PDF/Yogastha.pdf
- Mindful motherhood by Cassandra Vieten. This is not just about motherhood, but an incredible read by a lady that managed to really apply Yoga and meditation to her everyday life, and which inspired me and enabled me to stay sane lying in between two screaming twins all night, never sleeping. Very excellent read. Skip the Yoga part :o)
A little more difficult to read, but well worth it:
- 3 Agora books, by Robert E. Svoboda. The Aghora trilogy have been embraced world-wide for their frankness in broaching subjects generally avoided and their facility for making the ‘unseen’ real. We enter the world of Vimalananda who teaches by story and living example. Again a crazy adventure into the real living Yoga with vast amounts of historical and scriptural information.
- The Illustrated Light on Yoga, B.K.S Iyengar, http://terebess.hu/english/Illustrated-Light-On-Yoga.pdf, beautiful introduction, lots of poses and their physical benefits and variations, pranayama, yoga course, and glossary of Yogic terms. An old classic and still excellent! I’d have some comments on his alignment though :O) The Foreword is beautiful!
- Light on Yoga Sutras, B.K.S Iyengar
Excellent to open up and get ideas for Yoga subjects to study or to weave into classes
- Yoga Sutras, the means to liberation, by Dennis Hill, tiny excellent book on Pantanjali and the eight fold path to enlightenment.
- Hatha Yoga Pradipika, fabulous ancient translation of ‘all things yoga’, a must have for any teacher. My favorite is again by the Bihar School of Yoga, due to their simple yet powerful language. http://terebess.hu/english/Hatha-Yoga-Pradipika-Muktibodhananda.pdf
- Hatha Yoga Pradipika, This is a good e-book, http://terebess.hu/english/HathaYogaPradipika2.pdf. I particularly like its intros and down-to-earth-ness. (the quote above the reading list is from this book.
- Bagavat Ghita by Sri Swami Sivananda, http://www.dlshq.org/download/bgita.pdf. The Bagavat Ghita is not really a book you just sit down and read, but rather open it and read what you found. I’d recommend reading all of the introduction to get at least and idea of what the book is all about. It a very, very old story. A lot of the old wisdom was transmitted through stories.
This is a link to a video for the glorious David Swenson. Here you can see somebody doing a Yoga practice which is not only a phenomenal practice, but somebody that is aligned, balanced and active in every posture.
And here is the amazing Laruga Glaser.