Suggested Further Reading

The following books are on kundalini yoga and the chakras:

Gopi Krishna Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man (Shambhala, 1985). This is a riveting autobiographical account of kundalini yoga by one of the modern era's most celebrated kundalini yogis.

Shakta Kaur Khalsa Kundalini YogaKundalini Yoga: Unlock Your Inner Potential Through Life-Changing Practices (DK Publishing, 2001). This is a complete illustrated guide to the full range of kundalini yoga practices as taught by Yogi Bhajan, presenting them in a simple, easy-to-follow approach.

Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa, Kundalini Yoga: The Flow of Eternal Power: A Simple Guide to the Yoga of Awareness (Perigee, 1996). Written by one of Yogi Bhajan's students, this book is more a guide to the kundalini yoga principles and philosophy than to the physical practices.

Swami Sivananda Radha Kundalini Yoga for the West: A Foundation for Character Building, Courage and Awareness (Timeless Books, 1978). Swami Sivananda Radha, born in Germany and the first Western woman to become a swami, trained under the tutelage of Swami Sivananda. This book is an excellent introduction to kundalini yoga, tying it into the practice of yoga in general and elaborating on the psychological and moral aspects of this practice. (For more information on Swami Radha, see the entry for "Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga" on page102.)

Ravi Singh, Kundalini Yoga for Body, Mind and Beyond (White Lion Press, 2002). Written by a well-known presenter of kundalini yoga, this book is good for people starting or deepening their kundalini yoga practice. Of particular interest to male readers, it includes a chapter called "Manpower," which addresses men's issues, and another chapter called "Beyond Sex Together," which presents couples' exercises that relate to the issues of sex and relationships.

Susan G. Shumsky, Exploring Chakras: Awaken Your Untapped Energy (New Page Books, 2003). A seeker of esoteric truth for more than 35 years, the author distills the essence of the teachings of kundalini energy and the chakra system into a highly readable and comprehensive overview of the subtle anatomy of yoga and human energy.

The following books address the subject of spiritual emergency:

Christina Grof, and Stanislav Grof, M.D. The Stormy Search for the Self: A Guide to Personal Growth Through Transformational Crisis (J.P. Tarcher, 1990).

Stanislav Grof, M.D., and Christina Grof, Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis (J.P. Tarcher, 1989).

Ravi Singh on yoga for men:

"Yoga, especially kundalini yoga, offers sophisticated approaches to enhance every aspect of a man's health, relationships, career, and inner life. Men can benefit through kundalini yoga's ability to strengthen the nervous system, detoxify, increase flexibility, and help work through emotional armoring in the body. It also increases potency, mental focus, and makes one fearless. A man should be a warrior and poet, lover and provider. Kundalini yoga can help one embrace and embody these polarities."

—Ravi Singh, Author of Kundalini Yoga for Body, Mind, and Beyond

PART III

Easing Your Stress With Yoga

Easing Your Stress With Yoga

Have You Ever Wanted To Achieve A State Of Total Relaxation But Never Believed That Yoga Was For You? Has the stress of daily life made you tense, uptight and too wound up to be able to think clearly? If so, then you are not alone. 40 of Americans feel that their lives are too stressful and over 60 of Americans say that they find themselves in situations where they feel lost at least once a week.

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