Suggested Further Resources

The Himalayan Institute operates a publishing arm that is one of the foremost publishers of books on yoga. Swami Rama wrote more than 30 books, and many other authorities on yoga that are affiliated with the Himalayan Institute have written books or produced audiotapes that are published by the Institute. For complete information on the titles that are available, contact the Himalayan Institute. The Himalayan Institute also operates a bookstore, East West Books in New York City, which stocks not only Himalayan Institute books, but also one of the widest selections of books on yoga, spirituality, health, and healing available. It publishes a catalog of the books it offers. Both the catalog and books are available by mail. For further information, see "Mail-Order Book Companies" on page 231.

Among the many books published by the Himalayan Institute, the following are of special interest:

Sandra Anderson and Rolf Sovik, Psy.D., Yoga: Mastering the Basics (Himalayan Institute Press, 2002). A comprehensive and practical illustrated guide to the essential elements of yoga, this book covers all aspects of practice: postures, breath training, relaxation, meditation, lifestyle, and fundamental philosophy. This is one of the best overall introductions to yoga available.

Rudolph M. Ballentine, M.D., editor, The Theory and Practice of Meditation, 2nd edition (Himalayan Institute Press, 1986). This collection of essays by senior teachers of the Himalayan Institute is an excellent introduction to meditation. This book addresses such issues as the nature of meditation and obstacles to meditation, and provides instruction on how to begin a practice of meditation.

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D., At the Eleventh Hour: The Biography of Swami Rama (Himalayan Institute Press, 2001). A heartfelt and inspirational account of the life of Swami Rama, by Swami Rama's student and successor as spiritual head of the Himalayan International Institute.

Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine, M.D., and Alan Hymes, M.D., Science of Breath: A Practical Guide (Himalayan Institute Press, 1979). This book, which is the collaborative effort of an Eastern spiritual adept and Western medical practitioners, is a useful introduction to the science of breath control, and explores how the breath can be a bridge connecting body, mind, and soul.

Swami Rama and Swami Ajaya, Creative Use of Emotion (Himalayan Institute Press, 1976). Because of its ability to tap deep into the unconscious, yoga can play an important role in helping individuals to get more in touch with their emotions and psychological well-being. This book, which teams an Eastern spiritual teacher with a Western psychologist, explores the development of consciousness and its implications for emotionalism.

Nishit Patel on yoga for men:

"I believe that yoga can be especially beneficial for men by helping them to improve their level of physical fitness, and also their breathing. Traditionally, throughout the ages, the practice of yoga was reserved almost exclusively for men. To study yoga required that one go outside of the home, to study asana or meditation with a teacher. Men were allowed to do this, but women traditionally stayed at home.

"This does not mean that there were not many great women saints in India. Indeed, some of the greatest saints in India were women. Women followed the path of bhakti yoga, or complete surrender and devotion to their husbands and family duties. Through their one-pointed selfless service, such women attained liberation."

—Nishit Patel, Director of the Himalayan Institute in New York City


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