From Lavinia's Library

A Bibliography of Body, Mind, Consciousness, & Spirit


A Trail Guide to the Body, Andrew Biel -  workbook for body-work. Clear drawings and easy to read/use explanations of basic anatomy: muscle origins, insertions, actions.

The Thinking Body, Mabel Todd - written in 1937, this is a seminal book. Mabel Todd was a pioneer in the field of conscious movement and dance. A wonderful read.

Taking Root To Fly,  Irene Dowd - A choreographer, dancer, and student of neuroanatomy, Dowd takes you through exercises, visualizations, and discussions aided by some beautiful sketches.

Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow, Ray Long - this entires series of books, Anatomy For......, is a most stunningly illustrated collection of books with anatomical drawings of asanas. Expensive but worth it! Start with the Vinyasa Flow, and add to your library as you are able: Backbends, Arm Balances, Standing Poses, etc. These are a great way to enhance your inner vision of your body's complex muscle structures.

Pelvic Power,  Eric Franklin
Relax Your Neck, Liberate Your Shoulders, Eric Franklin
Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery,  Eric Franklin   - Franklin continues the work of kinetic consciousness using imagery to stimulate efficient movement.  All volumes include exercises.

The Psoas Book, Liz Koch - a comprehensive guide to the Iliopsoas muscle and its profound influence on the body, mind, and emotions.
Core Awareness, Liz Koch - more exercises and writing about the core.

Somatics, Thomas Hanna - a pioneer in sensory re-education, this book includes exercises and explanations of how the fight/flight response modifies structure and movement.

Anatomy Trains,  Thomas W. Myers - expensive, but well worth it for those who are really curious and into understanding the deep relationships within the human structure. This is hard core fascial anatomy. But don’t be intimidated.  This is a lifetime read.

Human Energy, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin A Catholic hermeticist who knew about Qi, in his own way.

The Healing Promise of Qi - Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through QiGong and Tai Chi, Roger Jahnke - Exercises and view teachings on QiGong
The Healer Within - Using Traditional Chinese Treatments to Release Your Body’s Own Medicine, Roger Jahnke - more QiGong, Chinese medicine, view teachings, exercises.

Eastern Body, Western Mind,  Anodea Judith Psychology and the Chakra system as a path to Self.



Nourishing Destiny: The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine, Lonny Jarrett - A comprehensive, fascinating guide to the philosophy and practice of Five Element Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

Structural Yoga Therapy,  Mukunda Stiles - a guidebook for practical use of yoga asanas.Yoga -

The Path to Holistic Health,  B.K.S. Iyengar - the definitive illustrated guide; asanas for specific problems. A must read.

Anatomy of Hatha Yoga, H. David Coulter - a detailed manual of yoga anatomy for students, teachers, and practitioners. 

Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff - illustrated guide to asanas with muscle overlay and wonderful explanations. A great guide for those who are just starting their journey into serious anatomy.


Dance Anatomy, Jacqui Greene Haas - illustrated guide to dance moves and exercises

Pilates Body in Motion, Alycea Ungaro - clear well-written text and explanations with fotos; practices for beginning, intermediate, and advanced mat work
The Pilates Powerhouse, Mari Winsor - less text than above, more fotos of matwork.

Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, translated by Ursula K. Le Guin (There are many translations of this work, which is, along with the Bible, one of humanity’s oldest wisdom texts.)

Skin of Glass, Finding Spirit in the Flesh, Dunya Dianne McPherson - a personal journey of dance as spiritual practice from ballet to Sufi ecstatic dance

Wisdom Comes Dancing - Selected Writings on Dance, Spirituality, and the Body,  Ruth St Denis - poet, dancer, educator, visionary, these writings are inspirational.

The Practice of Dream Healing: Bringing Ancient Greek Mysteries into Modern Medicine,Edward Tick (embodying dreams)A New Earth -

Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Eckhart Tolle - this book will bring you as close to a glimpse of satori as any book can

Love and the World, Robert Sardello - A beautiful read on spiritual psychology that includes embodiment, both gross and etheric.

The Book of Hours - Poems to God, Rainer Maria Rilke

Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality - Anthony de Mello - Incisive prose on staying awake and watching the ways our ego co-opts spontaneity and freedom.

Touching Enlightenment: Finding Realization in the Body - Reginald Ray - Tibetan meditation practice through body awareness.

Job’s Body, Deane Juhan - a fascinating read about the importance of touch in our psycho-neuro-physical-emotional development.  Detailed neuroanatomy in readable prose.

The Subtle Body, Cyndi Dale - a comprehensive encyclopedia of subtle body systems, including Kabbalah, TCM, Ayurveda, etc.

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