Books and Resources to Inspire and Challenge



T.K.V. Desikachar, The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice

Atma Jo Ann Levitt (Ed.), Pilgrim of Love: The Life and Teachings of Swami Kripalu

Stephen Mitchell (Trans.), Bhagavad Gita

Mukunda Stiles (Trans.), The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Sally Kempton, Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga



Charlotte Joko Beck, Everyday Zen: Love and Work

Miranda Holden (Macpherson), Boundless Love: Transforming Your Life with Grace and Inspiration

Sally Kempton, Meditation for the Love of It

Joseph Goldstein, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart

Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Christina Feldman, Boundless Heart: The Buddha's Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity


Health and Healing

Jan Chozen Bays, Mindful Eating

Bri. Maya Tiwari, The Path of Practice: A Woman's Book of Ayurvedic Healing

Noah Levine, Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction

Kevin Griffin, One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps


Transformative Pedagogy

D. Barbezat and M. Bush, Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning

bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown, Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World


Personal Growth

Miriam Greenspan, Healing through the Dark Emotions

Mark Nepo, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred

Geneen Roth, Women, Food and God


Social Change

Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History is Restoring Grace, Justice and Beauty to the World

Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, The Revolution will not be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

Joanna Macy, Widening Circles: A Memoir

Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy

Thanissara, Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for our Earth

Mark Engler and Paul Engler, This is an Uprising: How Non-Violent Revolt is Shaping the 21st Century


Research on Yoga and Meditation


There is a growing body of evidence about the health and mental health benefits of yoga and meditation for people from all walks of life - students, social workers, older adults, youth, and people with chronic illnesses. These practices can strengthen resilience and offer a tremendous resource for self-care and transformation. In the case of mindfulness, research has shown how it impacts neuropsychologcial processes such as attention regulation, emotion regulation, and prosocial behavior. Mental benefits include positive impacts on depression, anxiety, memory loss, PTSD, and improved academic performance.

The benefits of yoga include an increase in flexibility, strength, balance, joint health, pain prevention/management, and improved breathing.  As well, regular practitioners of yoga find that yoga can help alleviate anxiety and depression as well as reduce stress, increase mental calmness, and enhance mind-body awareness.  Tim McCall, MD has compiled a list of scientific studies that demonstrate the
effectiveness of yoga in addressing 75 different health conditions.

Bibliography of Evidence-Based Yoga and Meditation Research

Mind the Hype: A Critical Evaluation and Prescriptive Agenda for Research on Mindfulness Meditation

Self-Care Resources


Self-Care Starter Kit - Social Worker Self-Care


Bibliography of Evidence-Based Self-Care Research


Join my mailing list