Yoga.  Mindfulness.  Healing Justice.

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Benefits of 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 show 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

Self-Care Resources

Self-Care Starter Kit - Social Worker Self-Care

Bibliography of Evidence-Based Self-Care Research

Radical Self-Care Part 1

Radical Self-Care Part II

Radical Self-Care Part III

Books and Resources to Inspire




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





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


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


Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart


Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind



Health and Ayurveda


Jan Chozen Bays, Mindful Eating


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



Transformative Pedagogy


Daniel Barbezat and Mirabai 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, Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory: The Dharma of Natural Systems