Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

200-Hour Multidimensional Yoga Teacher Training

Prospective students often request reading material for the months leading up to their time at Pavones Yoga Center. This is a recommended reading list and is not required for the course. The 200-hour yoga teacher training program includes the course manual, Teaching Multidimensional Yoga by Indira Kate Kalmbach; you’ll also be able to borrow books from the PYC library while you are with us. The list includes fiction because stories are as crucial to the heart as books of fact and history are to the knowledge we collect in the mind. As one character in The Night Circus puts it: “It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of your words…. There are many kinds of magic, after all.”

At their core, the Pavones Yoga Center yoga teacher trainings are multidimensional. This approach explores yoga as a practice that has the potential to influence and transform not only our physical selves, but our minds and hearts as well. In that spirit, our reading list is subdivided three parts. One way to start exploring the concept of “self” is by examining which layer of self you are most interested in at this moment. You can do this by noticing which books most catch your intrigue in the here and now.

Soul/Spirit

  • The Power of Myth; Joseph Campbell
  • Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of The Earth; edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
  • Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age; Sherry Turkle
  • Yoga And The Quest For The True Self; Stephen Cope
  • The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living; Stephen Cope
  • The Only Dance There Is; Ram Dass
  • The Heart of Yoga; T.K.V. Desikachar
  • Maturity: The Responsibility of Being Oneself; Osho

Mind

  • The Compassionate Life; Marc Ian Barasch (2010)
  • Rewire Your Brain; John B Arden
  • Physical Body
  • The Science of Yoga; William J. Broad
  • Key Muscles of Yoga; Ray Long MD
  • Key Poses of Yoga; Ray Long MD
  • Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness; Erich Schiffmann

Soulful Fiction

  • The Night Circus; Erin Morgenstern (2011)
  • Ishmael; Daniel Quinn (1992)
  • Jayber Crow; Wendell Berry (2000) (read ANYTHING by Wendell Berry!)
  • Theories of Everything; Brian Andreas (2012)
Integrative Healing Yoga Therapy (IHYT)

Yoga therapy students often request reading material for the months leading up to their time at Pavones Yoga Center. This is a recommended reading list and is not required for the course. The Integrative Healing Yoga Therapy course includes a teaching manual, you’ll also be able to borrow books from the PYC library while you are with us. You do not need to carry any of these books to Costa Rica with you.

  • Acu-Yoga: Self-Help Techniques to Relieve Tension; Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D.
  • Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain; Donna Finando, L.M.T & Stephen Finando, Ph.D. L.Ac.
  • Encyclopedia of Thai Massage; C. Pierce Salguero
  • The Book of Shiatsu; Paul Lundberg
  • The Anatomy Of Hatha Yoga; Coulter
  • Gray’s Anatomy; Henry Gray F.R.S.
  • Hands-On Healing; Lewis Harrison
  • How Life Moves: Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness; Caryn McHose and Kevin Frank
  • Training In Compassion; Norman Fisher
  • How Can I Help; Ram Dass & Paul Gorman
The Fundamentals of Yin Yoga Teacher Training

Our students often request reading material for the months leading up to their time at Pavones Yoga Center. This is a recommended reading list and is not required for the course. The Fundamentals of Yin Yoga includes a yin yoga teaching manual, you’ll also be able to borrow books from the PYC library while you are with us. You do not need to carry any of these books to Costa Rica with you, but don’t forget to bring your favorite book of poetry or prose for your time at PYC.

  • Myers, Thomas W. Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians
  • Schleip, Robert & Baker, Amanda, editors Fascia in Sports and Movement
  • Franklin, Eric Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery
  • Mitchell, Damo The Four Dragons

Any books of poetry or prose that make your heart sing, or make you weep, or somehow transmit powerful emotional experiences will be very relevant to you when teaching yin yoga. A few authors we love:

  • Wendell Berry (especially Jayber Crow)
  • Mary Oliver
  • David Whyte
  • John O’Donohue
  • Dorothy Hunt
The Art of Flow: Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Students often request reading material for the months leading up to their time at Pavones Yoga Center. This is a recommended reading list and is not required for the course. The Art of Flow includes a yoga teaching manual, you’ll also be able to borrow books from the PYC library while you are with us. You do not need to carry any of these books to Costa Rica with you.

Ayurveda:

  • Yoga and Ayurveda; David Frawley
  • Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution; Dr. Robert Svoboda
  • The Path Of Practice: A woman’s book of Ayurvedic Healing; Bri. Maya Tiwari

Sequencing:

  • Yoga Sequencing; Mark Stephens
  • Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for liberating body and soul; Sharon Gannon and David Life
  • How Life Moves: Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness; Caryn McHose and Kevin Frank

Music:

  • This Is Your Brain On Music; Daniel J. Levitin
  • The Tao of Music; John M. Ortiz

Gita:

  • The Great Work Of Your Life; Stephen Cope
  • The Bhagavad Gita: Krishna’s Counsel in Time Of War; Barbara Stoler Miller
  • Gita Discourses Podcast

Other:

  • Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery; Richard Selzer
  • From the Heart of The Lotus; Teaching Stories from Swami Kripalu; compiled by john mundahl
  • The Power of Myth; Joseph Campbell
  • Sacred Sanskrit Words; Leza Lowitz and Reema Datta
The Anatomy of The Self: An Advanced-Level Yoga Teacher Training

Students often request reading material for the months leading up to their time at Pavones Yoga Center. A PYC Anatomy of The Self teacher’s manual is included with this course. This is a recommended reading list and is not required for the course. You will able to borrow books from the PYC library while you are with us, but you may want to bring one of your favorite Bandha Yoga mat companion books for easy reference while you are here.

Anatomy:

  • Bandha Yoga series; Ray Long, MD:
    • Mat Companion 1: Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses
    • Mat Companion 2: Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends
    • Mat Companion 3: Anatomy for Backbends and Twists
    • Mat Companion 4: Anatomy for Arm Balances and Inversions

Philosophy/Wisdom:

  • Light On Life; BKS Iyengar
  • Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism; Chogyam Trungpa
  • Soulcraft; Bill Plotkin
  • The Fruitful Darkness; Joan Halifax
  • Paths To God; Ram Dass
  • From Magical Child To Magical Teen; Joseph Chilton Pearce