I am often asked to recommend some books on the subjects of yoga, self-help, healing, cosmoenergy, and philosophy so I began compiling a list of books which I found useful and informative. At the time these books were recommended to me by my teachers, mentors and friends. Now I’m sharing them with everyone who is looking to educate themselves and others on these topics. The list will be updated and expanded on a regular basis to keep it relevant.
Self-help and healing
1. Your Body’s Telling You: Love Yourself!: The most complete book on metaphysical causes of illnesses & diseases by Lise Bourbeau
This book explores possible causes to many diseases based on the author’s knowledge of psychosomatics. It provides effective tools for you to become your own healer and includes a comprehensive guide to the causes of over 500 illnesses and diseases.
2. Heal Your Wounds and Find Your True Self: Finally A Book That Explains Why It’s So Hard Being Yourself by Lise Bourbeau
Another book on body-mind connection by Lise Bourbeau which demonstrates that all problems (physical, emotional or mental) are rooted in such emotional wounds as rejection, abandonment, humiliation, betrayal and injustice.
3. Diagnostics of Karma (a series of 12 books) by Sergey Nikolaevich Lazarev
S.N. Lazarev is a Russian researcher and writer in bioenergetics and healing. His books investigate in great detail various processes in a human being, politics, economics, ecology, weather, religion, science, etc. According to the author, all these processes are inseparably connected.
According to Lazarev’s research, our deep emotions directly shape our health and fate. In the author’s opinion, lack of love in the absolute sense is a leading cause to all suffering in a person’s life as love is the only absolute value in life.
His books are available for purchase at http://lazarev.ru/english.html.
4. Heal Your Body by Louise Hay
The book provides a guide to the probable causes of various health challenges and information on how to overcome them by changing your thought patterns.
5. Taming Your Outer Child: A Revolutionary Program to Overcome Self-Defeating Patterns by Susan Anderson
This book by a psychotherapist Susan Anderson provides a three-step program to eliminate the self-sabotaging and impulsive behavior around food, procrastination, love, debt, depression, etc. and instead create new pathways to stop blaming yourself for lack of willpower and to “heal the past.”
1. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T.K. Desikachar.
A great book for beginning yoga practitioners that gives a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete yoga practice. It discusses all the elements of yoga – poses, breathing, meditation, and philosophy.
2. The Path of Yoga. An Essential Guide to Its Principles and Practices by Georg Feuerstein
This book offers an overview of the yoga essentials for beginning yoga students. It covers all the basic yoga elements (poses, diet, breath control, meditation, mantras, etc.). It also includes some excerpts from the scriptures and talks about different branches of Yoga, including Tantra.
3. Yoga Vasistha
This oldest book to be written on yoga (between 8000 and 5000 BC) consists of teachings by the sage Vasistha. It reveals the answers to questions about creation, existence, consciousness, and liberation. A must-read for everyone on the path of yoga.
4. Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
An inspiring autobiography of a yogi Paramahansa Yogananda whose life was dedicated to self-realization on the path of yoga. It is a comprehensive introduction to the science and philosophy of yoga.
5. Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization by David Dr. Frawley
The book discusses transformational methods of Yoga and Ayurveda to work on body, breath, senses, mind and energy body for optimal health, vitality and higher awareness.
1. Cosmoenergy: The Human Biofield and Chakras: Concepts and Processes by Emil Bagirov
An introduction to the method of Cosmoenergy which talks about its history, concepts, terminology and medical results of the people who have undergone the effects of the Cosmoenergy channels. The book also covers the subjects of karma, structure of the human energy body and chakras.
2. Handbook for Practitioners of Classical Cosmoenergy by School of Emil Bagirov
The book includes the theory as well as practical rules and recommendations for working with the informational component of the Universe, the so-called “channels.” It is intended for students who have already received training in the method of Classical Cosmoenergy.
1. Morals for the 21st Century by John Baines
Another great book by John Baines which describes a morality based on the “living principles of Nature, not on the religious or social policy of the day.” It is written in a very direct and bold language which will sure shake up some of the readers’ viewpoints. It is worth reading if you want to deeply understand yourself, society and humanity at large.
2. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
This list would not be complete without Eckhart Tolle. The book is a must-read for everyone looking to understand the power of their mind, to find their true self and to grow spiritually. It is a very easy read so I highly recommend it even to those who are only beginning their spiritual journey.