Recommended Resources on Meditation, Yoga, and Mind-Body Wellness
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times – Pema Chodron
Open Heart, Open Mind – Tsoknyi Rinpoche
The Wisdom of a Broken Heart – Susan Piver
Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior – Chogyam Trungpa
Loving-Kindness – Sharon Salzberg
A Path with Heart – Jack Kornfield
Buddha’s Brain – Rick Hanson
Hardwiring Happiness – Rick Hanson
The Way of Liberation – Adyashanti
Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life – Thich Nhat Hanh
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma – Peter Levine
Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing – Dr. Timothy McCall
The iRest Program for Healing PTSD – Richard Miller
The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works – Shinzen Young
I Am That – Nisargadatta Maharaj
Yoga Nidra – Richard Miller
Guided Meditations for Self-Healing – Jack Kornfield
Self-Inquiry – James Swartz
Insight Meditation Community of Washington
Local mindfulness community started by Tara Brach. Website has abundant resources on mindfulness meditation including classes, retreats, podcasts, and guided practices.
Resource on mindfulness from one of the world’s leading teachers (and one of my personal favorites!).
Resource on self-inquiry and vedanta (or the yoga of self-realization) by teacher James Swartz.
Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington DC
Local meditation community in the Shambhala meditation tradition started by Chogyam Trungpa. The center offers a variety of classes and mini-retreats.
Excellent resource for meditation, yoga, and holistic healing books, audio, and courses.
The Mind-Body Medicine Program at Walter Reed Military Hospital
Free guided meditation downloads by Alex.
Integrative Restoration Institute (iRest)
Information and products related to iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation.
Yoga ashram a few hours from DC with a variety of classes, workshops, and retreats on yoga, meditation, and mind-body healing
Insight Timer : Free resource for guided meditation and timing practice sessions
Calm : Free resource for guided meditation and breathing with a variety of sound options.
Breath2Relax : Free tool for optimizing breathing that includes voice guidance and customizable options like music and scenery.
MyCalmBeat : Free tool for optimizing breathing that includes voice guidance or guidance by watching the lungs fill.
R. Carlos Nakai
Plant-Based Diet Resources
While I am not a physician or dietician, I am an integrative therapist interested in the health and wellbeing of the whole person. I view the mind, body and spirit as intimately interconnected. As such, my view is that food affects not just our bodies but also our minds and spirits. Based on my personal experience, the experiences of others, and modern science, I advocate a plant-based diet as being optimal for the health and wellbeing of ourselves, all beings and the planet. A plant-based diet is a diet based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits, with few or no animal products. The following are educational resources in case you are motivated to learn more:
Cowspiracy: A documentary about the environmental devastation caused by animal agriculture industries.
What The Health: An investigative documentary that is eye-opening about our nation’s health and how big businesses influence it.
Earthlings: A 2005 American documentary about human’s dependence on animals for economic purposes. Warning: It graphically depicts the industry standard for animals bred as pets, food, clothing, for entertainment and research.
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