Further Resources: Books, Video, Websites


Yoga and Psychotherapy: The Evolution of Consciousness by Swami Rama, Swami Ajaya and Rudolph Ballentine. One of the classic books in the field that analyzes Yoga and western psychology.

The Textbook of Yoga Psychology by Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D.) is a definitive translation and inspiring interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the ancient formulae for Self-analysis which provide the foundation for understanding the philosophy, psychology and practice of Yoga.

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope  Excellent book written by a senior Kripalu teacher and psychotherapist.He demystifies the philosophy, psychology, and practice of Yoga and shows how to apply it to our most human dilemmas — leading to healing and liberation within everyday life.

The Yoga of the Nine Emotions by Peter Marchand http://tinyurl.com/lhfydw A really good in-depth study of rasa theory of emotions by a Yoga teacher who is a disciple of Harish Johari. Marchand presents the “technology” for changing our emotional patterns in the form of practical physiological and philosophical tools from the tantric and ayurvedic traditions

Vedic Psychology for the Ills of Human Civilization by Swami Jnanesvara Bharati  You can read this free e-book online here or download the pdf here.

The Philosophy, Psychology and Practice of Yoga by Swami Chidananda. You can read this free e-book online here or download the pdf here.


Yoga for Emotional Flow with Stephen Cope (CD): Cope offers listeners practical tips for day-to-day emotional balance; lessons in awakening the “witness consciousness”–a nonjudgmental vantage point for welcoming emotions; steps for clearing the field at the end of each day, and more. For the yogi, there are no “bad” feelings–only unskillful responses to our ever-changing emotional states.


The Yoga of the 9 Emotions
Free online video series from Peter Marchand, author of The Yoga of the Nine Emotions and The Yoga of Truth.

How to Control the Mind, Part 1 with Sri Swami Chidananda 
Swami Chidananda (president of the Divine Life Society of Rishikesh and brother monk of Sri Swami Satchidananda) contrasts eastern and western psychologies as he gives a talk on how to control and gain mastery over the mind. Watch this video clip online, from the DVD: Mind, Its Mysteries & Control

How to Control the Mind, Part 2  with Sri Swami Chidananda 

Yoga for Emotional Health with Lisa Powers
Lisa Powers teaches you how to use Yoga postures and related practices to overcome anger, anxiety, depression, hurt feelings, negativity, doubt and a host of other emotional imbalances. You will learn how to work with affirmations, breathing, visualizations, and other techniques long proven to aid in healing.


YogaPsychology.org :  A compilation by Laura Sevika Douglas, contributing editor of Integral Yoga Magazine, of excellent articles on Yoga psychology.

Maslow’s Needs Hierarchy and Advanced Yoga Psychology : Part of  Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati’s informational website


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