Resources

ZEN PRACTICE

  • San Francisco Zen Center – Daily meditation, classes, and zazen instruction. Residential practice opportunities available at City Center (San Francisco), Green Gulch Farm (Marin), and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center (Ventana Wilderness).
  • SotoZen-Net – Resources for practicing Soto Zen nationally and internationally, in temples certified by Sotoshu Shumucho (Soto Zen parent organization based in Japan).
  • Soto Zen Buddhist Association – Resources for practicing Soto Zen, with teachers recognized by North American teachers.
  • American Zen Teachers Association – General information and dialogue among American teachers of all branches of Zen.

YOGA PRACTICE

  • Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco – Daily asana classes, Teacher Education programs, workshops all taught by Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers. IYISF is also the home base of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California.
  • Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States – Teachings, resource pages, store, blog, teacher listings by certification level and state. The Association holds a national convention every three years for practitioners of all levels.

BOOKS

Iyengar Yoga accessible to all:

  • How to Use Yoga and Yoga: The Iyengar Way by Silva, Mira and Shyam Mehta
  • The Tree of Yoga by BKS Iyengar
  • Light on Life by BKS Iyengar
  • Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health by BKS Iyengar

Iyengar Yoga for experienced students:

  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
  • Light on Pranayama by BKS Iyengar
  • Yoga: A Gem for Women by Geeta Iyengar
  • Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by BKS Iyengar
  • Bhagavad Gita

Trauma, healing and resilience:

  • The Brain That Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge
  • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma — The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences and In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness by Peter A. Levine
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Zazen, Buddhism and Zen meditation Classics:

  • Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice by Shunryu Suzuki
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Taking the Path of Zen by Robert Aitken
  • What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula
  • How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment by Eihei Dogen Daiosho

Pranayama:

  • Light on Pranayama by BKS Iyengar
  • Pranayama by Prashant Iyengar
  • Astadala Yogamala vol. 7, entire section on Pranayama by BKS Iyengar