Happiness is also a way of interpreting the world, since while it may be difficult to change the world, it is always possible to change the way we look at it.


-Matthieu Ricard

I am often asked about the sources for subjects we talk about in class. The following are books I have read and loved and recommend.  Some of them are more “classical” yogic texts.  And others cover such topics as the microbiome, microexpressions, and the environment.

Atkinson, Brooks. (2000). The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

 New York: Random House.


Bekoff, Marc. (2014). Rewilding our Hearts.  California: New World Library.


Bolte, Taylor Jill PhD.. (2008). My Stroke of Insight. New York:Viking.


Brown, Mackenzie C.. (1998). The Devī-Gītā: The Song of the Goddess: A Translation, Annotation, and Commentary.  New York: State University of New York Press.


Bryant, Edward. (2009). The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. New York: North Press Point.


Chapple, Christopher Key. (2008) Yoga and the Luminous, Patanjali’s Spiritual Path to Freedom. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press.


Christie, Douglas E.. (2013). Blue Sapphire of the Mind. New York: Oxford University Press.


Dalai Lama and Cutler, Howards C., M.D.. (1998). The Art of Happiness. New York: Riverhead Books.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland (ed). (2001). An Open Heart. New York: Little, Brown and Company.


Dyczkowski, Mark, S. G.. (1987). The Doctrine of Vibration: An Analysis of the Doctrines

and Practices of Kashmir Shaivism. New York: State University of New York Press.


Dyczkowski, Mark S. G.. (1992).  The Stanzas on Vibration.  New York: State University

of New York Press.


Dwivedi, O.P. and Chapple, Christopher Key. (2011). In Praise of Mother Earth:

The Pṛthivī Sūkta of the Atharva Veda.  CA: Marymount Institute Press.


Easwaran, Eknath. (1981). Essence of the Upanishads. Canada: Nilgiri Press.


Ekman, Paul. (2007). Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life. NY: St. Martin’s Press.


Einstein, Albert. The World as I See It. New York: Citadel Press.


Flood, Gavin.  (1996).  An Introduction to Hinduism.  United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.


Gilbert, Daniel. (2006). Stumbling on Happiness. NY: Vintage Books.


Goldberg, Philip. (2010). American Veda. New York: Crown Publishing.


Hesse, Herman. (2000). Siddharta. Boston, MA: Shambala Publications.


Johnson, Linda. (1999). The Living Goddess: Reclaiming the Tradition of the Mother of the Universe. Saint Paul, MN: Yes International Publishers.


Kapur, Kamla K.. (2007). Ganesha Goes to Lunch.  CA: Mandala Publishing.


Kellman, Raphael, M.D.. (2014). The Microbiome Diet. Boston, MA: Da Capo Press.


Mallinson, James. (2004). The Gerandha Samhita: the Original Sanskrit and an English Translation. Woodstock, NY:


Newberg, Andrew, M.D. (2004). The Metaphysical Mind: Probing the Biology of Philosophical Thought. USA.


Newberg Andrew, M.D. and Eugene D’Aquili, M.D., Ph.D.. (2001). Why God Won’t Go Away.

U.S.: Ballantine Books.


Radhakrishnan, S.. (1992). The Principal Upaniṣads. Amherst, New York: Humanity Books.


Radha, Swami Sivananda. (2007). Light & Vibration: Consciousness, Mysticism & the Culmination of Yoga. Canada: Timeless Books.


Raveh, Daniel. (2012).  Exploring the Yoga Sūtra: Philosophy and Translation. London: Continuum International Publishing Group.


Rhawn, Joseph, Ph.D.. (2011). Cosmology of Consciousness: Quantum Physics and the Neuroscience of Mind. Cambridge: Cosmology Science Publishers, 2011.


Ricard, Matthieu. (2006). Happiness. NY: Little, Brown and Company.


Tigunait, Pandit, Rajmani, Ph. D.. (2014). The Secret of the Yoga Sūtra: Samadhi Pada. PA:Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy.


Venkatesananda, Swami. (1993). Vasiṣṭha’s Yoga. Albany: State University of New York Press.