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A yoga manual for beginners and others wanting to improve their practice. By Rolf Sovik and Sandra Anderson.
_2634190_origDVDs to accompany 'Yoga: Mastering the Basics' book.

  Hatha Yoga & Pranayama

Anatomy of Hatha Yoga David Coulter £25

The indispensable text for teachers & serious yoga practitioners alike. An excellent and comprehensive guide to anatomy and yoga. Highly recommended.

Asana Pranay. Mudra Bandha Bihar Publications £19

A text book for serious students and teachers.

Joints & Glands Exercises Swami Rama £8

NEW EDITION: Includes simple exercises to increase circulation & flexibility. Perfect for seniors or as a gentle movement routine. Edited by Dr Ballentine

Path of Fire & Light Swami Rama £10

Practical guidance to advanced practices of Pranayama

Science of Breath S. Rama, Ballentine & Hymes £7

A good intro to understanding the mechanism of breath and energy, incl. Basic Pranayama practices

Yoga: Mastering the Basics Rolf Sovik & Sandra Anderson £20

A well-illustrated and user friendly guide to Hatha Yoga.

Yoga: Mastering the Basics DVD Himalayan Institute USA £12

Contains 2 routines: ‘Deepen & Strengthen’ & ‘Flexibility, Strength & Balance’. Highly watchable & informative.


Tantra Unveiled Pandit Rajmani Tigunait £10

Use of Mantra, Yantra & Chakra Puja to tap one’s latent energies


Moving Inward: The Journey to Meditation Rolf Sovik £12.50
An indispensible guide to both the practical & philosophical aspects of meditation.
Meditation & its Practice Swami Rama £8
Basic tools for beginning & developing meditation.
Mantra & Meditation Dr Arya £10
A comprehensive explanation of the fundamentals of meditation.
Inner Quest Pandit Rajmani Tigunait £8
Yoga’s answers to Life’s questions.
How to Meditate Using Chakras, Mantras & Breath Dennis K. Chennin £ 9 without CDs £15 With 2 CDs
A concise and thorough analysis of the theory and practice of Meditation, includes 2 companion CDs
Power of Mantra & Mystery of Initiation Rajmani Tigunait £10
Making this esoteric science accessible and practical.
Guided Yoga Relaxations CD Rolf Sovik £ 12
Four methods to calm the nervous system and relax the mind. Audio: 61 minutes
Advanced Yoga Relaxations CD Rolf Sovik £ 12
Includes a basic body-scan (61 points).  Audio: 69 mins.
Three Guided Meditations CD Rolf Sovik £ 12
7 Audio tracks including background, preparation and practice.
Travelling Exercise and Bhuta Shuddi (Purifying the subtle body) Peter Glover £ 5.50
Guided 61 points and Yoga Nidra Two complete relaxation methods, a gem ! Peter Glover

£ 5.50

  Stress Management & Happiness

Strong & Fearless Nuernberger £11
A superb, highly pragmatic guide to transforming stress.
The Quiet Mind John Harvey £10.95
Techniques and discussions about transforming stress.
The Art of Joyful Living Swami Rama £8
Balancing our outer and inner lives – a Himalayan Institute classic.
Love Whispers Swami Rama £6
Inspired writings about love and life.
Happiness is Your Creation Swami Rama £6
Self-nurturing and how the body and mind work together.
Forgiveness – The Path to Happiness Sandra Summerfield £6
Forgiveness from a yogic perspective.
Psychotherapy East and West Swami Ajaya £10
Comparison of eastern and western teachings and therapies.
Yoga & Psychotherapy Swami Rama, Ajaya & Ballentine £9
Exploring consciousness through yoga, medicine & and psychology.
Happiness: the Real Medicine Swami Rama £6
Tools for creating and fostering happiness in daily life.
Let the Bud of Life Bloom Swami Rama £3
A guide to raising happy & healthy children.
Choosing A Path Swami Rama £7
Guidance for starting your journey of self-transformation.
Sacred Journey Swami Rama £11
Living purposefully, dying gracefully.

  Ayurveda, Health & Healing

Yoga & Ayurveda Dr. David Frawley £10
Self-healing & self-realization.
Ayurveda for Women Dr. Robert Svoboda £10
Practical advice on issues central to women’s lives.
Ayurveda, the Science of Self-Healing Dr. Vasant Lad £7.50
A practical guide – detailed and user friendly.
Book of Ayurveda Judith H Morrison £10
A lifestyle guide – tailored to the individual.
Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies Dr. Vasant Lad £14
Useful reference book for treating common ailments.
Practical Guide to Holistic Health Swami Rama £12
About cleansing, nourishing, exercise, being still and emotions.
Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution Dr. Robert Svoboda £10
Determine your constitution and so aid self-healing.
Healing Through Cranial Osteopathy Tajinder K. Deoora £13
How cranial osteopathy can treat injuries, pain, stress and emotional distress.
Yoga for Your Type Frawley/Kozak £17.50
An Ayurvedic approach to asana practice.
Ayurveda for Dummies Angela Hope-Murray £13
Everything you need to know about Ayurveda


Lighting the Flame of Compassion Pandit Rajmani Tigunait £9
32 passages from Sanskrit scriptures, beautifully illustrated with watercolours.
Life Here & Hereafter Swami Rama £5
Katha Upanishad, translation & commentary.
The Book of Wisdom Swami Rama £5
Isha Upanishad, translation & commentary.
The Bhagavad Gita Shri Purohit Swami £7.50
Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita Swami Rama £12
Text & commentary – brings the teachings to life.
Ten Principle Upanishads Shri Purohit Swami £7.50
A fine English translation by W.B. Yeats.
Seven Systems of Indian Philosophy Pandit Rajmani Tigunait £7.50
A simple yet comprehensive exploration of different philosophical ideas.
Freedom from the Bondage of Karma Swami Rama £8
Eight lectures on understanding Karma.
From Death to Birth Pandit Rajmani Tigunait £16
Understanding karma & reincarnation
Samadhi: The Highest State of Wisdom Swami Rama £12
A Modern take on the Yoga Sutras; making them very accessible and practical.
The Royal Path Swami Rama £5
Swami Rama talks about the Eight Limbs of Raja Yoga.

  Philosophy: Yoga Sutras

The Secret of the Yoga Sutra   Pandit R. Tigunait £20

First practitioner oriented commentary

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda £13

A highly recommended user friendly translation and commentary.

Swami Rama & The Himalayan Tradition

At the Eleventh Hour P.R. Tigunait Was £16.00 £16

More than a biography of a great sage – an inspiration. All about Swami Rama’s life work and legacy.

Living with the Himalayan Masters Swami Rama £14.50

Inspiring autobiography from Swami Rama.

A Call to Humanity Swami Rama £7.50

Thoughts on the direction for social and spiritual reform in our time.

Fearless Living Swami Rama £6

Anecdotes and stories from Swami R. – compiled by Linda Johnsen

Touched by Fire P.R. Tigunait £5

The ongoing journey of a spiritual leader

Other titles/Miscellaneous

Mystics, Magicians and Medicine People Doug Boyd £7.50

A journey of a personal odyssey through ancient and traditional


Sri Visnu Sahasranama Swami Tapasyananda £3

Obtaining Books

  Books are available from all the retreat days.

  Books can be ordered from the office and delivered to your yoga/meditation class.

  To do this please use our Enquiries Form here and use the Subject line ‘BOOKS’.

  Indicate which class you attend and on which day.

  Title of book or cd’s required.

  Method of payment. Cheque or cash.

  Name and mobile number.

  Your class teacher will deliver your book to you.

  Yoga: Mastering The Basics

  Yoga: Mastering The Basics

The Art of Joyful Living - Swami Rama Whether you are on a spiritual quest or are simply looking for a way to improve your life, The Art of Joyful Living offers a simple philosophy of living and practical suggestions for being happy.  Swami Rama shows how to maintain a joyful view of life even in difficult times.  He gives methods for transforming habit patterns, developing intuition, cultivating strength and willpower, maintaining loving relationships, and more.  His insight into the human mind and heart makes this book a source of inspiration for anyone looking to live a healthier, happier life.  His revised edition contains a new foreword by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Pd.D. Anatomy of Hatha Yoga - A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners by H David Coulter (Rolf Sovik, Yoga International, Jan 2002) "(Coulter) leads the reader through the intricacies of anatomy systematically, with a watchful eye on the goal:  to understand yoga practice better.  For example, three ways to accomplish the sometimes awkward feat of isolating the rectus abdominis muscles in nauli kriya are explained in a section on adbominopelvic exercises". Ayurveda The Science of Self-Healing - Dr Vasant Lad For the first time a book is available which clearly explains the principles and practical applications of Ayurveda, the oldest healing system in the world.  The beautifully illustrated text thoroughly explains the following: History & philosophy, basic principles, diagnostic techniques, treatment, diet, medicinal usage of kitchen herbs and spices, first aid, food antidotes and much more. More than 50 concise diagrams and tables are included, as well as a glossary and index in order to further clarify the text. A Practical Guide to Holistic Health - Swami Rama What is your purpose in life? How are you going to achieve that purpose? Sri Swami Rama, educated in Himalayan cave monasteries and Western universities, teaches that holistic health depends on answering these two questions.  In this book, he shows you how to discover your life's purpose and how to achieve optimum health through cleansing and nourishing, exercise and stillness, and understanding your emotions. You'll learn the secrets of ancient practices that will help you rediscover your inner source of physical well-being, emotional stability, and peace. Happiness is your Creation - Swami Rama (compiled by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait) "Let me tell you clearly that you will the happiest person on the planet when you know who you are, where you have come from, your purpose for being here and where you will go when you leave this world" - Swami Rama When Swami Rama lay on his deathbed, he spoke the following words to the author of this book:  "You are a creation of God, but happiness is your creation.  You are equipped with everything you need to live a happy life.  Your only job is to discover the source of happiness and infuse your surrounds with that inner happiness".  On the pages within, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, delves deeper into the insight and other lessons he learned from his master. How do you start down the path to happiness?  In Happiness is your Creation, the tools needed to accomplish this feat are outlined clearly, understandable language.  You will learn that the mind is the source of all misery and happiness.  It provides both bondage and liberation.  But before you can free your mind, you must master your body.  Tinguait offers a wealth of brilliant insights on how mind and body work together and what you can do to ensure that the two aspects support and nurture each other. "The mind stands between this world and ourselves and God", writes the author.  “If the mind is clear, stable, friendly, honest, and well-intentioned, then we gain a true understanding of the world and a true understanding of the reality within us....A spontaneous and long-lasting  process of transformation within and without will emerge.  The perennial joy that springs from the core of our being will begin to nourish all aspects of our existence". Touched by Fire - The ongoing journey of a spiritual seeker - Pandit Rajmani Tiguait, PhD When was the last time you felt "at peace"? If you're like most 21st century sojourners, you may have a hard time answering that question. Peace, is after all, a word from the realm of spirituality.  It's not always easy to hear the small voice over the cacophony of ringing cell phones, the constant blare of the TV, and the discordant honks and curses of rush hour.  This book is not a "how to" guide to enlightenment.  Nor is it a "call" to any particular religious tradition.  But in its description to Tignuait's life -- the years of disciplined study and the struggle to master emotions like anger, despair, and pride -- some of the keys are revealed.  And its ultimate message, that we're all the same beneath our cultural, religious, and political facades, is desperately needed in our world of tumult and fears. "Pandit Rajmani Tigunait is one of the world's most authoritive and compelling guides into the spiritual traditions of the East.  Touched by Fire is his deeply personal and touching account of a sublime world that few Westerners will ever experience.  It inspires and teaches us to embody the essence of the ancient wisdoms -- know yourself, overcome your fears and limitations, and live a life filled with joy and love. It will embolden readers to reach for life's highest meaning and supreme purpose," Rod Stryker, Teacher and Founder of Pure Yoga "Touched by Fire is a panorama of the scenes in the life of a believer. Panditji believes in the spiritual life. Panditji's illumined path gives hope in the miraculous, faith in the guru, and context to the practices of yoga. This book will inspire your days." David Life and Sharon Gannon Authors of Jivamukti Yoga: Practices of Liberating Body and Mind "Touched by Fire offers a rare glance into the wisdom of the Himalayan sages, made clear and relevant for people of all traditions and cultures.  From his humble origins in traditional orthodox Hinduism, Pandit Rajmani has emerged on the world stage as a torch bearer of this ancient wisdom, offering this pure light freely and with the heartfelt prayer that it ignite the fire in all of our hearts." Gary Kraftsow Author of Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation Director, American Viniyoga Institute Path of Fire and Light - Volume I - Swami Rama The ancient yogis discovered various subtle breathing exercise and understand the body/breath/mind relationship in a profound and comprehensive way.  The exercises explained in this book are based on the scriptures and the teachings of those great ones whom I visited in my childhood and youth. The author, Swami Rama, is a renowned yogi and teacher whose life and experiences are described in Living with the Himalayan Masters.  In Path of Fire and Light, he shares with Western students, for the first time, remarkable and practical information on the systematic techniques of an ancient and profound tradition of spiritual growth. The ancient yogic teachers and sages developed a powerful and subtle science of breath, swarodaya, by which they intensified their sensitivity to body and mind and successfully attained their ultimate goal - self realisation.  This fascinating and lucid work describes these techniques, enabling advanced students to pursue these practices and inspiring them to do so, but only if they are under the direct guidance of a competent teacher. As a practical guide to the systematic science of swaridaya, this book is essential reading for all serious students.  Whether the student has been engaged in the study of meditation for some time, or is just beginning this process, the wealth of illuminating information and practical advice contained in this volume will intrigue, challenge, and help guide the student towards the goal of life along the path of fire and light.

Obtaining Books

  Books are available from all the retreat days.

 Books can be ordered from the office and delivered to your yoga/meditation class.

 To do this please use our Enquiries Form here and use the Subject line ‘BOOKS’.

 Indicate which class you attend and on which day.

 Title of book or cd’s required.

 Method of payment. Cash or bacs

 Name and mobile number.

 Your class teacher will deliver your book to you.