Reading & Media List

This list has been created specifically for PRYT Level 3 students though others may also find them helpful. Yoga Teacher Training students should plan on obtaining the first two books on the list by Michael Lee.

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Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy: A Bridge from Body to Soul
by Michael Lee, 1997



Turn Stress Into BlissTurn Stress Into Bless
by Michael Lee, 2005





Romancing the Shadow:  A Guide to Soul Work for a Vital, Authentic Life
by Connie Zweig and Steven Wolf




The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People  by Stephen Covey
(Optional for MHP Program students)










The Body Keeps the Score Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
by Bessel van der Kolk MD (Penguin Random House, 2014)




The Four AgreementsThe Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
(A Toltec Wisdom Book) 1997 by Don Miguel Ruiz




Some Books Recommended by Michael and Sarah in Philosophies of Transformation and Change

Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: A Contemporary Guide to Yoga, Meditation, and Indian Philosophy (Wisdom of India)

Essence of the Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Call to Nirvana (Wisdom of India)

The Upanishads: A Classic of Indian Spirituality

Essence of the Upanishads: A Key to Indian Spirituality (Wisdom of India)

The Buddha before Buddhism: Wisdom from the Early Teachings

REQUIRED BOOKS for the MHP Program (optional for PRYT or IAYT Programs)

Students will choose one or the other. 

 Yoga andYoga and Psychotherapy Psychotherapy: The Evolution of Consciousness
by Swami Rama, Swami Ajaya, and Rudolf Ballentine




The Psychology of Yoga

The Psychology of Yoga: Integrating Eastern and Western Approaches for Understanding the Mind
Jan 14, 2014 by Georg Feuerstein





FullSizeRenderYoga Therapy & Integrative Medicine – Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine
New book by Larry Paine et al.  and includes chapter on Phoenix Rising by Michael Lee




The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology
by Jack Kornfield




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by Pema Chodron




ResilienceResilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life
by Eric Greitens Navy Seal



Threads of Yoga: A Remix of Patanjali-s Sutra-s, with Commentary and Reverie
Paperback – October 23, 2012 by Mr. Matthew s Remski





A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
by Jack Kornfield




The Bhagavad-Gita: A New Translation
The Bhagavad-Gita: A New Translation
Sep 13, 2011 by Georg Feuerstein and Brenda Feuerstein




The Forgotten Body: A Way of Knowing and Understanding Self
by Elissa Cobb







THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY, by Brene Brown on Audible (first 3 chapters)

NOTE: Although this is available as a “book” we highly recommend you listen to the audio as it is recorded LIVE as voiced by the author herself, and the feeling, humor, and subtleties are beautifully conveyed by an excellent speaker.


Audio Dharma Podcast  “Mindfulness of the Body” – by Gil Fronsdal

Refocusing to Present Podcast – by Gil Fronsdal

The Gloria Tapes – Carl Rogers and Gloria

Carl Rogers on Empathy


Articles about Phoenix Rising and Yoga Therapy are listed on a separate page.