Chopra’s book helped me view my own health in a radically different way. He was trained in the Western medical tradition but is also an expert on the healing possibilities of the ancient Indian Ayervedic system. He views health holistically – as a manifestation of what we eat, how we exercise, and how we live.
The Power of Full Engagement
This book proposes a paradigm shift in productivity. The old paradigm: manage time and measure productivity by the number of hours spent working. The new: manage energy and work according to the principle of oscillation, mixing high intensity sprints with low intensity recovery periods. I use these insights every day.
Breathing well is a prerequisite to living well. And yet most of us overlook the power of breath on our physical, mental, and emotional state. Hendricks is one of the best breathers out there and his book discusses both the physiological benefits of breathing as well as the practices that cultivate a strong breath.
Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness
The daily practice of yoga has changed my life. Yoga is not just a killer workout. Over time, it cultivates an internal state of relaxed alertness. It clears away the mental clutter and opens the mind to spiritual and creative possibilities. Schiffmann is a master teacher in Venice and his book gives you a thorough account of yogic philosophy and practice.