Frameworks 300 reading list

Frameworks 300 is dedicated to both offering a broad educational experience and providing resources for trainees to go deep into subjects that interest them most. Below is the list of the required and recommended books.

What do I mean by recommended? Simply, I recommend them! Many of the books are being used as reference material for the Frameworks 300 training at Yoga Centric next year. If you’re interested in the program, let’s chat!


Required to own:

‘Atlas of Human Anatomy’ by Frank Netter
‘Anatomy Trains’ by Thomas Myers
‘Light on Yoga’ by B.K.S. Iyengar

Required to read:

‘Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind’ by Shunryū Suzuki

Recommended reading:

Body modalities

‘Somatics’ by Thomas Hanna
‘The Endless Web: Fascial Anatomy and Physical Reality’ by R. Louis Schultz and Rosemary Feitis

Yoga practices

‘Moola Bandha: The Master Key’ by Swami Buddhananda
‘Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha’ by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
‘Dynamics of Yoga: The Foundations of Bihar Yoga’ by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
‘The Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar
‘The Sivananda Companion to Yoga’
‘Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness’ by Erich Schiffmann
‘Yin Yoga: Outline of a Quiet Practice’ by Paul Grilley

Yoga Sutras

‘The Path of the Yoga Sutras’ by Nicolai Bachman
‘The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali’ by Sri Swami Satyananda
‘The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali’ by Alistair Shearer
‘How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patañjali’ by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood
‘The Wisdom of Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras: by Ravi Ravindra
‘The Yoga Sutra of Patañjali’ by Chip Hartranft
‘Yoga Philosophy of Patañjali’ by Swami Hariharananda Aranya

Heart Sutra

‘Thunderous silence: a Practical Guide to the Heart Sutra’ By Dosung Yoo
‘The Heart Sutra’ by Red Pine


anything by Rainer Maria Rilke, particularly ‘Ahead of All Parting’ trans. by Stephen Mitchell
‘Selected poems of Rūmī’ from Dover Thrift Editions
‘Delicious laughter: Rambunctious Teaching Stories from the Mathnawi’ by Rūmī
‘Dropping the Bow: Poems of Ancient India’ trans. by Andrew Schelling


‘Buddhism Without Beliefs’ by Stephen Batchelor
‘The Four Noble Truths’ by The Dalai Lama
‘An End to Suffering’ by Pankaj Mishra
‘Waking, Dreaming, Being’ by Evan Thompson


‘Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners’ by H. David Coulter
‘The Female Pelvis: Anatomy and Exercises’ by Blandine Calais-Germain
‘Beyond the Zonules of Zinn: A Fantastic Journey Through Your Brain’ by David Bainbridge
‘Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, Vol. 1 and 2’ by Lois S. Simons, Janet G. Travell, David G. Simons

History and Perspectives

‘Health, Healing, and Beyond: Yoga and the Living Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya’ by TKV Desikachar
‘Be Here Now’ by Baba Ram Dass
‘Turning the Mind Into an Ally’ by Sakyong Mipham
‘There Is No App for Happiness: How to Avoid a Near-Life Experience’ by Max Strom
‘A Life Worth Breathing’ by Max Strom
‘Hell-Bent’ by Benjamin Lorr
‘Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude’ by Neal Pollack
‘Darśan: Seeing the Divine Image in India’ by Diana Eck
‘Wisdom of no escape’ by Pema Chödrön
‘How It Ends: From You to the Universe’ by Chris Impey


‘Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience’ by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
‘Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System As a Path to the Self’ by Anodea Judith

Daoism and Zen

‘Two Zen Classics: The Gateless Gate and The Blue Cliff Records’ trans. by Katsuki Sekida
‘Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings’ trans. by Burton Watson
‘The Way of Chaung Tzu’ by Thomas Merton
‘Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi’ trans. by Taigen Dan Leighton

Communication and Philosophy

‘Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life’ by Marshall Rosenberg
‘Implicit Bias and Philosophy, Vs 1 and 2: Metaphysics and Epistemology’ edited by Michael Brownstein and Jennifer Saul
‘Myth of Sisyphus’ by Albert Camus
‘Better Conversations: A Starter Guide’ by Krista Tippett

Recommended Listening:

Examining Ethics: Ep. 24
Everyday zen