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Somatics and Mindfulness

Disclaimer: My experiences and point of view inform the following compilation. I attempt to be holistic, but I will always have blind spots. As with all learning, take what you need, and leave what you don’t. Feel free to reach out with suggestions.



365 Ways to Feel Better: Self-Care Ideas for Embodied Well-Being (2017) by Eve Menezes Cunningham


The Actor and the Alexander Technique Paperback (2002) by Kelly Mcevenue


Albinus on Anatomy: With 80 Original Albinus Plates (1989) by Robert Beverly Hale and Terence Coyle


The Alexander Technique: How to Use Your Body Without Stress (1991) by Wilfred Barlow


The Alexander Technique and the Art of Teaching Voice: Singing and Speaking with an Energetic, Free and Beautiful Voice (2009) by Maria Weiss


The Alexander Technique Workbook: The Complete Guide to Health, Poise, and Fitness (2023) by Richard Brennan


The Anatomy Coloring Book [4th Edition] (2013) by Wynn Kapit and Lawrence M. Elson


Anatomy of Breathing (2006) by Blandine Calais-Germain


Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners (2010) by H David Coulter


Anatomy of Movement: Exercises [3rd Edition] (2018) by Blandine Calais-Germain


Anatomy of the Moving Body: A Basic Course in Bones, Muscles, and Joints [2nd Edition] (2008) by Jr. Theodore Dimon


The Art of Breathing: Six Simple Lessons to Improve Performance, Health and Well-Being [4th Edition] (2000) by Nancy Zi


The Art of Somatic Coaching: Embodying Skillful Action, Wisdom, and Compassion (2014) by Richard Strozzi-Heckler


The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity (2016) by Julia Cameron


Awake Where You Are: The Art of Embodied Awareness (2021) by Martin Aylward


The Awakening Body: Somatic Meditation for Discovering Our Deepest Life (2016) by Reginald Ray


Awareness Through Movement: Easy-to-Do Health Exercises to Improve Your Posture, Vision, Imagination, and Personal Awareness (2009) by Moshe Feldenkrais


Be Here Now (1978) by Ram Dass


Becoming the Body: Embodiment Through Somatic Therapy: Exercises and Tools for Trauma, Stress, and Finding Mind-Body Connection (2023) by Ken Michaels


The Blooming of a Lotus: The Essential Guided Meditations for Mindfulness, Healing, and Transformation (2009) by Thich Nhat Hanh


Body and Mature Behavior: A Study of Anxiety, Sex, Gravitation, and Learning (2005) by Moshe Feldenkrais


Body Becoming: A Path to Our Liberation (2022) by Roberto Che Espinoza


Body, Breath and Being: A New Guide to the Alexander Technique [2nd Edition] (2014) by Carolyn Nicholls


The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love [2nd Edition] (2021) by Sonya Renee Taylor


The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma (2015) by Bessel van der Kolk


Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique [4th Edition] (2004) by Michael Gelb


Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art (2020) by James Nestor


The Breathing Cure: Develop New Habits for a Healthier, Happier, and Longer Life (2021) by Patrick McKeown


Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (2009) by Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius


Coaching with the Brain in Mind: Foundations for Practice (2009) by David Rock and Linda J. Page


Complete Reiki: The All-in-One Reiki Manual for Deep Healing and Spiritual Growth (2020) by Karen Frazier


Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery [3rd Edition] (2022) by Eric Franklin


The Elusive Obvious: The Convergence of Movement, Neuroplasticity, and Health (2019) by Moshe Feldenkrais


Embodying the Mystery: Somatic Wisdom for Emotional, Energetic, and Spiritual Awakening (2022) by Richard Strozzi-Heckler


The Feldenkrais Method: Learning Through Movement (2021) edited by Staffan Elgelid and Chrish Kresge


The Feldenkrais Method: Teaching by Handling (2003) by Yochanan Rywerant


F.M.: The Life Of Frederick Matthias Alexander (2004) by Michael Bloch


Heart Open, Body Awake: Four Steps to Embodied Spirituality (2021) by Susan Aposhyan


How to Learn the Alexander Technique: A Manual for Students [3rd Edition] (1995) by Barbara Conable


Journey of Awakening: A Meditator's Guidebook (1990) by Ram Dass


The Listening Path: The Creative Art of Attention (2021) by Julia Cameron


Man's Supreme Inheritance: Conscious Guidance and Control in Relation to Human Evolution in Civilization (2019) by F. M. Alexander


Meditations for Healing Trauma: Mindfulness Skills to Ease Post-Traumatic Stress (2017) by Louanne Davis


The Mindful Coach: Seven Roles for Facilitating Leader Development [2nd Edition] (2010) by Doug Silsbee


The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive (2018) by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer


Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening (2016) by Joseph Goldstein


Mindfulness in Plain English (2011) by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana


Mindfulness Made Simple: An Introduction to Finding Calm Through Mindfulness & Meditation (2014) by Elisha Goldstein


The Muscle Book (2007) by Paul Blakey


My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies (2017) by Resmaa Menakem


Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential and How to Achieve Yours (2012) by Shirzad Chamine


The Power of Breath: The Art of Breathing Well for Harmony, Happiness and Health (2017) by Swami Saradananda


The Practice of Presence: Five Paths for Daily Life (2006) by Patty De Llosa


The Practice of Pure Awareness: Somatic Meditation for Awakening the Sacred (2018) by Reginald A. Ray


Presence-Based Coaching: Cultivating Self-Generative Leaders Through Mind, Body, and Heart (2008) by Doug Silsbee


Presence-Based Leadership: Complexity Practices for Clarity, Resilience, and Results That Matter (2018) by Doug Silsbee


Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha (2004) by Tara Brach


Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World (2021) by Sharon Salzberg


Real World Mindfulness for Beginners: Navigate Daily Life One Practice at a Time (2016) edited by Brenda Salgado


Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness (2020) by Rick Hanson and Forrest Hanson


Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication (2018) by Oren Jay Sofer


Science of Breath: A Practical Guide (2007) by Rama, Rudolph Ballentine, Alan Hymes


Somatic Art Therapy: Alleviating Pain and Trauma Through Art (2021) by Johanne Hamel


Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy: Awareness, Breath, Resonance, Movement, and Touch in Practice (2020) by Susan McConnell


Somatics for Rope Bottoms: 12 Embodied Inquiries for Transforming Your Experience in Rope Bondage (2020) by Natasha NawaTaNeko


Somatics: Reawakening The Mind's Control Of Movement, Flexibility, And Health (2004) by Thomas Hanna


Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation (2015) by Susan Piver


Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals (2019) by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff


Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day (2020) by Jay Shetty


The Use Of The Self (2019) by F.M. Alexander


The Vagus Nerve: Gut Brain Connection & Meditations to Soothe the Vagus Nerve (2023) by Wendy Hayden


The Wakeful Body: Somatic Mindfulness as a Path to Freedom (2021) by Willa Baker


Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma Paperback (1997) by Peter A. Levine with Ann Frederick


Ways to Better Breathing (1992) by Carola Speads


Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (2005) by Jon Kabat-Zinn


The Yoga of Sound: Tapping the Hidden Power of Music and Chant (2006) by Russill Paul


Your Body is Your Brain: Leverage Your Somatic Intelligence to Find Purpose, Build Resilience, Deepen Relationships and Lead More Powerfully (2019) by Amanda Blake


Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice (2020) by Shunryu Suzuki


Other Resources and Guides


The Affiliated Societies of Teachers of the Alexander Technique


American Massage Therapy Association


American Society for the Alexander Technique


Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals


The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique


Feldenkrais Method


Sharon Salzberg


Strozzi Institute

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