Erica’s Book Picks


I instantly thought I had found a real find when I came across Walter Truett Anderson’s The Upstart Spring: Esalen and the Human Potential Movement: The First Twenty Years as I had long been interested in individuality and human potential. Esalen fostered exploration in human potentiality and a new world view. A historical account of an American cultural revolution, The Upstart Spring is an absorbing and fun read. Anderson takes the reader through the history of Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California starting from it’s inception in the 1960’s. Founded by Michael Murphy and Dick Price, they brought a number of well known figures to lead seminars such as Aldous Huxley (English author and philosopher), Henry Miller (American Author), Abraham Maslow (American psychologist), Joan Baez (American singer), Ida Rolf (creator of Structural Integration), Fritz Pearls (German psychiatrist. Developed Gestalt therapy) and many others. Anderson shares this culturally important history with care and honesty making for an entertaining, sometimes sobering, and insightful read. Esalen, over fifty years later, continues to offer workshops and continuing education in arts, psychology, meditation, massage, and movement.

 

Written for the beginning, intermediate, and advanced student, B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health gives detailed and thorough instruction. The book is beautifully illustrated. In chapter 8, the author includes an Iyengar Yoga course progressing from week 1 to week 20. Chapter 4 and 5 give clear instruction on the poses with 360 degree illustrations to help clarify the asanas. Highly recommend!