The best chakra books

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Book cover of Yoga of the Subtle Body: A Guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of Yoga

Much of the Western approach to yoga views it as a fitness activity and focuses primarily on the physical body. Yet authentic yoga practice is rooted in the reality that the body is not separate from the psychospiritual forces that animate it. In this book, Tias Little who is one of the foremost yoga instructors in North Americaoffers a guided tour of the body’s physical anatomy, then uses this awareness to explore the fascinating and mysterious arena of the subtle body. Drawing on ancient texts and modern science, Little explains the yogic view of the energetic body (prana, nadis, and chakras), explores the esoteric subtleties of the mind-body connection, and provides thought-provoking insights into the secrets of our innermost being.  

Yoga of the Subtle Body

By Tias Little,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Yoga of the Subtle Body as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Who am I?

I’m a yoga therapist, health journalist, mother, and grandmother with a passion for helping people harness the powerful medicine of movement. Physical activity is essential to good health, and yoga can be particularly effective because it’s a holistic discipline that enhances all aspects of wellbeing—physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual. I started taking a weekly yoga class in my early 20s to stretch tight muscles and relieve stress from my busy job as a Washington Post reporter. Nearly 50 years later, yoga is central to my life, with practices that have helped me through several major health challenges, and kept me balanced, fit, and centered in our unpredictable world.  


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Relax Into Yoga for Seniors: A Six-Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Pain Relief

By Kimberly Carson, Carol Krucoff,

Book cover of Relax Into Yoga for Seniors: A Six-Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Pain Relief

What is my book about?

Yoga can be profoundly healing for older adults, but finding a safe and effective practice is challenging because many commonly-taught postures are risky for seniors. This is why—for over a decade—we have collaborated with experts at Duke Medical Center to create accessible, evidence-informed practices that combine the best of current medical knowledge with the ancient wisdom of traditional yogic teachings.  

Relax into Yoga for Seniors presents a six-week gentle yoga program—with step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and downloadable audiosdesigned to guide older adults through a safe, effective and enjoyable yoga practice. We offer specifics about yoga for healthy aging, including guidelines for safe practice with age-related ailments including arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis, hypertension, cancer, and chronic pain—plus a downloadable Teacher's Guide.

Theories of the Chakras

By Hiroshi Motoyama,

Book cover of Theories of the Chakras: Bridge to Higher Consciousness

Finally, the mechanisms that undergird the transformation of consciousness in all mystical traditions, whether East or West, are explained in language that is easy to understand. In this ground-breaking work, Motoyama combines the psycho-spiritual wisdom of Chinese medicine, Kundalini Yoga, and Esoteric Japanese Buddhism to create a model of spiritual evolution that can be utilized to good effect by anyone. 

Theories of the Chakras

By Hiroshi Motoyama,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Theories of the Chakras as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Who am I?

I’m an American Jewish girl who was born knowing that I had been Japanese in my previous lifetime. After graduating with a degree in Japanese studies from Princeton University, I moved to Japan at 21 and became a well-known translator. One day the Geisha Mineko Iwasaki, the inspiration behind Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha, asked me to co-author the story of her life. Published in 2002, Geisha, a Life became a bestseller. Writing Geisha awakened memories of my past life as a courtesan in fourteenth-century Kyoto. I began a deep study of reincarnation, which has led me to study the intersection of Buddhism and Psychoanalysis. Please look out for my forthcoming book, Reincarnation Karma.


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Geisha: A Life

By Mineko Iwasaki, Rande Brown,

Book cover of Geisha: A Life

What is my book about?

"Many say I was the best geisha of my generation," writes Mineko Iwasaki. "And yet, it was a life that I found too constricting to continue. And one that I ultimately had to leave." Trained to become a geisha from the age of five, Iwasaki would live among the other women trained in the “art of perfection” in Kyoto's Gion Kobu district. She was loved by kings, princes, military heroes, and wealthy statesmen alike. But even though she became one of the most prized geishas in Japan's history, Iwasaki wanted more: her own life. And by the time she retired at age twenty-nine, Iwasaki was finally on her way toward a new beginning.

Geisha, a Life is her story—at times heartbreaking, always awe-inspiring, and totally true.

Book cover of The Book of Chakra Healing

The first edition of this book is visually stunning, and I like it, first, for that reason—chakras need color and beauty and imagery and vitality, not black and white prose. They are, after all, the animation of the life force itself viewed through a prism. How that could possibly ever translate into just words on a page, I’ll never understand. Second, her practices are simple and exemplary with Archetypes, Altars, Physical Exercises, Crystals, Meditations, Daily Questions/Journaling, and Affirmations. They touch on all four aspects of each of us: Body, Heart, Mind, Spirit. Information about chakras is fine but useless. Working with your own chakra system is the entire point as far as I’m concerned.

The Book of Chakra Healing

By Liz Simpson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Book of Chakra Healing as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Who am I?

I’ve been fascinated by—and working with—the chakra system for more than 40 years. Because of my practice as a metaphysician, I have long sought the meanings behind what we experience as reality. Meaning is what makes reality worth living. The chakra system is a vital key to creating a life past surviving to thriving. Over the years, I’ve seen detective work in the chakra system unravel issues from the past, present, and future gently and for keeps. Every single one of us should know our chakras as a matter of basic health, and my 40 years of experience with clients proves it!


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Energy Integrity Rose Thymus Chakra: How to Own & Use the Power of Your Personal Energy

By Susan Corso,

Book cover of Energy Integrity Rose Thymus Chakra: How to Own & Use the Power of Your Personal Energy

What is my book about?

Exhausted? Stressed? Scared? The chakra system is your answer. Medical intuitive/metaphysician Dr. Susan Corso brings forty years of experience with the chakras. More than imparting knowledge, the workbooks offer a proven, effective way to apply the chakra system to heal your life.

Seeking to be more alive? Start with Energy Integrity Red Root Chakra. Passionate? Energy Integrity Orange Sacral Chakra. Powerful? Energy Integrity Yellow Solar Chakra. Loving? Energy Integrity Green Heart Chakra. Creative? Energy Integrity Turquoise Throat Chakra. Intuitive? Energy Integrity Indigo Brow Chakra. Abundant? Energy Integrity Violet Crown Chakra. Compassionate? Energy Integrity Rose Thymus Chakra. Learn how your chakras reflect your past, how your chakras can be changed in the present, and how to use your chakras to create your future!

Messages from the Body

By Michael J. Lincoln,

Book cover of Messages from the Body: Their Psychological Meaning

To say that Dr. Lincoln is eccentric understates the case. His interpretations of varied symptomologies can be truly harsh. Make sure you feel strong enough when you use him as a reference to push away what doesn’t resonate for you. His book is the one I return to over and over again because it meets at the crossroads of Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life (the original classic in the field, if a little glossed-over) and Taber’s Encyclopedic Medical Dictionary, both of which I also use. The point is this: human bodies are remarkable, first and foremost, because they don’t lie. They don’t lie because they can’t lie. When we learn to listen to our bodies, we are that much closer to health and healing.

Messages from the Body

By Michael J. Lincoln,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Messages from the Body as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Who am I?

I’ve been fascinated by—and working with—the chakra system for more than 40 years. Because of my practice as a metaphysician, I have long sought the meanings behind what we experience as reality. Meaning is what makes reality worth living. The chakra system is a vital key to creating a life past surviving to thriving. Over the years, I’ve seen detective work in the chakra system unravel issues from the past, present, and future gently and for keeps. Every single one of us should know our chakras as a matter of basic health, and my 40 years of experience with clients proves it!


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Energy Integrity Rose Thymus Chakra: How to Own & Use the Power of Your Personal Energy

By Susan Corso,

Book cover of Energy Integrity Rose Thymus Chakra: How to Own & Use the Power of Your Personal Energy

What is my book about?

Exhausted? Stressed? Scared? The chakra system is your answer. Medical intuitive/metaphysician Dr. Susan Corso brings forty years of experience with the chakras. More than imparting knowledge, the workbooks offer a proven, effective way to apply the chakra system to heal your life.

Seeking to be more alive? Start with Energy Integrity Red Root Chakra. Passionate? Energy Integrity Orange Sacral Chakra. Powerful? Energy Integrity Yellow Solar Chakra. Loving? Energy Integrity Green Heart Chakra. Creative? Energy Integrity Turquoise Throat Chakra. Intuitive? Energy Integrity Indigo Brow Chakra. Abundant? Energy Integrity Violet Crown Chakra. Compassionate? Energy Integrity Rose Thymus Chakra. Learn how your chakras reflect your past, how your chakras can be changed in the present, and how to use your chakras to create your future!

Book cover of Llewellyn's Complete Book of Chakras: Your Definitive Source of Energy Center Knowledge for Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Evolution

Cyndi Dale is perhaps the doyenne of the chakra experts. I’ve read a lot of her books, and she’s quite knowledgeable. However, I completely disagree with much of her chakra system. It’s too complicated for my taste, but then I am most interested in the whole population knowing how to work with their own chakras in an everyday way just like we brush our teeth. She’s training experts. Her work is valuable to know what others have discovered, and… her section on the history of the chakra system as well as how it has been a part of health and healing in cultures from the Incas to the Taoists to the Hindus to the Sufis to the Maori and more throughout time is quite simply the best. 

Llewellyn's Complete Book of Chakras

By Cyndi Dale,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Llewellyn's Complete Book of Chakras as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Powerful centres of subtle energy, the chakras have fascinated humanity for thousands of years. Llewellyn's Complete Book of Chakras is a unique and empowering resource that provides comprehensive insights into these foundational sources of vitality and strength. Discover what chakras are and how they work. Explore how to work with chakras for personal growth and healing. Examine the ways our understanding of chakras has transformed through history and across cultures. Lively and accessible, this definitive reference explores the science, history, practices, and structures of subtle energy systems. With an abundance of illustrations and a wealth of practical exercises, Llewellyn's Complete…

Who am I?

I’ve been fascinated by—and working with—the chakra system for more than 40 years. Because of my practice as a metaphysician, I have long sought the meanings behind what we experience as reality. Meaning is what makes reality worth living. The chakra system is a vital key to creating a life past surviving to thriving. Over the years, I’ve seen detective work in the chakra system unravel issues from the past, present, and future gently and for keeps. Every single one of us should know our chakras as a matter of basic health, and my 40 years of experience with clients proves it!


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Energy Integrity Rose Thymus Chakra: How to Own & Use the Power of Your Personal Energy

By Susan Corso,

Book cover of Energy Integrity Rose Thymus Chakra: How to Own & Use the Power of Your Personal Energy

What is my book about?

Exhausted? Stressed? Scared? The chakra system is your answer. Medical intuitive/metaphysician Dr. Susan Corso brings forty years of experience with the chakras. More than imparting knowledge, the workbooks offer a proven, effective way to apply the chakra system to heal your life.

Seeking to be more alive? Start with Energy Integrity Red Root Chakra. Passionate? Energy Integrity Orange Sacral Chakra. Powerful? Energy Integrity Yellow Solar Chakra. Loving? Energy Integrity Green Heart Chakra. Creative? Energy Integrity Turquoise Throat Chakra. Intuitive? Energy Integrity Indigo Brow Chakra. Abundant? Energy Integrity Violet Crown Chakra. Compassionate? Energy Integrity Rose Thymus Chakra. Learn how your chakras reflect your past, how your chakras can be changed in the present, and how to use your chakras to create your future!

The Chakra Bible

By Patricia Mercier,

Book cover of The Chakra Bible: The Definitive Guide to Working with Chakras

This is a beautifully produced book, as the chakras deserve, and full of many different practices as a great supplement to the Liz Simpson book. I particularly liked her teaching on yoga asanas. As chakras are frequencies of light, they are of course ephemeral. They are also grounded in the human body by the endocrine system. Those who are inclined toward physical and/or exercise types of healing will benefit here. She’s an expert. Her history section, whilst brief, is also hugely informative. This is a great beginner book for people at the outset of their chakra journey. Her emphasis is all on healing, wholing, and well-being.

The Chakra Bible

By Patricia Mercier,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Chakra Bible as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Who am I?

I’ve been fascinated by—and working with—the chakra system for more than 40 years. Because of my practice as a metaphysician, I have long sought the meanings behind what we experience as reality. Meaning is what makes reality worth living. The chakra system is a vital key to creating a life past surviving to thriving. Over the years, I’ve seen detective work in the chakra system unravel issues from the past, present, and future gently and for keeps. Every single one of us should know our chakras as a matter of basic health, and my 40 years of experience with clients proves it!


I wrote...

Energy Integrity Rose Thymus Chakra: How to Own & Use the Power of Your Personal Energy

By Susan Corso,

Book cover of Energy Integrity Rose Thymus Chakra: How to Own & Use the Power of Your Personal Energy

What is my book about?

Exhausted? Stressed? Scared? The chakra system is your answer. Medical intuitive/metaphysician Dr. Susan Corso brings forty years of experience with the chakras. More than imparting knowledge, the workbooks offer a proven, effective way to apply the chakra system to heal your life.

Seeking to be more alive? Start with Energy Integrity Red Root Chakra. Passionate? Energy Integrity Orange Sacral Chakra. Powerful? Energy Integrity Yellow Solar Chakra. Loving? Energy Integrity Green Heart Chakra. Creative? Energy Integrity Turquoise Throat Chakra. Intuitive? Energy Integrity Indigo Brow Chakra. Abundant? Energy Integrity Violet Crown Chakra. Compassionate? Energy Integrity Rose Thymus Chakra. Learn how your chakras reflect your past, how your chakras can be changed in the present, and how to use your chakras to create your future!

Book cover of The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads: Reveal the Answer to Every Question about Work, Home, Fortune, and Love

Every Tarot library needs a few good books on spreads. Spreads are the backbone of a reading. Liz Dean’s The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads is approachable as it is not overwhelming with an excessive number of spreads, Liz provides numerous quality spreads that do not disappoint. Whether it is love, romance, health, wealth, self-development, rare, or occult – Liz has you covered with all the spread you will need. 

The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads

By Liz Dean,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads helps you answer your life questions instantly, while showing you how to read your cards and create your own layouts. This ingenious guide contains spreads used hundreds of years ago by occult scholars such as Nostradamus and modern spreads inspired by today's visionaries. Expert tarot author Liz Dean has also created spreads based on the questions most often asked of professional tarot readers and teachers. The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads gives you over 70 new and classic tarot card layouts for love, money, and success that can help you answer your questions accurately…

Who am I?

I found the tarot at the age of fourteen. Like many teenagers exploring the spirit world, I was curious about witchcraft, prophecies, numerology, astrology – it was a matter of time until I found the Tarot and fell in love with the cards. From studying Tarot, I branched out into Gnosticism, Kabbalah, and finally coming home to my culture’s Hellenic Tradition (Hellenism). I went on to college to receive a B.A. in Religion and later a M.A. in Ancient History.  I give the Tarot large credit to all my later achievements in life. Those 78 cards opened my eyes to a whole world of mysteries to be unlocked.  


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Tarot Tracker: A Year-Long Journey

By Angelo Nasios,

Book cover of Tarot Tracker: A Year-Long Journey

What is my book about?

Keeping a record of Tarot readings to plot your growth over a year can be daunting. Now you can use this simple, effective, and beautiful annual tarot journal to keep track of your daily readings and seasonal occasions. Foster a personal bond to your cards and create a permanent record to keep forever to understand and plan your special path. Find out what the year may bring, record and reflect on daily and nightly readings, recognize patterns in your life, and connect personal experiences to the cards.

Begin your calendar journey at any time during the year, and use the knowledge you accumulate to chart your spiritual progress through the Tarot. Includes quick and easy traditional Tarot card meanings to help interpret your journey.

Discover Your Dharma

By Sahara Rose Ketabi,

Book cover of Discover Your Dharma: A Vedic Guide to Finding Your Purpose

This book is a powerful companion to support you in shifts within your personal, business and spiritual life. As many are waking up each day to a very deep yearning to discover who they truly are and what their true purpose in life is, Discover Your Dharma will guide you in unearthing these most potent truths, all while delivering said guidance in a down-to-earth, relatable and digestible way. This book will empower you to take aligned action to finally live the life your soul is seeking.

Discover Your Dharma

By Sahara Rose Ketabi,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Discover Your Dharma as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Who am I?

I am a shaman, seer, and spiritual teacher who lives in Austin, Texas with my husband Luke Storey, black cat Jelly Bean and dog Cookie. I’m devoted to being of service by living by the calls of inner wisdom, mysticism, energy medicine, and shamanic practices I’ve mastered through studies with spiritual teachers, both of and beyond this world. I lead global courses, events, and talks to reconnect people to their fullest power and confidence through sacred practices. My book was named “a top meditation to try” by O, The Oprah Magazine, and I’ve been called "a leading shaman for expanding others into their full gifts and power" by Forbes.


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Animal Power: 100 Animals to Energize Your Life and Awaken Your Soul

By Alyson Charles, Willian Santiago (illustrator),

Book cover of Animal Power: 100 Animals to Energize Your Life and Awaken Your Soul

What is my book about?

Brimming with 100 different vibrant animal illustrations, transformative practices, and captivating stories from around the world, Animal Power is an enlightening guide to the power of the animal realm and how they bring peace, healing, and empowerment to your life.

Learn how to connect with the animal power of the bear for comfort and protection, the leopard for confidence, the seal for healthy relationships, and the peacock for creative inspiration, and many others. The practices are paired with illuminating stories from spiritual teachers around the world, plus sidebars with fascinating details on ancient traditions, global mythology, and scientific trivia. Delivered in an enchanting package overflowing with insight and magic, Animal Power is a celebration of the natural world and an inspiring companion for modern mystics, nature and animal lovers, and the spiritually curious.

Meditation with Intention

By Anusha Wijeyakumar,

Book cover of Meditation with Intention: Quick & Easy Ways to Create Lasting Peace

Meditation is an amazing tool for stress relief, mental clarity, focus and balance. Meditation has been shown to help with depression, mental health, and reduction of blood pressure. This book helped me to establish a consistent and meaningful meditation practice. The author Anusha is an incredible teacher and advocate for increased mental health awareness. She provides a practical and sustainable approach to meditation.

Meditation with Intention

By Anusha Wijeyakumar,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Meditation with Intention as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

With just five minutes of meditation a day, you can achieve a more focused, balanced, and peaceful life. Join wellness consultant Anusha Wijeyakumar, MA, as she shares the transformative meditation program that she developed for California s world-famous Hoag Hospital. You will discover the vital intentions and five-minute meditations designed for heart opening, chakra balancing, trusting your inner truth, embodying courage and strength, and more. These meditations and pranayama-breathwork exercises will help you create more joy and peace in your life while learning to control negative internal chatter. Raised in the philosophy of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) on her way to…

Who am I?

I'm an author, movement coach, and yoga teacher. I've been practicing yoga on and off for about 48 years. I was introduced to yoga by my mom through a really old book called Be Young with Yoga at 3 years old. Yoga has been a part of my entire existence in one way or another. I have had the honour and privilege to study with yoga teachers and educators for the past 30+ years and it has been life-changing. I have been a yoga teacher and movement coach for 30+ years, I have watched yoga make sad people feel better, injured people get strong, and shy people become leaders in their communities around equity and diversity. 


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Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses for Every Type of Body

By Dianne Bondy,

Book cover of Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses for Every Type of Body

What is my book about?

Bring Dianne’s body-positive yoga philosophy to your mat. No matter who you are, what you look like, or what your abilities are, you can do all 50 poses in Dianne Bondy’s new book, Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses for Every Type of Body.

Learn how to adapt 50 classic yoga poses and how to put them all together to create 10 sequences you can practice at home. Explore how to use yoga props for each pose to make your practice uniquely your own. Discover how to harness yoga postures to experience specific physical and mental benefits.

The Psychic Energy Codex

By Michelle Belanger,

Book cover of The Psychic Energy Codex: A Manual For Developing Your Subtle Senses

While not explicitly written from a witchcraft point of view, The Psychic Energy Codex by Michelle Belanger is a highly approachable book for awakening your psychic ability and learning how to manipulate energy, which are very crucial skills for the psychic witch. Despite being a world-famous psychic and an occult researcher with encyclopedic knowledge, the way Belanger breaks everything down in this book makes the information easy to understand for even the absolute beginner. In addition, the book provides foundational techniques that are essential for any energy worker, witch or not. One of the brilliant aspects of this book is that Michelle emphasizes that everyone is wired differently energetically, perceiving and working with energy differently. As such, the author provides impressive guidance and insight to help you tailor practices to suit you so that you can effectively engage in psychic and energetic practices.

The Psychic Energy Codex

By Michelle Belanger,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Psychic Energy Codex as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Who am I?

I am a witch, professional psychic, occult teacher, and multi-award-winning author of the international bestselling book Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide To Meditation, Magick, and Manifestation. I have been fascinated with the topics of magick and psychic ability since a young age and have been researching both topics and how they intersect since about eight years old. I've had the honor of studying under some of the most prominent witchcraft teachers, elders, and witchcraft traditions. I’m constantly asked by readers which other books I recommend after reading mine, so here are the top picks I feel are essential for every psychic witch’s library that have been highly influential on my work.


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Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation

By Mat Auryn,

Book cover of Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation

What is my book about?

Discover how to be a powerful psychic witch with this book on wielding energy and awakening your psychic senses. Psychic Witch explores the relationship between psychic ability and magick, interweaving them to create a strong foundation for accessing the full potential of your mind, body, and spirit.

Mat Auryn reveals some of his most closely guarded tips, secrets, practices, and meditations so that you can master the perception and manipulation of energy. Featuring over ninety exercises and the inner tools you need to perform magick anywhere and at any time, Psychic Witch helps you tune in to yourself and the subtle energies of the world.

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