• In all Byrd Rider Rehab Courses, you will be required to purchase and read books prior to the workshop portion of the course.
  • One book fee per course will cover all of your books for that course and be shipped to you via Byrd Rider Rehab.
  • Many times required worksheets will accompany the book, which will be filled out by you and turned in on the first day of the workshop.
  • Almost always, an article will be crafted by the course group members and edited after the workshop. So, evidence gathering is part of your pre-workshop preparation.
  • Workshop sign-ups will usually close 6-10 weeks prior to the workshop date to allow time for pre-reading, pre-worksheets and pre-evidence collection to be accomplished by each student.
  • You are welcome to purchase any books on your own in advance and begin reading, but the full book cost will still be due. You will receive all of your books when the workshop closes for new students (6-10 weeks prior to the workshop date). Book distribution is too difficult for the administrators any other way.





Below are the text books for each course.  Dr. Kim may change, add or delete books to this list at will. These are the books typically sent to you when attend the following courses.

Phase 1 Course: Programming with Yoga Biomechanics (CEUs-25 hours)


Neurosis and Human Growth: A Must Read
by Dr. Kim Byrd-Rider

Worldwide philosophy and psychology is just wine in different bottles. When you understand the essentials you understand them all but each delivers additional nuances, similar to different wines. Whether it is Eastern or Western-based, matters not. Whether it is science oriented or ancient wisdom, it is all the same. The following is my proof. I will use a quote from world-renowned Swedish psychiatrist Dr. Carl Jung (1875-1961) writing about the Eastern philosophy of the famous Indian spiritual teacher, Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), in the forward of his book “The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi”. I will interject in parentheses the philosophy of another world-renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Karen Horney (1885-1952). You will observe how it all matches.

In my personal opinion, Karen Horney describes the human condition best because it is specifically defined and described with examples. She very specifically outlines the inner dominance struggle between the neurotic False-Self and the True-Self. According to Horney and every other  psychologist/philosopher, we all have both. Her work can be found in the book “Neurosis and Human Growth”. I am using three notorious sources for my comparison but this process can be done with any philosophy or psychological theory. I will quote Carl Jung because his quote is poetically and shortly presented.

“But above and beyond it, the inner man raises his claim (Claims are crucially needed for the maintenance of the neurotic False-Self. Claims allow the neurotic False-Self to perpetuate self-illusions and shift responsibility to external factors), which cannot be satisfied by any external goods: and the less this voice is heard (The voice is the True-Self.) in the hunt for “the wonderful things” of this world (The “hunt for things” is the False-Self’s drive to Search for Glory.), the more the inner man becomes a source of inexplicable bad luck and non-understandable unhappiness in the midst of conditions of life from which one would expect something quite different (The False-Self’s fuel source is Self-Hate. The Self-Hate aspect of the False-Self produces unhappiness, even in wonderful circumstances). The externalization (Claims) leads to an incurable suffering (Suffering is caused by the imagination increasing the level of Self-Hate to fuel the False-Self.), because nobody can understand how one could suffer because of one’s own nature (His nature here is dominated by the False-Self.). Nobody is surprised at his own insatiability (Insatiability is a characteristic of the Search for Glory drive.) but looks upon it as his birthright (Having a birthright is an externalizing neurotic Claim.); he does not realize that the one-sidedness of the diet of his soul ultimately leads to the most serious disturbances of balance (In the battle between the True-Self and the False-Self, one-sidedness here means the False-Self is dominating.). It is this which forms the illness (neurotic False-Self dominance condition) of the Westerner, and he does not rest till he has infected the whole world with his greedy restlessness (Does not rest and greedy are characteristics of his Search for Glory drive. Infecting the whole world is his need to externalize through Claims. Restlessness is his Self-Hate. The Search for Glory, Claims and Self-Hate are all facets of the neurotic Pride System of the False-Self). Not only do Eastern Philosophies form a record of great human interest, but also a warning message to a humanity which threatens to lose itself in the chaos of its unconsciousness (lack of True-Self awareness) and lack of self-control (a characteristic of the False-Self).
-C.G. Jung

The warning message of Eastern Profit Rama Maharishi Carl Jung speaks about is to reduce the Neurotic False-Self to the status of a servant and empower the authentic and healthy True-Self to rule all actions and choices. In Eastern terms, liberation equals Self-Realization of the True-Self and then Self-Actualization of the True-Self. It is all wine in different bottles. The True-Self is defined a little differently by each philosopher, creating different flavors of wine but they all seem to agree on the definitions of the False-Self as seen here. Karen Horney defines the True-Self from a scientific perspective as owning the clarity and depth of one’s own feelings, thoughts, wishes, interests and the ability to tap one’s own resources, willpower strength, special capacities or gifts, self-expression and inter-relations with spontaneous feelings. Carl Jung, Karen Horney and Rama Maharishi are all saying the same thing in different ways.

This is easiest to see after reading Karen Horney’s “Neurosis and Human Growth”. You will start applying her well defined psychological concepts to others’ work as I have done here. Then, complicated differential philosophies will become homogenized, simple and make perfect sense allowing you to enjoy the subtle nuances of additional perspectives. Its like enjoying and appreciating very fine wines with no price tags.

-Dr. Kim Byrd-Rider

In the book Open Mind, Open Heart by Catholic Priest, founder of the contemplative prayer movement, Father Thomas Keating describes the false self as, “The false self is the idealized image of ourselves developed from early childhood to cope with emotional trauma due to the frustration of our instinctual needs for survival/security, affection/esteem, and power/control. The false self also seeks happiness through identification with a particular group from whom it can find acceptance and thus build feelings of self worth. On the social level , it gives rise to violence, war, and institutional injustice.”

Keating, T. (2006). Open Mind, Open Heart .London. Bloomsbury Publishing London.

Volume I & II, Now called “The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga” by Doug Keller

The combined set of both volumes 1 and 2 of ‘The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga’ provides an insightful exploration of what yoga has to offer therapeutically, and covers both myofascial and functional understanding of pain problems and how they arise.

This includes principles of postural and movement assessment, tools for understanding structural and myofascial roots of chronic pain problems, and practical approaches through contemporary alignment-based hatha yoga postural practice aimed at addressing them.

The set is a resource that is useful and accessible to yoga teachers as well as practitioners. Both books are heavily illustrated with anatomical details as well illustrations of applications of these insights in the poses.


  1. CD: Modern Yoga Philosophy – How We Got to Where We Are, by Doug Keller

Yoga is as ‘new’ as it is ancient — evolving through the ages as it is embraced by different groups in different eras. The thread of the practice and heart shines through — and yet its expression takes the shape of the interests and needs of the age that embraces it. This is the quality that makes yoga ever-alive, and yet ever so hard to pin down!

‘Modern’ or Contemporary yoga took shape in the last century, bringing to yoga an emphasis not only upon physical practice, but social consciousness. Moreover, its evolution became a world phenomenon, through the dialogue that opened between East and West at the dawn of a new era, from the time of the American Revolution onward. The story of the introduction of yoga to the world — and its consequent evolution in India as well as the West — is a fascinating story involving characters both known and unknown to us who (whether we realize it or not) have shaped our own thinking with regard to yoga and spirituality.


  1. Course Manual contains resources, references, workshop worksheets and additional information needed in the course.

by Dr. Kim Byrd-Rider, PT


Phase 3 Course: Meditation for Psychological Contributors to Disease

(CEUs-25 hours)



Hughes, John. (1994) Self Realization in Kashmir Shaivism, The Oral teachings of Swami Lakshmanjoo, SUNY.

Self Realization in Kashmir Shaivism

Description by Dr. Kim Byrd-Rider, PT

This book is a must read if you are interested in learning the guidelines of meditation, the eight limb path and what Kundalini really means from an authentic source. Swami Laksmanjoo, the last descendant of his tradition, meticulously describes every aspect of meditation and how it is performed correctly via John Hughes. He even mandates the correct time of day; dawn and dusk. I especially like his explaination of the yamas and the niyamas in the eight limb path.  Because of his Indian Swami background his translations of the information is truly insightful.  The elusive concept of Kundalini snake energy rising is broken down into components and specific experiences that take place.  He gives plenty of advice about how to bring it about and how it happens.  This is a great ABCs of yoga philosophy and what it truly means from an authentic Swami who lives it. A must read for every beginning yoga philosopher!


Inside the Yoga Sutras by Reverend Jagnath Carnera

Description of “Inside the Yoga Sutras” by Dr. Kim Byrd-Rider, PT

I have read the yoga sutras before and have attended book clubs for the yoga sutras. I must admit that I always dropped out. The yoga sutras never made any sense! The person leading the group made even less sense and could never shed enough light on the readings to make them clear. I had finally given up. I began to believe they were just too old and meta-physical to be understandable to modern people.

This book was surprising. I actually understood the sutras for the first time. I like his personal angle with his reverend’s background. Sometimes Carrera’s explanations seemed very different than the sutra but he explained his view in length. It is the best translation of the sutras I have seen. It finally made sense. People who struggle with the sutras will appreciate this book.



Klein, Jean. (1995). Living Truth. Santa Barbara. Third Millennium Publications


Body/Brain Game-Changer

Description of “Living Truth”  by Dr. Kim Byrd-Rider, PT

After reading Jean Klein’s book called Living Truth, I have changed my world view. Klein explains the spirit in the following way. A Mustang car falls under the Ford umbrella but Ford is more than and bigger than just a Mustang. Similarly, the physical body/brain falls under the Spirit umbrella but the Spirit (the real me) is more than and bigger than the body/brain.

I used to have the world view that the body was a vehicle for the Spirit. The Spirit was inside the body driving. My purpose for mindful practices like yoga and meditation was to strive to find the spirit, expose it and once I would finally reach self-realization, allow it drive my Mustang (body/brain).  Klein taught me that the Spirit is not the driver of my vehicle, it’s bigger than that. The spirit is the Ford Company. The body/brain (Mustang) is within the Spirit (Ford). Klein might even say the Ford Company is unified to all other car companies under the umbrella of the steel industry (the divine) which is all car companies, including Ford and the Mustang.

I used to believe my spirit was my “center.” My Spirit centered me (body/brain) and grounded me (body/brain). While I experience and walk through this 100 year life, I now see the opposite to be true with Klein’s guidance. My brain/body grounds and centers my Spirit on the planet. When body/brain (the unreal) dies, the Spirit (the real) will lose its grounding mechanism and move on. This view explains Klein’s and other sages’ explanation that all that seems real is not and all that does not seem real is.

The body/brain is a temporary Mustang which tethers the Spirit to the planet. I like to think my Spirit loves its body/brain just like Ford has great pride and adores the Mustang. The Spirit can’t walkout its experiences without it. The Mustang is only good for about 100 years.

The system is essentially also like a tetherball game.  The body/brain is the pole and the ball is the Spirit, which experiences/works as it swings around the pole via the rope. They are tethered together. The Spirit (ball) guides the action of the rope and game in the present moment.  There are no goals in this game. There is just a ball in play. All planetary life spans use tetherball equipment in my example. When we die the ball detaches from the collapsed pole. Hence, the Spirit becomes another game, like soccer.

If this is so, it sheds new light on how I treat my body/brain/Mustang. It has to be able to ground and center my Spirit well. Maybe, this is why all mindful practices like yoga, tai chi and meditation are so productive. They all have a stillness plus a balance component which equals stability. The balance component is multifaceted: physical balance (which requires strength and flexibility), mental balance, visceral balance and hormonal balance.  Improving these plus stillness improves overall stability, increasing the body/brain’s ability to ground, root and center like a pole for the Spirit to walk out its experience/work.

This perspective changes everything. Instead of mentally living in the past/future (a construct of the memory areas of the brain) and doing mindful practices to strive to reach self-realization, Klein says to wake up! We are already self-realized. We are just not grounded and centered in the truth (the tetherball example). So, the real problem is un-groundedness and false-self living but the ground is not the Spirit, it is the body/brain. Now that I see this truth, my only task is to stop striving and nurture a grounding/rooting/centering body/brain. The ball will do the rest. This task involves healthy nutrition and mindful practices.

That doesn’t mean to give up living except healthy nutrition and mindful practices. It just means to focus on developing a stable pole and then open and allow the Spirit to move and swing in its preferred directions. Like tetherball, it may turn around, go high, go low or spin. The Spirit cannot play the planetary game without a stable pole. Worse, without the stable pole it is not participating at all. That is the case of most people, which most likely causes anxiety.

The body/brain has to be grounded/rooted to even respond to the spirit.  If it is not, it’s like playing tetherball with a unattached garden hose instead of a pole. The ball is attached to the garden hose but lays scattered and lifeless on the ground, unmoving. Ridiculously, we spend most of our lives trying to dress the garden hose in diamonds, fancy watches and designer cloth wrappings. We paint the end pieces and buy fancy platforms for the hose to rest on.  We like to associate with other similarly adorned garden hoses. We develop a personality that will enable us to acquire more of these adornments.  This is the false-self and a half-life experience.

My previous life strategy of adjusting my garden hose to look for the ball and to put the ball in play is impossible with a garden hose. It does not even make sense anymore.  I highly recommend this book Living Truth by Jean Klein.

    1. Course Manual contains resources, references, workshop worksheets and additional information needed in the course. by Dr. Kim Byrd-Rider, PT

Phase 3 Course: Meditation for Psychological Contributors to Disease

    1. The Therapy Bible on Yoga by Dr. Kim Byrd-Rider, PT, Psych


    1. Lifestyle Medicine Handbook by Dr. Beth Frates, MD; Dr. Jonathan Bonnet, MD; Dr. Richard Joseph, MD; James A. Person, PhD

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