Yoga for Meditators
by Charlotte Bell
Few disciplines complement zazen as yoga does, and in fact, as Iyengar Yoga teacher Charlotte Bell points out, asana practice was originally developed to prepare the body for seated meditation. In this clear and useful primer, Bell offers easy-to-follow instructions and illustrations of a series of poses that will help you become limber and relax into the seated posture. Paperback, 128 pages.
The Hip Series: Kinesthetic Stretches for the Hips and Pelvis
by Allan Saltzman
Many new practitioners find it difficult to sit on the floor because of tight hips or pelvic muscles that create painful pressure points on their knees and ankles. The Hip Series contains a series of simple, effective stretches that, when done regularly, help to open the hips and relax the pelvis. Even if you don’t like stretching, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a reason not to do these exercises. Paperback, 34 pages.
I've been hobbling together various stretches from the Fit Deck, an Aiken book on Zen Training and a book from the 70s. These books are perfect. Yoga for Meditators is the more powerful book, but they are a good combination. Charlotte Bell has years of practical experience she draws on plus her formal training. The focus is to help you meditate mind and body working together. I highly recommend this bundle if you are looking to improve your flexibility for meditation.