The best way to start mind-body practices is with the guidance of books, CDs, videos and preferably an experienced instructor. Here are some useful resources to explore these practices.

  • Community Resources in Suffolk County
  • Books
  • Audiovisual
  • Websites

Community Resources in Suffolk County 

Yoga centers

and many more! 


Meditation Groups

  • Mindfulness meditation Sunshine Sangha, Thich Nhat Nanh tradition, Smithtown 361-7968 
  • Dipamkara Meditation Center. Huntington 692-9594, Pt. Jefferson 403-4333 
  • Dr. Roderick Borrie, Midnfulness based, Stony Brook 689-1223 
  • Gayatri Mantra Meditation (chanting), Stony Brook University 632-4400 
  • Centerpoint Integrative Health, Huntington Native American 547-5433 

Tai Chi Centers

  • Long Island School of Tai Chi Chuan, Sound Beach (631) 744-5999


1.  Winner, Jay, M.D. Take the stress out of your life. Da Capo Press, 2008. Written by a family physician, this book is an excellent resource on stress reduction including mindfulness based exercises and cognitive behavioral exercises. Good for physicians and patients. Comes with two CDs with excellent meditation exercises.  

2.  Brach, Tara, Ph.D. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha. New York: Bantam Books, 2004. 

3.  Pert, Candice B., Ph.D. Molecules of Emotion. New York: Scribner, 2003. 

4.  Sarno, John E., M.D. The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain. Warner Books, 1996. 

5.  Farhi, Donna. The Breathing Book: Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work. Henry Holt and Company, 1996. 

6.  Benson, Herbert, M.D. The Relaxation Response. Avon, 1976. The Relaxation Response – Updated and Expanded (25th Anniversary Edition), 2000.  

7.  Kabat-Zinn, Jon, Ph.D. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. Hyperion, 1994. 

8.  Kabat-Zinn, Jon, Ph.D. Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness. Delta, 1990. 

9.  Thich Nhat Hanh. Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life. 1991. 

10.  Achterberg, Jeanne. Imagery in Healing: Shamanism and Modern Medicine. New Sciences Library/Shambala, 1985. 

11.  Fanning, Patrick. Visualization for Change. 2nd Edition, New Harbinger Publicaitons, 1994. 

12.   Epstein, Gerald. Healing: Creating Health through Imagery. New York, Bantam Books, 1989.  

13.  Gawain, Shakti. Creative Visualization. Bantam, 1992. 

14.  Lazarus, Arnold, Ph.D. In the Mind’s Eye. Guilford, 1994. 

15.  Naparstek, Belleruth. Staying Well with Guided Imagery: How to Harness the Power of Your Imagination for Health and Healing. Warner, 1994.



1. (800-800-8661) A site with lots of beautiful guided imagery tapes that help people deal with surgery, stress, insomnia, pain, etc. We suggest the following exercises by Bellerush Napartesk “healthful sleep”, “relieve stress”, “ease pain”. There is also a 15-min free guided imagery exercise. 

2.  Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.:  Dr. Kabat-Zinn is the author of the famous mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) courses that have been offered to professionals and hospitals throughout the country. These courses are meant to help people with stress, pain, and chronic illness. The tapes and CDs in this site have been used in these courses.

  •  Series 1 is meant to accompany the book: “Full Catastrophe Living” 
    •   Tape/Cd1: Guided Body Scan Meditation/Mindful Yoga 1 – 90 mi
    •  Tape/Cd2: Guided Sitting Meditation/Mindful Yoga 2 – 90 min
  • Series 2 tapes and CDs are meant to accompany the book “Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life”. The CDs offer a shorter meditation sessions varying from 10 to 30 minutes. Some are meant for sitting and some for lying down (Mindfulness, lake and mountain imagery).

3.  Thich Nhat Hanh:  A site that hosts the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, a great spiritual teacher who in particular helps us apply the concept of mindfulness to everyday life. We recommend the audio “Plum Village Meditation” and the DVDs “Mindful Movements” and DVD and CD “Walking Meditation”.

4.  Weil, Andrew, MD and Kabat-Zinn, Jon, PhD. Meditaiton for Optimum Health – 2 CDs, Sounds True Catalog 800-333-9185, also available at

5.  Holden, Lee: QiGong DVDs.

6. A free audio relaxation exercise by Jay Winner, the author of the book “Take the Stress out of Your Life”.

7. Interactive guided imagery by Dr. Marty Rossman

8. A free 4-min meditation audio-visual exercise


Websites for patients and professionals

1. Excellent website for patients and practitioners with information on mental illness.

2. Stress Management for Patient and Physician

3. The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Stress Relaxation Response/Mindfulness based stress reduction programs.

4. The Institute of HeartMath®, a non-profit organization, a global leader in researching the critical link about emotions, heart-brain communications and cognitive function. IHM’s 15 years of research, with the insight of founder Doc Childre, into heart intelligence is the foundation of our practical, scientifically validated solutions. These solutions are aimed at empowering people to reduce stress, fine-tune performance in all areas of their lives and foster greater health, well-being and their innermost sense of self.

5. University of Minnesota website that has excellent mind-body resources including practical tools for creating and following a healthy lifestyle and navigating a healthcare system.

6. Official site of American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

7.  SCEH – Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Websites for professionals

Last updated by jamie.romeiser on January 25, 2011

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