Is there anything better in this world than curling up on your mat before or after your practice and diving into a good yoga book? There are so many great options out there ranging in topic from philosophy and sequencing, to biographies and anatomy. So were should a yogi start? Well, i would say start by feeding your interest. If there is a specific aspect of yoga that really fascinates you, start by delving deeper into a study of that topic. If there is a person who fascinates you, see if they have a book or teachings you can get your hands on.
The list of books below would be a great place to start. These are literally the 20 top selling yoga books on amazon. Are there any other yoga books that have been influential for you personally? Please add a list of your favorite yoga books in the comments below this post. In the mean time.. Happy reading =)
This book is really an in depth guide to the philosophy and practice of Yoga. B.K.S. Iyengar is considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. His book Light on Yoga has complete descriptions and illustrations of all the positions and breathing exercises. Definitely worthy to be on every yoga teacher's book list (or yogi's for that matter).
This brilliantly illustrated yoga anatomy book has everything you'll need to know to dive into a study of the body and it's mechanics.
GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui teaches an ancient Indian technique of increasing your brain power by harnessing the body's primordial energies. "SuperBrain Yoga is a scientifically validated method to help super-energize the brain and enhance its sharpness and clarity. This simple and easy to do technique develops and increases intellectual capacity and sharpens memory & concentration. Included in this book are preliminary scientific studies on the SuperBrain Yoga Exercise showing dramatic improvements in children diagnosed with Autism, ADD, and ADD/ADHD. SuperBrain Yoga can be a part of an effective routine to help people with Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD, Learning Difficulties, Alzheimers and Poor Memory and Retention." (Amazon website)
This book is fantastic and should probably be read over again each year in our opinion. The book follows the life of Paramahansa Yogananda as he meets spiritual figures from around the world and deepens in personal wisdom and god-like attributes.
This book not only has 150 yogic postures from the main schools of yoga, but also contains breathing techniques and advice on the benefits of yoga in healing, pregnancy, de-stressing and meditation.
This book is a part of a series (you'll find the others below), and is really a staple for most yoga teachers. Ray Long does a fantastic job of describing the benefits of yoga from an anatomical and physiological perspective. The 3-D drawings are absolutely stunning.
You can either get Yoga Pretzels as a book or in illustrated cards. Designed to help educate children, teachers and parents about the awesome benefits of yoga, this book teaches bending, twisting, breathing, relaxing and more. Just thinking about this book makes me happy.
The chakras are powerful portals between the physical and spiritual planes. Anodea Judith teaches the chakra system as a way to achieve growth, healing, and transformation.
If you're a newbie to chakras I think you'll really appreciate this book. Chakras really are the centers of energy in our body and they affect so much of our well-being. This "bible"connects chakra healing with aura reading, meditation, and yoga.
This book outlines a step-by-step sequence for developing your personal practice according.
This is a manual for the study and practice of Raja Yoga, the path of concentration and meditation. This book covers topics such as the classic sutras, ethics, meditation, physical postures, and teachings for daily life.
Another Ray Long classic. This book belongs in every yoga studio and teachers book shelf.
This book includes 365 meditations to take your yoga practice beyond what you might find in the western traditions of sport clubs and high-powered atmospheres. Yoga truly is a discipline both of the body and the mind.
This is a more spiritual guide to the practice of yoga. The yamas—a Sanskrit word that translates to "restraints"—encompasses nonviolence, truthfulness, not stealing, nonexcess, and nonpossessiveness. The last five are referred to as the niyamas, and are observances—purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender. This book will help you take your personal practice to a more spiritual space.
Another must have for all yoga teachers. This book is the most popular on the subject of sequencing. It will teach you how to string together your asanas for a wonderful practice.
Many yoga teacher training book lists will include this book. It addresses 100% of the teacher training curriculum standards set by Yoga Alliance and offers great guidance for the new or experienced yoga teacher.
If you're a big fan of ashtanga yoga you'll love this book. It covers both the Primary and Intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga with three options for every asana.
Another great book on the anatomy of the body in yoga, this book carries a more conversational tone as it discusses what the benefits are to tuning into your physical body in your yoga practice.
A newer book to make the top 20 list, Yoga For Life follows the journey of a rebellious young woman with a dangerous heroin habit to a globe-trotting fashion model to “First Lady of Yoga” (The New York Times), Colleen Saidman Yee tells the remarkable story of how she found herself through the healing power of yoga—and then inspired others to do the same.
This book is by Rachel Brathen—Instagram’s @Yoga_Girl. Rachel has always been about sharing inspirational messages and yoga inspiration. In her book Yoga Girl she dives deeper into her life, from living in Sweden to her adventures in the jungles of Costa Rica, and finally to the beautiful and bohemian life she’s built through yoga and meditation in Aruba today.
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