Yoga learning is a never ending process, the more you ingrain yourself in yoga there would be lot more for you to explore and learn. Yoga teacher training programs give in-depth practice and training in yoga which is enough to become a yoga teacher but for those who’s craving for learning never ends must have their library stocked with good yoga books.
Here I would let you know about the ten best most must read and popular yoga books.
Light on Yoga-The Bible of Modern Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
It is B.K.S. Iyengar classic book on how to do perfect yoga asanas or poses. We can call it a mini encyclopedia of yoga having detailed descriptions of around 200 postures and breathing exercises. It is more than a practice manual that includes yogic philosophy, techniques of breath work with more than 600 photographs and explanations. The book was originally published in 1966 and since its publication became a most important book for learning traditional concepts of yoga.
The Heart of Yoga-Developing a Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar
This is considered to be one of the literarily best books of Yoga. T.K.V. Desikachar gives a most lucid description of the yoga as an art as well as science. He incorporated the teachings of his father Sri T Krishnamacharya, who is known as a father of modern yoga. The book also includes vivid translation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, which is a 2000-year-old bible of yoga teaching.
Yoga as Medicine by Timothy McCall
Timothy McCall tells the world to take care of themselves through his clear in tone, and detailed book “Yoga as a Medicine”. The book is an encyclopedia of yogic remedies and treatments for each type of disease like from headaches to hernias. So if you pick it up you are sure to go feel confident and adopt the yogi ways for healing.
The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving Kindness by Prem Chodron
As Pemo Chodron is a Buddhist Nun, a person filled with human kindness on earth, so you would have contemplated what this book should be about. It is about how to remain cool in the winds of unbearable stresses and unsolved confusions. The book helps you to find out how you can integrate meditation into your everyday life and that too by creating an aura of compassion and mind-full living.
Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood
Bhagavad Gita is an ancient text written in epic style. It is a part of the Hindu religious texts that contains thoughts on wisdom. Known as Gita, it is a long conversation between Lord Krishna and his disciple Arjuna. Lord Krishan made Arjuna come out of the baffling ethical dilemmas of war, and through his teachings, you would learn to contemplate modern yoga in its true culture, spirit and historical context. There are numerous translations available of Gita but this particular version is what that could give you best understanding of Gita and Yoga.
Yoga Anatomy: Second Edition by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews
Yoga Anatomy gives the vivid description of the relationship between yoga and anatomy with full colored and anatomical illustrations. The book teaches you how to engage not only your big muscles but smaller ones too which come with the better understanding of the body. The anatomic illustrations in the book will be your savior helping you to get into the correct forms while doing asanas.
Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life By Judith Hanson
It is a self-help guide about yourself, your life and how to avoid the inner scuffles of your mind and body. The book explores the inner you and makes a wonderful guide throughout your learning process. It also gives the best advice on how to ingrain the basic principles of yoga into your life and associate it with everything and everyone around. Through the principles of yoga you would yourself feel calmer and a more accepting person.
Yoga: The Greater Tradition by David Frawley
This simple straightforward work illustrates on what yoga actually is, from where it is originated and where it can take you. The book aims at highlighting yoga with a new vision and thought giving it a universal dimension. In just a few sections it introduces you to the yoga philosophy, explains about the different styles of yoga, eight limbs of yoga, and gives a road map to the body’s physical system. It is a very powerful book for those who are learning yoga and would like to have the better understanding of the practice.
Yoga for Transformation: Ancient Teachings and Practices for Healing the Body. Mind and Spirit by Gary Kraftsow
Gary Kraftsow is known as the author of Yoga for wellness and is the founder of Viniyoga, but this book on transformation is even a greater work showing its readers how to enlighten themselves for the complete transformation, developing the connection and forging love and happiness. The author takes us on the path of the five koshas known as energetic sheaths for the engagement and maximizing the functioning of the self at each level. It shows us the way to utilize each self for forging the connection with the divinity.
The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras by Nischala Joy Devi
It is a guide on unveiling the secret power of yoga through the intellectual sutras as meditation form for making the life at ease. Her style of storytelling and of decorating the book with anecdotes and teachings helps us to utilize the essence of sutras in our modern life. She says sutras should come from the heart which is about generating consciousness from the heart. The book is all about how women could do it whose life revolves around their children. The women who are by nature and aptitude connected but they need positivity and energy of Sutras.
Though there are many books on different aspects of yoga but these ten are a must read for any yoga enthusiasts and should become a part of their library.