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  • Writer's pictureAsha Venkatarao

Want to learn more about Yoga? Read these books

If you want to delve deeper into the concepts of Yoga practice, developing your own conscious approach to Daily Mindfulness, try to read any or all of these books.

These are some of my personal favorites; I have read them over and over again over the last two decades and still have a long way to understanding the deeper nuances of the advice and teachings in them.

Each of them is wonderful in its own way, shedding light onto an otherwise murky pathway.

So, make a hot cup of masala chai, settle into your favorite chair, wrap yourself in a warm blanket and maybe read a few pages daily; maybe ponder on the words; maybe insights will reveal themselves to you..just maybe.

  • "Light on Yoga" by B.K.S. Iyengar

  • This classic book by B.K.S. Iyengar is a comprehensive guide to yoga practice. It covers asanas (poses) with detailed instructions, breathing techniques, and the philosophy behind yoga. It is considered a foundational text for practitioners of all levels.

  • "The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice" by T.K.V. Desikachar

  • Written by T.K.V. Desikachar, the son of the legendary yoga teacher Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, this book emphasizes the importance of adapting yoga practices to individual needs. It provides insights into the deeper aspects of yoga beyond just physical postures.

  • "The Key Muscles of Yoga" by Ray Long

  • Dr. Ray Long's book focuses on the anatomy of yoga, providing a detailed understanding of how different poses impact specific muscle groups. It's a valuable resource for those interested in the biomechanics of yoga practice.

  • "The Bhagavad Gita" translated by Eknath Easwaran

  • This translation of the Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran is a classic interpretation of the ancient Indian scripture. The Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, addressing moral and philosophical dilemmas, making it a foundational text for understanding yoga philosophy.

  • "The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker's Guide to Extraordinary Living" by Stephen Cope

  • Stephen Cope's book blends ancient yogic wisdom with modern psychology. It provides practical insights on how to apply yoga philosophy to everyday life, offering guidance on living a more meaningful and fulfilling existence.

  • "The Heart of Meditation: Pathways to a Deeper Experience" by Sally Kempton

  • Sally Kempton explores the meditative aspects of yoga in this book. It offers guidance on cultivating a deeper inner practice through meditation, making it a valuable resource for those interested in the spiritual dimensions of yoga.

  • "Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing" by Timothy McCall

  • In this book, Dr. McCall, who is both a medical doctor and a yoga teacher, explores the therapeutic applications of yoga for various health conditions. He combines his medical expertise with a deep understanding of yoga to provide insights into how specific yoga practices can complement traditional medical approaches. The book includes detailed explanations of poses, breathing exercises, and sequences designed to address specific health issues. It serves as a guide for individuals looking to integrate yoga into their overall health and wellness regimen.

  • "The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom" by Don Miguel Ruiz

  • While not exclusively about yoga, this book by Don Miguel Ruiz offers principles that align with yogic philosophy. It presents a code of conduct for personal development and spiritual growth, with practical advice for leading a more authentic and fulfilling life.

  • "The Anatomy of Yoga: Your Guide to Enhancing Poses" by Dr. Abby Ellsworth

  • Dr. Abby Ellsworth's book combines anatomy with yoga, offering a detailed guide on how the body moves in different yoga poses. It helps practitioners enhance their poses by understanding the underlying anatomy, making it a valuable resource for yoga teachers and students alike.

  • "Light On the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" by B.K.S.Iyengar

  • The book serves as a comprehensive guide and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, an ancient Indian text that is considered one of the foundational scriptures of classical yoga philosophy. In this book, B.K.S. Iyengar provides an insightful and in-depth commentary on each of the 196 aphorisms (Sutras) written by the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. Patanjali's Sutras are a collection of concise statements that outline the philosophy and practices of yoga, covering aspects such as ethics, meditation, and the path to spiritual realization.

These books cover a spectrum of yoga-related topics, including physical practice, philosophy, meditation, and anatomy, catering to the diverse interests and needs of yoga enthusiasts.

Let me know if you have any questions; would love to answer them.



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