There are so many books to support and enhance yoga practice. So far, these are the gems:
Chopra, Deepak The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga – this is a great book for a beginner starting to find out what Yoga is really about.
Clark, Bernie The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy & Practice of Yin Yoga – a great book for understanding yin yoga. I’m hoping to be able to attend one of Bernie’s summer yin teacher trainings.
Clark, Bernie Your Body Your Yoga: Learn Alignment Cues that are Skillful, Safe and Best Suited to You – this is a must-read for students and yoga teachers.
Cope, Stephen Yoga and the Quest for the True Self – this is a good book for a beginner; be warned that there’s some ‘digging deep’ and looking at life experiences.
davidji Secrets of Meditation – at first I thought I might be too clueless about meditation to make use of this book, but davidji breaks down different practices really nicely. I was so happy when he mentioned chanting (I absolutely LOVE chanting!). I’ve gotten nowhere near his recommended 1 hour a day of meditation. Baby steps.
Emerson, David Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment – this is an excellent book to learn how to teach yoga with a trauma-informed lens
Feuerstein, Georg The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice – this is a great book for understanding all about yoga.
Gates, Rolf Meditations from the Mat – I’ve got a digital copy and I’m going day by day. I’ve really enjoyed that he shares his personal experiences. It’s really helped me slow down and be more purposeful with all of my actions.
Giovanni, Bon & Patanjali Yoga Sutras – this is just a translated version of the verses without any explanations. I’ve purchased a different copy with explanations.
Goldberg, Elliott The Path of Modern Yoga – a must-read for yoga teachers and students looking to deepen their understanding.
Grilley, Paul Yin Yoga: Principles & Practice – a great little book for understanding more about yin yoga. I would love to attend a workshop or training with Paul Grilley.
Iyengar, B.K.S. Light on Yoga: The Definitive Guide to Yoga Practice – the title delivers… there are many postures that I cannot do (for instance, Durvasasana is beyond me) but it’s all broken down and the benefits for the postures are listed.
Iyengar, B.K.S. Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – this offered a lot more explanation of the verses of Patanjali. Definitely very helpful. There were a lot of different versions to choose from (different authors) and I thought Iyengar would be a reliable source.
Lasater, Judith Hanson Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times – a wonderful book about the background behind restorative yoga and postures for practice.
Long, Ray The Key Muscles of Yoga – I have a digital version of this book (it cost 4x less than the paper copy) but I bought a paper copy for easier referencing.
Long, Ray The Key Poses of Yoga – I have a digital copy of this book, it’s good to see how the different postures work within the body.
Mate, Gabor When the Body Says No – as a descendent of a residential school survivor, this book spoke volumes to me. A lot of emotional pain has been repressed by my Grandmother, my Mother, and me. I’m in a place where I’m not holding on to my feelings: I’ll share my truth (kindly) and NOT store my feelings in my body, I can release them with yoga postures.
Muktibodhananda, Swami Hatha Yoga Pradipika an in-depth look at the science of hatha yoga (asana, pranayama, shatharma, mudra and bandha)
Phrabhavananda, Swami and Christopher Isherwood How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali This is a good book for info about the sutras overall. Some books break down the sutras sentence by sentence (with Sanskrit and English) but this is an English only version.
Prabhupada, Swami The Bhagavad Gita: As It Is – it took me forever to read this and even though I wanted the Sanskrit and English version, it felt like a ‘fractured’ read and I was only able to take away the highlights. Definitely need a workshop to deepen my understanding.
Ruiz, Don Miguel The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom – this is a fantastic book (I finally understand why so many people speak so highly of it) that had a big impact on my life.
Saraswati, Swami Satyananda A Systematic Course in the Ancient Techniques of Yoga and Kriya – this contains a lot of information to deepen yoga practices.
Stone, Michael (editor) Freeing the Body, Freeing the Mind: Writings on the Connections between Yoga and Buddhism – this is a collection of essays exploring the connections between Yoga and Buddhism… this is a great book to help you explore the two forms of spirituality that are connected… they’re not mutually exclusive like some people think
Stone, Michael The Inner Tradition of Yoga – this book was the glimpse I had into the 8 limbs of yoga and it definitely transformed my practice.
Stone, Michael Yoga for a World out of Balance – another eye-opener, making me realize that I need to ‘tune in’ to what is going on in the world. Sometimes, being a peacemaker is not a good thing, not if there are important changes that need to happen in the world.
Strom, Max A Life Worth Breathing – so far, this is my favorite book. As I read it, I could feel myself losing the fear I’ve carried for years around speaking up for myself. I was such a peacemaking people-pleaser for almost all of my life. Now I’m OK with sharing my truth.
Thornton Hardy, Shawnee Asanas for Autism and Special Needs: Yoga to Help Children with their Emotions, Self-Regulation and Body Awareness – this is written by a classroom teacher who is also a RYT. There are some postures and breathing techniques provided, along with explanations of characteristics and needs of children with special needs
White, David Gordon The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali – this was an interesting read about the history behind Patanjali. Definitely something to discuss in a workshop on the Yoga Sutras.
Yogananda, Paramahansa Autobiography of a Yogi – learn about the path of Kriya yoga and the Self-Realization Fellowship