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It is important to know the benefits of every yoga asana, rather than just practicing it as a daily routine. There are several yoga books that explain the ethics and principles of yoga, and also the science behind the asanas. Similarly if you are planning to start yoga practice but do not have complete knowledge, these yoga books are a savior.
Popular Yoga Books
These yoga books help us get a deep understanding of the asanas, the principle behind each asana, and the benefits of those particular pose. Practicing yoga in the right way is not only beneficial for the body, but also helps us attain mental peace and inspires us to look at things in a positive manner. In this article, we have compiled a list of books that will help you understand and learn the nuances of yoga.
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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
It is a collection of 195 or 196 Sanskrit sutras (aphorisms) on the theory and practice of yoga. It is a practical textbook to guide your spiritual journey of remembering who you really are. The Yoga Sutras were composed by Patanjali. There is not much known about him, except that he was presumably Indian and lived somewhere between the second and fourth century BC. This valuable book provides a complete manual for the study and practice of Raja Yoga, the path of concentration and meditation.
The Yoga Habit: A beginner’s complete yoga self-practice guide
This book by, June Browne, will teach you the tenets of yoga practice. It will give you directions about the following:
- Yoga locks, inner muscles elegantly trained for strength and greater impact from the practice
- Hand gestures for focus
- Specific mental benefits
- Mantras and eye-focus positions that bring mental and physical presence and discipline
- Poses that benefit the body in various, well-explained ways
- Visualizations that bring peace and calm
This book is by Leslie Kaminoff who is a teacher in anatomy, breathing, and bodywork. He has over 40 years experience specializing in the individualized application of breath-centered, inquiry based practice. It includes asanas, vinyasas, full-color anatomical illustrations, and in-depth information. It helps us understand how specific muscles respond to the movements of the joints, how alterations of a pose can enhance or reduce effectiveness, and how the spine, breathing, and body position are all fundamentally linked.
Teaching Yoga with Intention
The Essential Guide to Skillful Hands-On Assists and Verbal Communication
This book by Judith Hanson Lasater is a definitive guide to effective and appropriate communication through words and touch between yoga teachers and their students. In this book, she covers myriad topics that can be difficult for students at any level to navigate, such as how and when to say “no” to an adjustment; keeping boundaries etc.
The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice
In this book, the author, T.K.V. Desikachar, offers a distillation of his father’s (Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya) system as well as his own practical approach, which he describes as “”a program for the spine at every level- physical, mental, and spiritual.” He discusses all the elements of yoga, poses and counterposes, conscious breathing, meditation, and philosophy, and shows how the yoga student may develop a practice based on his or her current state of health, age, occupation, and lifestyle.
The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice
Yamas and niyamas are considered to be the guidelines to the yoga way of living. This book by Deborah Adele, examines these two limbs of yoga along with the other eight limbs in the spiritual guide to the practice of yoga.
Yoga: Relaxation, Postures, Daily Routines
This book by Charmaine Yabsley & David Smith one of the best yoga books for beginners. It gives a detailed introduction of each of the main yoga traditions. It includes practical photography in a step-by-step format which is helpful for beginners.
Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana
This book by Judith Hanson Lasater (Ph.D, Physical Therapist) is centered around the ‘dynamic movement of asana’.
The book is divided into five chronological sections that follow:
- The locomotor system
- The vertebral column
- The lower extremity
- The trunk
- The upper extremity
It contains illustrations and charts which helps readers who are not too keen on reading heavily scientific topics.
2,100 Asanas: The Complete Yoga Poses
The author, Daniel Lacerda, has put together an ultimate catalogue of 2,100 asanas with pictures. It’s separated into 8 different sections, namely:
- Standing poses
- Seated poses
- Core poses
- Quadruped poses
- Prone poses
- Supine poses
Other Popular Yoga Books
|Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation||Stephen Mitchell|
|The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys||Ray Long|
|Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes||Mark Stephens|
|Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses: A Practical Workbook for Integrating Themes, Ideas, and Inspiration into Your Class||Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato|
|Myths of the Asanas: The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition||Alanna Kaivalya and Arjuna van der Kooij|
|Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga||B.K.S Iyengar|
|How Yoga Works||Geshe Michael Roach|
|Science of Yoga: Understand the Anatomy and Physiology to Perfect Your Practice||Ann Swanson|
|Yoga: A Manual for Life||Naomi Annand|
|Yoga Whale: Simple Poses for Little Ones||Sarah Jane Hinder|
|Yoga For Kids: Simple First Steps in Yoga and Mindfulness||Susannah Hoffman|
|Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha||Swami Satyananda Saraswati|
|Yoga the Path to Holistic Health||BKS Iyengar|
|Hatha Yoga Pradipika||Muktibodhananda Swami|
Yoga Books by Indian Authors
|Inner Engineering – A Yogi’s Guide to Joy||Sadhguru|
|The complete Book of Yoga||Swami Vivekananda|
|Yoga and Stress Management||Acharya Yatendra|
|Yoga Therapy: A Guide to Therapeutic Use of Yoga and Ayurveda for Health and Fitness||A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan|
|Raja Yoga: The path of Self Knowledge||Swami Vivekananda|
|Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga||B.K.S Iyengar|
|Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha||Swami Satyananda|
|Core of the Yoga Sutras||B.K.S. Iyengar|
|Meditation And Mantras||Swami Vishnu-Devananda|
|Autobiography of a Yogi||Paramhansa Yogananda|
|Prana And Pranayama||Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati|
|Yoga Nidra||Swami Satyananda Saraswati|
|The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice||T. K. V. Desikachar|
|The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga||Deepak Chopra & David Simon|
Here we have provided you the detailed list of some of the famous yoga books. Hope you find this useful.