yoga books recommended reading

Best Yoga Books for Teachers and Practitioners

yoga books recommended readingHello friends! Below is my list of recommended reading for yoga teachers and yogi bookworms. The books are organized by category. I will continue to grow the list as I grow as a practitioner and student of yoga. Please let me know if there is any reading I should add to my reading list in the comments section.

Namaste!

Anatomy & Physiology:
Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain
Functional Anatomy of Yoga: A Guide for Practitioners and Teachers by David Keil
Scientific Keys Volume I: The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long
2: The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume II by Ray Long
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff

Check out all of Ray Long‘s books here.

Ayurveda:
Ayurveda Revolutionized: Integrating Ancient and Modern Ayurveda by Edward Tarabilda
Ayurveda: A Life of Balance by Maya Tiwari
Yoga and Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization by Dr. David Frawley
Ayurveda Revolutionized: Integrating by Edward Tarabilda
Yoga for your Type: An Ayurvedic Approach by Dr. David Frawley
Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

Coffee Table Reading:
2,100 Asanas: The Complete Yoga Poses by Daniel Lacerda
Myths of the Asanas: The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition by Alanna Kaivala
Mudras of Yoga: 72 Hand Gestures for Healing and Spiritual Growth by Cain Carroll and Revital Carroll

History of Yoga:
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchitananda
The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Swatmarama

Meditation:
Inviting Silence: Universal Principles of Meditation by Gunilla Norris
Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
A Path With Heart: A Guide through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections by Rolf Gates
Meditations from the Tantras by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Faith by Sharon Salzberg
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh

Nutrition:
Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Polland
Staying Healthy with Nutrition by Elson Haas
Radical Healing by Rudolph Ballentine
Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
Food and Healing by Annemarie Colbin
If the Buddha Came to Dinner by Sofia Hale Schatz
Feeding the Body Nourishing the Soul by Deborah Kesten
Creating Health by Deepak Chopra
Food & You by Sari Harrar and Barbara Loecher

Pranayama and Breath:
Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar
Pranayama: The Vedic Science of Breath: 14 Ultimate Breathing Techniques to Calm Your Mind, Relieve Stress and Heal Your Body by Advait
The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide by Richard Rosen

Teaching and Learning Yoga:
The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T. K. V. Desikachar
The Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman
Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar
Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Lasater
Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship by Donna Farhi
Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students by Joseph and Lilian Le Page
Yoga The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Eric Schiffman
Your Body, Your Yoga: Learn Alignment Cues That Are Skillful, Safe, and Best Suited To You by Bernie Clark

Yoga Philosophy:
Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi
Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith
The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchitananda

Chakras:
The Book of Chakras: Discover the Hidden Forces Within You by Ambita Wauters
The Chakra Bible: The Definitive Guide to Working with Chakras by Patricia Mercier
Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System by Anodea Judith

Mudras:
Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands by Gertrude Hirschi

Poetry: 
The Essential Rumi, New Expanded Edition by Jalal al-Din Rumi
The Gift by Hafiz
Go In and In by Danna Faulds
The Soul of Rumi by Coleman Barks
Sweat Your Prayers by Gabrielle Roth

Self Help:
Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das
Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit by Ana Forrest
Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy by Sadhguru
No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering by Thich Nhat Hanh
Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chodron

Inspirational:
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra
Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic by Darren Main
Shantaram: A Novel by Gregory David Roberts
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse


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