5 Books About Yoga We Love

There are many excellent resources for yoga out there. Here are 5 books about yoga we love.

1. “Hatha Yoga Pradipika

As presented by Swami Mukhtibodhananda, Bihar School/Nesma Books India reprint 1998

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Hatha Yoga Pradipika (‘Light on Hatha Yoga’) is the definitive guide to the science of Hatha Yoga, and one of the oldest texts completely dedicated to the practice. Originally compiled in the 16th Century by Svami Svatmarama (student of Gorukhnath, whose own teacher was said to have been taught by Shiva himself), it details the techniques and practices of Hatha while illuminating it’s history and place within humanity, both in it’s own time and today.

 

2. “Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness

By Erich Schiffman, Gallery Books; Original edition December 1, 1996
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An excellent book for the at-home yogi. It includes Schiffman’s take on meditation and the yogic mind and practice, a detailed guide to postures and building flows, good instruction on finding the breath and letting go, and more. There is a strong emphasis on safety, the images make the instructions easy to follow, and in general it is a friendly book to read with lots of great information that will be useful to anyone of any type of practice.

 

3. “The Enigma of Self-Realization”

By shakti mhi, Essention Publishing 2007

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A gifted teacher and writer, Prana Yoga College founder shakti mhi creates not a guide or instruction on how to find Realization, but rather a poetic and stimulating question for the reader to ponder while the wisdom of the book takes hold.

 

4. “Yoga Anatomy”

By Leslie Kaminoff, Human Kinetics; 1 edition Jun 20 2007

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Kaminoff clearly presents basic physiological and anatomical information in each section, with a guide to specific postures including some of the most brilliantly presented images in any yoga guide or medical encyclopedia I own. The combination of photography and illustration creates a perfect study guide for any yogi or teacher interested in exactly what your body is doing during each asana.

 

5. The Bhagavad Gita

This is a very old text. There are many copies, translations, and new versions. Find one you enjoy by searching online or at your local bookstore.

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The Bhaghavad Gita is well known as one of the holy texts of Hinduism, but it is in fact a universal story that holds a great lesson for all mankind, regardless of their spirituality or practice. The Bhaghavad Gita is the story of a warrior prince, who on the eve of a great battle loses his desire to make war, and questions his very life and existence as he laments all the death and destruction in the world. He shares his fears with his servant, and asks him what the meaning of life truly is. The servant then reveals himself to be the god Krishna, and begins to tell the warrior about the meaning of life, death, and existence. It’s lessons of kindness, respect, duty, love, compassion, and wisdom are something inherent in all faiths, and this book is an inspiration. The Gita is for every yogi, and everyone who enjoys a good story.

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