6 Great Yoga Books Each Yogi Should Read

Whether you’re planning to start a YTT (yoga teacher training ), going to a destination retreat, or have your own yoga studio, you will want to deepen your knowledge and understanding of yoga. Including a few yoga books in your daily routine is a good choice! Throughout my yoga classes, I was introduced to a wide range of yoga books. Thanks for that to the yoga teacher and a bookshelf in the yoga class reception seating area.  In this post, you will find a list of my top inspiring and learning books about yoga. Enjoy!

Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga

by B. K. S. Iyengar 

Rating on GoodReads: 4.33

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Light on Yoga is a bible for people who practice Yoga exercises, meditation, or relaxation.  The author B. K. S. Iyengar is one of the best-known yoga teachers in the world. He provides detailed descriptions of more than 200 yoga poses with illustrations for all yoga levels. Techniques for breathing activities and relaxation.

This is a book you should have if you are interested in beginning your yoga journey. 

Yoga: the Iyengar method

by Mira Silva, Shyam Mehta, Mira Mehta

Rating on GoodReads: 4.29

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This is an illustrative guide to anyone who is interested in learning or strengthening the practice of yoga poses. This book refers to the previously mentioned Iyengar book.

In this book, you will find more than 100 illustrated yoga poses step by step. It also includes progressive courses for a yoga practice at home and therapeutic programs for some specific conditions.

A must-have guide for both yoga teachers and students.

Myths of the Asanas: The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition Paperback

by Alanna Kaivalya, Arjen van der Kooij, Sharon Gannon (Foreword), Arjuna van der Kooij, Shiva Rea, Manorama

Rating on GoodReads: 4.23

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Not many of us know ancient stories that stay behind each yoga asanas and its corresponding movements. Authors of this book collected and retold these ancient myths of the asanas from Hindu and Buddhist traditions with more than 60 beautiful illustrations. This book will shed new light on your yoga practice and is great for deepening the practice of yoga and finding your potential. 

Author Alanna Kaivalya produces the JivaDiva Yoga Jam podcast, which has been listened to by over one million people worldwide. 

The Healing Path of Yoga: Alleviate Stress, Open Your Heart and Enrich Your Life

by Nischala Joy Devi, Dean Ornish

Rating on GoodReads: 4.27

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Author Nischala Joy Devi is a healer and a teacher. She is well known as a medical expert and yogi. She blends western medicine with Yoga by using yoga practice for spiritual growth and healing.

Her book The Healing Path of Yoga instructs on basic asana practices, meditation, and breathing techniques that help to achieve healing from various diseases such as heart diseases, cancer or stress-related issues.

Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes

By Mark Stephens

Rating on Goodreads: 4.34

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Author Mark Stephens teaches yoga, trains yoga teachers and writes books about yoga, because he believes that yoga makes life better for everyone. I choose this book for this yoga books list, but I want to mention that M. Stephens is an author for sever other great books: Yoga Therapy, Yoga Adjustments, Teaching Yoga, Yoga For Better Sleep.

Yoga Sequencing provides 77 sequences of asanas created for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students, for kids, teens, and seniors.

Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga

By Rolf Gates, Katrina Kenison

Rating on GoodReads: 4.34

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In this book, author Rolf Gates shares his yoga journey and gives us great inspirations and learns how to use the eight-limbed path of yoga. This book offers 365 meditations for everyday life.

This book can become a fabulous support for you in your yoga practice and for yoga teachers to make their classes even more meaningful. You will find it encouraging, inspiring, and forgiving.

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