Put the kettle on, get your tea mug ready and wrap yourself up in a warm, fuzzy blanket because tonight we’re talking about reading! I started compiling this list as I was preparing for my yoga teacher training and have decided to continue updating it as I discover more yoga books and texts. If I’ve missed any, please feel free to post them in the comments below! I have not yet read all of these, but they’re on my list.
ESSENTIAL YOGI TEXTS:
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Swami Satchidananda
- Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – B.K.S. Iyengar
- Light on Yoga: The Definitive Guide to Yoga Practice – B.K.S. Iyengar
- Light on Pranayama: The Definitive Guide to the Art of Breathing – B.K.S. Iyengar
- The Bhagavad Gita – Eknath Easwaran
- The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume I – Ray Long
- The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume II – Ray Long
BOOKS BY INSPIRATIONAL YOGIS:
- Yoga Girl – Rachel Brathen (read my review here)
- The Monks and Me: How 40 Days in Thich Nhat Hanh’s French Monastery Guided Me Home – Mary Paterson
- Wanderlust: A Modern Yogi’s Guide to Discovering Your Best Self – Jeff Krasno
MEDITATION + MINDFULNESS BOOKS:
- Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles – Gabrielle Bernstein
- The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere – Pico Iyer
- Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind – Frank Jude Boccio
- Be Here Now – Ram Dass
- Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body – Melanie Klein
- The Essential Rumi – reissue: New Expanded Edition
- The Language of Yoga – Nicolai Bachman
- Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga – Amy Weintraub
- The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras – Nischala Joy Devi
- Writing Yoga: A Guide to Keeping a Practice Journal – Bruce Black
Do you have any other recommendations for me? Please share in the comments below and I will add them to the list for everyone to read. If you could also provide insight into why you enjoyed the book that would be greatly appreciated. I always love reading other people’s opinions on texts.
Also accepting suggestions for tea flavours and soy candles to accompany my reading.
Thank you for sharing! Happy reading!
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