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Yoga Books! (first picks for your yoga library)

[ 16 ] August 29, 2012 |

must have yoga books

Bookworms unite! Not enough can be said about building yourself an amazing literary yoga library. These are like the cement that creates a strong foundation for an intelligent, inspiring, heart-centered home. Yoga books, like all books, are sacred and hold their own special magic.

Yoga Books — first picks for your yoga library:

1. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Sri Swami Satchidananda) – A deep, brilliant translation of the Sutras.

2. The Heart of Yoga (T.K.V. Desikachar) – Desikachar is gifted at communicating the all-encompassing practice of yoga. He makes concepts easy to understand, at the same time he is perfectly eloquent.

3. Yoga Mind, Body, & Spirit (Donna Farhi) – Farhi is a genius. This book is so chock full of gems, I probably went through ten highlighters while reading it the first time. YES. It’s that good. She’s half poet, half anatomy braniac. Whatever you’re stuck on, whatever you don’t understand about a pose or a body, she has the answer. And when you read it, yoga kittens sing an accompaniment and lights bursts through the clouds. Think I’m kidding? Read it.

4. Yoga: The Iyengar Way (Silva, Mira, + Shyam Mehta) – Looking for a pose bible? This is it. The photography and instructions are excellent. You are given the Sanskrit name for each pose, the translation, and the beautiful written Sanskrit. It is organized intelligently, with wonderful little tips pointing to engaged parts of the body. I use this often — it’s a must-have!

5. Light on Yoga (B.K.S. Iyengar) – A classic, and part of nearly every Yoga Teacher Training required books list.

What do you consider to be part of the core foundation of your yoga library?

Stay tuned + get your nerd glasses (mine are ON) ready for more must-haves in Namastilo’s yoga books series!



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  1. FlyingYogini says:

    I’d also include:

    1.) a book of Rumi poetry
    2.) Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
    3.) A Year of Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater
    4.)Yoga Anatomy Leslie Kaminoff


  2. You’re a yogini after my bookworm heart! I have 4 out of 5 of these. And I must get Erich Schiffman’s book. Why I haven’t read it yet, I don’t know.


  3. Steph Auteri says:

    Ooh! Have you read Donna Farhi’s Bringing Yoga to Life? Such a good read! I’m also a fan of Stephen Cope’s stuff. So far, I’ve read Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, and The Wisdom of Yoga. Also: Suzanne Morrison’s Yoga Bitch is good for a laugh. I could go on, but these were my faves. :)

    • lo says:

      love your picks! i’ll be doing an upcoming list of my special faves, as well as other themed lists. ;) and i am so excited to read your DF recommendation. added to my amazon wishlist! xo

  4. I was going to add Erich’s The Practice of Moving Into Stillness but I see that has already received a shout out!

    Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is my go to yoga guide!

    I’m with you on Donna’s book – I think I highlighted almost every passage.

  5. So says:

    Awesome, and thank you! Added to my Amazon wishlist. BTW, I always have my nerd glasses on – helps with the figurative high and proud flying of the nerd flag! :-)

  6. Patrick says:

    Thank you! helps.

    my “library” contains “Ashtanga Yoga: The practice manual” by David Swenson.

    Like it alot, although there is no ebook, would love that even more.

  7. Amanda says:

    I love Donna Farhi and would second the shout out to Bringing Yoga to Life. I will have to check out the one on this list too!

    Not as serious, but I also loved “Stretch: the unlikely making of a yoga dude”!