We have divided them into 3 categories: Yoga Poses, Practice and Philosophy (6 books), Yoga and Functional Anatomy (2 books) and Meditation, Psychology and Transformation (4 books). For each book we include a brief but detailed description, then complete each review with the reasons why you may want to buy, or not buy, this book. Let us know if you have any that you would like to recommend or if you have any questions or feedback, by posting below.
21 Mar You like high quality, color photos and illustrations You prefer more information on alignment within the poses
Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers Programs Musicians You don’t mind simple, black and white photos You would like to learn how to compress meridians using yoga
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Understanding functional anatomy has the potential of transforming not only your practice, but your relationship to your body. This is by far the most impressive guide to functional anatomy and yoga that I have seen to date. David's unique approach makes learning about anatomy easy for anyone, while completely satisfying anatomy geeks who love to learn all they can about muscles and bones. The manual begins with basic principles of functional anatomy, then helps you understand how they work within many of the yoga asanas. David's descriptions allow you to feel what he’s saying in your own body. There is so much to learn from this book that it could very well be your go-to yoga anatomy reference manual for years to come.
Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith Challenges Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga by Rolf Gates
You don’t like books that don’t stay open That completes our review of some of our favorite books on yoga. Of course, there are thousands to choose from and you may have your own favorites so let us know what books have inspired you and your yoga practice by commenting below.
You wouldn’t find a large pocket book to be useful Programs Instant karma by helping us give free yoga to your fellow yogis You are a yoga teacher looking to teach more than just the poses
Many students find Donna Farhi’s Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit to be an invaluable part of their yoga journey. Donna provides a way to experience yoga in a more complete way, allowing the asanas to come to life through ‘seven moving principles’: namely breathe, yield, radiate, center, support, align and engage. With an impressive section on the mechanics of movement, beautiful photos (including what not to do) and yoga pose sections divided into standing poses, seated poses, back bends, arm balances, restorative poses and yoga breathing practices, Donna’s Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit will teach you so much about the practice of yoga, whether you are a student or an instructor.
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Home H. David Coulter's Anatomy of Hatha Yoga is possibly the most comprehensive yoga anatomy book that exists. It reads, at times, like an anatomy or physiology text book, moving through an impressive detailed analysis of movement and posture, breathing and abdominopelvic exercises before taking that same approach to analyze standing poses, backbending poses, forward bending postures, twisting postures, headstand, shoulderstand and finishing with relaxation and meditation. It's a thick book (almost 600 pages) and extremely dense with information, which is guaranteed to satisfy the most dedicated anatomy nerd. Although it definitely wouldn't be considered an easy read, it is, for the most part, surprisingly accessible for the average person.
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners by H. David Coulter
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My Journey to Plus Size (Full Bodied) Yoga You enjoy daily, thought-provoking quotes or stories
You are looking for hatha, restorative or vinyasa yoga sequences You find you learn better when there are good photos to look at Beginners My Journey to Plus Size (Full Bodied) Yoga
You particularly enjoy yin yoga You enjoy reading about Buddhist philosophy A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life with Jack Kornfield
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Yoga Styles You are ok with black and white photos that don’t look professional You don’t want to read about buddhist philosophy You don’t want a guide to doing asanas
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Monthly Update - July 2018 This list of books has been wonderful! I love anatomy, and I have really enjoyed David Keil's anatomy book. I'm planning to start David Coulter's anatomy book soon. I'm learning so much, and it's really transforming the way I think about my body when I do yoga (and ride horses - my other great love!).
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Log in or register to post comments You prefer a book that lists poses in a structured way, with detailed guidance You would benefit from a relatable explanation of the limbs of yoga
Yoga Challenges Functional Anatomy of Yoga: A Guide for Practitioners and Teachers by David Keil
Yoga and Functional Anatomy You want a book with color photos Programs You don’t mind simple, black and white photos I started with you all a few years ago and have wandered away looking at other yoga programs on line. In the end I come back to you . The kindness and support of all your instructors is evident even through the barrier of a computer monitor. At almost 62 and having lived a sedentary life from 2001 - 2012, I have used a bicycle and your classes to move me away from obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Thank you for all you do.
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This classic yoga manual by BKS Iyengar is a comprehensive and detailed book on yoga philosophy, bandhas, kriyas, pranayama and a step-by-step guide for each asana. Written by someone who many consider to be a yoga master, it has an ancient feel to it, as though the concepts have been carried through from yoga's origins. The images are even slightly grainy. The poses progress through the book from beginner to advanced and finish with yoga courses and curative asanas for various diseases.
Click here to puchase Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit from Amazon David is DoYogaWithMe's founder. After doing his first yoga class in his early twenties, he was driven to heal himself from successive injuries as an athlete and yearned to go deeper into his spiritual practice. Since then, David has explored many different styles of yoga, delved deep into the world of meditation and experimented with yoga breathing techniques. He is a yoga and meditation instructor, massage therapist, videographer, writer and dad and is known for his calm, skilled delivery, his ability to encourage people to be connected to their inner experience and his knowledge of anatomy, alignment, meditation, relaxation and pranayama.
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