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You enjoy learning about the body’s systems Peak Pose Challenges Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith Beginners Don’t buy this yoga book if: You want a brief summary of yoga rather than something that goes into detail
Click here to purchase Anatomy of Hatha Yoga from Amazon Click here to purchase The Yoga Bible from Amazon You prefer more information on alignment within the poses
You like suggestions for yoga sessions, split into short and long options
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.
Featuring over 170 yoga postures, this book is an illustrated, step-by-step guide to achieving each posture, including how to move into the pose, the gaze, build-up poses, counter poses, how to lighten the pose and its effects on the body and mind. The Yoga Bible also has a general introduction to yoga, including what yoga is, some yoga philosophy, common styles and suggestions around getting the best out of your practice. You could say that this is the best comprehensive yoga pocket book that exists – although, you need a very big pocket to fit it in!
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 You would like to learn more about yoga philosophy, bandhas and kriyas You love learning about your body, how you move and why
Programs Events You find you learn better when there are good photos to look at anniebell 4 months ago Baron Baptiste is a wonderfully vibrant, down-to-earth yoga instructor who honors both the light and serious sides of yoga practice in this wonderful book on yoga. It’s inspirational feel throughout engages the reader and Baron’s bare bones approach to yoga makes it relevant to everyone, no matter where you are in your practice. Baron will help you see your practice differently, discover how your experience on the mat relates to your life overall and help you feel more empowered by giving you practical tools that you can put into action in your daily practice.
You don’t want a book that focusses mostly on practical meditation techniques Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga by Rolf Gates
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Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers You are not interested in applications of yoga philosophy You are a yoga teacher looking to teach more than just the poses Log in or register to post comments
You would like help with feeling unstuck, unmotivated or depressed You are ok with black and white photos that don’t look professional Peak Pose Challenges
Erich Schiffmann takes a unique approach to yoga practice that may shift the way that you do yoga. Schooled in the Iyengar and Desikachar approaches, Schiffmann has a uniquely gentle, transformative approach to alignment and body awareness. His easy-to-follow yoga pose tutorials, yoga sequences and perspective on yoga practice help you stay centered in your practice and calm and mindful in your life. He covers meditation, pranayama, the essence of yoga practice, lines of energy and asanas to create a wonderfully comprehensive book on yoga.
You want to learn about being more sensitive when doing yoga Yoga Styles Functional Anatomy of Yoga: A Guide for Practitioners and Teachers by David Keil
You are ok with black and white photos that don’t look professional You enjoy yoga books that are short and sweet, sincere and down to earth
Meditation, Psychology and Yoga Philosophy Join The DoYogaWithMe Community Username or e-mail * All you want is a guide to doing asanas
You enjoy daily, thought-provoking quotes or stories You would benefit from a step-by-step guide to move into each pose
You are looking for hatha, restorative or vinyasa yoga sequences
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Monthly Update - June 2018 You like suggestions for yoga sessions, split into short and long options You don’t like to read daily quotes or short stories
Skip to main content Meditations from the Mat offers 365 daily meditations that help integrate mindfulness into everyday life. Each day's reflection begins with a thought-provoking quote and then explores one intriguing aspect of yoga philosophy. Gates weaves stories of his own remarkable healing and growth with the yoga sutras of Patanjali, and provides illuminating and moving explanations of how yoga teachings apply to real-life situations. Whether read in the morning to set the tone for the day, during yoga, or at the end of the day, Meditations from the Mat will support and enhance anyone’s yoga journey.
You enjoy learning about anatomy Improve your practice with exclusive challenges and programs Don’t buy this yoga book if: Beautifully laid out, this synthesis of wisdom traditions is filled with a generous amount of information, photos and insights. Sarah's description of meridian theory and how it so beautifully connects with yoga practice is unique and refreshing. The book's main focus is on yin yoga, and Sarah offers a number of yoga sequences that are designed to pressurize certain meridians and help heal specific organs, while dividing each yoga practice into a long and short version so you can more easily adapt them to your schedule. She completes this wonderfully written book with seated pranayama practices, basic Buddha dharma and suggested mindfulness meditations.
Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith You are not interested in teaching yoga to others You are a yoga teacher looking to teach more than just the poses 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.
My Journey to Plus Size (Full Bodied) Yoga You would like to learn how to help heal certain organs using yoga
You don’t want a book that focusses mostly on practical meditation techniques You enjoy learning about anatomy
Monthly Update - June 2018 You are not interested in teaching yoga to others
You enjoy reading about Buddhist philosophy You like high quality, color photos and illustrations Social
You don’t need to learn about how yoga relates to the energy systems Events I am so grateful for this website which allow me to practise yoga at home. I attend classes as well but find these online classes offer a variety of styles and allow me to do more yoga more often. I regularly do the yoga nidra and meditation sessions. Thank you to all who provide this service.
You enjoy inner exploration You would benefit from a step-by-step guide to move into each pose
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