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.
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You are looking for a detailed, comprehensive guide to yoga Click here to purchase The Yoga Bible from Amazon
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You enjoy learning about the body’s systems By David Procyshyn 3 Comments You are an instructor and want to teach with a stronger focus on anatomy
Our Teachers You want beautiful, glossy, color photos 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.
Yoga and Functional Anatomy A Vessel of Blessing: Practical Guidance for Teachers Who Touch the Spirit in Yoga Practice by Arlene Bjork
You would prefer color photos You like to explore different approaches to doing yoga You enjoy daily, thought-provoking quotes or stories You value a book that is written by someone who is considered a master
You don’t need to learn about how yoga relates to the energy systems You want a brief summary of yoga rather than something that goes into detail
You don’t want a book that blends eastern philosophy and western medicine You would like to learn how to compress meridians using yoga
You are looking for a comprehensive guide to yoga poses Search form Password * 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.
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You would like to learn more about yoga philosophy, bandhas and kriyas You want a book with color photos Subscribe You are an instructor and want to teach with a stronger focus on anatomy
Social You do not enjoy reading about anatomy and physiology User Login 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.
Every yogi has a story of how a yoga book completely transformed their yoga practice. Many have more than one. If you have been practicing yoga for a few years or more, perhaps you can relate to this. A shift in perspective, a new way of looking at things or a different way of practicing can alter your experience on your yoga mat and in your life, enough that you feel somewhat different – more inspired, lighter… dare I say enlightened?
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!).
Latest Blog Posts 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!).
Log in or register to post comments 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.
You prefer more information on alignment within the poses You want a book with color photos This book is a personal reflection on the life and philosophy of one of the most talented teachers of our time. Arlene Bjork had a way of inspiring and guiding her students to explore the deeper truths and aspects of yoga, while offering true insight into how to incorporate yoga in all aspects of your life and how a regular practice will enhance your experience of living. If you are a teacher, you will learn to make a more profound connection with your students, one that will manifest both on and off the mat. In addition, it offers a personable interpretation of all the aspects of yoga philosophy that often seem inaccessible to most practitioners.
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Don’t buy this yoga book if: 12 Essential Yoga Books to Inspire You and Your Yoga Practice You particularly enjoy yin yoga
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By David Procyshyn 3 Comments Peak Pose Challenges Forum You are looking for hatha, restorative or vinyasa yoga sequences Search form AndyG 1 year ago You don’t like learning new approaches to yoga practice
You are looking for hatha, restorative or vinyasa yoga sequences All you want is a guide to doing asanas Interviews You don’t like inner exploration
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 want to understand how to live your yoga Click here to purchase The Yoga Bible from Amazon Click here to purchase Meditations from the Mat from Amazon
Click here to purchase Eastern Body Western Mind from Amazon anniebell 4 months ago You are only interested in the physical side of yoga
Monthly Update - September 2018 You don’t need to learn about how yoga relates to the energy systems