Top 5 Yoga Books
Start Your Yoga Library with These
If you have gone to the bookstore lately in search of information about yoga, you no doubt discovered that there is a ton of yoga books available. So how do you choose the best from among so many options? The following list is a quick look at some of the best books about yoga, and are well worth your time and money.
Light on Yoga – B.K.S. Iyengar
Light on Yoga is one of the best known yoga books recommended because of its practicality. While explaining what yoga is, this book is also a guide to the physical practice as well as the philosophy underlying it. It includes descriptions, over 600 photos of the poses, and instructions on breathing exercises. This is one of the most comprehensive sources of information on yoga. It is available at most major bookstores, as well as on Amazon.com.
Yoga as Medicine – Timothy McCall, M.D.
Yoga as Medicine is a great sourcebook for yoga as therapy, written by a medical doctor who has also been a yoga practitioner for many years. McCall explains the science of yoga, what it does, how it works and who can benefit from yoga. It includes chapters on anxiety and panic attacks, back pain, cancer, depression, headaches, menopause and many other ailments and diseases and how yoga can help. It can be found at most major bookstores, along with Amazon.com.
Yoga Anatomy – Leslie Kaminoff, Sharon Ellis, Amy Matthews
Yoga Anatomy includes detailed instructions along with anatomical drawings to explain the principles behind the different yoga poses. This yoga book shows what muscles are used in the poses and how variations of a pose either enhance or detract from the position. It also goes in depth into breathing, the spine and poses. Most major bookstores carry this book, along with Amazon.com
The Heart of Yoga – T. K. V. Desikachar
The Heart of Yoga is about developing a personal practice of yoga, and includes the physical, spiritual and mental aspects. This book helps you create a practice including poses and counter poses, breath work and meditation while also explaining yoga philosophy. By delving into the theory and practice of yoga, you are able to design your perfect yoga pose sequence depending on your age, flexibility and health. This yoga book can be found at most major bookstores, along with Amazon.com.
The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
Finally, in order to really understand yoga, The Yoga Sutras is a commentary and a translation of an ancient text on the study and practice of yoga. Over 4,000 years old, a sutra is a “thought-thread” that includes meditation, physical poses, ethics and daily life. This book takes the Sutras and puts them into terms more generally understandable so today’s reader can grasp the ancient philosophy behind yoga. This book can be found at major bookstores, and also on Amazon.com.