7 must read
FOR EVERY YOGA TTC PRACTITIONER
1. Patanjali Yoga Sutra :
In just 196 short aphorisms, this classic work of Indian philosophy spells out succinctly how the mind works, and how it is possible to use the mind to attain liberation. The Yoga-Sutra is a road map of human consciousness—and a particularly helpful guide to the mental states one encounters in meditation, yoga, and other spiritual practices. It expresses the truths of the human condition with great eloquence: how we know what we know, why we suffer, and how we can discover the way out of suffering.
2. The Yoga Tradition by Georg Feuerstein
The Yoga Tradition comes from a living authority on Yoga to explain the most comprehensive and reliable treatment of the subject to date. Georg Feuerstein has dedicated his life to the understanding and practice of yoga. The book offers a complete overview of every Yogic tradition, from the familiar to the lesser-known forms. It also covers all aspects of Hindu, Buddhist and Jaina Yoga, including history, philosophy, literature, psychology, and practice. Besides, included are translations of twenty Yoga treatises and the first reading of the Goraksha Paddhati.For passionate and curious yoga students,
3. The Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman
It offers the ultimate A-Y of asana names and Sanskrit terms (as there is no Z in Sanskrit). This interactive text includes more than 200 asanas with illustrated yoga postures and 300 Sanskrit definitions and pronunciations.
4. The Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar
It offers a distillation of his father’s system as well as his personal practical approach, which he describes as “a program for the spine at every level–physical, mental, and spiritual.” This is the first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to the age-old principles of yoga. Desikachar discusses all the elements of yoga–poses and counterposes, conscious breathing, meditation, and philosophy–and shows how the yoga student may develop a practice tailored to his or her current state of health, age, occupation, and lifestyle.
5 The Seven Spiritual Law of Success by Deepak Chopra
Chopra does an excellent job of covering the spiritual aspects of yoga in brief while including meditation techniques, mantras, chakras, breathing exercises, and poses. It’s light and entertaining enough to be read in an afternoon while touching upon the essential elements of the yogic path.
6. The Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
This book is often referred as ‘the Bible of yoga’. It’s designed as a photo-illustrated guide to develop one's home asana practice, explore yoga breathing techniques (pranayama) and learn Iyengar’s yoga philosophy for life and wellbeing. Iyengar believes that yoga is for everyone and that is precisely what this accessible book is about.
7. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
If you want a yoga book that will totally change your perspective, then read Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, Ruiz states there are four agreements you need to make with yourself in order to be happy and free. They are: Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best. There’s a good reason this book was a New York Times bestseller for over a decade