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7 yoga books to add to your collection

I was recently asked to share any yoga books I would recommend to dive deeper into yoga, its philosophy and history. So here are 7 yoga books I recommend you add to your collection if you want to learn more about yoga. 


1. The Deeper Dimension of Yoga by Georg Feuerstein 

This book was part of my 200hr yoga teacher training reading material. It is a very comprehensive and precise overview of the ancient tradition of yoga, what it is, its rich history, philosophy and the spiritual dimension. 

Georg Feuerstein, the author, dedicated his life to the study of yoga and his books are very complete and enlightening. 

The Deeper Dimension Of Yoga is a collection of essays that will give you a full and detailed overview of the ancient tradition of yoga. You’ll learn that yoga is so much more than a form of exercise. It is in fact a path to self-transformation that includes teachings, practices and sacred texts to help us cultivate wisdom, freedom and health. 

I see this book as a sort of encyclopedia of yoga and you will learn so much from it and keep referring to it. 

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2. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda 

The yoga sutras are thought-threads believed to be at least 4000 years old and are attributed to the sage Patanjali. They are essential reading for anyone on the yogic path and interested in yoga philosophy. 

It is in the yoga sutras that Patanjali outlines the yogic teachings on ethics, meditation and yoga asana. It is also here that he outlines the 8 limbs of yoga i.e: the “commandments” to abide by if you want to live a yogic life. 

The yoga sutras have been interpreted and commented on by several 20th-century yogis. This particular book was recommended to me by my yoga teachers. The sutras appear in original Sanskrit with an English translation and an interpretation by Sri Swami Satchidananda. 

Ideally reading these sacred texts will spark something in you and lead you to contemplate or meditate on life and its significance and help you live a more harmonious life. 

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3. The Cleansing Power Of Yoga by Swami Saradananda 

This book recently joined my collection of yoga books. Written by Swami Saradananda, The Cleansing Power Of Yoga is a guide to Kriyas and other yoga practices to promote wellbeing. 

Kriyas are yogic cleansing techniques that help to cleanse the body, mind and emotions, allowing you to feel vibrant health and progress on the yogic path. 

The book is divided into six chapters of Kriyas (and other holistic cleansing techniques), all related to our five senses. There are also yoga poses, mantras, mudras to help with detoxing the body and mind. 

This is another great book that shows that yoga is so much more than a physical asana practise. A helpful tool to have in your wellness toolkit, you’ll refer to it time and time again. 

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4. Eastern Body Western Mind by Judith Anodea 

This book is a good place to start if you’re interested in learning about chakras. Eastern Body Western Mind is written by renowned chakra expert Judith Anodea. In it, she blends western psychology and science with spirituality. The result is a thorough  interpretation of the eastern chakra system made accessible to « western » minds. 

Each chapter focuses on a particular chakra, starting by describing each one and then goes on to discuss chakra blockages, how they come about, links to childhood developmental patterns and traumas, and how to heal and maintain chakra balances. 

Another encyclopaedic-type read that you’ll keep forever and regularly refer to! 

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5.Light On Yoga by B.K.S Iyengar 

Light on yoga by BKS Iyengar is regarded by many as the most comprehensive guide on yoga, yoga asana and pranayama ever written. 

The book outlines the principles of the yogic path and then goes into more than 600 photos and detailed descriptions of yoga asanas. You’ll also find yoga asana sequences designed for specific issues. 

The book is suitable for beginners as well as more advanced practitioners. 

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6.Yoga For Women By Tatiana Elle 

Up until recently, this book was only available in French. However, you can now get the English version. The author, Tatiana Elle, created this yoga style to help women connect to their sacred feminine and find optimal wellbeing.

The book covers a few introductory principles and then goes into 45 thematic yoga sequences designed specifically for women. There are sequences for every need: to connect to your inner child, to let go of fear and anxiety, energising morning routines, moon practices, the list goes on.

The Yoga For Women method is designed to boost your energy, calm your mind and awaken the feminine power that lies within each of us. 

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7. Ashtanga Yoga : The Primary Series by Linda Munro and Gerald Disse 

I did my 200hr yoga teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga with Linda Munro and Gerald Disse. Not only are they amazing, mindful teachers but they are also co authors of this book on the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. 

If you want to dive deep into the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga, this is your book. Learn about the basics of Ashtanga including detailed breakdowns of each asana in the primary series. You’ll also find modifications, to an asana build-up techniques and proper alignment instructions. 

This is also a great book to use as a reference point if you are a beginner teacher. The book is published in English and in French. 

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So what did you think of the 7 books I shared? 

Which ones have you read? Which ones are on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments below. Of course, there are many other yoga books but these are 7 I have actually read or am currently reading myself 🙂

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Be well,

Olivia

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