Suggested Yoga Reading list
A few books that may inspire and deepen an appreciation of Yoga practice and philosophy.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Swami Satchidananda edition
The Living Gita (The Bhagavad Gita), Swami Satchidananda edition
Many translations of the Sutras and the Gita are available. The Satchidananda versions are notable for their clarity and relevance to present-day life.
Yoga Mala, Sri K.Pattabhi Jois
The Ashtanga Yoga primary series explained step by step, including practice and philosophy.
Guruji; A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern, editors
Collection of inspirational interviews with the senior teachers of the Ashtanga method. Early recollections of studies with KP Jois and the lineage of Ashtanga yoga.
Ashtanga Yoga; The Practice Manual, David Swenson
Easy to follow, articulate and accessible practice guide for the study of Ashtanga yoga, full first and second series. A classic!
I also recommend Swenson’s many teaching and demonstration DVD’s.
Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar
Asana, Pranayama, philosophy— a classic.
The Tree of Yoga, BKS Iyengar
Accessible discussion of the philosophy of yoga.
Light on Yoga Sutras, BKS Iyengar
Articulate and comprehensive interpretation of Patanji’s Yoga Sutras.
The Heart of Yoga, TKV Desikachar
Philosophy and Viniyoga practice, full Yoga Sutra translation.
Health, Healing and Beyond, TKV Desikachar
Biography of Krishnamacharya, classical philosophy, and an overview of the history of yoga from it’s roots into the 20th century.
Krishnamacharya; His Life and Teachings, A.G. Mohan
Mohan’s personal experiences of 25 years of study with Sri T. Krishnamacharya.
Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga, Srivatsa Ramaswami
Comprehensive guide to Vinyasa krama (asana practice).
Yoga Beneath the Surface, Srivatsa Ramaswami
Q & A discussion of the the 8 limbs of classical Ashtanga yoga.
Encyclopedia of Yoga, George Feuerstein
Silence Speaks, Baba Hari Dass
Yoga philosophy and wisdom.
Yoga for Wellness, Gary Kraftsow
The Viniyoga method for healing the body and mind through yoga. I also recommend Kraftsow’s theraputic yoga instruction available on DVD.
Back Care Basics, Mary Pullig Schatz, M.D.
A practical and accessable guide for a healthy back and neck.
The New Yoga For People Over 50, Suza Francina
A comprehensive guide for midlife and older yoga students.
Other excellent books and DVDs on Yoga philosophy and the Ashtanga system have been produced by Lino Miele, Richard Freeman, Matthew Sweeney and Gregor Maehle.