As the holiday season is approaching fast, here are some book suggestions for holiday gifts. They are not mainstream books available in most book stores but the books are available online.
For asana (physical movements/postures) and all aspects of yoga:
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda is an excellent choice with a comprehensive yoga therapy index. This book gives detailed step-by-step instructions, benefits, and limitations.
Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar is a classic on hatha yoga for good reason. It is outstanding for those looking for more physically challenging asana practice. The instructions for each practice are very clear.
Yoga: Mastering the Basics by Sandra Anderson and Rolf Sovik is a gentle introduction to the basic aspects of yoga. It is written in a clear, easy, scientific way.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Muktibodhananda is the best commentary on this ancient text on hatha yoga. It explains hatha yoga and its relationship to raja yoga. The reader gets an understanding of hatha yoga and its asanas directly from the source.
Yoga and Psychotherapy by Swami Rama; Rudolph Ballantine, MD; Swami Ajaya, PhD, explains scientifically how the therapeutic aspects of yoga work within the body, mind, and spirit.