The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice

T. K. V. Desikachar, Inner Traditions International The name, T.K.V. Desikachar, is significant in the world of hatha yoga in the West. The famed teacher Krishnamacharya is his father, and B.K.S. Iyengar is his uncle. The book begins with an “interview” with Desikachar. The questions are about Krishnamacharya’s philosophy and method of teaching yoga. It... Continue Reading →

Light on Yoga

B. K. S. Iyengar, Schocken Books B.K.S. Iyengar requires no introduction to readers of yoga, particularly in the West. Iyengar is synonymous with yoga, hatha yoga. He is the most well-known hatha master. Light on Yoga, first published in 1966, is one of the timeless classics in asanas. Readers and yogis today may find it... Continue Reading →

Raja Yoga: Conquering the Internal Nature

Swami Vivekananda, Advaita Ashram Swami Vivekananda is credited with bringing yoga to the West and America. Swami Vivekananda, along with Swami Rama and Swami Satyananda, presents a scientific yet spiritual and practical reading of yoga and meditation. All these renunciates or sannysins were part of old and respected continuous lineages. They all bridged the divide... Continue Reading →

Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Swami Muktibodhananda, Bihar School of Yoga Hatha Yoga Pradipika is the oldest surviving text on hatha yoga, written possibly in 15th century CE by Swatmarama. The most-widely cited and quoted text on yoga, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, was written several centuries earlier. Hatha Yoga Pradipika is as essential as the Yoga Sutras. This translation and commentary... Continue Reading →

Four Chapters on Freedom: Yoga Sutras

Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Bihar School of Yoga Anyone who is truly interested in yoga, and that includes meditation, has to read the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali. The sutras are widely regarded as the soul of yoga. The writing also goes by the name of Patanjali Yoga, or raja yoga (royal yoga or path), or the... Continue Reading →

Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha

Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Bihar School of Yoga This private label book was first published in 1966, well before the current yoga renaissance. Given the high level of interest in yoga therapy, it is astounding how far-sighted and prescient this book has been. If I had to recommend just one book on yoga, this would be... Continue Reading →

Yoga: Mastering the Basics

Sandra Anderson and Rolf Sovik, Himalayan Institute Press If you are looking for a basic book on gentle, non-intimidating yoga, this could be a good fit. Published by The Himalayan Institute, it won the 2001 Independent Publisher Outstanding Book of the Year award. In clear, simple, easy to understand language, it introduces the reader to... Continue Reading →

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