Yoga is a big deal in India, and is enthusiastically practiced world over. So far-reaching is its popularity that you now have yoga with beer, goats and cats. We may not be able to provide you with these, but what we do have are books for you if you’re interested in starting yoga on a daily basis or wish to learn more about its origin, or if you simply want to improve your form. Read on to know which book to pick!
- The 10-Minute Yoga Solution by Ira Trivedi
Do you want to practise yoga but cannot find the time? Do you want to begin yoga but cannot find a way? This beautifully designed book replete with instructional pictures will make you want to celebrate yoga by actually doing some asanas. Start with just 10 minutes a day and see the transformation within you, for real!
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- A Life of Light by Rashmi Palkhivala
A lot of yoga book recommendations in this list are written by B.K.S. Iyengar, and there’s a reason why. Iyengar revolutionized yoga by making it accessible to the masses and more so by experimenting with props. His meteoric rise as a yoga acharya wasn’t easy. Iyengar was a strict and compassionate teacher who shared a loving bond with all his students, but his relationship with his own teacher, his childhood and his journey was anything but easy. Do read this definitive biography of India’s foremost yoga gurus.
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- Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar
Light on Pranayama elaborates on the ancient practice of pranayama. The term, which is loosely translated as ‘life force’, deals with the practice of regulation of one’s breath. This book authored by one of the world’s best yoga teachers tells how regular practice of pranayama is beneficial in dealing with asthma as well as stress-related disorders like anxiety and depression. It is well-illustrated, carrying about 200 photographs of the guru in action himself.
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- Adiyogi by Sadhguru
Adiyogi – the world’s first yogi. There is no dearth of literature on Shiva, he has been demystified and fictionalized for mass consumption but no one truly understands the first yogi better than his sidekick, Sadhguru. What makes this book different is that it is about the source of mysticism by a mystic. Read on to know more about the source of yoga.
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- The Art of Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
Any action done with beauty and purity and in complete harmony of body, mind and soul is art. In this way art elevates the artist. As yoga fulfils the essential need of art, it is an art. Foreword by Yehudi Menuhin; Iyengar turns his attention to the artistic interpretation of body, mind and soul through Yoga. The book highlights the artistic interpretation of the postures already mastered and is the next stage in the practice of yoga.
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- Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by B.K.S. Iyengar
This is one of the few authentic and legitimate self-help books exclusively for the ancient Indian art of Yoga. The widely followed book has been written keeping in mind the completely unexposed Western mind, and opens gate to spiritual orientation.
The text consists mainly of Yoga sutras, or hymns, as expressed by Patanjali, along with a comprehensive set of yogic postures.
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- The Journey Within by Radhanath Swami
In this long-awaited follow-up to The Journey Home, New York Times bestseller The Journey Within guides readers through the essential teachings of bhakti yoga. World-renowned spiritual leader Radhanath Swami draws from his personal experiences to demystify the ancient devotional path of bhakti, capturing its essence and explaining its simple principles for balancing our lives.
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- Core of The Yoga Sutra: The Definitive Guide to The Philosophy of Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are 196 aphorisms forming the foundational text of yoga philosophy. Each sutra is short and to the point – each being only a line or two long. B.K.S. Iyengar has translated each one, providing an insightful commentary and explanation for modern readers, as well as linking the various themes throughout the sutras to one another.
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