Discovering Yoga can be one of the most wonderful things you’ll ever do! As a Yogi it is often times overwhelming all the information and resources available. Please view below for what I consider the top 10 Yoga books and must-have resources for beginners. I review each book to let you know what some takeaway’s are and why I like it so much.
While the physical aspects are very important to the practice, the mental benefits we gain from Yoga are life changing. A yoga book is usually a great place to start to learn how to tap into your energy channels and innermost feelings. Definitely strive to get the physical yoga poses down and then when you’re ready, the mental aspect of yoga will find you. For some, they are able to tap into their feelings right away and for others, that ability to let go and channel feelings comes with time. It’s a journey, a constant movement towards contentment so move at your own pace or stay in the moment. It’s all up to you!
Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga…
Pages: 544, Edition: Revised, Paperback, Schocken
This is the first ‘real’ Yoga book I ever read. I was incredibly overwhelmed with all the poses, when to do what, how to breathe, etc… But this did a great job of introducing me to technique, alignment principles and just the concept of just how interconnected our bodies really are; how poses when used and counter-used and how Yoga can really bring balance to our physical bodies.
Chakra Meditation: Discover Energy, Creativity, Focus, Love, Communication, Wisdom, and Spirit
Pages: 160, Paperback, Duncan Baird
This is a fantastic introduction to the amazing interconnections of 7 energy bundles that exist in our bodies; also referred to as the chakras. (cha-ckruh) No ‘shhh’ sound. Plus, when you realize what yoga poses can really help you open up certain chakras, your practice enters a whole new level. As Light on Yoga introduced me to the physical aspects of yoga, Chakra Meditation opened my eyes to the mental aspects.
Your Body Speaks Your Mind: Understand the Link Between Your Emotions and Your Illness
Pages: 352, Paperback, Piatkus Books
As a big believer in ‘our tissues hold our issues,’ Your Body Speaks Your Mind resonated with me in ways I could never articulate in words. It’s so true that we tend to bottle up and store feelings and stress yet our bodies are constantly trying to ‘tell us’ to listen and honor rest and healing. Deb Shapiro teaches how to learn to listen to what our bodies are trying to tell us.
The Yoga Deck II
Pages: 50, Cards, Chronicle Books
The Prenatal Yoga Deck: 50 Poses and Meditations
Cards, Chronicle Books
These Yoga Decks are fantastic! As an instructor, I can reference them for quick alignment principles and cues. I can also organize my class routine because they are a perfect ‘travel’ size and I just lay them on the kitchen counter to get a visual picture of a well-balanced sequence.
Anatomy and Asana: Preventing Yoga Injuries
Pages: 90, Spiral-bound, Eastland Press
There is something pretty amazing about knowing exactly what your body is accomplishing in a yoga pose. And nothing is more important than loving your body so much, you won’t over do it or injure yourself because you let your ego take over and judge, compete and harbor expectations to be that ‘bigger, faster, stronger’ yogi. Preventing yoga injuries is one of the best gifts you can give yourself, this is an excellent resource to learn just how to protect yourself.
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Pages: 633, Paperback, Large Print Distribution
If you haven’t read this, please pick it up. But it now, head to the store or find a friend to borrow it from. It’s a fun read mixed with humor and drama and just makes you want to quit your day job and go on an adventure! Eat Pray Love shows us its those three things; food (and sometimes lot of it!), prayer (yoga) and love (for ourselves) alone, are all we humans really need. The sooner we realize it, the better off we will be.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Pages: 2, Edition: 1, Hardcover, New World Library
No more excuses, no more if’s and’s or but’s – this moment, this very moment in time will be gone before you know it. And what have you done in this moment or the ones that will follow that will put you in a position to prosper? What can you do with the precious moments in your life to help you feel utterly content? These are but a few questions explored in The Power of Now.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchidananda
Pages: 263, Paperback, Integral Yoga Publications
The Yoga Sutras are an enormously influential work on yoga philosophy and practice. If you’re looking to learn more about yoga from a philosophical point of view, this is a great resource to offer you insight and introduce you to the Sanskrit language.