10 Books to Deepen Your Yoga Practice

By: Kylie Peterson

We’ve compiled a list of 10 books to deepen your yoga practice, inspired by the yogi’s/yogini’s that came before us! Intend to go within, grow, and expand as you read these books, making your own discoveries and conclusions. Be prepared to have your practice impacted in the best way possible! Whether you have been practicing yoga for a while now or not, a change in perspective is always a good thing. Happy reading!

The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar

Learn how to create your own sequence to flow through your practice.

“The first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to viniyoga–yoga adapted to the needs of the individual.The author is a world-renowned teacher.”

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda

One to always reference.

“This valuable book provides a complete manual for the study and practice of Raja Yoga, the path of concentration and meditation. This new edition of  timeless teachings is a treasure to be read and referred to again and again by seekers treading the spiritual path.”

Light On Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

Discover asanas and the philosophies behind them.

“The definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of Yoga–the ancient healing discipline for body and mind–by its greatest living teacher. Light on Yoga provides complete descriptions and illustrations of all the positions and breathing exercises.”

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff

Deepen your understanding of the structures and principles underlying each movement.

“From breathing to inversions to standing poses, see how specific muscles respond to the movements of the joints; how alterations of a pose can enhance or reduce effectiveness; and how the spine, breathing, and body position are all fundamentally linked.”

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga by Deepak Chopra

Unlock your full creative potential!

“When adhered to and practiced mindfully, yoga can unlock your full creative potential, your capacity for love and compassion, and ability to find success in all areas of their lives. It shows how the Seven Spiritual Laws play a crucial role in yoga’s path to enlightenment.”

The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi

Designed for women.

“In The Secret Power of Yoga, world-renowned Yoga expert Nischala Joy Devi interprets Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the principles at the basis of Yoga practice, from a heart-centered, intuitive, feminine perspective, resulting in the first translation intended for women.”

Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi

Learn how to bring yoga to all parts of your life.

“Internationally renowned and bestselling author Donna Farhi moves yoga practice beyond the mat into our everyday lives, restoring the tradition’s intended function as a complete, practical philosophy for daily living.”

 

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Open your heart and mind to happiness.

“In this book he explained memorable findings of the world of saints and yogis and also explained science and miracles, death and resurgence. With soul-satisfying consciousness and endearing wit, he lightens the hidden secrets of life and the world opening our hearts and minds to the happiness, splendour and limitless spiritual capacities that last in the lives of every human being.”

Kundalini Yoga by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa

Strengthen the nervous system and balance your energy.

“The practice of Kundalini yoga aims to unlock and awaken the radiant transformative energy that exists within every person. This book is the perfect introduction to the fundamentals of a Kundalini practice.”

The Eight Limbs of Yoga Handbook by Stuart Ray Sarbacker & Kevin Kimple

A clear, concise guidebook to the essentials of yogic thought and practice.

Many people think yoga simply means postures and breathing. Not true. The intention of this short guide is practical and straightforward: to say what yoga really is and to apply its principles to everyday life. ”

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