My favourite yoga books in order of recommendation, totally subjective and in absence of the need to meet any formal training requirements. Therefore these are the books I really like and read over and over. Please feel free to recommend your own and perhaps why.
1. The Heart of Yoga – T.K.V Desikachar – For me the most accesible ‘must have’ reads for student, yogi and teacher alike. Written in plain english without pretence for everyone. Especially nice are the family and historical references that connects the reader to one of the most important hatha yoga lineages out there. I re-read this all the time.
2. Yoga – The Iyengar Way – Silva, Mira & Shyam Mehta – Great picture, great descriptions and a really great working practical book. Inspiring text on the eight limbs and suggested lesson plans as well!
3. Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha – Bihar school. Pictures, descriptions, modifications, benefits it’s all here along with cross links to the underlying philosophy which hold it all together.
4. The Book of Yoga – Christina Brown. A more modern take on posture work and why we do things, plus some alternate takes on pranayama, meditation etc…
5. Yoga for the West – Ian Rawlinson – A Viniyoga (Desikachar school) approach to planning your own practice. Doing what this approach does best, modifications and varying the breathing pattern with lots of ‘stick men’ to guide you.
6……There are so many more which I’ll add as I go along.
Please tell me what your favourites are.