If you are looking to deepen your yoga practice or are just looking for a better understanding but have been wondering where to begin, there are many texts you can and should read. They will deepen you understanding on the fundamentals, different forms, and ideas, etc. Below are a few of my top yogi texts I recommend and a brief synopsis to ensure it is what you are looking for in your practice.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – This book was required when I began Yoga Teacher Training and for good reason. Quite literally the principles of yoga. It is one of the most translated Indian texts. This book is considered to be the manual for your yoga practice and one of the oldest acknowleged yoga texts, dating at least 4,000 years old. These sutras are meant to aid your practice and assist in any obstacles or blocks you may meet throughout
Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga – This text is known as the bible of modern yoga. B.K.S. Iyengar is the basis behind what we know as Iyengar Yoga today. This is a practice involving props to ensure that no matter where you are within your practice you are able to get in and out of a pose safely and effectively. This text breaks down everything from breath to posture, to food and nutrition, with descriptions as well as pictures. Guiding you through the philosophy and practice of yoga and how it can heal us, body and mind. I refer back to this book many times, it is not a one time read.
Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System – Get it. If you have read my previous posts on the Chakra System you know how much I love this book. Literally the best interpretation out there. This text breaks down the Chakra System as well as, each chakra individually. It continues further with digging into which chakras may be blocked within you and what you can do to open them through your yoga practice. I have read this texts more than once and learn something each time. It will do nothing but add to your practice and open your mind.
Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness – Another text that was recommended to me during Yoga Teacher Training this book is a fantastic, new age breakdown. A great guide to the connection of body and mind through the practice of yoga. This book breaks down everything from types of postures such as, back bends or inversions, detailed instruction and tips. This book is very inspiring for all yogis but, especially if you have been having issues, perhaps your ego is getting in the way of something or leaving you frustrated.
While I could go on forever, because I love reading and yoga, I will leave you with these texts for now. Tao Te Ching should definitely be on your list as well but, we will touch on it another day! These books have inspired, enlightened, and helped mold my yoga practice, I hope they have the same amazing effects for your as well.