Recommended by my yoga training centre:
The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long
What I love about this book is that it covers the scientific aspect of yoga, describes the key muscles of hatha yoga and how they are used in asana practise.
The Yoga Journal by Linda Sparrow
This book is more of an art book; a celebration of yoga and it’s beauty. It might not be as packed full of the how-to like some of the others, but for inspiration it can’t be beat.
Anatomy of Breathing by Blandine Calais-Germain
This book explains the concepts of breathwork in yoga in a way that is easy to follow and points out some myths related to breathing. Calais-Germain has many other books I look forward to getting my paws on too.
Awakening the Spine by Vanda Scaravelli
The legend that is Vanda is worth reading about alone, but this book really helps when I need a bit of inspiration and motivation to get on the mat.
30 Essential Poses by Judith Lasater
This book has great, practical guidance for modifying poses for beginners and more advanced students, a huge help for my teaching.
Other books I’ve picked up:
Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar
Kundalini by Ajit Mookerjee
This book is an in depth look at kundalini energy, where it comes from, and how to stimulate it.
Writing Yoga by Bruce Black
I really enjoyed this book and the way Bruce demonstrated how to unite yoga and journalling – one of my favourite activities – in such an enlightening way.
Based on the words of Patanjali back in the 3rd century BC, and one of the oldest spiritual texts in the world, this is not light reading! But this is the source, and it’s well worth getting a copy if you’re on your yogic journey.