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The 12 Best Yoga Books Recommended By Yoga Teachers

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Over the last 100 years many books on yoga have been written and published.  Knowing which books to read first can be a tough decision. To help start your yogic journey or expand your current one we have come up with 12 must read books to broaden your yogic horizons. Our book recommendations are broken down to 4 categories: Practice, Yoga Anatomy, Yoga History and Cultural Background and Yoga Complete Guide​ 
These categories will help you find a book that you will be most interested in.

This classic, whose first edition dates back to 1969, accurately analyses almost all yoga techniques. Not only the Asanas are explained in detail and with precise instructions along with their effects and contraindications. The book includes other techniques such as Pranayamas, Bandhas, Mudras, Shatkarmas (physical and energetic cleansing techniques). In addition you can also find a review of the history of yoga and a useful explanation of the practice.

Similar to the previous text, this books represents a classical guide throughout many techniques such as Asanas, Pranayamas, etc. With excellent photos of one of the greatest masters of Asanas, the review of this book is fun and very dynamic. Also a simple and practical explanation about some aspects of yoga practice are treated here. This book is undoubtedly a very good recommendation to take the first steps in understanding yoga a little better.

A modern book with great illustration on the anatomy of yoga and the incidence in the different postures as well as breathing. This text is extremely well known among young practitioners of modern yoga and its excellent images make it very pleasant to read.

This book represents a great scientific approach to yoga asanas. With three dimensional illustrations of the skeleton and the most important muscles, ligaments and tendons. Anatomical and physiological descriptions explain which muscles act as agonists, antagonists or synergists in certain asanas (yoga postures) and how the individual body structures and breathing are related.

This book is a classic for several years now. It carries out a much more detailed analysis of the anatomy in the different practices and constitutes a very solid base of knowledge for those who want to delve deeper into the anatomy of yoga.

Yoga History and Cultural Background

A novel known for a long time in the yoga community. An unmissable text for those who want to know in greater detail aspects inherent to the practice of yoga in a classic context such as the ancient Indian culture. Yogananda brilliantly illustrates the India of the early twentieth century and with it the cultural background of the practice of yoga. The relationship with the Guru, the life in the Ashram, dedication to spirituality, meditation and everything inherent in the classical practice of yoga. This great novel has also seen a film version recently in the movie “Awake.”

Probably the best known introductory book to Ayurveda. A true classic in which Svoboda explains in detail and in a very pleasant way all the principles of Ayurveda. Reading this great little book will undoubtedly give you a solid base of knowledge about this great science and its cultural implications in India.

Probably the best known introductory book to Ayurveda. A true classic in which Svoboda explains in detail and in a very pleasant way all the principles of Ayurveda. Reading this great little book will undoubtedly give you a solid base of knowledge about this great science and its cultural implications in India.

Probably the deepest and most serious analysis of one of the best-known classic Yoga texts of all time. The Yoga Sutras were written by Patanjali around 600 BC and have been analysed by great teachers throughout history. The analysis of the great Swami Satyananda Saraswati is brilliant and presents us with a way of understanding this classic text adapted to the reality of our day. A fundamental book to delve into your yogic culture.

A great companion to the many other classics by Bihar School of Yoga and Yoga. This is an essential book to understand the interrelation of our psychology, emotions, interactions with our physical, energetic and mental bodies. The Chakras topic is explained in a brilliant way that allows us to understand
how all aspects of our personality are involved and also presents us with a great opportunity for our personal development. Excellent!

Yoga Complete Guide

If you want to go deeper in all aspects of Yoga, we recommend you these 2 guides that investigate and develop deeply into almost all topics related to yoga.

This is the most comprehensive text ever published on yoga. It contains a complete course of structured lessons on all the practices of integral yoga. Useful as a practical and theoretical guide to all levels of yoga teachers and aspirants. The different branches of hatha yoga, mantra yoga, raja, karma, bhakti, jnana yoga and kriya yoga are introduced with special emphasis on practice, theory and application in day to day life.

If you want a very complete guide on yoga that covers topics related to yoga history, philosophy, practice, etc. This book represents a great foundation and is used in various yoga teacher training courses in Germany. Throughout this book, 32 renowned authors develop their knowledge of yoga in a solid and profound way.

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