The 5 Yoga Books You Must Have In Your Library!
We are nothing without the informed knowledge of shared wisdom from our ancient past and contemporary practices, especially for a widely known classical system such as Yoga.
Therefore reading yoga books is a must habit for all practitioners of the art.
How does reading help you? Well first and foremost, it can help you break down your deep stated ego on specific yogic practices and virtues with intellectual reasoning.
Reading can answer many of your profound questions on why particular asanas are practised in a certain way in the past and have changed over time today.
My Reasons to read yoga books are to expand my knowledge of the art and also to improve understanding of the culture.
Therefore sharing opinions can be more effective and intellectually stimulating versus developing bitter rivalries before other yoga counterparts.
Without much ado, here are your top 5 yoga books to read and boost your knowledge.
1. Light on Pranayama by B.K.S Iyengar
Light on Pranayama is a classic book written by a legendary yoga master B.K.S Iyengar.
The master talks about the practice of breathing along with comprehensive explanations of yoga philosophy.
The first part of the book covers extensive breathing methodologies and concepts and the second part of the book talks about meditation and relaxation.
What fascinated me about this book is the Introduction of the book; written by Yehudi Menuhin; a legendary German Classical Violinist.
He quotes the writer B.K.S Iyengar as his guru in Yoga; hinting that he practised Yoga; he believes that the book will teach us to respect elements that we treat with contempt such as air, water and light, without which we cannot survive.
2. Autobiography Of A Yogi by Sri Sri Paramhansa Yogananda
Yogananda was the first Hindu teacher of Yoga to spend a significant portion of his life in America.
And this book is the first-hand account of his life experiences and spiritual beliefs.
He was a substantial influence in the yoga movement during the early 1900s till his eventual demise in 1952.
This book will bring on a journey of Indian Cultural philosophy and practices with in-depth explanations as to why some methods remain valid till today.
Yogananda explores the depths of Art, Culture, Yoga, Diet and Music of India.
He teaches us to master our minds through contemplation and reasoning through his own experiences.
3. The Power of Ashtanga Yoga by Kino Macgregor
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The author, Kino Macgregor, is a disciple of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois who is an essential figure in the development of Modern day Ashtanga Yoga.
Kino describes the philosophy and history of Ashtanga Yoga with much simplicity in language that makes it great for easy reading and understanding.
Much work has been put together in the book to explain every type of asana in the Ashtanga Primary Series.
She dwells on her personal experience and methodologies to describe and teach asanas (poses) as accurately as she could.
This book is one that every yoga practitioner must keep in their library for quick referencing and study to pick up good instantaneous references.
4. Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews
Being a science buff or not, being a yoga practitioner; one area of study you cannot neglect is the study of the human body.
Physical Yoga practice very much involves the movements of our being.
Therefore the study of physical anatomy while at yoga practice can give a massive bonus to understanding why we do what we do during yoga asanas.
Much scientific work has been put into clear and deliberate illustrations to help us visualise every body part and muscles involved in every yoga exercise.
Did you know that flexibility and strength are about the relationship between the nervous system and the muscles?
Well if you want to understand this to the depths of the oceans of knowledge; get onto this book right away.
But if you merely want to experience the benefits of developing flexibility and strength, how about signing up for a yoga class near you?
5. Teach Yourself Visually: Yoga
As cheesy as it may sound, this book is for the absolute beginner or dummy of yoga logic.
But that is great because of the simple explanations and demonstrations of Yoga Poses or practices we can learn through a book.
Being a teacher trying to refine your teaching methodologies, reading such books will be great for vocabulary finding.
The book does not present itself with unnecessary jargons.
It is safe for learning to practice with the absence of a teacher.
But with all said and done, it will be great to have somebody closeby watch out for you when beginning to practice yoga, especially to untangle you from complicated knots.
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