Yoga Books - Recommended Reading

There are so many yoga books available to help the yoga practitioner and teacher to develop their knowledge and skills. Books that provide instructions on how to do yoga postures with inspirational photos, yoga anatomy, yoga philosophy, chakra energy centers. There are yoga books for everyone!

In the Yoga Teacher Podcast interviews, our guest teachers tell us of the books they enjoy as reference guides and what they like to recommend to their students.

Recommended books are listed below and if you’re interested to purchase the books you can click on the images to go to the online store. Some of the books are paper based and some are ebooks – gotta love an ebook!




  • The Tenth Door: An Adventure Through the Jungles of Enlightenment 2nd Edition Leigh Blashki recommends this book: The Tenth Door 
In The Tenth Door, Michele Hebert recounts the stunning story of her spiritual training with legendary yoga master Walt Baptiste. This unexpectedly humorous and intimate story transcends the world of physical yoga and explores its deep, ancient mysteries. The lessons she learns from Walt Baptiste’s brilliant but often unorthodox methods are at the heart of her memoir, which illuminates timeless teachings and authentic practices in a tale that is as accessible as it is captivating

Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing

Susanne Calman recommends this book  Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom:

by Dr Christiane Northrup.

Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing.



The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker's Guide to Extraordinary Living

Eve Grzybowski recommends: The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope

Stephen Cope, Psychotherapist and longtime resident teacher at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Mass., Cope applies the compassionate insights made in his book, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, to this interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga sutras.



The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali: A New Translation with Commentary The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali by Chip Hartraft

A road map of consciousness, particularly of the states one encounters in meditation, yoga, and other spiritual practices.



The Continuum Concept

Nicky Knoff recommends: The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff

“The Continuum Concept” introduces the idea that in order to achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional development, human beings – especially babies – require the kind of instinctive nurturing as practiced by our ancient relatives. It is a true ‘back to basics’ approach to parenting. Author Jean Liedloff spent two and-a-half years in the jungle deep in the heart of South America living with indigenous tribes and was astounded at how differently children are raised outside the Western world. She came to the realisation that essential child-rearing techniques such as touch, trust and community have been undermined in modern times, and in this book suggests practical ways to regain our natural well-being, for our children and ourselves.

Yoga AnatomyYoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews

Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of TKV Desikachar, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the therapeutic uses of yoga. Amy Matthews has been teaching movement since 1994. She is a certified Laban movement analyst, a body and mind-centering teacher and an infant developmental movement.

1. Dynamics of Breathing; Chapter 2. Yoga and the Spine; Chapter 3. The Skeletal System; Chapter 4. The Muscular System; Chapter 5. Inside the Asanas; Chapter 6. Standing Poses; Chapter 7. Sitting Poses; Chapter 8. Kneeling Poses; Chapter 9. Supine Poses; Chapter 10. Prone Poses; Chapter 11. Arm Support Poses.


Awakening Consciousness: A Woman's Guide!Awakening Consciousness by Robin Marvel

Are You Ready to Awaken the Power Within?
Be a woman of strength. Know you are an amazing, all creating individual. This guide will strengthen and encourage you to discover your inner core and create an empowered zest for life. The exercises and crafts in this hands-on guide have been designed to Awaken your Consciousness on your path of self awareness. Go Girl!


Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses

Vinyasa flow

Bandha Yoga - Scientific keys to unlock the practice of yoga

Have you seen the latest book from Bandha books? These anatomy books are awesome! The Color, 3D illustrations of major muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the key poses of yoga are incredible!

Yoga Teachers these are a must have on your library shelf. These books offer a scientific approach to understanding the practice of hatha yoga.  Author, Dr. Ray Long guides you on a visual narrative through the anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology of the ancient art of yoga, decoding each pose along the way.  Each book includes the Bandha Yoga Codex, a simple five-step process that can be applied to any pose to improve strength, flexibility, and precision — no matter what style of yoga you practice. See a Sample Chapter here.


Your Yoga Birthguide: The Essential Reference for Yoga Teachers, Midwives, and Mothers to beYour Yoga Birthguide:

The Essential Reference for Yoga Teachers, Midwives, and Mothers to be. By Jenny Beek & Sally Townsend. With full color illustrations.



Happy for No Good ReasonHappy for No Good Reason by Swami  Shankarananda.

This unique guide to meditation, written by Australia’s leading meditation teacher, will help you find inner peace.

Happy For No Good Reason is a comprehensive manual of meditation and related topics, written by one of the first Western spiritual masters trained in the East. Learn to meditate easily with this book and its accompanying CD, and then take this transforming skill into your everyday life.


Common Yoga Injuries Lecture for yoga teachers by Judith Lasater.

What can we as teachers and students learn about preventing injuries?

Judith Lasater has taught yoga since 1971. She holds a doctorate in East-West psychology and is a physical therapist. Judith is president of the California Yoga Teachers Association, and serves on the advisory boards of Yoga Journal and the Yoga Research and Education Center.


Chakra Balancing Yoga with Sharon Gannon

In Yogic tradition, the human body has seven energy centers called chakras. When these energy centers are healthy and open, so are we-physically, emotionally, and in our relationships. But when they are blocked through injury, illness, or disconnection from others, we are blocked from being our best selves.
In this unique and inspiring program, renowned yogini Sharon Gannon guides you through poses, affirmations, and mantras (simple chants) that open and balance the chakras. More than a series of exercises, this is a complete mind-body-spirit practice.

Power to the Peaceful Yoga

Join Michael Franti musician and filemaker, as he practices with two of his favorite teachers — David Life and Sharon Gannon, creators of Jivamukti, the yoga of spiritual activism. The liberating practice, instructed to Michael’s music, is vigorous, flowing, and inspirational. Jivamukti combines the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga into an experience that will help bring joy and peace to your body and your life.


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Live Yoga Classes with Seane Corn.

Download now. Get strong, lean and centered with Seane Corn, one of the world’s most accomplished and talented yoga instructors.

Seane Corn’s special 90-minute mind-body workouts offer complete rejuvenation!


The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and PracticeThe Yoga Tradition by Georg Feuerstein

This is a work of impeccable scholarship by a person who has dedicated his life to the understanding and practice of yoga. The book offers a complete overview of every Yogic tradition, from the familiar to the lesser-known forms. It also covers all aspects of Hindu, Buddhist and Jaina Yoga, including history, philosophy, literature, psychology and practice. In addition, included are translations of twenty Yoga treatises and the first translation of the Goraksha Paddhati.
A Physiological Handbook for Teachers of Yogasana

 A Physiological Handbook for Teachers of Yogasana

A view on Yoga asana and Western medicine.



Light on Yoga

B.K.S. Iyengar’s “Light On Yoga”

Light of Yoga is established now as the classic text for all serious students of yoga. It contains: a step by step photo-guide to routines for beginners to highly advanced; guide to yoga breathing; introduction to the philosophy behind the Yoga and a guide to healing specific health problems. It contains a new larger format an easier to read edition of this Yoga classic.


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