Yoga Books - A Selective Bibliography, Mainly Pertaining to Asana Practice
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Ashtanga Yoga Books
Iyengar Yoga Books
Therapeutic/Restorative/Gentle Yoga
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Ashtanga Yoga (and related) Books

An excellent source for books and videos on Ashtanga yoga is
Guruji - Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern
Subtitled: A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Through the Eyes of His Students
2010 North Point Press 496 pages (hardback $40.00) ISBN10:0865477493 ISBN13:9780865477490
Google Books:
See Guy Donahaye's website for more info:

NOTE - I would consider the first eight books and the poster below (Jois, Miele, Scott, Swenson, Freeman, Sweeney, Maehle, Williams) as authoritative references on Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. (most are available from

Yoga Mala - Pattabhi Jois
2010 North Point Press - Second Edition - 160 pages (paperback $17.00) ISBN10:0865477515 ISBN13:9780865477513
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2002 North Point Press 160 pages (paperback $17.00) ISBN:0865476624
First English edition:
1999 Eddie Stern/Patanjali Yoga Shala 140 pages (paperback $25.99) (may also have been published in hardback) No ISBN
Second English edition:
2000 Eddie Stern/Patanjali Yoga Shala 140 pages (paperback $25.99) (may also have been published in hardback) No ISBN
Also available from:
Ashtanga Yoga Institute:

Essential reference for Ashtanga yoga. Pattabhi Jois, together with his guru, Sir Krishnamacharya, is the originator/developer of Ashtanga yoga. Written in 1958, first published in the Kannada language in 1962, this is the first English translation (1999). The 27-page introduction covers yamas, niyamas, pranayama, and general asana instruction. This is followed by about 15 pages on Surya Namaskara, with photos of Pattabhi Jois. The remainder of the book covers the postures of primary series, numbered 1-42. The method and benefits of each asana are given and each is illustrated with a photo. Includes about 16 photos of Pattabhi Jois which were probably taken over 40 years ago and a couple of recent photos, including his beaming face on the cover. Remaining asanas are illustrated by more recent photos of his grandson, Sharath. The 2002 North Point Press edition adds a forward by Eddie Stern. The 2010 edition adds a foreward by Sharath. The difference in 140 and 160 pages seems to be mainly that in the original editions, page 15 is the first numbered page, where North Point starts page 1 after the title and contents pages (and some rounding up - its more like 153 pages). Anyway, as far as I know there is no difference in the text in the above editions. (I just like to list out all the details).

The Complete Ashtanga Yoga Syllabus Demonstrated by David Williams
2010 36"x48" poster ($75.00)
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This is a very nice and quite large (3 feet by 4 feet) poster with photos of every posture in the Ashtanga yoga series. Sun Salutations, Primary, Intermediate, Advanced A, Advanced B, and Finishing Postures. (and I think the Advanced A and B shown here are equal to the current designation of Advanced A, B, C and D). All are photos of David Williams taken long ago. David was one of the first westerners to discover Ashtanga yoga. He saw Manju Jois demonstrate Ashtanga in 1972 and began studying with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore in 1973, mastering all of the postures within a few years. It is his aim in releasing this poster to preserve the knowledge of the Ashtanga series as originally taught to him by Pattabhi Jois. Most likely it won't be long before most Ashtanga studios have one of these on the wall. Note that there are a few other posters, charts and cards on Ashtanga yoga. Check out:

Astanga Yoga - Lino Miele
3rd edition 1999 166 pages (paperback $26.95)
Lino Miele's website:
Also available from:
There may be any number of editions, some in hardback, and the book may be available in other languages, including Russian. I have the 3rd edition paperback as listed (no ISBN is in the book).

Written under the guidance of Pattabhi Jois. Lino Miele is one of the few Certified Ashtanga teachers in the world. Covers Primary Series (Yoga Chikitsa), and Intermediate Series (Nadi Sodhana). Each posture is illustrated with a photo of Sharath. There is no description of how to do the postures, other than the listing of the vinyasas for each posture (each inhalation and inhalation is listed and numbered in sanskrit). Describes effects or benefits of each posture in primary series (but not for intermediate series). Dristi is given for each posture. Includes some text on vayus, pranayama and chakras. Index at the end is actually contents, listing each posture by page number.

Ashtanga Yoga - John Scott
Subtitled: The Definitive Step-by-Step Guide to Dynamic Yoga
2001 Three Rivers Press 144 pages (paperback $18.95) ISBN: 0609807862
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John Scott's website:
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Foreward by Pattabhi Jois. John Scott is one of the few Certified Ashtanga teachers in the world. Formerly based in the UK, now located in New Zealand. This book has detailed coverage of primary series. Illustrated with photos of John Scott. Published in England (Gaia) 10/27/00, in the US 05/01.

A review of the book from Yoga UK.     An interview with John Scott at Yoga UK.

Ashtanga Yoga - "The Practice Manual" - David Swenson
Subtitled: An Illustrated Guide to Personal Practice
First edition: 1999 Ashtanga Yoga Productions 263 pages 650 photos (hardback, spiral-bound $24.95) ISBN:1891252089
Second edition: 2007 Ashtanga Yoga Productions 264 pages (hardback, spiral-bound $26.95) ISBN:1891252089
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A source in UK:
David Swenson's website:
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There is also a Spanish edition.

Excellent book. Very user-friendly. Spiral binding allows book to lay flat on floor. Large book covering primary and intermediate series. Lots of description for each posture. A notable feature of this book is that it gives variations for all postures. Includes photos of all postures and variations. Swenson is an Authorized Ashtanga teacher.

The Art of Vinyasa - Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor
Subtitled: Awakening Body and Mind Through the Practice of Ashtanga Yoga
2016 Shambhala 336 pages (paperback $24.95) ISBN10:1611802792 ISBN13:9781611802795
Richard Freeman's website:
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Ashtanga Yoga Practice and Philosophy - Gregor Maehle
Original self-published edition: 2006 Kaivalya Publications 305 pages (paperback $55.00) ISBN:0977512606
2007 New World Library 307 pages (paperback $24.95) ISBN10:1577316061 ISBN13:9781577316060
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Part 1 - Fundamentals (about 10 pages) describes breath, bandhas, dristi, vinyasa. Part 2 (about 112 pages) comprehensive description of Primary series, with lots of detail. Part 3 (about 8 pages) - The History and Lineage of Yoga. Part 4 (about 154 pages) translation and commentary on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Probably the most comprehensive book yet on Ashtanga yoga.

Ashtanga Yoga - The Intermediate Series: Mythology, Anatomy and Practice - Gregor Maehle
2009 New World Library 232 pages (paperback $26.95) ISBN10:157731669X ISBN13:9781577316695
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Extensive Info on the Book:
Covers Second Series (properly called Intermediate Series) of Ashtanga Yoga.

Astanga Vinyasa Yoga As It Is - Matthew J. Sweeney
3rd edition - 2005 Yoga Temple 84 pages (paperback ringbound $35.00) ISBN:0975780700
2nd edition - 2002 Yoga Temple 44 pages (paperback booklet $25.00)
1st edition - 2000 Yoga Temple 17 pages (paperback booklet $25.00)
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Author's website (Australia):
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This well-respected book contains photographs illustrating all of the postures from the first four series of Ashtanga yoga (Primary, Intermediate, Advanced A, Advanced B). As far as I know this is the only printed source for the advanced postures. (There are some videos which show some of the advanced series - see my yoga videos page). The photos are small (a bit larger in the 2nd edition), but I think part of the concept here is to have a concise reference. Each posture is labelled with its name in Sanskrit. Also includes translations of opening and closing prayers. And much printed info not otherwise available in one book. Contents: Traditional Astanga Yoga Prayer, Salute to the Sun (Version A&B), Standing Postures, Primary Postures, Intermediate Postures, Advanced A Postures, Advanced B Postures, Back Bending, Finishing Postures, Vinyasa Sequencing Variations, Closing Prayer, Glossary.

Sweeney has also produced some wall charts of Ashtanga yoga postures which may be available from

Vinyasa Krama - Five Unique Sequences - Matthew J. Sweeney
2008 Yoga Temple 90 pages (paperback ringbound $40.00) (No ISBN on 2008 edition)
Author's website (Australia):
I don't yet have a copy of this, but was able to borrow one and check it out. Even if you might not be interested in the "custom sequences" presented here, there is a wealth of useful information in this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in serious Ashtanga booklearnin'. Some subjects covered include vinyasa yoga history, Sansrit terminolgy, nauli kriya, mula bandha, vinyasa sequencing, sun salutations, jumpbacks, jumpthroughs, backbending, dristi, ujayi pranayama, viloma pranayama, meditation and teaching. All of this is in the first 20 pages, but the pages are big. (I measured as 12" x 16.5"). The rest of the book shows the five sequences, plus a visual asana library, glossary, index, bibliography, and a bit about Matthew. Lots of densely packed info.

Astanga Yoga Anusthana - Sharath Jois
2014 (2nd edition) KPJAYI 91 pages (paperback $27.00) ISBN10:9351263029 ISBN13:9789351263029
Sharath is the grandson of Pattabhi Jois, and is the "lineage holder", since the death of Pattabhi Jois.

The Power of Ashtanga Yoga - Kino MacGregor
Subtitle: Developing a Practice That Will Bring You Strength, Flexibility, and Inner Peace
2013 Shambhala 240 pages (paperback $21.95) ISBN10:1611800056 ISBN13:9781611800050
Author's Website:
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This is a guide to Primary Series.

The Power of Ashtanga Yoga II - Kino MacGregor
Subtitle: The Intermediate Series: A Practice to Open Your Heart and Purify Your Body and Mind
2015 Shambhala 224 pages (paperback $24.95) ISBN10:1611801591 ISBN13:9781611801590
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Sacred Fire: My Journey into Ashtanga - Kino MacGregor
2012 Harmony Publishing 117 pages (paperback $17.95) ISBN10:1906828040 ISBN13:9781906828042
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Kino is one of the few Certified Ashtanga teachers in the world.

1 Percent Theory - Thomas Still
Subtitle: An Attempt to Reconstruct the Forgotten Lessons of Ashtanga Yoga as Taught by Shri K. Pattabi Jois
2014 CreateSpace 220 pages (paperback $19.95) ISBN10:1500318558 ISBN13:9781500318550
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21 Things to Know Before Starting an Ashtanga Yoga Practice - Claudia Azula Altucher
2011 CreateSpace 164 pages (paperback $7.50) ISBN10:1461147743 ISBN13:9781461147749
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Ashtanga Yoga for Beginner's Mind - Kim Roberts
2014 CreateSpace 142 pages (paperback $12.99) ISBN10:1503084078 ISBN13:9781503084070
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Kraften Bakom Yoga - Petri Raisanen
2005 Norstedts 185+ pages ISBN13:9789151843360
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Covers primary sequence of Ashtanga yoga. As of Jan 2010 the book is available in Swedish and Finnish. English translation is said to be coming.

Nadi Sodhana - Petri Raisanen
Subtitled: The Purification of the Energy Channels. The Intermediate Practice, Theory, and Ashtanga Yoga Philosophy
2008 Otava 144 pages
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Moola Bandha - the Master Key - Swami Buddhananda / Swami Satyananda Saraswati
1978, 1996 Bihar School of Yoga 132 pages (paperback $9.95) ISBN:8185787328 ISBN13:9788185787329
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A whole book on the subject of Mula Bandha (root lock). Highly recommended. Not written from an Ashtanga point of view, but as some consider mula bandha as central to the practice of Ashtanga yoga, this is kind of an essential Ashtanga text.

The Language of Yoga - Nicolai Bachman
Subtitled: Complete A to Y Guide to Asana Names, Sanskrit Terms and Chants
2005 Sounds True 139 pages (spiral-bound $24.95) (includes 2 CDs) ISBN:1591792819
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A description from the author's website: "Learn how to read, write and pronounce over 200 asana names and over 300 sanskrit terms relating to yoga. Includes 7 chants, asana names in alphabetical order, and separate tracks for Ashtanga sequences." The book includes 2 CDs so you can hear the pronunciations. While this book is useful to anyone studying any kind of yoga, it seems to be oriented to Ashtanga, and will be very useful to Ashtanga students wanting to learn more about Sanskrit, pronunciation of asana names, and chanting. A super-duper book.

The Only Way Out Is In - Anthony "Prem" Carlisi
Subtitled: A Modern Day Yogi's Commentary on the Synergy of Ashtanga Yoga, Ayurveda, and Tantra
2007 Dream Weavers International 286 pages ($19.95 paperback) ISBN13:978097986980S
Available from the author's website:
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1 Percent Theory - Thomas Still
Subtitle: An Attempt to Reconstruct the Forgotten Lessons of Ashtanga Yoga as Taught by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois
2014 CreateSpace 220 pages ($19.95 paperback) ISBN10:1500318558 ISBN13:9781500318550

Ashtanga Yoga as Taught by Shri K Pattabhi Jois - Larry Schultz and Janice Gates
2nd edition - 2001 (paperback $18.00)
1st edition - 1997 Nauli Press 83 pages (paperback, spiral-bound $22.00)

This manual on primary series Ashtanga yoga comes from the Its Yoga studio in San Francisco. After some introductory material, each asana is described and illustrated with a drawing. This is followed by 9 pages of just the names and pictures to be used as a practice guide. I have not yet seen the newer edition, which I think has color pictures. Can be ordered directly from It's Yoga: (A sample of this book can also be read online or printed out from the above website). It's Yoga does not teach "strict" Ashtanga, thus this is not a highly regarded source, but the original edition was one of the first books published on Ashtanga Yoga.

Power Yoga - Connect to the Core with Ashtanga Yoga - Liz Lark
2000 Firefly Books 60 pages (paperback $19.95) ISBN:1552095029
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Basic coverage of primary series Ashtanga yoga.

Ashtanga Yoga: The Complete Mind and Body Workout - Juliet Pegram
2001 Sterling 128 pages (paperback $19.95) ISBN:0806966556
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Ashtanga Yoga for Women - Sally Griffyn, Michaela Clarke
2003 Ulysses Press 128 pages (paperback $17.98) ISBN:1569753504
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Power Yoga - Beryl Bender Birch
1995 Fireside Books 286 pages (paperback $15.00) ISBN:0020583516
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Though not regarded as an Ashtanga purist, Beryl's book was probably the only Ashtanga yoga book available for several years after being published. Describes primary series postures in detail. Many photos. The term "power yoga" usually refers to some vigorous style of yoga based on Ashtanga to some extent but usually deviating quite a bit from the form of Ashtanga (Bryan Kest, Baron Baptiste, Geo Tacoma, etc). Though Beryl Birch may have coined the term power yoga, this book presents pretty much straight-forward Ashtanga yoga.

Beyond Power Yoga - 8 Levels of Practice for Body and Soul - Beryl Bender Birch
2000 Fireside Books 288 pages (paperback $16.00) ISBN:0684855267
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Sequel to Power Yoga, covering the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga.

It's A Long Way To The Floor - David Byck
2006 Jonathan Styles (paperback $9.99) ISBN 817525680X
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A personal story of practicing Ashtanga yoga.

The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace - N. E. Sjoman
1996 Abhinav Publications 124 pages (hardback $21.95) ISBN:8170173396
2nd edition - 1999 Abhivan Publications (hardback $30.00) ISBN10:8170173892 ISBN13:9788170173892
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Very interesting book. Most of the book is a translation of a manuscript from early or mid 1800's found in the Mysore palace. This book is the subject of an article in Yoga Journal (JUL/AUG 1999), which is discussed below. This is not an instruction manual, but a very interesting study of the development of the yoga styles of Pattabhi Jois and B.K.S. Iyengar. Advances the theory that the emphasis on asana practice is a recent development, which can be seen as an adaptation to the needs of modern people. This is partly based on the observation that there is very little documentation of asana practice prior to this century. See also Mark Singleton's Yoga Body, (listed below in the History and Philosophy section) which explores these ideas even farther.

Yoga Touchstone - N. E. Sjoman and H.V. Dattatreya
2004 Black Lotus 160 pages (hardback $40.00) ISBN:0973616202
Have not seen this, and it is not easy to find. A review at Amazon's Canadian site gives some
More info and reviews are at the publisher's website:


Sri Krishnamacharya was the teacher and guru of Pattabhi Jois (who developed Ashtanga yoga), the teacher and guru of BKS Iyengar (who developed Iyengar Yoga), Desikachar (his son, who developed Vini-Yoga), and several other modern teachers. See also the documentary film about Krishnamacharya, Breath of the Gods (details
Health, Healing and Beyond - Yoga and the Living Tradition of Krishnamacharya - T.K.V. Desikachar
Hardback (out of print):
1998 Aperture Foundation 211 pages (hardcover $35.00) ISBN:0893817317 (hardback):
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2011 North Point Press 240 pages (paperback $21.00) ISBN:0865477523 (paperback):
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This is a biography of Krishnamacharya by his son. Discusses Patanjali's Sutras and the origins of yoga extensively. Krishnamacharya was the teacher of K. Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar, B.N.S Iyengar, T.K.V. Desikachar, Indra Devi, and others. This means that a great amount of the yoga that is taught today can be traced back to him. Lots of photos (in fact Aperture is a publisher of photography books). Excellent book - highly recommended. As of 03/10 this has been out of print for awhile, and used copies on Amazon start at $175. Hopefully can be reissued in paperback someday.

Some other books by or about Krishnamacharya can be found here:
Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram -

Krishnamacharya - His Life and Teachings - A.G. Mohan
2010 Shambhala 176 pages (paperback $18.95) ISBN:159030800X ISBN13:9781590308004
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The Yoga of the Yogi - Kausthub Desikachar
Subtitled: The Legacy of T. Krishnamacharya
2011 North Point Press 240 pages (paperback $25.00) ISBN:0865477531 ISBN13:9780865477537
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Kausthub Desikachar is the son of TKV Desikachar and the grandson of T. Krishnamacharya.

Yoga Makaranda: The Nectar of Yoga - Tirumalai Krishnamacharya
2011 Media Garuda 268 pages (paperback $16.95) ISBN13:9788192071619
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Some info on translations/editions from KHYF:
Written by Krishnamacharya in 1934. Translated by TKV Desikachar, edited by Kausthub Desikachar.
A different translation can be downloaded here:
(Nandini Ranganathan, Lakshmi Ranganathan 2006)
More info:

The Heart of Yoga - Developing a Personal Practice - T.K.V. Desikachar
1995 Inner Traditions International 244 pages (paperback $19.95) ISBN:0892815337
1999 "Revised and expanded edition" Inner Traditions International 244 pages (paperback) ISBN:089281764X
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Spanish Edition: El Corazon Del Yoga 2003 Inner Traditions ISBN10:0892815930 ISBN13:9780892815937
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This book is about Vini-Yoga, which says that yoga must be adapted to the individual. Desikachar is Krishnamacharya's son and student. Includes a translaton of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.

Yoga for the Three Stages of Life - Srivatsa Ramaswami
2000 Inner Traditions International 262 pages (paperback $19.95) ISBN:0892818204
Subtitled: Developing Your Practice as an Art Form, a Physical Therapy and a Guiding Philosophy.
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Very interesting book, written by a long-time student of Krishnamacharya. Not meant for beginners, this book can be a guide for adapting a yoga practice to the needs of an individual.

The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga - Srivatsa Ramaswami
2005 Marlowe 352 pages (paperback $24.95) ISBN:1569244022
Subtitled: An Authoritative Presentation, Based on 30 Years of Direct Study Under the Legendary Teacher Krishnamacharya
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Vinyasa Yoga at Home Practice Book - Anthony Grim Hall
2013 432 pages (paperback $24.95) ISBN10:1291681531 ISBN13:9781291681536
Subtitled: Vinyasa Krama Sequneces, Vinyasa Krama Subroutines and Practice Notes
Author's blog:
Grimmly's blog ("Slow home") is one of the most extensive sites on the Internet on the subject of Ashtanga/Krishnamacharya, etc.

Iyengar Yoga Books

Light on Yoga - B.K.S. Iyengar
Original edition: 1966 Schocken Books 342 pages (paperback) ISBN:0805203532
Revised edition - 1995 Schocken Books 544 pages (paperback $18.00) ISBN:0805210318

When people say "Iyengar yoga", they mean the yoga of BKS Iyengar (not to be confused with BNS Iyengar, an Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher in Mysore). He is probably the most famous yogi in the world, ever since the publication of this book, which is one of the most classic of yoga books, sometimes called the "bible of hatha yoga". Extensive discussion of yoga. Encyclopedic section on asanas with photographs (of BKS Iyengar) and instructions for each asana. Original 1966 edition had all photographs together in the back, newer 1995 edition has illustrations paired with descriptions of asanas.

Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health - B.K.S. Iyengar
2001 DK Publishing 416 pages (hardback $40.00) ISBN:0789471655

A beautiful and comprehensive book with over 1,900 color photographs. Specific sequences of postures are given (and illustrated) for various conditions. Probably more useful for most practitoners than Light on Yoga.

Yoga: Wisdom and Practice - B.K.S. Iyengar
2009 DK 256 pages (hardback $25.00) ISBN:0756642833 ISBN13:9780756642839

Light on Life - B.K.S.Iyengar
subtitled: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom
2005 Rodale Books 304 pages (hardback $24.95) ISBN:1594862486

The Tree of Yoga - B.K.S.Iyengar
1988 Shambhala 194 pages (paperback $9.95) ISBN:087773464X

Yoga the Iyengar Way - Silva, Mira & Shyam Mehta
1990 Dorling Kindersley 192 pages (paperback $23.00) ISBN:0679722874

Excellent presentation. Photos and details for many asanas.

First There is a Mountain: A Yoga Romance - Elizabeth Kadetsky
2004 Little, Brown 274 pages (hardback $23.95) ISBN10:0316890960 ISBN13: 9780316890960
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The author details her experiences studying yoga with B.K.S.Iyengar in India and her investigations into the origins of modern yoga. Very interesting book! I read it cover to cover and enjoyed it greatly. Looks like this is out of print and probably will not make it to paperback. Cheap used copies are available at Amazon.

Yoga: Awakening the Inner Body - Donald Moyer
2006 Rodmell Press 256 pages (paperback $23.95) ISBN10:1930485123 ISBN13:9781930485129
Publisher's website: Author's studio

Have not yet seen this book.

Iyengar: The Yoga Master - Kofi Busia
2007 Shambhala 384 pages (paperback $18.95) ISBN10:1590305248 ISBN13:9781590305249

Essays, stories, and interviews about BKS Iyengar from about 20 top yoga teachers. have not yet seen.

Sparks of Divinity: The Teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar from 1950 - 1975 - Noelle Perez-Christiaens
2012 Rodmell Press 256 pages (paperback $18.95) ISBN10:1930485328 ISBN13:9781930485327
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This is a new revision of a book first published as a French/English edition 1976. The material is taken from class notes and correspondence. Noelle was a close student of Iyengar during this time. Her work, focussing on balance (or "aplomb"), continues to this day.

Therapeutic/Restorative/Gentle Yoga Books

The Roll Model - Jill Miller
A Step-by-Step Guide to Erase Pain, Improve Mobility, and Live Better in Your Body
2014 Victory Belt Publishing 432 pages (paperback $39.95) ISBN10:1628600225 ISBN13:9781628600223

Very excited to see that Jill has a new big serious book out. She is one of the top yoga teachers in the world. I have not yet gotten ahold of this book. Already has tons of 5-star reviews at Amazon. Check out her Pranamaya DVDs. This book will go beyond what most people are expecting of a "yoga book", as it will incorporate her teaching of using therapy balls for self-massage.

Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga - Simon Borg-Olivier, Bianca Machliss
1st edition (3rd print) 2007 Yoga Synergy 440 pages (paperback $88.00) ISBN10:1921080000 ISBN13:9781921080005
2nd edition, 2011 Yoga Synergy 471 pages (paperback $80.00) ISBN10:1921080000 ISBN13:9781921080005
Authors' website (in Australia):

I got this book sometime in 2011. In my crazy life I don't have a lot of time to read, so this got put aside (like all my books). I did not get back to it until now (June 2012). Wow - I am totally blown away by this book. Very densely packed with tons of info. EVERY PAGE is packed. Just the facts, no BS at all. This book has been in the making for a long time and they say will continue to be revised. This is one of the best and ost serious yoga books ever. Seriously, check this out. If you have a serious interest in learning, teaching, or practicing yoga (hatha yoga asana practice), this will be a mindblowing read and a lifelong reference. Just looking through this book will give you an idea of how much there is to learn. If it seems expensive, don't even think twice - scrape it up and get it.

The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga - Doug Keller
Volume 1 - Foundations (spiral bound $35)
Volume 2 - Applications (spiral bound $35.00)
NOTE: This is the new title for Doug's 2-volume set Yoga As Therapy, which was continuously revised and published in several editions before being updated and retitled. Author's Website:

These are some of the most serious and information-packed yoga books I have seen so far. If you are serious about practicing or teaching yoga (with any kind of therapeutic approach), these books are highly recommended. One of the important contributions is the integration of ideas from Tom Myer's book Anatomy Trains, one of the most ground-breaking and important books ever published in the field of bodywork and physical therapy (see my Body Books page for more info). Here is a very interesting interview with Tom Myers at The Magazine of Yoga:
Doug used to write a column for Yoga International Magazine: (Search there for "Doug Keller" to find his articles)
And I think he has PDFs of all these at his site.
Yoga as Therapy - what a concept!

Back Care Basics - Mary Pullig Schatz, M.D.
Subtitled: A Doctor's Gentle Yoga Program for Back and Neck Pain Relief
1992 Rodmell Press 248 pages ($19.95 paperback) ISBN:0962713821
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Classic book written by a doctor who studied yoga to help with her own back problems. She has studied with BKS Iyengar and is a certified Iyengar teacher. Lots of info on practicing yoga specifically for back problems.

Relax and Renew - Judith Lasater Ph.D, P.T.
1995 Rodmell Press 240 pages (paperback $21.95) ISBN:0962713848

Thorough coverage of "restorative yoga", which might be considered the "therapeutic" branch of Iyengar yoga. Lots of very gentle postures with extensive use of props. Classic book.

Restorative Yoga for Life - Gail Boorstein Grossman
2014 Adams Media 256 pages (paperback $19.99) ISBN10:1440575207, ISBN13:9781440575204

Yogalign - Michaelle Edwards L.M.T., E.R.Y.T.
2011 Hihi Manu Press 384 pages (paperback $50.00) ISBN:0615544754
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Note the 5-star reviews at Amazon and the endorsements from Thom Myers, Mary Bond, Erich Schiffmann. Book includes a DVD.

Yoga as Medicine - Timothy McCall
The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing
2007 Bantam 592 pages (paperback $21.00) ISBN10:0553384066, ISBN13:9780553384062

Structural Yoga Therapy - Mukunda Stiles
2000 Samuel Weiser 344 pages (hardback $40.00) ISBN:1578631777
Author's website:

Excellent book.

Yoga for Wellness - Gary Kraftsow
1999 Penguin 334 pages (paperback $24.95) ISBN:0140195696
Gary Kraftsow's website:

Excellent book. Gary is a teacher of Viniyoga and a student of T.K.V Desikachar. Viniyoga stresses that a yoga practice must be based on the unique needs of the individual. Tons of info on anatomy and on therapeutic yoga for various specific conditions. Lots of info on spinal curvatures (scoliosis, lordosis, kyphosis). Highly recommended. Also has newer book: Yoga for Transformation. And be sure to check out his series of DVDs from Pranamaya:

The New Yoga for People Over 50 - Suza Francina
1997 Health Communications Inc. 286 pages ($11.95 paperback) ISBN:1558744533
Author's website:

Excellent book with tons of info on how yoga can be practiced by older people. Also lots of info on how to teach yoga to older students. The book is also available in German and Russian. The author is a certified Iyengar teacher. She was also the mayor of Ojai, California! Also has newer book: Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause

Open Body - Creating Your Own Yoga - Todd Walton
1998 Avon 105 pages (paperback $12.00) ISBN:0380795353

Here is a comment from the back cover by Donna Farhi: "Todd Walton's book embodies the highest teachings of yoga...If you've ever felt tyrannized just looking at a yoga book or tried and failed to force your body into physical fitness, OPEN BODY offers the hope and encouragement we all need to trust our instincts and then let the body tell us what it knows."
Rather than presenting any specific exercises or plans, this book develops some basic ideas about being creative and exploratory. Very interesting book!
Currently out-of-print but used copies are around.

Recovery Yoga - Sam Dworkis
Subtitled: A Practical Guide for Chronically Ill, Injured, and Post-operative People.
1997 Three Rivers Press 157 pages (paperback $19.00) ISBN:0517883996
Available from

Lots of info on how to make yoga very easy for anyone to do.

ExTension - Sam Dworkis
Subtitled - The 20 Minute-a-Day Yoga-Based Program to Relax, Release and Rejuvenate the Average Stressed-Out Over 35-Year-Old Bod.
1994 192 pages (paperback $20.00)

The program presented in this book is based on the Sun Salutation. Like breaking it down so that anyone can safely find benefit from it. Sam Dworkis has a website with tons of info from this book: Check it out!

Yoga for Healthy Knees - Sandy Blaine
Subtitled: What You Need to Know for Pain Prevention and Rehabilitation.
2005 Rodmell Press 95 pages (paperback $9.95) ISBN10:1930485085 ISBN13:9781930485082

Very good book. If you have knee issues, this should be helpful.

Therapeutic Yoga for the Shoulders and Hips - Suzi Hately Aldous
2007 Functional Synergy (spiralbound $24.95) ISBN10:097388942X ISBN13:9780973889420
Authors' website:
(I have not yet seen this book)

Yoga for Wimps - Miriam Austin
Subtitled: Poses for the Flexibly Impaired
2000 Sterling Publishing 108 pages (paperback $17.95) ISBN:0806943394

Very gentle yoga, well presented. Most of the titles from Sterling are a bit fluffy, this is no exception, but sometimes that's what people need.

Yoga at Your Wall - Stephanie Pappas
Subtitled: Stretch Your Body, Strengthen Your Soul, Support Your Practice
2009 Trafford Publishing 292 pages (paperback $26.80) ISBN10:142517213X ISBN13:9781425172138

Yoga at the Wall - Nancy McCaochan
2008 In the Company of Women 160 pages (paperback $19.95) ISBN:0615222315 ISBN13:9780615222318
Author's Website:

Yoga for Fibromyalgia - Shoosh Lettick Crotzer
Subtitled: Move, Breathe and Relax to Improve Your Quality of Life
2008 Rodmell 128 pages (paperback $14.95) ISBN10:1930485166 ISBN13:9781930485167
Author's Website:

Yoga and Scoliosis - Marcia Monroe
2011 Demos Health 224 pages (paperback $21.95) ISBN10:1936303027 ISBN13:9781936303021

Yoga Cures - Tara Stiles
Subtitled: Simple Routines to Conquer More Than 50 Common Ailments and Live Pain-Free
2012 Three Rivers Press 240 pages (paperback $17.99) ISBN10:0307954854 ISBN13:9780307954855

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga - Paul Grilley
2002 White Cloud Press 136 pages (paperback $15.95) ISBN:1883991439
(Originally self-published in 2001 as Taoist Yoga: Outline of a Quiet Practice)

Yin yoga = still, cool, long holds. Yang yoga = moving, heat, less time in postures. Yang forms (Ashtanga) are mainly working with muscles (removing tension and strengthening). Yin yoga is more concerned with connective tissue - fascia, tendons, ligaments, bones. This book puts forth the theory that the energy pathways (meridians in oriental acupuncture system, or nadis in Indian chakra system) are within the connective tissues of the body, specifically fascia/tendons/ligaments, and that the appropriate way to work with this system is slow stretching - holding postures for 3 to 5 minutes. Connective tissue is yin, while muscles are yang. Gives examples of about 20 yoga postures which can be held for extended periods. Additional info on chakras, pranayama, meditation. The author studied with Paulie Zink and with with Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama. I think the author has some Ashtanga background and it looks like quite a lot of Ashtanga teachers and students are finding the Yin Yoga approach to be interesting and useful in complimenting (yang) Ashtanga yoga practice. Though they may not come right out and say it, it seems to me that Yin Yoga has arisen "in response" to Ashtanga Yoga.

Paul Grilley's website:

Paul Grilley's article on Yin Yoga in AUG 2001 Yoga Journal:

Info on Paul Grilley's DVD - Anatomy for Yoga:

More on Paulie Zink (master of Monkey Kung Fu, teacher of Taoist Yoga):

Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama:

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga - Bernie Clark
Subtitled: The Philosophy & Practice of Yin Yoga
2011 White Cloud Press 296 pages ($18.95 paperback) ISBN10:1935952501 ISBN13:9781935952503
Google Books:
Author's website:

Yinsights - Bernie Clark
Subtitled: A Journey into the Philosophy & Practice of Yin Yoga
2007 Booksurge Publishing 417 pages ($23.95 paperback) ISBN10:096876651X ISBN13:9780968766514
Author's website: This book is out of print and I would assume that the newer book listed above (Complete Guide to Yin Yoga) replaces it.

Insight Yoga - Sarah Powers
2008 Shambhala 288 pages ($24.95 paperback) ISBN10:1590305981 ISBN13:9781590305980
Author's website:
Publisher's website: Sarah's Insight Yoga combines Yin and Yang approaches. (The Yin Yoga people say that it is important to practice both types of yoga). See also her DVD, Insight Yoga, from Pranamaya:

The Yin Yoga Kit: The Practice of Quiet Power - Biff Mithoefer
2006 Healing Arts Press 144 pages ($24.95 paperback) ISBN10:1594771162 ISBN13:9781594771163
Kit includes book, CD, and set of posture cards.

The Therapeutic Yoga Kit - Cheri Clampett, Biff Mithoefer
Subtitled: Sixteen Postures for Self-Healing Through Quiet Yin Awareness
2009 Healing Arts Press 256 pages ($29.95 paperback) ISBN10:1594772517 ISBN13:9781594772511
Kit includes book, CD, and set of posture cards.

Yoga Anatomy / Physiology / Science

Scientific Keys - Volume 1: The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga - Ray Long MD FRCSC, Illustrated by Chris Macivor
1st edition: 2005 Bandha Yoga Publications 165 pages 400 color illustrations (spiral-bound $32.00)
2nd edition: 2006 Bandha Yoga Publications 187 pages 400 color illustrations (spiral-bound $55.00) ISBN10:0977961400 ISBN13:9780977961405
3rd edition: 2006 Bandha Yoga Publications 244 pages 650 color illustrations (spiral-bound $55.00) ISBN10:0977961419 ISBN13:9780977961412
Author/publisher's website:

Totally amazing book - highest recommendation. Uses new computer graphics imaging techniques to achieve very clear anatomical illustrations. The illustrations show exactly which muscles are involved in each asana covered. The muscles are shown in isolation on a bare skeleton. Much explanatory information on anatomy and yoga is included. The author is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who has been studying yoga for over 20 years. Excerpts of the book and other info is available at the author's website. These books are an important part of the current scientific revolution in the yoga world. All 6 of these volumes by Ray Long set a new standard for yoga books (not that I would expect to ever see anything else like them). And check out this website, which presents practical knowledge derived from this approach:
The Daily Bandha:

Scientific Keys - Volume 2: The Key Postures of Hatha Yoga - Ray Long MD FRCSC, Illustrated by Chris Macivor
2008 Bandha Yoga Publications 224 pages over 400 color illustrations (spiral-bound $55.00) ISBN10:0977961427 ISBN13:9780977961429
Author/publisher's website:

Yoga Mat Companion 1: Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses - Ray Long MD FRCSC, Illustrated by Chris Macivor
2010 Bandha Yoga Publications 224 pages (paperback $34.95) ISBN10:1607439433 ISBN13:9781607439431
Author/publisher's website:

Yoga Mat Companion 2: Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends - Ray Long MD FRCSC, Illustrated by Chris Macivor
2010 Bandha Yoga Publications 224 pages (paperback $34.95) ISBN10:1607439435 ISBN13:9781607439424
Author/publisher's website:

Yoga Mat Companion 3: Anatomy for Back Bends and Twists - Ray Long MD FRCSC, Illustrated by Chris Macivor
2010 Bandha Yoga Publications 224 pages (paperback $34.95) ISBN10:1607439441 ISBN13:9781607439448
Author/publisher's website:

Yoga Mat Companion 4: Anatomy for Arm Balances and Inversions - Ray Long MD FRCSC, Illustrated by Chris Macivor
2010 Bandha Yoga Publications 224 pages (paperback $34.95) ISBN10:160743945X ISBN13:9781607439455
Author/publisher's website:

Anatomy of Hatha Yoga - David Coulter
2001 Body and Breath 623 pages (hardback $40.00) ISBN10:0970700601 ISBN13:9780970700605
2010 Body and Breath 622 pages (paperback $29.95) ISBN10:097070061X ISBN13:9780970700612
Author/publisher's website:
Review: (hardback) (paperback)

Lots of detailed info on the physiology and anatomy of hatha yoga. This is a book you could study for years. Highest recommendation. Looks like the hardback edition is now out of print, and replaced by the revised paperback edition, which adds some more color. Note - my copy (purchased new in 2001) had some missing pages (449-456, 473-480) and duplicated pages (457-464, 465-472). You may want to check that before buying a hardback copy. (Amazon happily replaced mine).

Functional Anatomy of Yoga - David Keil
Subtitled: A Guide for Practitioners and Teachers
2014 Lotus Publishing 383 pages (paperback $27.99) ISBN10:1905367465 ISBN13:9781905367467
Author's website:
Publisher's website:
See also his excellent videos, Yoganatomy VOL1 and VOL 2.

Science of Yoga - Ann Swanson
Subtitled: Understand the Anatomy and Physiology to Perfect Your Practice
2019 DK 224 pages (paperback $19.99) ISBN10:146547935X ISBN13:9781465479358
Author's website:
As usual for a DK book, loaded with colorful illustrations.

Yogabody - Judith Hanson Lasater Ph.D., P.T.
2009 Rodmell Press 224 pages (paperback $29.95) ISBN10:1930485212 ISBN13:9781930485211
(hardback $39.95) ISBN10:1930485239 ISBN13:9781930485235
Author's website:
Publisher's website:

Yoga Anatomy - Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Matthews
1st Edition:
2007 Human Kinetics 221 pages (paperback $19.95) ISBN10:0736062785 ISBN13:9780736062787
2nd Edition:
2011 Human Kinetics 288 pages (paperback $19.95) ISBN10:1450400248 ISBN13:9781450400244
Author's website:

Anatomy and Yoga - Ellen Saltonstall
2016 Abhyasa Press 176 pages (paperback $24.95) ISBN10:0997856106 ISBN13:9780997856101
Author's website:

The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards - William J. Broad
2012 Simon & Schuster 336 pages (hardback $26.00) ISBN10:1451641427 ISBN13:9781451641427
Author's website:
Review by Becca Hewes:

This is the book that caused a huge controversy in the yoga world when an excerpt titled "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body" was published in the Sunday New York Times Magazine JAN 8, 2012. More info on that here.

One Simple Thing - Eddie Stern
Subtitle: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life
2019 North Point Press 320 pages (hardback $26.00) ISBN10:0865478392 ISBN13:9780865478398
2020 North Point Press 320 pages (paperback $17.99) ISBN10:0865477809 ISBN13:9780865477803
Author's website:

Eddie has been a Certified Ashtanga teacher (in NYC) for many years. He published the first English version of Pattabhi Jois' book Yoga Mala in 1999 (see above).

Anatomy of Yoga - Dr. Abigail Ellsworth
Subtitled: An Instructor's Inside Guide to Improving Your Postures
2010 Firefly Books 160 pages (hardback $35.00) ISBN10:1554076986 ISBN13:9781554076987
2010 Firefly Books 160 pages (paperback $24.95) ISBN10:1554077664 ISBN13:9781554077663
Publisher's Website:www.fireflybooks/com/bookdetail&ean=9781554077663

Anatomy and Asana: Preventing Yoga Injuries - Suzi Hately Aldous
2006 Eastland Press 90 pages (paperback $29.95) ISBN10:0939616548 ISBN13:9780939616541
Authors' website:
(I have not yet seen this book)

The Anatomy of Yoga - Chris Jarmey
2007 Lotus Publishing 224 pages (paperback $29.95) ISBN10:1905367082 ISBN13:9781905367085
Publisher's website:

As of 01/10, this is listed at Amazon as unavailable import. May not quite be released yet - see publisher link above. Also Chris passed away on 11/09/2008, which may have complicated the release of the book. More on Chris Jarmey: jarmey

The Five Tibetans

The Five Tibetans - Christopher S. Kilham
New Edition:
2011 Healing Arts Press 96 pages (paperback $9.95) ISBN:1594774447
First Edition:
1994 Healing Arts Press 84 pages (paperback $9.95) ISBN:0892814500
Interview with the

From the cover of the First Edition: "The Five Tibetans are a yogic system of simple yet highly energizing exercises that originated in the Himalayas. Also known as the Five Rites of Rejuvenation, they were brought to the West early in this century by a retired British army officer who learned them in a Tibetan lamasery." Energy, chakras, breathing, and Kundalini meditation are also discussed in this book. I wish there was more info on the exercises, but they are described well enough to practice them, which is what they are for. Each exercise is performed 21 times. The first exercise is spinning clockwise like a whirling dervish. (But I think the sufis might spin in the opposite direction). The second is bring the legs up as if about to do a backward somersault. The third is similar to ushtrasana. The fourth is dynamically transitioning between dandasana and something like purvottanasana. The fifth is dynamically transitioning between upward dog pose and downward dog pose. Very interesting. A friend of mine adopted this as his daily yoga practice, as he did not want to commit to a more time-consuming routine.

Also, these exercises are described on the web here.

Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth - Peter Kelder
1998 Doubleday 106 pages (hardback $13.99) ISBN:038549162X

Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth - Book 2 - Peter Kelder
1999 Harmony 302 pages (hardback $21.00) ISBN:0385491670

The Ten Minute Rejuvenation Plan: T5T - Carolinda Witt
Subtitled: The Revolutionary Exercise Program that Restores Your Body and Mind
2007 Clarkson Potter 176 pages (paperback $17.95) ISBN:0307347176

Other Selected Yoga Books

Yoga: The Secret - Danny Living
Subtitled - What You Think Matters
2007 iUniverse 145 pages (paperback $20.00) ISBN10:0595448208 ISBN13:9780595448203
Google Books:

David Williams says this is "one of the most important yoga books that has been written in modern times". Relates the Law of Attraction to yoga practice. Explains that tension is stored in muscles as a response to fear. The author practices Ashtanga yoga and owns a raw foods restaurant. Tells how he found yoga when recovering from a car accident. Includes basic info on yoga practice - bandhas, nauli kriya ("the freaky stomach exercise"), breathing, salutations, etc. Cool book.

Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit - Donna Farhi
Subtitled - A Return to Wholeness, for Students of all Levels and Traditions.
2000 Henry Holt and Co. 271 pages (paperback $20.00) ISBN:0805059709

Useful and inspiring. From the back cover: "Providing detailed instructions, practice tips, and inspiration for students at all levels, Donna Farhi works with universal movement principles that may be applied to all styles of yoga, including ashtanga, Iyengar, Kripalu, and vivniyoga. At the heart of the book are 75 fully illustrated asanas, with descriptions of their exectutions and benefits." Tons of info in here. Check out the pages on the hyoid bone.

Yoga - The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness - Erich Schiffman
1996 Pocket Books 357 pages (paperback $16.00) ISBN:0671534807
Author's website:

Excellent book - highly recommended. I got a lot out of reading the introductory chapters. He is very good at explaining yoga. Erich is featured in Ali MacGraw's yoga video, Yoga Mind and Body.

Dancing the Body of Light (The Future of Yoga) - Dona Holleman, Orit Sen-Gupta
2000 Pandion Enterprises 316 pages ($29.50 paperback) ISBN:9080511323
Dona Holleman's website:

Excellent book. Comprehensive coverage of asana practice.

Mastering the Secrets of Yoga Flow - Doug Swenson
2004 Perigree 324 pages ($19.95 paperback) ISBN:0399529454

Have not yet seen this. Doug is David Swenson's brother.

Dynamic Yoga - Godfrey Devereux
1998 Thorsons 257 pages (paperback $18.00) ISBN:0722536577
Godfrey Devereux's website:

Excellent book. Godfrey has studied and practiced extensively in both the Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga traditions (with BKS Iyengar and BNS Iyengar respectively) and presents here his own synthesis of these major schools. Lots of concepts of asana practice are broken down and explained. 78 asanas are illustrated with photos of the author.

15 Minute Yoga - Yoga for a Busy World - Godfrey Devereux
2000 Thorson Books 192 pages ($14.95 paperback) ISBN:0722539665

Totally excellent book. Even if you don't have a need for 15-minute yoga routines, this book is loaded with deep yoga wisdom, presented clearly and concisely. Aimed mainly at beginners, but much useful info for any yoga student or teacher.

Hatha Yoga - Breath by Breath - Godfrey Devereux
2001 Thorson Books 224 pages ISBN:0007103107

Another cool book from Godfrey. The format here is that hatha yoga (asana practice) is taught in a series of 15 lessons. Much here for anyone to learn from. Beautiful book.

Awakening the Spine - Vanda Scaravelli
1991 Harper 191 pages (paperback $22.00) ISBN:0062507928

This is a very magical and inspiring yoga book. The first part of it is kind of an art book, with a full page illustration on every other page and some text and more illustrations on the alternating pages. The illustrations and text pertain to various topics related to yoga. This is followed by smaller sections on asanas and pranayama. Vanda Scaravelli was about 80 years old when this book was published. She passed away in 1999 at the age of 91. She studied with BKS Iyengar and TKV Desikachar. One idea that is woven into the book is that the spine can be thought of as a tree or plant, which grows both upward and downwards, with the dividing point between roots and trunk/stem corresponding to the 5th lumbar vertebra. This is a very special book - could be a good book to look at every day for some inspiration/motivation.

A brief article on Vanda is online at Yoga Journal's website here.

A lengthier article by Esther Myers appeared in the June 1996 issue of Yoga Journal.

A video about Vanda Scaravelli is available from Esther Myers website:

Advanced Yoga Practices - Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living - Yogani
2004 AYP Publishing 520 pages ($39.95 paperback) ISBN:0976465507
Author/Publisher's website:

Tons of info that you will not easily find elsewhere. No-nonsense presentation. Yogani has written several other books, also recommended. His book on Tantra is the best book on Tantric sex. (See my Sex Books page here). Much or all of the content of this and his other books can be found on his website at no charge.

Asanas: 608 Yoga Poses - Dharma Mitra
2003 New World Library 672 pages ($19.95 paperback) ISBN:1577314026
Dharma Mittra's

Sort of a book version of the author's famous poster "Master Chart of 908 Yoga Postures". He also has a DVD from Pranamaya:

Yoga - Linda Sparrowe, photographs by David Martinez
2002 HLLA/Yoga Journal 448 pages ($75.00 hardback) ISBN10:0883635097 ISBN13:9780883635094
2004 HLLA/Yoga Journal 454 pages ($19.95 paperback) ISBN10:0883635119 ISBN13:9780883635117
2008 Rizzoli/Universe 454 pages ($19.95 paperback) ISBN10:0789399873 ISBN13:9780789399878 (hardback) (2008 paperback) (2004 paperback)
Original Publisher's website: - Hugh Lauter Levin Associates
Current Publisher's website: - Rizzoli/Universe

Very nice book! The first 60 pages or so covers the history of yoga (lots of color illustrations). The rest of the book consists of high-quality photographs of accomplished yoga practitioners demonstrating about 400 yoga postures. Most of the photos are full-page and black and white. Some color photos. The original hardback is quite large and is the ultimate "yoga coffee table book". But definitely a serious and special book. The paperback editions are much smaller, but contain the same content. Apparently Rizzola acquired HLLA and has republished the paperback. The hardback seems to be out-of-print, but you can still find it around.

Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha - Swami Satyananda Saraswati
1997 Bihar Yoga Bharati 565 pages, ($29.95 paperback) ISBN10:8186336141 ISBN13:9788186336144

The Yoga of Heart - Mark Whitwell
2004 Lantern Books 216 pages (paperback $19.95) ISBN10:159056068X ISBN13:9781590560686
An excerpt from this book can be found on the author's website here:
A reveiw of the book can be found here:
A review of a workshop with Whitwell is here:
Info from publisher's website here:

A Physiological Handbook for Teachers of Yogasana - Mel Robin
2002 Fenestra Books 652 pages (paperback $49.95) ISBN:1587360330
(I have not yet seen this book)

Integral Yoga Hatha - Yogiraj Sri Swami Satchidananda
1970 Holt, Rinehart and Winston 189 pages (paperback $7.95) ISBN:0030850894
New Edition:Integral Yoga Publications 189 pages (paperback $17.95) ISBN10:093204042X ISBN13:9780932040428

An old classic from the 70's. Many illustrations of Satchidananda performing asanas and other practices. One of several older yoga books that illustrates nauli kriya with 4 separate photos - uddiyana bandha, mahayama (central) nauli, dakshina (right) nauli, and vama (left) nauli.

Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class - Bikram Choudhury
1st edition - 1978 JP Tarcher (paperback $15.95) ISBN:0874770823
2nd edition - 2000 JP Tarcher 205 pages (paperback $17.95) ISBN:1585420204 (First edition) (Second edition)
Bikram's website:

There is an original and a revised edition of this book, both in print. (the older one has a red cover). From what I understand, there is not much difference between the new and old editions. (There is also a newer Bikram book, see below). I wanted a reference on just what Bikram yoga is. Like Ashtanga, it is very well-defined, consisting of a certain set of asanas performed in a certain way and always in a certain order. This book covers the 26 asanas in Bikram's program thoroughly. (note that these postures are all described in yoga scriptures). Heat is a major element of Bikram yoga and Bikram studios are heated to 105-115 degrees. Bikram is quite a character and the book includes lots of what is supposed to be actual dialog with his students during a class. He is quite outspoken and the book is very entertaining. He claims that he is the only one teaching yoga correctly, his way is the best, etc. There was an interesting article on Bikram in the March/April 2000 edition of Yoga Journal, titled "Yoga's Bad Boy". You can read that online here: See also the documentary Yoga, Inc., which gets into Bikram's efforts to copyright his yoga and to get yoga into the Olympics as a competitive sport. As far as I know, there are no videos of Bikram yoga (last checked 02/2011). Although he seems like quite a taskmaster and his yoga program is not a super-gentle one, I don't think Bikram yoga is nearly as difficult as Ashtanga and this book is a good one for introducing beginners to a serious, therapeutic, and not too overwhelming asana practice. Also sometimes recommended for people with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as there are no weight-bearing postures.

Bikram Yoga - Bikram Choudhury
Subtitled: The Guru Behind Hot Yoga Shows the Way to Radiant Health and Personal Fulfillment
2007 William Morrow 304 pages (hardback $24.99) ISBN:0060568089 ISBN13:9780060568085
Bikram's website:

Another fun book from the bad boy of yoga. Like the older book, this one contains plenty of Bikram's controversial ideas and opinions, and also covers the 26 postures in his basic practice.

Hell-Bent - Benjamin Lorr
Subtitled: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga
2012 St. Martin's Press 320 pages (hardback $25.99) ISBN:031267290X ISBN13:9780312672904
YogaDork Article/Interview:

The author takes us on his journey deep into the world of Bikram yoga. Solid 5-star rating at Amazon with over 40 reviews.

The Runner's Yoga Book: A Balanced Approach to Fitness - Jean Couch
1990 Rodmell Press 224 pages, ($21.95 paperback) ISBN:0962713813
Author's website:

First published in 1979 as The Runner's World Yoga Book.

Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga - Tara Stiles
Subtitled: The 15-Minute Yoga Solution for Feeling and Looking Your Best From Head to Toe
2010 Rodale Books 272 pages, ($23.99 paperback) ISBN10:1605295566,ISBN13:9781605295565
Author's website:
New York Times Article:

Very popular book from former model Tara Stiles, who is controversial in some circles for "popularizing" yoga (I have nothing against that!). She runs in New York City and she is Deepak Chopra's personal yoga teacher. More info in the interesting New York Times article linked above. Haven't really checked this book out and not really recommending it, but could be useful.

Superbrain Yoga - Master Choa Kok Sui
2005 Institute for Inner Studies 125 pages, ($25.00 paperback) ISBN10:9710376063,ISBN13:9789710376063
Official Site:
YogaDork Article:

Jung and Yoga - Judith Parker Harris
Subtitled: The Psyche-Body Connection (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts, 94)
2000 Inner City Books 160 pages, ($25.00 paperback) ISBN10:0919123953,ISBN13:9780919123953
Publisher's Website:
Article by Danielle Prohom Olson:

Acroyoga / Partner Yoga

Acroyoga Flight Manual - Jason Nemer, Jenny Sauer-Klein
2008 ($49.95 spiral bound)
Authors' website:

Not something I'm working on, but for those who are into it, this will be an exciting new direction, combining acrobatics and yoga. This book includes a DVD with 2 hours of instruction and demonstration.

Women's Yoga / Pregnancy

Yoga - A Gem for Women - Geeta Iyengar Revised Edition: 2002 Timeless Books ($23.95 paperback) ISBN10:0931454980

A classic book on yoga as it relates to women (pregnancy, etc.) Soon to be "superceded" by a new book, Iyengar Yoga for Motherhood.

Yoga for Pregnancy - Judith Lasater, Ph.D., P.T
Subtitled: What Every Mom-To-Be Needs to Know
2004 Rodmell Press 63 pages (paperback $8.95) ISBN10:1930485050 ISBN13:9781930485051

The Woman's Yoga Book - Bobby Clennell
Subtitled: Asana and Pranayama for All Phases of the Menstrual Cycle
2007 Rodmell Press 244 pages (paperback $24.95) ISBN10:1930485182 ISBN13:9781930485181

Luna Yoga - Adelheid Ohlig
Subtitled: Vital Fertility and Sexuality
1994 Ash Tree Publishing 192 pages (paperback $11.95) ISBN10: 096146206X

Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause - Suza Francina
Subtitled: A Guide to Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Health at Midlife and Beyond
2003 HCI 300 pages (paperback $12.95) ISBN10: 0757300650 ISBN13:9780757300653

Nawa Yogini Tantra: Yoga for Women - Swami Muktananda
2003 Bihar School of Yoga 232 pages (paperback $20.00) ISBN10:8185787425 ISBN13:9788185787428
Official Site of Bihar School of Yoga:
(no, not that Swami Muktananda, this is a woman also known as Swami Muktibodhananda)

Yoga for Kids

Yoga Calm for Children - Lynea Gillen, Jim Gillen
Subtitled: Educating Heart, Mind and Body
2007 Three Pebble Press 181 pages (paperback $29.95) ISBN10:0979928907 ISBN13:9780979928901

A friend of mine started a yoga class for children (ages 5-12) and told me that she found this book to be very helpful. She is already very experienced with taking care of childred and with teaching yoga. I had a look through the book and it appears to be a very serious book on the subject. I also noted that it has a very extensive bibliography in the back.

Create a Yoga Practice for Kids - Yael Calhoun, Matthew R. Calhoun
2006 Sunstone Press 132 pages (paperback $22.95) ISBN10:0865344906 ISBN13:9780865344907

Teaching Yoga

Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques - Mark Stephens
2010 North Atlantic Books 432 pages (paperback $22.95) ISBN10:1556438850 ISBN13:9781556438851
have not yet seen. many very favorable reviews at Amazon.

Teaching Yoga - Donna Farhi
Subtitled: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship
2006 Rodmell Press 178 pages (paperback $16.95) ISBN10:1930485174 ISBN13:9781930485174

Yoga Posture Adjustments and Assisting - Stephanie Pappas
Subtitled: An Insightful Guide for Yoga Students and Teachers
2006 Trafford Publishing 260 pages (paperback $29.99) ISBN10:1412051622 ISBN13:9781412051620

Instructing Hatha Yoga - Kathy Lee Kappmeier, Diane M. Ambrosini
2005 Human Kinetics Publishers 337 pages (paperback $42.00) ISBN10:0736052097 ISBN13:9780736052092
Includes DVD.

Connecting - Lucy Karnani, Jill Danks
Subtitled: Conscious Communication for Yoga Teachers and Therapists
2018 Blurb 374 pages (paperback $37.00) ISBN10:0648260119 ISBN13:9780648260110


Light on Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing - B.K.S. Iyengar
1985 Crossroad 320 pages (paperback $19.95) ISBN10:0824506863 ISBN13:9780824506865
The classic book on the subject. I once saw Dharma Mittra give a talk and someone asked him what would be a good book on pranayama. He said this was the one.

Pranayama: The Breath of Yoga - Gregor Maehle
2012 Kaivalya Publications 338 pages (paperback $29.95) ISBN10:0977512622 ISBN13:9780977512621

Vayu Siddhi: A Guide to Pranayama, Ashtanga's Fourth Limb - David Garrigues
2013 CreateSpace 152 pages (paperback $35.00) ISBN10:1491068442 ISBN13:9781491068441
Author's Website:
I have not yet seen this. It appears that the amazon listing is for just the book. This is actually a 2-disc DVD set with a book, and can be ordered from David's website in that form for $75.00.

The Yoga of Breath - Richard Rosen
Subtitled: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama
2002 Shambhala 304 pages (paperback $18.95) ISBN10:1570628890 ISBN13:9781570628894

Pranayama Beyond the Fundamentals - Richard Rosen
Subtitled: An Indepth Guide to Yogic Breathing
2006 Shambhala 214 pages (paperback $21.95) ISBN10:1590302982 ISBN13:9781590302989
Includes instructional CD.

Science of Breath - A Practical Guide - Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine M.D., Alan Hymes M.D.
1979 Himalayan Institute 166 pages (paperback $5.95) ISBN10:089389057X

Path of Fire and Light - Volume 1 - Advanced Practices of Yoga - Swami Rama
1986 Himalayan Institute 156 pages (paperback $14.95) ISBN10:0893890979

Pranayama: The Yoga of Breathing - Andre Van Lysebeth
1983 Unwin 230 pages (paperback - OUT OF PRINT) ISBN10:0041490509 ISBN13:9780041490503
2007 Harmony Publishing 231 pages (paperback) ISBN:0955241235
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The Breathing Book - Donna Farhi
Subtitled: Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work
1996 Holt Paperbacks 272 pages (paperback $20.00) ISBN10:0805042970 ISBN13:9780805042979

Free Your Breath, Free Your Life - Dennis Lewis
Subtitled: How Conscious Breathing Can Relieve Stress, Increase Vitality, and Help You Live More Fully
2004 Shambhala 208 pages (paperback $14.95) ISBN10:1590301331 ISBN13:9781590301333

Anatomy of Breathing - Blandine Calais-Germain
2006 Eastland Press 232 pages (paperback $24.95) ISBN10:0939616556 ISBN13:9780939616558
Lots of deep technical info presented clearly. From the author of the super-classic book Anatomy of Movement.

Conscious Breathing - Gay Hendricks, Ph.D.
Subtitled: Breathwork for Health, Stress Release, and Personal Mastery
1995 Bantam 208 pages (paperback $17.00) ISBN10:0553374435 ISBN13:9780553374435

Spinal Breathing Pranayama - Journey to Inner Space - Yogani
2006 AYP Publishing 112 pages ($11.95 paperback) ISBN10:0976465566 ISBN13:9780976465560
Author/Publisher's website:
See also Advanced Yoga Practices - Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living by Yogani (above). Yogani has a bunch of other books, also recommended. His book on Tantra is the best book on tantric sex. (See my Sex Books page here). Much or all of the content of this and his other books can be found on his website at no charge.

The Science of Breath - Yogi Ramacharaka
1940 Yoga Publication Society 89 pages (hardback) ISBN10:0911662006 ISBN13:9780911662009
2008 Classic House Books 74 pages (paperback $8.95) ISBN10:0979905292

Refining The Breath - Doug Keller
Subtitled: Pranayama: The Art of the Awakened Breath
2nd edition 2003 116 pages
3rd edition 2004
5th edition 2009 168 pages (spiral bound $25.00) Author's Website:
have not yet seen

The Healing Power of the Breath - Richard P. Brown M. D., Patricia L. Gerbarg M.D.
Subtitled: Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions
2012 Shambhala 240 pages (paperback $17.95) ISBN10:1590309022, ISBN13:9781590309025

Breathe - Dr. Belisa Vranich
Subtitled: 14 Days to Oxygenating, Recharging and Refueling Your Body & Brain
2014 The Breathing Class Press 117 pages (paperback $12.95) ISBN10:0991359002, ISBN13:9780991359008


Yoga - An Annotated Bibliography of Works in English, 1981-2005 - Daren Callahan
2007 McFarland 354 pages (paperback $49.95) ISBN10:0786431628, ISBN13:9780786431625
Publisher's website:

The bibliography section (the main body) of this book is organized into 3 parts, containing 2,490 entries arranged alphabetically by author. The first and largest is Studies, Manuals, General Reference, containing 1,901 entries. The next part is Translations of Selected Sanskrit Source Materials, containing 286 entries (120 for the Bhagavad Gita and 77 for Patanjali's Yoga Sutras). The last part is Disertations and Theses, containing 301 entries. This is followed by a Glossary of Sanskrit Terms, an Author Index, Title Index, and Subject Index. Almost all of the entries in the first 2 parts of the bibliography are well-described with annotations by the author of the bibliography. This is meant to be a pretty much complete listing of books on yoga published within the period covered. Note that the time frame purposely begins where Jarrell's bibliography (listed below) ends. The Preface explains that periodical articles are not included, as they are more appropriately searched using electronic databases such as JSTOR and PubMed. Definitely an essential resource for studying the literature of yoga. Of course I recommend my own yoga bibliography (this webpage), but if you want to take it farther, get this book. It would be awesome if revisions could be made every 5 years or so, as the yoga books (good and bad) are continuing to appear with increasing frequency.

International Yoga Bibliography, 1950-1980 - Howard R. Jarrell
1981 Scarecrow Press 221 pages (hardback) (out of print) ISBN10:0810814722 ISBN13:9780810814721

The bibliography section lists 1364 books alphabetically by author's last name, followed by journal articles, magazine articles, and yoga periodicals (1713 entries total). This is followed by an author index, title index, and subject index. Includes yoga literature in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Dutch. Little or no info is given for each book other than bibliographical information (no reviews, comments, etc).

Yoga - A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
2003 ICON Health Publications 188 pages (paperback $28.95) ISBN10:0597836124 ISBN13:9780597836121
Publisher's website:

I have not yet seen this book.

Modern Yoga: A Bibliography - Suzzanne Newcombe

This is an online document in PDF format, which can be accessed at the above link. Wne I found this and added it here, it had last been revised on 06/19/10.

Yoga History and Philosophy

The Yoga Tradition - It's History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice - Georg Feurstein
1998 Hohm Press 686 pages (paperback - $39.95) ISBN:0934252831 (paperback):
1998 Hohm Press 686 pages (hardback $49.95) ISBN:0934252882 (hardback)
2001 Hohm Press 550 pages (paperback - $29.95) ISBN:1890772186 ISBN13:9781890772185 (paperback)
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Author's Website:

Quite a hefty volume. Indepth coverage of all aspects of the vast subject of yoga. Lots of history. The author is one of the top scholars on yoga and has written many other books on yoga.

Yoga Morality - Georg Feurstein
Subtitled: Ancient Teachings at a Time of Global Crisis
2009 Hohm Press 320 pages (paperback - $19.95) ISBN:1890772666 ISBN13:9781890772666 (paperback)
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The Mirror of Yoga - Richard Freeman
Subtitled: Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mind
2010 Shambhala 256 pages (hardback - $24.95) ISBN:159030795X ISBN13:9781590307953
Author's website:
Publisher's website:

The Inner Tradition of Yoga - Michael Stone
Subtitled: A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner
2008 Shambhala 320 pages (paperback - $18.95) ISBN:1590305698 ISBN13:9781590305690 (paperback)
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Meditations From the Mat - Rolf Gates
Subtitled: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga
2002 Anchor 448 pages (paperback - $17.00) ISBN:0385721544 ISBN13:9780385721547
Google Books:
Author's Website:

Yoga Beyond Belief - Ganga White
Subtitled: Insights to Awaken and Deepen Your Practice
2007 North Atlantic Books 256 pages (paperback - $19.95) ISBN:1556436467 ISBN13:9781556436468
Google Books:
Author's Website:

Yoga in Modern India - Joseph T. Alter
Subtitled: The Body Between Science and Philosophy
2004 Princeton University Press 376 pages (paperback $24.95) ISBN10:0691118744 ISBN13:9780691118741
Hardback: ISBN10:0691118736 ISBN13:9780691118734
Google Books:
I have not yet seen this book. Alter is a respected authority.

Yoga: Immortality and Freedom - Mircea Eliade
Original edition: 1958
Second Edition: 1969 Bollingen Foundation, Princeton University Press 536 pages ($29.95 paperback) ISBN:0691017646
Princeton Classic Edition: 2009 568 pages Princeton University Press (paperback $24.95) ISBN10:0691142033 ISBN13:9780691142036
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This classic volume is a scholarly treatment of the subject of yoga. In the Foreward, the author states that the book is "addressed especially to historians of religions, psychologists, and philosophers". Eliade was one of the top world authorities on comparative religions and authored many books. This is not an instructional book or an "easy read". No pictures. Translated from French by Willard R. Trask. 2009 edition adds an introduction by David Gordon White.
Read more about Eliade at Wikipedia:

Patanjali and Yoga - Mircea Eliade
1975 Schocken Books 216 pages, (paperback, out of print) ISBN:0805204911

Includes 68 black and white illustrations. Out of print.

The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India - David Gordon White
1998 University of Chicago Press 614 pages, (paperback, $30.00) ISBN10:0226894991 ISBN13:9780226894997
Google Books:
David Gordon White's Homepage:
Review by Georg Feuerstein:

Sinister Yogis - David Gordon White
2009 University of Chicago Press 376 pages, (hardback, $42.00) ISBN10:0226895130 ISBN13:9780226895130
Google Books:
David Gordon White's Homepage:
Interview with David at The Magazine of Yoga:
Book Review at The Magazine of Yoga:
Critical Review by James Malinson:

See also Kiss of the Yogini (listed on my Sex Books page), which makes a trilogy with this and The Alchemical Body (above). Interesting criticisms in the Amazon reviews by Bryan Phillips and Stuart Sovatsky.

Yoga in Practice - David Gordon White
2011 Princeton University Press 416 pages, (paperback, $29.95) ISBN10:0691140863 ISBN13:9780691140865
Google Books:
David Gordon White's Homepage:
Interview/Review at Shivers Up the Spine:
Review by Matt Wits:

The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century - Geoffrey Samuel
2008 Cambridge University Press 432 pages, (paperback, $41.99) ISBN10:0521695341 ISBN13:9780521695343
Book Review at The Magazine of Yoga:

Sadhus - India's Mystic Holy Men - Dolf Hartsuiker
1993 Inner Traditions International 128 pages (paperback, $19.95) ISBN10:0892814543 ISBN13:9780892814541
Google Books:

Includes lots of color photos. Very interesting book.

The Elements of Yoga - Godfrey Devereux
1994 Element Books 135 pages (mass-market paperback $9.95) ISBN:1862040745
Google Books:

Excellent introduction and overview of yoga from the author of Dynamic Yoga. Covers a lot of territory not explored in his later books, which focus more on asana practice. Recommended.

Eighty-Four Asanas in Yoga: A Survey of Traditions - Gudrun Buhnemann
2007 DK Printworld 420 pages (hardback $40.00) ISBN:8124604177
Publishers' Website:
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have not yet seen

The Integrity of the Yoga Darsana: A Reconsideration of Classical Yoga - Ian Whicher
1998 State University of New York Press 426 pages (paperback $32.95) ISBN:0791438163 ISBN13:9780791438169
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Review by Georg Feuerstein:

Classical Samkya and Yoga: The Metaphysics of Experience - Mikal Burley
2006 Routledge 240 pages (hardback $160.00) ISBN:0415394481 ISBN13:9780415394482

A History of Modern Yoga - Patanjali and Western Esotericism - Elizabeth De Michelis
2005 Continuum 256 pages (paperback $44.95) ISBN10:0826487726 ISBN13:9780826487728
Hardback: 2004 Continuum ISBN10:0826465129 ISBN13:9780826465122
Google Books:
Review by Georg Feuerstein:

I have not yet seen this book.

Positioning Yoga - Sarah Strauss
2005 Berg Publishers 224 pages (paperback $34.95) ISBN10:1859737390 ISBN13:9781859737392
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Hardback: $99.95 ISBN10:185973734X ISBN13:9781859737347 (hardback):

Discusses the history of yoga and how it has spread to the west. The book seems to be concerned mainly with the lineages of Sivananda yoga.

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice - Mark Singleton
2010 Oxford University Press 272 pages (paperback $17.95) ISBN10:0195395344 ISBN13:9780195395341
2010 Oxford University Press 272 pages (hardback $99.00) ISBN10:0195395352 ISBN13:9780195395358
Google Books:
Review by Norman Blair:
Critical Review by Matt Wits:
Blog Post by Jill Miller:
Interview with Mark at The Magazine of Yoga:
Interview with Mark Singleton and James Mallison (07/11/12):
Response by James Mallinson:
Synopsis and Review by Estian Smit:
Critical Review by Matt Wits:

Significant and very well-regarded book explores the development of yoga asana practice over the last 150 years or so. Puts forth the idea that the asanas of today were created fairly recently with various influences (including wrestling and gymnastics), rather than handed down unchanged for thousands of years.

Yoga in the Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives - Mark Singleton (editor), Jean Marie Byrne (editor)
2010 Routledge 224 pages (paperback $39.95) ISBN:0415570867 ISBN13:9780415570862

21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice Carol Horton, Roseanne Harvey, editors
Subtitled: A Critical Examination of Yoga in North America
Official Site:

Yoga Ph.D.: Integrating the Life of the Mind and the Wisdom of the Body Carol Horton
2012 Kleio Books 180 pages (paperback $15.00) ISBN10:0615622364,ISBN13:9780615622361
Author's Website:

Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America - Stephanie Syman
2010 Farrar, Straus and Giroux 400 pages (hardback $28.00) ISBN10:0374236763,ISBN13:9780374236762
2011 Farrar, Straus and Giroux 400 pages (paperback $16.00) ISBN10:0374532842,ISBN13:97800374532840
Interview at Shivers Up the

The White Lama - Douglas Veenhof
Subtitled: The Life of Tantric Yogi Theos Bernard, Tibet's Lost Emissary to the New World
2011 Harmony 480 pages (hardback $27.50) ISBN10:0385514328 ISBN13:9780385514323
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Theos Bernard, The White Lama - Paul G. Hackett
Subtitled: Tibet, Yoga and American Religious Life
2012 Columbia University Press 520 pages (hardback $32.95) ISBN10:0231158866 ISBN13:9780231158862
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The Great Oom: The Improbable Birth of Yoga in Amerca - Robert Love
2010 Viking Adult 416 pages (hardback $27.95) ISBN10:067002175X ISBN13:9780670021758
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The colorful tale of Pierre Bernard, father of Theos Bernard (see Hatha Yoga in the Yoga Scriptures section).

American Veda - Philip Goldberg
Subtitled: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation - How Indian Spirituality Changed the West
2010 Harmony 416 pages (hardback $26.00) ISBN10:0385521340 ISBN13:9780385521345
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Official Site:
Author's Website:

Heart Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism - Andrew Harvey, Karuna Erickson
2010 North Atlantic Books 280 pages (paperback $17.95) ISBN:1556438974 ISBN13:9781556438974
Read an excerpt here:

A Life Worth Breathing - Max Strom
Subtitled: A Yoga Master's Handbook of Strength, Grace and Healing
2010 Skyhorse Publishing 240 pages (hardback $24.95) ISBN:1602399808 ISBN13:9781602399808
Author's Website:

Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic - Darren J. Main
2007 iUniverse Star 274 pages (paperback $16.95) ISBN:1583488766 ISBN13:1583488766
Google Books:
Author's Website:

Author at Wikipedia:

Yogi Bare - Naked Truth From America's Leading Yoga Teachers - Philip Self
1998 Cypress Moon Press 302 pages (paperback $16.95) ISBN:0966689402
Google Books:

This very readable book is a collection of 20 interviews with well-known yoga teachers. The whole list is: Lilias Folan, Erich Schiffmann, Patricia Walden, Gary Kraftsow, Bryan Kest, Julie Lawrence, Alan Finger, Rodney Yee, Donna Farhi, Baron Baptiste, Thom and Beryl Bender Birch, Rod Stryker, Rama Berch, Vyaas Houston, Sandra Summerfield Kozak, Martin Pierce, Gabriel Halpern, Gabriella Giubilaro, Richard Freeman, John Friend. Great book, highly recommended.

Yoga in America - Deborah Bernstein, Bob Weisenberg (editors)
2009 320 pages (paperback $23.99) ISBN:0557046335 ISBN13:9780557046331
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This book collects 46 essays about yoga written by 46 different yoga teachers (mostly not at all famous). A wide variety of ideas from various traditions. The book has been posted online (all 320 pages) where it can be read for for free. Here:

Yoga: The Art of Transformation - Debra Diamond (editor)
2013 Smithsonian Books 360 pages (hardback $55.00) ISBN:1588344592 ISBN13:9781588344596
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Smithsonian (Catalogue):

This is the catalogue from a major exhibition of yoga art which opened on Oct 19, 2013 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self - Stephen Cope
1999 Bantam Books 358 pages (hardback $24.95) ISBN:055310313X

The author is a psychotherapist who has lived at the Kripalu yoga center for over 10 years. The book discusses the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga in great detail, using many personal examples from the author's own experiences and his observations of others. A short appendix breaks down some of the complexities of the Indian traditions that yoga comes from. I read it and enjoyed it.

The Goddess Pose - Michele Goldberg
Subtitle: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, The Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West
2015 Knopf 336 pages (hardback $26.95) ISBN10:0307593517 ISBN13:9780307593511

Happy Yoga - Steve Ross
Subtitled: 7 Reasons Why There's Nothing to Worry About
2003 Harper 273 pages (paperback $15.99) ISBN:0060533390

The Heart of the Yogi - Doug Keller
Subtitled: The Philosophical World of Hatha Yoga
2007 Do Yoga 230 pages (spiral bound $25.00)
Author's Website:

have not yet seen

Yoga 2.0 - Matthew Remski, Scott Petrie
2010 Graha Yuddha Press 80 pages (paperback $16.00) ISBN10:0986682608 ISBN13:9780986682605
Matthew Remski:
Scott Petrie:

The Origins and Practices of Yoga: A Weeny Introduction - Matthew Clark
4th edition 2010 32 pages (paperback $6.04) ISBN10:1446194353 ISBN13:9781446194355
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As implied in the title, this is a VERY concise (weeny) overview of yoga. It says in the book that he plans to do more books in the "Weeny Introduction" series. I'm guessing he will have one on Hinduism, as he is a scholar of Indology.

Yoga in National Socialism: Concepts, Contrasts and Consequences - Mathias Tietke
German Title: Yoga im Nationalsozialismus: Konzepte, Kontraste, Konsequenzen
2011 Ludwig 220 pages (paperback) ISBN10:386935013X ISBN13:9783869350134
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Author's Website:

This book is in German and above Amazon link is to The book explores the place of yoga in Nazi Germany. Here is a link to an interview with the author:

Yoga Scriptures

Though the practice of yoga may be quite ancient, there are only a few major (and not-so-ancient) scriptures describing it. The main one is the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (100BCE-500CE), of which there are many translations and commentaries. Three other major ones are the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (1400CE), the Gheranda Samhita (1700CE) and the Shiva Samhita (1500CE).

Wikipedia - Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:
Wikipedia - Hatha Yoga Pradipika:
Wikipedia - Gheranda Samhita:
Wikipedia - Shiva Samhita:

Note - several books listed in other sections above include translations and commentaries of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: Heart of Yoga - Desikachar, The Yoga Tradition - Feurstein, Ashtanga Yoga - Maehle. Also, many more translations of these scriptures are listed in Calahan's Yoga Bibliography (see bibliography section above). And many online translations of Patanjali's Sutras can be found here:
The Vedas, The Mahabharata, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Upanisads might also be considered yoga scriptures.

Roots of Yoga Mark Singleton, James Mallinson
2017 Penguin Classics 592pages (paperback $18.00) ISBN10:0241253047 ISBN13:9780241253045
Official Site:

Large collection of information on yoga collected from original source texts translated, edited and annotated by Mark Singleton and James Mallinson.

How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali - Christopher Isherwood
New Edition 2007 Vedanta Press 256 pages (paperback $10.95) ISBN10:0874810418 ISBN13:9780874810417

A translation with commentary of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. David Williams recommends this as the only version of Patanjali you need.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A New Edition, Translation and Commentary - Edwin F. Bryant
2009 North Point Press 672 pages (paperback $35.00) ISBN10:0865477361 ISBN13:9780865477360

Core of the Yoga Sutras - B.K.S. Iyengar
Subtitled: The Definitive Guide to the Philosophy of Yoga
2013 Harper Thorsons 320 pages (paperback $18.99) ISBN10:0007921268 ISBN13:9780007921263

Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - B.K.S. Iyengar
1993 Thorsons 337 pages (paperback $20.00) ISBN:1855382253

The Original Yoga - Shyam Gosh
Subtitled: As Expounded in Siva-samhita, Gherandasamhita, and Patanjala Yogasutra
1999 Munshiram Manaharlal Publishers 262 pages ($38.50 hardback) ISBN 8121508916

Translations and commentary of 3 major sanskrit texts on yoga: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Gheranda Samhita and the Shiva Samhita.

Threads of Yoga - Matthew Remski
Subtitled: A Remix of Patanjali's Sutras with Commentary and Reverie
2012 CreateSpace 240 pages ($24.00 paperback) ISBN10: 1480100471 ISBN13: 9781480100473

The Gheranda Samhita - James Mallinson
Subtitled: The Original Sanskrit and An English Translation
2004 127 pages (paperback $12.95) ISBN10:0971646635 ISBN13:9780971646636
Hardback: ($24.95) ISBN10:097164627 ISBN13:978097164629 (paperback)

The Shiva Samhita - James Mallinson
Subtitled: A Critical Edition and An English Translation
2007 177 pages (paperback $14.95) ISBN10:0917646651 ISBN13:9780917646650
Hardback: ($29.95) ISBN10:0971646643 ISBN13:9780971646643 (paperback)

Hatha Yoga Pradipika - Swami Muktibodhananda
1998 Bihar School of Yoga 642 pages (paperback $30.00) ISBN10:8185787387 ISBN13:9788185787381

The Khecarividya of Adinatha - James Mallinson
Routledge Studies in Tantric Traditions
Subtitled: A critical edition and annotated translation of an early text of hathayoga
2007 Routledge 299 pages ($149.95 hardback) ISBN10:0415391156 ISBN13:9780415391153
Publisher's website:

The subject of the text which is presented in this book is Kechari Mudra, which is the practice of cutting, removing or elongating the frenum under the tongue so that the tongue can be pressed into a spot at the roof of the palate and used to stimulate the bottom of the brain. Note that this book is about the text, dated at around 1400, rather than the practice described in the text, however there is certainly more information about this obscure practice in this book than anywhere else. This is a very scholarly, academic, and technical book. The actual Sanskrit text is included, as well as an English translation. There are extensive sections for notes and bibliography. The translation is only about 20 pages, but there are over 280 notes for this section, providing quite a bit of commentary and clarification.
The author is one of the top translators of Sanskrit texts, other published works include the Gheranda Samhita and the Shiva Samhita, published by, and several volumes in the Clay Sanskrit Library - I first heard of this book from my yoga teacher, who has met the author. He told me that Mallinson used to fly around India in a paraglider. Here is an article I found on the web, indicating that James is a champion paraglider:
More information on the practice of kechari mudra can be found in books by Yogani (or online at his website: My teacher advises that this practice is best suited for advanced yogis living in caves, rather than those of us living in civilization. Also, note that cutting of the frenum to any degree may result in problems with eating and/or speaking.

Hatha Yoga: The Report of A Personal Experience - Theos Bernard
Originally published in 1950
Republished in 1968 by Samuel Weiser 104 pages ISBN 0877280592
2001 Essence of Health 104 pages (paperback) ISBN 0958446016
2007 Harmony Publishing 154 pages (paperback) ISBN10:0955241227 ISBN13:9780955241222
Publisher's Website:

A classic book, long out of print and sometimes hard to find. Has been republished a couple of times - may need to look at for a British version, current Harmony version is not listed at Scholarly account of studying yoga in India. One of the first western books to document yoga asana practice. Has lots of pictures of the author performing asanas. Lengthy quotations from yoga scriptures (Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, Siva Samhita). The author got caught in some fighting between Muslims and Hindus and was killed in 1947. He wrote a couple of other books which I have not seen, Hindu Philosophy and Penthouse of the Gods: A Pilgrimage Into the Heart of Tibet and the Sacred City of Lhasa (1939). See also The Great Oom, The White Lama, Theos Bernard, The White Lama, all listed in the section above.

Wikipedia Artcle on Theos Bernard:

A couple of web pages at Columbia University, from which he graduated:

Theos Casimir Bernard
The Life and Works of Theos Bernard
Theos Bernard in Tibet

Here is an interesting article about Theos' uncle Pierre, who had a large library of yoga books back when such a thing would have been very rare:

Vasistha's Yoga - Swami Venkatesananda
1993 State University of New York Press 767 pages (paperback $45.95) ISBN10:0791413640 ISBN13:9780791413647 (paperback)
Hardback: (out of print) ISBN10:0791413632 ISBN13:9780791413630
This is the complete, unabridged version. The Concise Yoga Vasistha, listed below, deletes some content for readability. Read more about this text at And more, including details on available translations, here:

The Concise Yoga Vasistha - Swami Venkatesananda
1984 State University of New York Press 430 pages (paperback $33.95) ISBN10:087395954X ISBN13:9780873959544 (paperback)
Hardback: (out of print) ISBN10:0873959558 ISBN13:9780873959551


These are books pertaining to the subject of Kundalini, as described in the literature of yoga. These books have nothing to do with the "Kundalini Yoga" of Yogi Bhajan's 3HO (Happy, Healthy, Holy) organization, which is another story. Normally today, when someone says Kundalini yoga, they are referring to the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and his 3HO organization. This form of "Kundalini Yoga" has been kind of accepted into the mainstream of the "yoga world". Yogi Bhajan's 3HO Kundalini Yoga is actually more of a cult than an authentic or traditional form of yoga. Just my opinion. And not to say that many people may not be benefitting from it or that it might not be a modern evolving form of yoga based on traditional teachings. For more info, see my
Cults page, and this huge collection of articles: Also, check out this video: Anyway, there was talk of kundalini long before Yogi Bhajan started his multi-million dollar operations.

Kundalini: The Arousal of the Inner Energy - Ajit Mookerjee
1995 Destiny Books 112 pages (paperback $19.95) ISBN10:0892810203 ISBN13:9780892810208
As with all of Mookerjee's books, includes lots of illustrations. Also includes bibliography, glossary and index.

The Biology of Kundalini - Jana Dixon
Official Site:
2008 Jana Dixon 590 pages (paperback $28.00 ISBN10:143571167X ISBN13:9781435711679

Kundalini Yoga - Swami Sivananda Radha
1996 Motilal Banarsidass (3rd editon) 383 pages (paperback $19.95) ISBN10:8129810147 ISBN13:9788129810143
Previous editions titled Kundalini Yoga for the West.

The Biology of Enlightenment - Mukunda Rao
Subtitled: Unpublished Conversations of U.G. Krishnamurti After He Came Into the Natural State (1967-1971)
2010 HarperCollins India 448 pages (paperback $26.99) ISBN10:935029009X ISBN13:9789350290095

Serpent of Fire: A Modern View of Kundalini - Darrel Irving
1995 Weiser 256 pages (paperback) ISBN10:0877288305 ISBN13:9780877288305

Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man - Gopi Krishna
1970 Shambhala 252 pages (paperback) ISBN10:1570622809 ISBN13:9781570622809
Gopi Krihsna has written many other books on this subject.

Kundalini Tantra - Swami Satyananda Saraswati
2001 Yoga Publications Trust 453 pages (paperback $25.00) ISBN10:8185787158 ISBN13:9788185787152
Official Site of Bihar School of Yoga:

The Serpent Power - Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe)
Subtitled: The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga
1st Edition: 1919 Luzac & Co. London
2nd Edition 1922, 3rd Edition 1928, 5th Edition 1953, 6th Edition 1958, 7th Edition 1964 Ganesh & Co, Madras
1974 Dover 529 pages (paperback $17.95) ISBN10:0486230589 ISBN13:9780486230580
(Dover 1974 edition is based on original 1964 7th edition)
This classic work is basically translations and commentary on two Sanskrit texts: Satcakra-nirupana (Description of and Investigation into the Six Bodily Centres) and Paduka Pancaka (Five-Fold Footstool of the Guru).

Kundalini: The Energy of the Depths - Lilian Silburn
Subtitled: A Comprehensive Study Based on the Scriptures of the Nondualistic Kasmir Saivism
1998 State University of New York 223 pages (paperback $22.95) ISBN10:0887068014 ISBN13:9780887068010

Shakti: An Introduction to Maha Kundalini Yoga - Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandasji, Shri Anandi Ma Pathak
2000 (2nd edition) Dhyanyoga Centers 172 pages (paperback $16.00) ISBN10:1883879086 ISBN13:9781883879082

Magazines and Articles (mainly pertaining to Ashtanga Yoga):

There is a large collection of articles on Ashtanga Yoga at

NamaRupa - Categories of Indian Thought
This is an unbelievably cool and very serious magazine about yoga. Co-published by Eddie Stern, who is a top teacher of Ashtanga yoga. The magazine is not limited to Ashtanga but has much of interest to any student of Ashtanga (or any kind of yoga). It comes out twice a year and the cover price is $10.00. 114 pages and totally packed with info and pictures. No advertising. You want to subscribe to this! And get all the available back issues while you can! NOTE - as of 2009, they have stopped publishing a printed edition. This is now an electronic online magazine.
Also available from:

Yoga Journal
Monthly magazine about yoga has been published since the 70's. They have done a good job of putting most of their content online.

Yoga Journal Index My own rough listing of the contents of Yoga Journal. I might work on this now and then. (plain text file)

The entire collection of all issues of Yoga Journal (1975-2009) has been posted online at GoogleBooks:

The Yoga Poster

A Survey of Musculoskeletal Injury Among Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Practitioners
Article appeared in International Journal of Yoga Therapy - Issue 18 (2008) pages 59-64

Online here:

Ashtanga Yoga with Pattabhi Jois - Jane McMullen
Article in Yoga Journal - Issue 82 (SEP/OCT 1988) pages 64-71, 101

Excellent article - back issue may still be available.

Power Yoga - Anne Cushman
Article in Yoga Journal - Issue 120 (FEB 1995) pages 62-71, 143-144

Excellent article - back issue may still be available.
Available on the web here:

New Light on Yoga - Anne Cushman
Article in Yoga Journal - Issue 147 (JUL/AUG 1999) pages 44-49

Very interesting article about the origins of Ashtanga yoga. This is basically a review of the book The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace (listed above). On first reading, this article seemed a bit misleading, hammering on the point that there is no documentation of any particular yoga asanas prior to 1900 with the exception of one manuscript which isn't much older and mentions only a few asanas. Her main point is that "there is no one monolithic yoga tradition". She seems to be implying that Krishnamacharya and BKS Iyengar just made it all up a few decades ago (which perhaps to some extent, they did). Although it may come across as a bit one-sided, this is a very interesting article.

My transcription here.

Interview with Sting in Yoga Journal - DEC 1995.

Talks about his practice of Ashtanga yoga, which he learned from Danny Paradise.

My transcription here.

Interview with Pattabhi Jois, Yoga International, JAN/FEB 1994
On the web here.

Repetition and Realization with Sri Pattabhi Jois - Katherine Pew
Yoga International - August/September 2001 - pages 40-44
My transcription here.

Bright Tights, Resilient City - Pattabhi Jois Returns to New York - Cara Jepsen
Yoga Chicago NOV/DEC 2001

Ashtanga Yoga videos are listed on a separate page here.

And here is a document comparing the included postures and spelling of postures in the litereature on primary series Ashtanga yoga.

About This Page:

This is meant to be a guide to the most serious and useful books pertaining to the physical practice of yoga. Or more accurately, a detailed bibliographical list, which might be useful in sorting out some of the many books on the subject. I began this page in 1999 to list books about Ashtanga yoga and soon began to include other yoga books. While I make no claims (or aims) of "completeness", I do intend to list all of the best yoga books that I know of which I find to be of interest in my own study and practice of yoga. I am not an advanced practicioner or teacher or any kind of authority. Some have commented that this page is too overwhelming. As of 2009, there are just over 100 books listed. As I research yoga books, I am increasingly aware that there are many hundreds of yoga books being published, and the great majority of them are a bit on the fluffy side. For the most part, the books listed on this page (which are a very small portion of the yoga books available) are, in my opinion, among the very best. With a few exceptions, I have copies of all these books and have spent some time with each of them.
I have links to because they are an excellent reference for more information, including reviews, and because they are an excellent source for quickly and reliably obtaining most of these books (worldwide). I have ordered many books from Amazon. I do not participate in Amazon's referral program as I would not want that to affect my listing of books here or to give that impression. (I may change my mind someday). More info on Amazon links is
here. There are many other online sources for books. Many of these books may be found in bookstores or ordered from bookstores, don't forget to check out used bookstores. I used to get lots of books on eBay, but I seem to have switched more to Amazon, since they started selling used books. There are also websites that specialize in locating out-of-print books. See my Books page for some of those. Sometimes I forget, but books can also be found in public libraries. And you may be able to use inter-library loan to get almost any book. Also, I think it is a great idea for yoga studios to maintain libraries for students. I might not list any particular book that someone might recommend, but I am always interested in learning about good yoga books.

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Books on Food and Health.

Body Books.

Atlases of Human Anatomy.

Qigong Books.

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