I’ve been reading through all the best selling yoga books of all time. It’s been a great way to pass the time in self-isolation. I’ve learned a staggering amount about yoga, and I’ve never been more inspired to get on my yoga mat than right now.
Through my reading, I’ve learned about the anatomy of the body while performing yoga poses, the philosophy and history of the practice, and oh so many ways to use yoga beyond the mat to truly embrace the yoga lifestyle.
If you’re looking for the best books about yoga to read, you should definitely consider the following eight publications. They’re some of the best selling yoga books of all time.
Checkout These Best Selling Yoga Books
1: Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga
Written by B.K.S. Iyengar, the founder of “Iyengar Yoga” and a leading yoga teacher, Light On Yoga is one of the most indispensable books about yoga ever to be written. It covers all aspects of the yoga philosophy and the practice, including illustrations and descriptions of all the yoga poses and breathing techniques.
Light on Yoga is the bible for the serious yogi and contains authoritative descriptions of the most important aspects of yoga. The only issue I have with this book is that the pictures are too small.
2: Yoga Anatomy
Another book for the serious yogi, Yoga Anatomy is full of detailed descriptions of vinyasas, asanas, illustrations of the anatomy and incredibly detailed information on all aspects of the practice.
This is a book every yoga teacher in the world needs to own. It will massively enhance your understanding of the body and the movement of the anatomy when performing yoga. It shows how all the different muscles move and respond to asanas and how alterations to poses can enhance effectiveness.
The only thing I would change about this book is to make it easier to find what you’re looking for—it’s a big book!
3: Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual
Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual is an invaluable book both for teachers and beginners. It has over 650 photos of different yoga poses and their variations, and a really nice tough that I love is that it has a spinal bind so you can keep it open while you’re actually practising the poses.
This one was written by David Swenson, who founded Ashtanga in 1973. He studied directly under Pattabhu Jois, who developed Vinyasa.
4: The Yoga Bible
The Yoga Bible by Christina Brown contains over 170 of the most important yoga poses with pictures. It’s an excellent book for finding out more about asanas while you’re practising them. My favourite thing about this book is that it shows you how to find a yoga sequence that is perfect for you and that will give you the benefits you need as an individual.
This best selling yoga book was written by Christina Brown, who states that her main inspiration is BKS Iyengar.
5: The Yoga Anatomy Coloring Book: A Visual Guide to Form, Function, and Movement
Created by Kelly Solloway—a yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist and anatomy teacher—The Yoga Anatomy Book is a fun and educational voyage through the human body and shows you how the bones, muscles, and joints are used in various asanas. Beautiful illustrations show the anatomical positions of the body when doing yoga. I love how you get to colour the bones and muscles because it really helps you to learn about the anatomy.
6: Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques
This is a truly indispensable book for anyone who wants to learn how to teach yoga. It covers literally everything you need to know to get yourself set-up as a yoga instructor and is based on the curriculum of Yoga Alliance.
The book covers everything from the philosophy and history of yoga to cassic texts on yoga and explanations of the most popular forms. It covers anatomy as well (although the anatomy books above go into more detail).
To be honest, if you want to be an instructor, you basically need to read this book; it is incredibly helpful.
7: The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice
The Heart of Yoga is one of the most in-depth reads on Iyengar yoga ever written and covers every aspect of the practice. It was the first book to reveal a step-by-step sequence for a complete yoga practice.
I love how deep this book is. It covers everything from meditation to yoga poses to philosophy and all in between. Not only is it one of the best selling yoga books ever, it is also one of the most important because it brought the ancient practice to the West in a way no other book had before.
8: Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide To Joy
Inner Engineering is a New York Times best selling yoga book written by that guy we all know and love: Sadhguru.
In Inner Engineering, Sadhguru explains how hatha yoga is one branch of the eight branhes of yoga. He explains the complete yoga system and shows how to use yoga for self-development so we can tap into our pure inner energy. Through the practices in this book, Sadhguru explains how to awaken your yogi self to live a life of joy.
As inspiring as it is educational, this is a must-read.
These best selling yoga books are absolute must-reads for the serious yogi. They cover all aspects of the practise so you can learn everything you’ll ever need to know about yoga.
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Paul Harrison is a passionate meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
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