I started yoga with Richard Hittleman's "Yoga - 28 day exercise plan". It's mostly hatha yoga with a couple of meditation exercises on the side. It could be described as beginners-level if you have any background from another discipline, but if you are altogether new to physical "journeys" you might find it somewhat advanced. The format, as the title suggests, is an exercise plan with routines for a "life-long practice plan" at the end of the book.
I have a dance background but was new to yoga when I got this book so I loved the way I was being challenged in a purely-yoga way. It was like teaching my body a new language. It helped my back problems too. Right now I'm doing the routines at the end of the book but am looking for a chance to learn more, get more involved and advanced.
I just picked up B.K.S. Iyengar's translation of Patanjali's Yoga sutras. For those of you who don't know.. Patanjali, over 2000 years ago wrote a collection of 196 aphroisms on the path to enlightenment through Yoga. It really is the "bible" for any serious Yoga practitioner who wishes to take their Yoga practice to the next level. I have read several differant translations but none as good as Shri Iyengars. The aphroisms well and truly come alive through Shri Iyengar's laser like mind. Godfrey Devereux says that Patanjali is the map to a higher path that has come to complete fulfillment with Shri Iyengar as the compass. It is a powerful tool, well worth the read
It's available through Thorsons publishing. ISBN 0-00-714516-0
I picked up Emotional Yoga by Bija Bennett. I haven't made it all the way through the book yet, but I like how it communicates the mind/body/health connection...
Ah yes, books ... my other addiction!
I am also currently reading "Yoga and the Quest for the True Self", by Stephen Cope. He's got such a great background, but some of his stories show he's looking at this yoga thing as just a normal guy with questions. I'm not done yet, but it's really good.
I also really liked Cyndi Lee's "Yoga Body, Buddha Mind". She is the founder of Om Yoga in New York City and follows the Tibetan Buddhist path. This book gets into some of the spiritual and emotional aspsects of asana, and her gentle reminders to follow your body's cues are lovely. I thought this book had a really nice balance. She's funny too!
It's sort of yoga-related. Seane Corn recommended it to me. It looks at all the chakras and how they apply to us - if they're overactive, if they're blocked, if they're balanced. I haven't finished reading it yet - a lot of information to process - but it's been a good read.
I recomend the books of Indra Devi. I know the titles in spanish, but I think there are translations: "Yoga para todos" "Por siempre joven. Siempre sano". By the othre side her life is veru intereting
'ASANA PRANAYAMA MUDRA BANDHA' would possibly be my desert island yoga book. Its an inspirational book by the well known teacher 'Swami Satyananda Saraswati and a great intro if your exposure to yoga has been say the physical Asana postures without the rest .....
'YOGA THE ESSENCE OF LIFE' is an inspirational beautiful collection of short auti biographies of a selection of very well known western teachers such as Shandor Remete, Donna Farhi, Robert Svoboda .... If you are looking for some deeper inspiration then i recommend it.
'GERHANDA SAMHITA' is my own favourite reference book. Very similar in content to the 17thC Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
love to you all
The Woman's Book of Yoga & Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness
by Sparrowe & Walden
An awesome reference book featuring many poses vital to a woman's life.
Emotional Yoga: How the Body Can Heal the Mind
by Bija Bennett
Excellent pose descriptions & photos, this book ties together the yoga of the body with the yoga of the mind.
This has been a good thread
ISHWARA.. hope I spelled your name right,
those sound like my sort of books that you recommended.. will have to see if I can find them.. many thanks luv
dear Rick, try Watkins esoteric bookshop, just off the charing cross road if you happen to be in London, for those books
there is a web site www.watkinsbooks.co.uk i think
but nothing quite prepares you for the spiritual aladdins cave that is watkins, love and OM, Ishwara
Yoga for Depression: A Compasisonate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga By Amy Weintraub, a Kripalu yoga instructor. I have found this to be very useful for more than depression. Her newsletter keeps me updated on current research on the medical and physical benefits of yoga as well as the emotional and spiritual.
Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa - a guide to prenatal and postnatal yoga and meditation. I was especially grateful for the parts that encourage a spiritual birth even when your birth does not go as planned.
Living Yoga - creating a life practice - christy turlington
Yoga, the poetry of the body - rodney yee
Be Here Now - ram das
These are some current favorites. It's nice to curl up with a Yoga book and a cup of tea in the evening to relax at the end of the day. Much better than watching tv.
Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, by Stephen Cope was wonderful and easily readable.
Living Your Yoga, by Judith Hansen Lasiter (not sure of spelling)
Moving into Stillness, by Erich Schiffman
There is still so much I want to read: Light on Yoga and Light on Pranayama, The Yoga Sutras, etc., etc.
And I've only just begun.
B.K.S. Iyengar has a bunch of worth while books: Light on Yoga, Light on Life, The Light On Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing, Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health and the previously mentioned Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. I also recommend Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Muktibodhananda...it's an incredible look into ancient practice of Hatha Yoga and I consider it a must-have for serious yoga practitioners.
there are so many...
Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramhansa Yogananda...of course; any of Cyndi Lee's books...she's great and the books are broken down, so they're SO user-friendly. My kids keep all the Cyndi Lees in their library.
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff is interesting, at the very least, and Storytime Yoga by Sydney Solis is a valuable asset to the parent wanting to teach/do yoga with their children.
These look like a great list to read, have not read a book on yoga in quite some time, but hope to soon, don't forget you can use google books to do a search on a topic and read a few sample pages before purchasing : http://books.google.ca/
Is definitely by Sharon Gannon (co-founder of the school) and I think the title is "yoga and vegetarianism" .... It has excellent information about the benefits of asanas and of integrating the whole of our lives with our yoga practice. It didn't strike me as "religious," at all, but just described how yoga's "8 limbs" are fulfilled with the adoption of a "cruelty-free" diet.
At the end of the book she even has a temporary "detox diet" and asana program to facilitate the transition for anybody interested in experiencing the frequently touted benefits. I was not aware of this book (I'd read the World Peace Diet) and was practicing with Bikrams (Albuquerque) when I "cleaned up" my diet. Personally, I went all the way to "vegan" and have **thoroughly** enjoyed the physical (among them: no constipation!) and emotional (much happier and more compassionate!) effects of practicing yoga on my plate, also.
I highly recommend it to a person who seeks greater energy and/or more understanding of the philosophy of yoga. Simple Recipes for Joy is her new book--a cookbook--that I've not yet read so I can't comment on that one but her little paperback IS awesome! Namaskar.