Favorite Yoga Books

Updated: Oct 1, 2018


I love books. I have loved reading since I was a little girl. My best childhood memories are of me reading in special places around the homes I lived in growing up. Sometimes I would read in a tree, under my bed or in my closet. I love escaping into a book learning how other people experience life. As a child some of my favorite books included The Babysitters Club series, Little House on the Prairie series, Anne of Green Gables, or anything written by Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume.

As an adult, I usually have 2-3 books going at one time -- fiction, parenting, and self-enrichment. For many years I felt the need to buy my books. Barnes and Noble loved seeing me walk through their doors. Now I treasure the library and check out books I want to read. I make a weekly trip to the library and introduce the variety of books to my children helping them find something they enjoy reading or learning about. But, if a book is really good (and I know I will refer back to them again and again) Amazon has become my friend.

Students ask me from time to time if I will share my favorite books with them. Listed below are some of my favorite Yoga Books I reference and use for practice. These are all on my book shelf at home:


Bell, Baxter and Zolotow, Nina. 2017. Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being.

Boulder: Shambala.

Brooks, Douglas. 2008. Poised for Grace: Annotations on the Bhagavad Gita from a Tantric View.

Brower, Elensa and Jago, Erica. 2016. Art of Attention: A Yoga Practice Workbook. Boulder, CO: Sounds True.

Chopra, Deepak. 2004. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Clark, Bernie. 2011. The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy & Practice of Yin Yoga.

Oregon: White Cloud Press.

Clark, Bernie. 2016. Your Body Your Yoga: Learn Alignment Cues that are Skillful, Safe and Best Suited to You. Canada: Wild Strawberry Productions.

Desikachar, T.K.V. 1995. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions International.

Devi, Nischala Joy. 2007. The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman's Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras. New York: Three Rivers Press.

Farhi, Donna. 2000. Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness. NY, NY: Henry Holt and Company.

Farhi, Donna and Stuart, Leila. Pathways to a Centered Body: Gentle Yoga Therapy for Core Stability, Healing Back Pain, and Moving with Ease. China: Embodied Wisdom.

Frawley, David. 1999. Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing & Self-Realization. USA: Lotus Press.

Frawley, David and Summerfield, Sanndra. 2001. Yoga for Your Type: An Ayurvedic Approach to Your Asana Practice. WI: Lotus.

Grilley, Paul. 2012. Yin Yoga: Principles & Practice. Oregon: White Cloud Press.

Hanson Lasater, Judith. 2000. Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life.

Berkeley, CA: Rodmell Press.

Hanson Lasater, Judith. 2017. Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation. Bolder, CO: Shambhala

Hirschi, Gertrud. 2000. Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands. San Francisco, CA: Weiser Books.

Iyengar, B.K.S. 1976. Light on Yoga. USA: Schocken Books

Judith, Anodea. 2004. Eastern Body Western Mind. CA: Sacred Centers

Judith, Anodea. 2017. Chakra Yoga. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn

Little, Tias. 2016. Yoga of the Subtle Body: A Guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of Yoga. Colorado: Shambhala

Long, Ray. 2006. The Key Muscles of Yoga: Your Guide to Functional Anatomy in Yoga. China: Bandha Yoga.

Lusk, Julie. 2015. Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation & Stress Relief. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

McGee, Kristin. 2017. Chair Yoga: Sit, Stretch, and Strengthen Your Way to a Happier, Healthier You. New York: Harper Collins.

Miller, Jill. 2014. The Roll Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to Erase Pain, Improve Mobility, and Live Better in Your Body. Las Vegas: Victory Belt Publishing, Inc.

Myers, Thomas. 2014. Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual & Movement Therapists. China: Elsevier Ltd.

Powers, Sarah. 2008. Insight Yoga: An Innovative Synthesis of Traditional Yoga, Meditation, and Eastern Approaches to Healing and Well-Being. Boulder: Shambhala.

Pransky, Jillian. 2017. Deep Listening: A Healing Practice to Calm Your Body, Clear Your Mind, and Open Your Heart. USA: Rodale Wellness

Rhodes, Darren. 2011. Yoga Resource: 400 Yoga Poses. China: Tirtha Studios

Saradananda, Swami. 2011. Chakra Meditation: Discover Energy, Creativity, Focus, Love, , Wisdom and Spirit. London: Watkins.

Saraswati, Swami Satyananda. 1998. Yoga Nidra. India: Bihar School of Yoga.

Sell, Christina. 2011. My Body is a Temple: Yoga as a Path to Wellness. Arizona: Hohm Press.

Schiffmann, Erich. 1996. Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness. New York, NY: Pocket Books.

Sparrowe, Linda & Walden, Patricia. 2002. The Woman's Book of Yoga and Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness. Boston: Shambhala

Stephens, Mark. 2012. Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes. CA: North Atlantic Books.

Strom, Max. 2012. A Life Worth Breathing: A Yoga Master's Handbook of Strength, Grace and Healing. New York: Skyhorse Publishing.

Van Der Kolk, Bessel. 2014. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. New York: Penguin Books.

White, Ruth. 1993. Working with Your Chakras: A Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Approach. Maine: Weiser Books.

Yee, Rodney. 2004. Moving Toward Balance: 8 Weeks of Yoga with Rodney Yee. China: Rodale

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