Every yogi knows that yoga is more than just a series of poses. It’s a way to live life. From meditation to breath to the asana (the poses), there’s an entire philosophy about how yoga affects all aspects of a person. This can be a confusing, and at times, daunting thing to consider, so here are six yoga inspired books that’ll help clarify it all.
Still the Mind: An Introduction to Meditation
By Alan Watts
A compilation of the famous meditation guru’s journals and famous lectures he delivered across the country, Still the Mind author Alan Watts explains, in three parts, the philosophy of meditation, how to practice meditation and how inner wisdom grows. It’s a great short read for those that have trouble understanding how meditation works or why people meditate.
The Yoga Bible
By Christina Brown
Billing itself as “the definitive guide to yoga,” The Yoga Bible features over 150 yoga postures from the main schools of yoga, making it a must-have on every yogi’s bookshelf. Each posture is illustrated with step-by-step instructions and advice on adjustments for beginners, as well more advanced positions for experienced yogis. You’ll also find lots of great info on breathing techniques and the different schools of yoga in this little gem.
Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
By Stephen Cope
In his autobiography, Stephen Cope shares how yoga basically changed his life by showing him who he really is. Through is personal account, he demystifies the philosophy and psychology of yoga and how it relates to all of our human problems, like addiction, depression and relationships.
How Yoga Works
By Christie McNally and Michael Roach
How Yoga Works is a great choice for people who practice yoga but don’t know a lot about the yogic practice as a whole. It delves pretty deeply into the rationale of certain poses, breathing techniques, meditations and more. There’s even a bit explaining some of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. And it all comes packaged in an easily readable format.
By Leslie Kaminoff
Ever wonder how certain yoga poses affect the physical body? Well this is the book for you then. Yoga Anatomy shows how specific muscles respond to breathing and movement in the body and how simple alterations can affect the effectiveness of the postures. Whether you’re a beginner to yoga or you’ve been practicing for years, this is a must-read to understand exactly what your body is doing when you’re moving through a flow.
Science of Breath
By Yogi Ramacharaka
One of the fundamental components of yoga is the breath—disciplined, controlled breath. This kind of breathing is intended to induce meditation and relax your muscles. In Science of Breath, Yogi Ramacharaka talks about the importance of breathing to both physical and spiritual wellness.