35 Yoga Books to Read This Summer
June 2, 2016
The weather is getting warmer and we’re beginning to break out our sunscreen, bathing suits, and of course, poolside reading material.
As yogis, we’re always looking to find books that can change our practices and lives, so we surveyed our community to discover their favorites.
Below you’ll find a handful of classic yoga books, in no particular order, as well as new yoga books that are already impacting our lives. Did we forget your favorites? Be sure to add them in the comments.
*Book descriptions pulled primarily from Amazon.
35 Yoga Books to Read This Summer
The “first lady of yoga” shares her journey from darkness to light and transform through yoga in this authentic, inspiring autobiography.
This ancient, most-translated Indian text is a compilation 196 Indian Sutras and they are a must-read for any yoga practitioner.
Through incorporating exercises, breathing techniques, meditation, and many other tools, this guide provides effective methods for repairing areas of imbalance and identifying your needs.
Gurmukh, an internationally renowned yoga teacher, outlines the spiritual and physical practices of Kundalini Yoga through step-by-step instructions and explanations of the chakras.
Discover the path to inner peace with this guidebook that blends hatha yoga and meditation strategies from yoga master Erich Shiffmann.
If you are a parent of a child with special needs or a professional who works with one, this book is a must-read.
A new method of yoga for overall fitness that teaches, “if it hurts, it’s wrong'” from an 83-year-old master.
This early epic poem that recounts the conversation between Arjuna the warrior and his charioteer Krishna, the manifestation of God. Before a great battle, the dialogue sets out the important lessons Arjuna must learn to change the outcome of the war he is to fight, and culminates in Krishna revealing to the warrior his true cosmic form, counselling him to search for the universal perfection of life. If you haven’t read it already, you may want to put this on the top of your list.
This book reveals the secrets of how yoga works to make us truly whole in a story based on how these precious teachings reached Tibet from their home in India, over a thousand years ago.
This book is about saying yes to life in all its manifestations—embracing the potent mixture of joy, suffering, brilliance, and confusion that characterizes the human experience.
This guide to reconciling Buddhist spirituality with the American way of life addresses the challenges of spiritual living in the modern world and offers guidance for bringing a sense of the sacred to everyday experience.
Stephen Cope demystifies yogic philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga, and shows how it applies to our most human dilemmas: from loss, disappointment, and addiction, to the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship.
Essays and dialogues laced with wit and humor introduce seekers to Siddha Yoga meditation, the awakening of the kundalini energy, the recognition of the inner self, the function of the master, and the practices of Mantra repetition and meditation.
This book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you, by allowing you to discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness.
This classic book is an account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of yoga and its tradition of meditation.
These ancient scriptures of the Hindu teachings are meant to bring into human language the language of the Gods, the Divine powers that have created us. The Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda, and Atharvaveda comprise the collection of the four sacred and world renowned Vedas.
After studying yoga in India and traveling with traditional Vedantic masters, Steve Ross returned to his hometown of Los Angeles with a broadened point of view of what yoga could be.
The earliest of the four Hindu Vedas, and the first extensive composition to survive in any Indo-European language, the Rig Veda (c. 1200-900 BC) is a collection of over 1,000 individual Sanskrit hymns.
This book is for those who are spiritual but not religious, who are disillusioned by the state of the world, who are sick of their jobs (and just started last Tuesday), who like drinking beer and having sex and hate being preached at, who are striving to deepen their social interactions beyond the digital realms of Twitter and Facebook.
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness — being awake and fully aware.
Michelle Goldberg tells the globetrotting story of the incredible woman who helped usher in a craze that continues unabated to this day.
The 365 meditations incluided in this book offer a way to integrate the mindfulness that yoga teaches into everyday life. It’s a great resource for yoga teachers and students.
The first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to Viniyoga — yoga adapted to the needs of the individual.
This collection of the timeless teachings of one of the greatest sages of India, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, is a testament to the uniqueness of the seer’s life and work and is regarded by many as a modern spiritual classic.
Osho challenges us to understand our world and ourselves in a new and radical way. The first step toward understanding, he says, is to question and doubt all that we have been taught to believe.