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Best selling yoga books and books on :

The Heart of yoga

The Heart of Yoga
Developing a personal practice
T.K.V Desikachar, Inner Tradition International
Both practical and theoretical, a book about all aspects of yoga by the son of Krishnamacharya, one of the greatest yogis in recent times. Includes a very good translation of the Yoga sutras of Patanjali. Highly recommended



Health, Healing and Beyond : Yoga and the Living Tradition of Krishnamacharya
T. K. V. Desikachar, R. H. Cravens, Aperture
An eloquent tribute to
Krishnamacharya, who taught yoga to both BKS Iyengar and Patthabi Jois, and has been called "the father of modern yoga", written by his son.


Autobiography of a yogi

Autobigraphy of a Yogi
Paramahansa Yogananda

An highly readable account of the life of Yogananda, one of the first Indian master to teach in the West. It offers an insider's view of many of the great teachers, saints and traditions of yoga.


Spiritual guide of India

From here to Nirvana
Anne Cushman and Jerry Jones, Rider 1998
Packed with information about yoga schools, gurus and ashrams, as well as with travel tips, this guide to spiritual India aims, as the authors put it "to give you the illusion, as you pack your bags and purchase your ticket, that you know where you are going. But it's only an illusion, because a spiritual journey to India is inevitably a swan dive into the unknown".


John Scott

Ashtanga Yoga
John Scott, Gaia books
A step by step introduction to the primary series by one of the most senior ashtanga teachers in Europe. Excellent pictures and clear, detailed instructions.


Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga, The practice manual
David Swenson
A very user friendly introduction to ashtanga yoga by one of the foremost authorities on the subject. Good for beginners and teachers alike.


Dynamic Yoga

Dynamic Yoga
Godfrey Devereaux
A style of yoga based on Astanga Vinyasa Yoga. Good pictures, as well as an excellent explanation of  bandhas.


Yoga Mala

Yoga Mala
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Detailed instructions for the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, specifically Yoga Chikitsa (the Primary Series) by the master himself, in true Indian style.


Astanga Yoga, Lino Miele

Ashtanga Yoga
Lino Miele
Written under the guidance of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, this book includes the first and second series and the benefits of Yoga Chikitsa. For dedicated practionners.

Order directly from Lino at
Astanga Yoga School, Via Cassia 698, 00189 Rome, Italy, Tel/Fax + 39 0 6 33266587


Light on Yoga

Light on Yoga
BKS Iyengar, Aquarian Press
The ultimate reference on asanas, with over 200 postures and their therapeutic applications described in detail. Also useful sections on yoga philosophy and pranayama. A must for serious students and teachers


Light on Pranayama

Light on Pranayama
BKS Iyengar, Crossroad/Herder & Herder
A good introduction to pranayama, the art of yogic breathing.


Yoga the Iyengar way

Yoga the Iyengar way
Silva, Mira and Shyam Metha, Dorling Kindersley
A good book for beginners, very good pictures and clear detailed  instructions


Woman's yoga

Every Woman's Yoga
by Jaime Stover Schmitt


Preparing for birth with Yoga

Preparing for Birth with Yoga
Exercises for Pregnancy and Childbirth
by Janet Balaskas


Yoga and Ayurveda

Yoga and Ayurveda
David Frawley, Lotus Press
Explores the connection between these two Vedic disciplines and discusses how to use them for maximum health, energy and longevity. Highly recommended.


Prakriti:Your Ayurvedic Constitution
by Dr. Robert Svoboda
An excellent introduction, by the only westerner ever to get a Indian degree in Ayurveda. Plenty of practical lifestyle and nutrition advice.  A most useful book

The Yoga of Herbs

The Ayurvedic Year
Christina Brown
Design your own Ayurveda and yoga routine according to your constitution and the time of the year.


Ayurvedic cookery book

The Ayurvedic cookbook
Amadea Morningstar and Urmila Desai
Much more than a cookery book, this is a thorough introduction to ayurvedic nutrition and to eating a diet adapted to the individual's ayurvedic constitution.



The Yoga of Herbs

The Yoga of herbs
David Frawley and Lad Vasant, Lotus Press
On the Ayurvedic use of various plants and spices


Sivananda Yoga cookbook, vegetarian cuisine

The Yoga Cookbook
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres
Hundreds of delicious vegetarian recipes and useful tips on yogic cooking and diet.

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The Art of Living : Vipassana Meditation As Taught by S.N. Goenka
William Hart
A concise, non-sectarian, comprehensive introduction to Buddhist meditation.

How to know God
The yoga aphorisms of Patanjali
Translated and with commentary by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood
Vedanta Press, California
A major work on the philosophy of yoga and the practice of meditation, written about 2000 years ago.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Yoga Swami Svatmarama, translated by Brian D. Akers
The sixteenth century classic on Hatha Yoga. For dedicated students.

Gheranda Samhita
Translated by Chandra Vasu
Another classic on Hatha Yoga for dedicated students.

Yoga Rahasya
Sri Nathamuni, Translated from Sanskrit by T.K.V. Desikachar
Krishnamacharya Yoga Madiram, 13. 4th Cross street, Ramakrishna Nagar, Chennai - 28, India
One of the most important classic text on Hatha Yoga, and the only one to give advice specifically for women. It deals mostly with asansas and pranayama.

The Bagavad Gita
Translated by Juan Marisco, Penguin classics
The best English translation of this timeless classic.

The Upanishads

The Upanishad
Translated by Eknath Easwaran