I am often asked by students to recommend some books on yoga. Here are some of my favourites, but if you are looking for something specific, let me know and I may be able to help refine your search…
Bringing Yoga to Life : The Everyday Practice Of Enlightened Living
Expanding upon the teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the core text of the yoga tradition, Donna describes yoga’s transforming power as a complete life practice, far beyond its common reduction to mere exercise routine or stress management. This is the philosophy of yoga as a path to a deeper awareness of self. Drawing upon her years of teaching with students, Donna guides readers through all the pitfalls and promises of navigating a spiritual practice
The Woman’s Book of Yoga & Health : A Lifelong Guide to Wellness
Patricia Walden and Linda Sparrow
The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health is the first comprehensive book about women’s health issues and how to treat them with yoga. The authors offer a complete yoga program for general health as well as pose sequences that address specific health problems. For example, the back care chapter includes information about common back problems and their causes (scoliosis, arthritis, lordosis, sciatica, kyphosis, among others) with an emphasis on: emotional and psychological roots of some back problems; physiological information about the spine and back muscles; general information about how yoga addresses different areas of the back; and finally, Patricia Walden’s sequences of poses that target different back problems with the goal of not only relieving back pain but of strengthening, and healing old injuries and misalignments.
Relax and Renew : Restful Yoga for Stressful Times
Judith Hanson Lasater Ph.D
An in depth guide to restorative yoga, including illustrations to help you get set up in the poses. In addition, this book provides yoga sequences for busy days, including a fifteen-minute practice, yoga at your desk, and the Totally Invisible Relaxation; programs for back pain, headaches, insomnia, jet lag, and breathing problems; a special section for women during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.
Autobiography of a Yogi
Autobiography of a Yogi is at once a beautifully written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation. Profoundly inspiring, it is at the same time vastly entertaining, warmly humorous and filled with extraordinary personages.
Eastern Body, Western Mind, Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self
Psychologist, Anodea Judith has brought a fresh approach to the yoga-based Eastern chakra system, adapting it to the Western framework of Jungian psychology, somatic therapy, childhood developmental theory, and metaphysics. Arranged schematically, the book uses the inherent structure of the chakra system as a map upon which to chart our Western understanding of individual development.EASTERN BODY, WESTERN MIND seamlessly merges the East and West, science and philosophy, and psychology and spirituality into a compelling interpretation of the chakra system and its relevance for Westerners today.