Yoga is very well known term in the world these days. Yoga means to unite or join. Bringing your body, mind, and soul into unity for a complete harmonious inner and outer life! As commonly known Yoga is not about physical exercises. In reality, Yoga is a discipline which incorporates many practices in it. Yoga is thus divided into three parts. Yoga for the physical body which is the knowledge of and doing the postures for balancing and creating a harmony in a human being. There is Yoga for the mind in which there are exercises and certain techniques to clear your mind and bring your mental ability and intelligence into harmony. Lastly, there is Yoga’s spiritual aspect where yoga is understood from the point of view of spirit and soul.
There are a lot of books written on Yoga and you should know which part of Yoga you wish to understand and know. If you plan to buy a book on Yoga then read ahead for a complete list which includes books for all three disciplines of Yoga. First, we will start with books which concentrate on the physical aspect of it. Then we will move onto Yoga which concentrates on mental aspect and lastly the spiritual aspect.
1. Yoga Anatomy By Leslie Kaminoff And Amy Matthews:
A detailed guide to most of the Yoga Asanas, Vinyasas with colored illustrations will help you understand each and every asanas postures and structure in general. Written by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews this book is perfect for a new student interested in Yoga or even an experienced practitioner.
2. Light On Pranayama B.K.S Iyengar:
One of the most important and consistently emphasized parts of Yoga is breathing. To control the breath is the first and foremost important step in Yoga. Only when you control your breath you will be able to control your body and mind. Pranayama is the most important aspect of breath control. This book, Light On Pranayama is written by B.K. Iyengar. The famous Yoga teacher from India. The most vital 14 types of Pranayama are explained in detail in this book. The book depicts more than 82 stages of breathing exercises in Pranayama. A must read book if you wish to dive into the world of Yoga.
3. The Tree Of Yoga B.K.S Iyengar:
Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar was famously known in the world for ‘Iyneger Yoga’. He has written numerous books on Yoga out of which The Tree Of Yoga stands out as a unique perspective on Yoga. His explanation about exercises and theory about subjects of meditation, yoga, death, life will enlighten any readers mind. This book is definitely a good start to understanding the theory and basis of Yoga in general.
4. Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali:
Sutras mean aphorisms. Yoga Sutra comprises of 196 aphorisms on Yoga. The book has four main chapters called as Samadhi Pada, Sadhana Pada, Vibhuti Pada, Kaivalya Pada. As explained in the book there are total 8 main components of Yoga such as Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi. This book is written by Patanjali a sage from the year 400 BCE. This book explains and teaches all the nuances of Yoga.
5. Meditation And Its Practices By Swami Rama:
The famous Himalayan master Swami Rama has written this beautiful book called Meditation and its practices. A well written and well-explained book with instructions on postures, pranayama and breathing exercises and mantra techniques. The language and the essence of this book are very easily understandable and applicable in day to day life.
6. Karma Yoga By Vivekananda:
One of the best books on the Yoga of Action is written by Swami Vivekananda. What is karma yoga and how to apply it in daily life is explained quite beautifully in this text. People attracted to the path of karma yoga i.e world of action should definitely read this and understand the important yoga of life.
7. Autobiography Of A Yogi By Paramhansa Yogananda:
The famous autobiography by any Indian saint has never reached and succeeded as much as this book has. Paramhansa Yogananda was a phenomenon in the western world. This book has detailed instances on Yoga, meditation, and life of Paramhansa Yogananda himself.This book is considered as one of the 100th best spiritual books in the 20th century.
8. The Heart Of Yoga T.K.V Desikachar:
This book is written by T.K.V Desikachar son of famous Yoga Guru Krishnamacharya. In this book called Heart Of Yoga Desikachar explains and blends his father’s yoga system with his own. A detailed approach to Yoga is explained quite exceptionally in this book. Based on an aspirants health and age-specific exercises are developed and talked about in this book.
You may start knowing and learning about Yoga by buying any of these books. The most important aspect of Yoga is Sankalp Shakti which means the determination to do something. And thus the first step is the determination to learn Yoga.