In-Depth reading list

Required Texts

Yoga, General:

  • Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, Stephen Cope

Asana:

  • 30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers, Judith Lasater
  • Moving Toward Balance: 8 Weeks of Yoga with Rodney Yee, Rodney Yee

Wisdom:

  • The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaran, Barbara Stoller Miller, or Stephen Mitchell
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, choose among translations by Chip Hartranft, Alistair Shearer, or Sri Swami Satchidananda

Anatomy & Physiology:

  • The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume 1, Ray Long
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book, Wynn Kapit/Lawrence M. Elson

Pranayama:

  • The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama, Richard Rosen

Highly Recommended

Yoga, General:

  • The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice, TKV Desikachar
  • Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga, Gary Kraftsow
  • Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness, Erich Schiffmann
  • Yoga Beyond Belief: Insights to Awaken and Deepen Your Practice, Ganga White
  • Yoga: The Iyengar Way, Silva Mehta, Mira Mehta, and Shyam Mehta

Wisdom:

  • The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran
  • Tao Te Ching, English version by Stephen Mitchell
  • Emptiness Dancing, Adyashanti
  • The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker's Guide to Extraordinary Living, Stephen Cope
  • The Great Work of Your Life, Stephen Cope
  • Ramayana, retold by William Buck
  • Mahabharata, retold by William Buck
  • The Untethered Soul, Michael Singer
  • Food for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah
  • The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice, TKV Desikachar
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translation by Ravi Ravindra
  • Seven Systems of Indian Philosophy, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Anatomy:

  • Trail Guide to the Body: How to Locate Muscles, Bones, Andrew Biel and Robin Dorn
  • Anatomy of Movement, Blandine Calais-Germain
  • The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume 2, Ray Long

Energy & Subtle Anatomy

  • Energy Medicine, Donna Eden
  • Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to Self, Anodea Judith

Pranayama: 

  • The Breathing Book: Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breathwork, Donna Farhi
  • The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama, Richard Rosen
  • Conscious Breathing, Gay Hendricks

More Asana & Special Applications:

  • Preparing for Birth with Yoga, Janet Balaskas
  • YinSights: A Journey Into the Philosophy & Practice of Yin Yoga, Bernie Clark
  • Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization, David Frawley
  • Yoga for Pregnancy, Sandra Jordan
  • Insight Yoga, Sarah Powers
  • A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering: Yoga for Depression, Amy Weintraub