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


one of the following three required:

  • 30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers, Judith Lasater

  • Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness, Erich Schiffmann

  • Moving Toward Balance: 8 Weeks of Yoga with Rodney Yee, Rodney Yee


  • The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaran

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, choose among translations by Alistair Shearer or Sri Swami Satchidananda

  • The Wisdom of Yoga, Stephen Cope (required for Dharma Program only)

  • The Ramayana, retold by William Buck (required for Dharma Program only)

Anatomy & Physiology:

  • The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume 1, Ray Long

  • The Anatomy Coloring Book, Wynn Kapit/Lawrence M. Elson


  • 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 Beyond Belief: Insights to Awaken and Deepen Your Practice, Ganga White

  • Yoga: The Iyengar Way, Silva Mehta, Mira Mehta, and Shyam Mehta


  • 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

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translation by Chip Hartranft

  • Seven Systems of Indian Philosophy, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD


  • 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


  • The Breathing Book: Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breathwork, Donna Farhi

  • 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