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Best Yoga Books

Looking for good yoga books? Below you’ll find a curated list of the best yoga books that will teach you the mechanics and teachings of yoga.

The list of best yoga books for beginners below includes information on the yoga philosophy and strategies to deepen practice. Enjoy!

The 10 Best Yoga Books for Beginners

1. Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar


Synopsis: Light on Yoga has become the bible for hundreds of thousands of people who practice Yoga daily with the Iyengar method, for exercise, meditation, or simple relaxation. With more than 600 photographs depicting all the postures and breathing exercises, it remains the fullest, most practical, and most profusely illustrated guide by the world’s foremost yoga teacher. Light on Yoga is a comprehensive and definitive source-book for the initiated, as well as the best introduction for the novice who seeks the healthful benefits of Yoga for mind, body, and soul.

2. Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff

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Synopsis: See inside every yoga pose! With clear, expert instruction and full-color, detailed anatomical drawings, Yoga Anatomy depict the most common asanas to provide a deeper understanding of the structures and principles underlying each movement and of yoga itself.

3. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar

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Synopsis: The first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to viniyoga–yoga adapted to the needs of the individual.

4. The Yoga Sutras by Patañjali, Swami Satchidananda

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Synopsis: This valuable book provides a complete manual for the study and practice of Raja Yoga, the path of concentration and meditation.

5. Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

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Synopsis: 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.

6. The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards by William J. Broad

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Synopsis: In this remarkable book about yoga, William Broad, a lifelong practitioner, shows us that uncommon states are integral to a hidden world of risk and reward that lies beneath clouds of myth, superstition, and hype.

7. The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long

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Synopsis: This is the third edition of The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga, with extended contents. There is a new cover, over 50 new pages with an expanded chapter on the breath and more biomechanics in yoga. 244-page book with over 650 color 3D computer-generated images of a human skeleton covering over thirty key muscles as applied to Hatha Yoga including biomechanics and information on the chakras.

8. Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga by Rolf Gates

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Synopsis: The 365 meditations included in this book offer a way to integrate the mindfulness that yoga teaches into everyday life.

9. Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Hanson Lasater

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Synopsis: In Living Your Yoga, Judith Lasater stretches the meaning of yoga beyond its familiar poses and breathing techniques to include the events of daily life—all of them—as practice.

10. Light on Life by B.K.S. Iyengar

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Synopsis: In Light on Life, B.K.S. Iyengar brings readers this new and more complete understanding of the yogic journey.

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