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What Are Your Favorite Yoga Related Books?
Jennifer: Where to start? I will name just two, in order to not overwhelm:
MEDITATIONS FROM THE MAT by Rolf Gates because it beautifully explains in an incredibly approachable way the 8 limbs of yoga.
YOGA: DISCIPLINE OF FREEDOM by Barbara Stoler Miller. This translation of the Yoga Sutra attributed to Patanjali is both clear and comprehensive, as well as practical and understandable. Often these texts can totally overwhelm, and the way she breaks down the Sutras is manageable without losing the poetry of the text. She even gives almost a “Cliff’s notes” way to organize the meanings of each “set” of sutras, within each section.
Marsha: Guruji: A Portrait. I love this book! This is a collective of interviews from a couple dozen of Pattabhi Jois’s dedicated students over the last 30 years. It gives an insight on how he and the practice changed their lives. When I need inspiration to practice, all I have to do is pick this book up and read a few paragraphs.
Baghavad Gita by Stephen Mitchell. This ancient Sanskrit story is a valuable read for all levels of aspiring yogis. This version was easily digestible and a joy to read.
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. This book clearly explains what the ego is, how it clouds our perception, and how to work past it to live a present, purposeful, and more joyful life.
Scott: The Upanishads, especially the Brihadaranyaka and Katha, and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. On the Practice of Yoga, Including Asana, with reference to a contemporary context, I like B.K.S. Iyengar and Richard Freeman.
Kathy: Guruji, Bhaghavad Gita and pretty much anything by Pema Chodron.
Rebecca: Light on Yoga….he took all the pictures himself!
Jackie: Tao Te Ching and The Mirror of Yoga by Richard Freeman.
Joanne: I find I go back to Mr. Iyengar’s books most frequently especially Light on Yoga and Light on Life.