building your yoga library

3 books to build your yoga library

After purchasing traditional classics such as “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” and “The Bhagavad Gita,” Kelowna educator, Dewi Peters, found herself wanting more. With little idea of where/how to start building her yoga library, she reached out to the brightest, wisest and downright coolest yogis she knows to find out what books they hold dear.

If you're the kind of person who can't get enough of your teacher's wise parting words during Savasana; loves setting an intention for each practice and captions your yoga pictures with motivational quotes, this list is for you.

three incredible yoga reads

Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga
Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison

Interested in the philosophy behind yoga and how it applies to your life but not the heavy reading that sometimes comes with it? You'll love this book. Broken down into 365 short essays that build upon each other, it is written in contemporary language with no shortage of humour, honesty, humility and wisdom. Described by one reader as “a one-a-day vitamin for the yogic soul,” this is a great choice for anyone seeking down-to-earth inspiration in daily life.

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

As the son of T. Krishnamacharya, often referred to as the “father of modern yoga” who taught both B.K.S Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois, Desikachar was uniquely qualified to write this book. Based on his personal experiences and "The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali", the emphasis here is on gradually learning and enjoying each pose instead of hurrying to complete your practice. It focuses on both physical and spiritual elements while helping you tailor each aspect to your specific preferences and lifestyle – pitch-perfect for beginners and advanced yogis alike.

The Inner Tradition of Yoga: A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner
Michael Stone

Written for a Western audience, this is a highly-accessible exploration of how yoga theory applies to our practice on the mat. Practical and poetic, it's a deep read that's best accompanied by a cup of tea and followed up with some meditation time. Touching on the ethics of non-violence, patience, honesty and respect, Michael explores the mind-body connection and weaves in some Buddhist philosophy to boot.

What yoga books have a permanent home on your bookshelf? Share your favourites with us! 

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I LOVE Melody Beattie’s “Journey to the Heart”!

Comment by She Rocks Fitness — December 10, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

What wonderful timing this blog is for me! I am on Day 9 of a 30-day yoga challenge and I wanted to study different aspects of yoga. Thanks for the recommedations!

Comment by Tammy — December 10, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

I also love “Journey to the Heart”! I read “Meditations from the Mat” almost everyday to my yoga students and I highly recommend “Yoga Gems” by Georg Feuerstein. Thanks for this article ;)

Comment by Lisa — December 10, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

great list! another of my absolute fave yoga books is “bringing yoga to life” by donna farhi. i have ready this book cover to cover probably 50 times and have underlined so much of it.

Comment by Mary Beth LaRue — December 11, 2012 @ 9:47 am

More goodies to read! Thank you for this great round-up!

Comment by erin @WELLinLA — December 11, 2012 @ 10:19 am

I loved Meditations from the Mat! I bought it a couple years ago and did the daily reflections for a year or so and absolutely loved it. It was so nice to have tiny reflections to meditate on as I was starting my day!

Comment by Elle — December 11, 2012 @ 10:40 am

Melody Beattie’s ‘Journey to the Heart’ is an awesome read and a life/game changer! I read a page at the end of all of my classes :)

Comment by Lindsey — December 11, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

Iyengar’s “Light on Life” is probably my favorite yoga reading.

Comment by Ben — December 11, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

i absolutely LOVE “Meditations from the Mat” its one of my favorite books that i go to often. Ive read the whole thing but its nice to leave alongside the bed and randomly open it for daily inspiration:) i highly recommend it for anyone actively involved in yoga or not

Comment by Tiare Vincent — December 11, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

I love the yoga and meditation both because it’s boost-up to human for healthy living. I also love to read the advanced yoga book please provide the information for that.Thank for recommendations.

Comment by Allen Jackson — December 13, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

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