Every individual must have a quest to be better and more evolved as person, to have a meaningful life. In this contemporary scenario to fill this quest many people have joined yoga classes. No doubt they have made a right choice in their life. But since we have taught imany students, a very common question comes to us: after this course, what will happen to their learning process especially theoretical studies?
So a very common and most asked question to us is “what are the books you can recommend us for further/self-study?”
Books play a very important role in our life. Books are packed with knowledge, insights into a happy life and helpful advices. “When we open a book we open a new world”.
Do you know 23 of April we celebrate as world book day.
The most common benefits of books are that they help us to explore the self in more depth, improve self-understanding and imagination.
So here are some recommend books that will expand and grow your knowledge and understanding of yoga.
Asana and pranayama
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha: by Swami Satyananda
Asana pranayama mudra bandha this is best book for beginners. Easy to understand the basics of yogic practices.
Light on Yoga: by B. K. S. Iyengar
Light on yoga provides full explanations on asanas and how to perform them along with illustrations. Described as a comprehensive guide to the asanas as well as breathing techniques, the book has been a guide and reference source for beginners.
Prana and Pranayama: by Swami S. Nirajanananda
The best for deeper understanding of pranayama practices. This book not only examines the concept of ‘prana’ but also respiratory physiology and yogic concepts such as chakras, koshas, nadis and mantras.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika: by Swami Muktibodhananda
This is one of the earliest and most authoritative texts on the subject of hatha yoga and is meant to be for more advanced learners.
Four Chapters On Freedom: by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
It is the best book for yoga philosophy. It is a translation and commentary on yoga sutra of patanjali.
Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: by B. K. S. Iyengar
It is also translation and commentary on Patanjali’s hymns. The book has been described as the Bible of Yoga.
The Bhagvad Gita
So many of our beliefs and the way that we live our life, goes back to this one collection of life lessons that Lord Krishna gave to Arjuna on the battlefield. It is a must read book.
Yoga nidra: by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
It is the introduction to yoga nidra and some technics of meditation with practical approach.
Vigyan Bhairav Tantra: by Osho
If you are looking for something deeper about meditaion Vigyan bhairav tantra is the best book for it.