Yoga Book Reviews

Welcome to the Book Review page! Please feel free to comment on any that you loved or loathed and definitely add your own suggestions for great yoga books!

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Chopra, Deepak.  The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.
Deepak Chopra’s little guide is filled with big information. In this big-little book, he outlines the seven laws of the universe and how we can actively and fully participate in them to bring out the best in ourselves and our lives. [more]

Desikachar, T.K.V. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice.
A dense, intense book, this is better read in small chunks, rather than trying to consume as a whole.  Combining step-by-step instructions on how to build a personal yoga practice, T.K.V.D. also includes loads of cultural, historical, mythological and practical information.  [more]

Hay, Louise L. You Can Heal Your Life.
Despite the cover art (which was designed by a Care Bear on crack) Hay lays out an intelligent path of “internal housecleaning.” I don’t agree with all her ideas, but her jist of “love thyself” is a powerful message. [more]

Iyengar, B.K.S. Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom.
Taking a more holistic view of yoga than his asana-based Light on Yoga, Iyengar uses plain language, honesty and his own story to outline all that a dedicated yoga practice can bring. A must for anyone practicing yoga, no matter five days or fifty years. [more]

Judith, Anodea. Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self.
Using modern Western psychology and ancient Eastern philosophy, Judith describes the path to creating a whole self. Each chakra is detailed, along with the respective strengths, weaknesses, excesses, deficiencies, and ways to open and heal the trauma seated in each one. [more]

Murakami, Haruki. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.
You may be asking “why is a book about running” here? Read this book and, in your mind, replace the word ‘running’ with ‘yoga’ and you’ll see why. Murakami’s passion, dedication and lessons learned through long-distance running are the same lessons, passions and dedication of a yoga practitioner. You’ll feel inspired and renewed by this little book, even if you’re not a runner. [more]

Myss, Caroline. Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing.
Intuitive healer Myss combines Catholicism, kabbalah and eastern medicine to form a comprehensive path to healing the body and mind. Her directives and information are simple yet will lead to profound understanding and interest in how we have the power to create a more compassionate and kinder life. [more]

Patanjali (traslated by Mukunda Stiles). The Yoga Sutras.
Considered the “Bible” of yoga, Patanjali lays out the path to enlightenment/self-actualization. Can be a tough read, but worth marinating with for the layers of complexity and interpretation. [more]

Roach, Michael and Christie Mcnally. How Yoga Works.
Exactly as the title says, this beautiful book will show you exactly how yoga works.  No yoga bookshelf is complete without this book. This is the book I come back to again and again.  It lives on my bedside table. [more]

Schiffmann, Erich. Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness.
A pose encyclopedia, Schiffman also shares his journey to yoga. An indispensible guide to building a personal/home practice, Schiffmann’s thoughts on poses and pranayama are thoughtful and well-described. [more]

Strom, Max. A Life Worth Breathing.
Deeply personal and wise, Max Strom shares how we can life each moment of our life to the fullest extent. This is something that’s often talked about, but no other author has approached the answer with such clarity as Strom. A perfect book for beginners and those with a dedicated practice. [more]

Williamson, Marianne. A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”.
Despite the God-heavy delivery, Williamson has a lot of important things to say about the importance of Love. It took me two times to make a go of it, but I’m glad I got over the God and stuck with her message. [more]


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