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Which is the Yoga Book you like the best?

nilendub2010-07-04 17:17:54 +0000 #1
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Yoga is 99% practice and 1% knowledge. ~Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

I feel practice of yoga without complementary study is incomplete. Although practice is the most important aspect if one wants to progress in yoga, I feel books are also equally important. Reading the books keep us motivated and every time a read about an asana I get new perspective on that asana.

The books which I have liked are ....

Light on Yoga By Shri BKS Iyengar

Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha By Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Apart from these I also enjoy Yogajournal. I find the articles inspiring.

I would like to know which books you are reading.
wendy2010-07-04 17:24:36 +0000 #2
Hi nilendub!

I am also a reader, and feel exactly the same as you about being inspired and motivated through books and articles on yoga. I have too much more to read before I can choose "best". Actually I'm not very good at choosing just one, but will look through my shelves and see if I can list some favorites for you soon.

Right now I am reading " A Physiological Handbook for Teachers of Yogasana" by Mel Robin, "The Heart of Yoga" by T.K.V.Desikachar (for about the 10th time - great book!) and "Survival of the Sickest" by Dr. Sharon Moalem, which isn't really yoga, but I'm fascinated by neurogenetics and evolutionary medicine.

wendy
nilendub2010-07-04 17:45:39 +0000 #3
Thanks Wendy for sharing your views....I think Each author has different perspective. Also Just going into a pose is one thing and knowing where to concentrate your awareness is another issue. Right method and right awareness are very important, which can be had from usually from a good teacher. Only problem is usually teachers may not be able to pay individual attention in a class.

If we come back home and study about that asana we add to our learning. So in a way study should be supplementary to Class room.
sanchin2010-07-04 18:15:24 +0000 #4
Hello,

In addition to the books you mention, I also use "Hatha Yoga Illustrated" as a reference guide for asana

Sean
Mirjana2010-07-04 18:39:55 +0000 #5
I feel the same about reading nilendub. Most books that I keep at home are books that I can study my whole life: Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Tradition(Feuerstein), The Life Divine (Sri Aurobindo), anatomy books

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Originally Posted by nilendub



I feel practice of yoga without complementary study is incomplete. Although practice is the most important aspect if one wants to progress in yoga, I feel books are also equally important. Reading the books keep us motivated and every time a read about an asana I get new perspective on that asana.

It sounds to me that you might like also Anatomy of Hatha Yoga - H. David Coulter
tommyd2010-07-04 18:16:06 +0000 #6
nile ~ i passed up on a discounted book at borders about a month back

it was the totally illustrated guide to yoga. it was about 2 inches thick and packed with pics and history. still kicking myself for that. its discontinued but i have seen prices in the 30.00 range used when this was going for 5.99 new.

: ( live and u learn ~
tommyd2010-07-04 18:08:30 +0000 #7
* my last comment was cutoff ? *

anyways nile great choices..........i have seen that book in the bookstores and leafed through it after watching various breathing exercises exhibits put on by the 90 something year old legend : )

the current online course i am taking is based on Iyengar.

with a whole set of courseware just on breathing exercise.

peace and blessings
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 20:49:22 +0000 #8
What am I currently reading?

I am about to finish Aadil Palkhivala's book "Fire of Love".

I'm also making my way through The Science of Yoga, Thoughts and Aphorisms, and Thoughts and Glimpses.
David2010-07-04 21:24:54 +0000 #9
Picking a single book would be difficult for me as each has provided value in its own way.

"The Presence Process", "A Massage Therapists Guide to Pathology", "The Science of Fear" and "Trauma, An Osteopathic Approach" are currently strewn about my apartment for me to find and read when I feel like it.
dancingmonkey2010-07-04 20:03:05 +0000 #10
Great question, I have been reading Ganga White's "Yoga Beyond Belief" which I am really enjoying - well I am actually rereading it....its that good.

Also really enjoying Erich Schiffmans "Yoga The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness" Loving this book!!!

I highly recommend both! And thanks to everyone for all the great input....

Oh! One more Krishnamurti's (I think its called) "Think on these things"

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