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There is a saying in Yoga that if we practice without studying we will become stupid meditators, and if we study without practice we will be armchair yogins. The secret then is a good balance of practice to help us evolve into Yoga, and study to help us guide our course and actually recognise the states that Yoga can bring up for us.

In more than thirty years of practice, we’ve read many a book on Yoga, some good and some bad. The following books are the ones that we wholeheartedly recommend, and if you live in Australia just click on the photo or text link to purchase.

CORE TEXTS

These are the core textbooks that we use for teacher training, and thoroughly recommend to all teachers, teachers-in-training and serious students of Yoga.

The Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice If you were only ever going to buy one Yoga book in your life, it should be The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice.

We probably don’t need to say much more than that, but perhaps a few more details would help. This book doesn’t go down the usual route of endlessly describing Yoga posture instructions or sequences, but goes much deeper into describing the underlying principles of Yoga that should always be applied. In other words, it tells you what makes a practice Yoga or not.Utterly essential for teachers and students alike, the language is simple and easy to understand, but the impact is profound.

Having both studied for many years with Sir, it’s a real treasure to get time to revisit this book over and over, as we always learn something new.

Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow

Yoga for Wellness Yoga for Wellness is a book of two halves, with the first part of the book comprehensively covering the topic of Asana, including the role of breath in posture work. The second half contains a lot of information on the therapeutic approach to Yoga, and some interesting Yoga Therapy case studies.

Gary’s writing style is clear and systematic, bringing out the fundamental principles of Viniyoga and Vinyasa Krama in a way that no other textbook has to date.

Anatomy Trains by Tom Myers

Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists Think you know how the human body works? In Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists, Tom Myers will have you wide-eyed and fascinated at how the human body really works in movement and at rest.

If you’re a Yoga Teacher or a Bodyworker and the words Myofascia and Tensegrity mean nothing to you, then this is a must-read. It will revolutionise the way you think of the human body and leave you eager for more.

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff

Yoga Anatomy A former student of TKV Desikachar, Leslie Kaminoff has really mastered his craft in understanding how to use a knowledge of anatomy in Yoga, and how to teach that in others. In Yoga Anatomy he’ll take the general understanding you learned from Tom Myers and explain exactly what’s going on in Asana practice, posture by posture.

The drawings of human anatomy in various Asana alone are worth the price of this book.

One Percent Yoga: How to Practise Yoga Every Day by Scott Rennie

If you didn’t notice it already, we’ll point out that it was our Scott who wrote One Percent Yoga. But we honestly believe that there’s a lot of good information about building a personal practice in an easy-going fashion in this book. And it’s not lightweight either, fully covering the fundamental principles of Krishnamacharya’s approach to Yoga, with video links where Scott will not only teach you how to develop certain aspects of the breath, but also leads you through a 15 minute sequence you can do every day.

Currently this book is only available in e-book format, clicking the link will take you to Amazon (who are responsible for the bigger link picture, honest!) but you’ll also find it if you search iBooks and other e-book sellers.