Best books on Yoga

by | May 17, 2020

 All the ratings given here are given by me, it is purely based on my views. The yoga books are from experienced yogis and also from experts like Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Swami Vivekananda, Mukti Bhodhananda Swami and Swami S. Nirajananand. These are the best books in terms of understanding what is Yoga. The order of the books mentioned below is consciously done, the first book starts with what is the origin of Yoga and what is Yoga, the subsequent books cover Raja Yoga (Patanjali Yoga Sutras) and then followed by Hatha Yoga. 

Remember one thing – These books are not meant to teach you yoga, in fact it is always recommended that yoga should be learned from a proper Guru(experienced teacher). The idea is to set right context on Yoga.

Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga

by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

sadhguru spiritual books

‘Shi-va’ is ‘that which is not’, a primordial emptiness; Shiva is also the first-ever yogi, Adiyogi, the one who first perceived this emptiness. Adiyogi is symbol and myth, historic figure and living presence, creator and destroyer, outlaw and ascetic, cosmic dancer and passionate lover, all at once. A book like no other, this extraordinary document is a tribute to Shiva, the Adiyogi, by a living yogi; a chronicle of the progenitor of mysticism by a contemporary mystic. Here science and philosophy merge seamlessly, so do silence and sound, question and answer-to capture the unspeakable enigma of Adiyogi in a spellbinding wave of words and ideas that will leave one entranced, transformed.

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  • Author 98% 98%
  • Depth of Knowledge 98% 98%
  • Popularity 95% 95%
  • Avg Customer Reviews 92% 92%

Raja-Yoga & Patanjali Yoga-Sutra

by Swami Vivekananda

autobiography of a yogi book

All the orthodox systems of India philosophy have one goal in view, the liberation of the soul through perfection. The method is by Yoga. The word Yoga covers an immense ground, but both the Sankhya and the Vedanta Schools point to Yoga in some form or other. The subject of the present book is that form of Yoga known as Raja-Yoga. The aphorisms of Patanjali are the highest authority on Raja-Yoga.

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  • Author 99% 99%
  • Depth of Knowledge 98% 98%
  • Popularity 95% 95%
  • Avg Customer Reviews 92% 92%

Hatha Yoga Pradipika

by Mukti Bhodhananda Swami

Hatha Yoga Pradipika is divided into different portions, each of which explain a certain part of Yoga. Hatha Yoga involves the yoga of the body, and yet this book does not restrict itself to the physical aspects of yoga, but delves deeper to how yoga can awaken the chakras and the kundalini energy, helping the person who practices it achieve spiritual liberation. There are different upadesas or chapters to Hatha Yoga Pradipika, out of which the shatkarmas are discussed elaborately in one of them. These are yogic practices which are created to completely purify the body. There are different methods like neti, involving saline water through the nostrils, and the cleaning of sinuses among other things. There are other practices like dhauti and basti, which are described in detail. There are other upadesas that describe tantric practices in yoga, involving various methods which are all designed as enemas to cleanse the body. There are different exercises, for example to improve the frenulum of the tongue and to awaken the kundalini shakti effectively. The final upadesa is about samadhi, which is the final meditative state of yoga where the practitioner is said to become one with the cosmos. It talks of the alchemy of life, and how this state of spiritual enlightenment can be attained through continuous practice. Hatha Yoga Pradipika is a translation of Swami Svatmarama s original text, making it palatable and easier to understand than the original.

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  • Author 94% 94%
  • Depth of Knowledge 98% 98%
  • Popularity 96% 96%
  • Avg Customer Reviews 94% 94%

Prana and Pranayama

by Swami S. Nirajanananda

Prana and Pranayama, by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, is a comprehensive book on the philosophy of prana the life force, and pranayama the expansion and control of the life force.This book offers a complete explanation of the science of pranayama as presented in the classical texts and as taught in the Satyananda Yoga Tradition by Bihar School of Yoga. The book explores the theory of prana and its related yogic concepts such as koshas, chakras, nadis and mantras. It also discusses respiratory physiology and current research undertaken on pranayama. The book also has a practical section, which contains particular guidelines for practicing pranayama, explained through instructions and illustrations. Throughout the book, biblical sources enhance the reader’s understanding, bringing to light the unique spirit and intent of these classical teachings.

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  • Author 92% 92%
  • Depth of Knowledge 99% 99%
  • Popularity 95% 95%
  • Avg Customer Reviews 94% 94%

Key Muscles of Yoga: Your Guide to Functional Anatomy in Yoga

by Ray Long MD FRCSC

This book offers a scientific approach to understanding the practice of hatha yoga. Through four-colour, three-dimensional illustrations of major muscles, tendons, and ligaments, Ray Long describes the practice and benefits of hatha yoga. Specific anatomical and physiological descriptions highlight the agonist, antagonist, and synergist muscles that come into play with each pose. Volume I of the series describes the key muscles of hatha yoga and how they are utilised. From beginners to experts, this book will become a constant companion.

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  • Author 92% 92%
  • Depth of Knowledge 93% 93%
  • Popularity 99% 99%
  • Avg Customer Reviews 94% 94%
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