There are so many books out there on yoga, It seems like every yoga instructor in the world has written a book. Many of them contain the same information about the same postures. It gives people the impression that yoga is just a form of exercise, and that's all.
Yoga is so much more. It's all about the emotions and sensations that come from turning your awareness inward. It's about listening to your inner voice, and about expanding your heart.
The thing that is so amazing about yoga is that it's been around for thousands of years and it has an astounding and rich history.
All of these books listed below are wonderful reads if you are looking to learn more about the spiritual and historical aspect of yoga.
Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann (available through Amazon for $11.53) is one of the 1st books I picked up. It does illustrate postures, but it also focuses on using the practice of yoga as a way to meditate, and listen to your inner heart to find guidance and support.
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Open Body: Creating Your Own Yoga by Todd Walton is a beautiful book. There are amazing artistic drawings of postures and delicate words describing how to tap into your emotional and creative self through yoga.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, was translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda and is a complete manual for the study of the spiritual practice of yoga. It's a must-have for people wanting to learn about the foundation and basis of yoga. Get it for $10.68 through Amazon.
The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar is available through Amazon for $13.57. This is an exceptional book written by the son of the great Krishnamacharya, who by the way, taught Sri BKS Iyengar (founder of Iyengar yoga) and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (founder of Ashtanga yoga). That alone should inspire you to pick up this book. It describes so much about the study of yoga, and in the back, even includes the complete text of the Yoga Sutras.
I hope these books help to explain more about the important aspects of yoga. It's not just about twisting yourself into a pretzel and standing on your head. It's about listening to the voice within, becoming aware of and experiencing the truth, wisdom, and love inside your heart, and sharing what you discover with the world.