Reading List

If you are new to yoga and looking for resources to develop your practice, Here are a few of my favorite tittles.
 
* "Light on Yoga"  by B.K.S. Iyengar.  A must have for every serious student/teacher. Over six Hundred photos with benefits and contraindications for each pose.  Be prepared to learn some Sanskrit.
* "Yoga, The Iyengar Way" .  by Silva, Mira and Shyam Mehta.  All of the basic asana in an easy to understand format, glossy and full color.   Names of poses in Sanskrit and English.
* "The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga", by Ray Long MD.   An excellent tool for learning anatomy as it relates directly to asana. 
"The Sivananda Companion to Yoga"  a wonderful read if you are interested in understanding more than postures.  Chapters on Meditation, breathing , diet and early foundations of yogic tradition. Great section on Chakras.
* "Ashtanga Yoga" The Practice Manual" by David Swenson.  Don't be overwhelmed when you open this one, there are step-by-step sequence photos and commentary that takes you from basic postures into the primary and intermediate Ashtanga series.  A good reference for learning sun salutations.
*"Yoga Anatomy" by Leslie Kaminoff .  Nice anatomical drawings, I like how each pose is broken down into sections. Work, Lengthening, Obstacles and Notes and Breathing.  names of poses are given in Sanskrit with phonetic spelling and English meanings.
* "The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness"  by Erich Schiffmann.  The first two chapters are worth the purchase price.  This book is divided into four parts.  Parts two and three cover basic and advanced asana.  Parts One and four deal with beginning a practice and moving into meditation. 
*"A Path with a Heart".  by Jack Kornfield.  If you are ready to take your practice off the mat and into your daily life, then it's time to read this book.  Don't borrow this one, get your own copy, you may want to read it twice.
*"Bhagavad Gita"  There are numerous translations and editions available.  I have the one by Stephen Mitchell.  Original author of the Gita is unknown,  most believe it was written as early as the fifth century B.C.E.  In it's original form it stood alone as a poem, now it can be found as book six of India"s national epic. "Mahabharata"  The story of a conversation between Arjuna and Krishna as they prepare to enter into a bloody civil war.  Not a story of how we should face death, but rather a lesson on how we should face life.  Enjoy.
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