Integrating the physical yoga practice with yoga philosophy is alfa omega. Practicing yoga without having a framework to encompass the experience is like fumbling around in the dark. Reading up on yoga will not only widen your horizon, but it will help guide your practice in the direction of healing and transformation.
Reading only the traditional yoga literature (see the list to the right) can be incomprehensible as well as of little practical use in our modern society. As an example, to understand the Yoga Sutras, you need to supplement with an interpretation and commentary. In my case, I have read two different interpretations of the Yoga Sutras, and I still re-read chapters regularly to better my understanding.
Here is a list of books I have read that has inspired me tremendously not only as a yoga practitioner, but as a human being.
Books for those wanting to learn more about yoga
Maki, Bhavani Silvia
David H. Coulter
Ashtanga Yoga – The Intermediate Series: Mythology, Anatomy, and Practice (Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate Series)Maehle, Gregor
Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy
Iyengar, B. K. S.
Frawley, Dr. David
Non-fiction books & magazines I would recommend to yogis and non-yogis
- Grit: Why Passion and Resilience are the Secrets to Success
- Ashtanga Dispatch Magazines
- The Power of Habit
- Thinking, Fast and Slow
- Vår utrolige Hjerne
My top 5 fiction books
- A Little Life
- Seven Types of Ambiguity
- Dina’s Book
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
- On Beauty