Books, Inspiration, Movement, Wellness

3 Transformative Books on Yoga

Practicing yoga goes beyond just asana, we need to expand our knowledge through reading and experience.  Here are three books to broaden your horizons πŸ’•


1: The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras by Nischala Joy Devi

Yoga is well known for its power to create a healthy body, but few realize the emotional and spiritual benefits. In The Secret Power of Yoga, world-renowned Yoga expert Nischala Joy Devi interprets Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the principles at the basis of Yoga practice, from a heart-centered, intuitive, feminine perspective, resulting in the first translation intended for women.  Devi’s simple, elegant, and deeply personal interpretations capture the spirit of each sutra, and her suggested practices offer numerous ways to embrace the spirituality of Yoga throughout your day.


2: Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind by Frank Jude Boccio

Mindfulness Yoga emphasizes the spiritual side of yoga practice, an aspect often overlooked in a culture that tends to fixate solely on the physical benefits of yoga. Unlike any other Buddhism-meets-yoga book, Mindfulness Yoga presents the two disciplines as a single practice that brings health to the body and liberates the mind and spirit, awakening compassion and fostering equanimity and joy. Mindfulness Yoga will appeal to the many people who have an interest in yoga, Buddhism, and meditation, but who may not have been able to find a teacher who could bring these practices together in a meaningful, practical way.


3: Yoga: Awakening the Inner Body by Donald Moyer

Written by an author who has practiced Iyengar-style yoga since 1971 and who studied with B. K. S. Iyengar himself, Yoga: Awakening the Inner Body is a thorough, up-to-date resource for students and teachers. Using questions such as “Do you have sloping shoulders or square-set shoulders?” and “Are the muscles at the back of your upper arms weak?” the book allows readers to tailor the instruction to fit their needs. Eight chapters cover everything from balancing the sternum to aligning the shoulder blades to exploring the relationship among the collarbone, kidneys, and groin. The book also features an introduction in which the author defines the inner body and the various stages of awakening and gives suggestions for using the book.

What are some books you love to read?

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13 thoughts on “3 Transformative Books on Yoga”

    1. Yoga classes are great! I enjoy at home practice as well, and reading is an awesome place to start too!

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  1. I love your yoga pictures. I’ve never read any of these books, but I love that they address the spiritual side of yoga. I know people who’ve had their lives changed by yoga.

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    1. Thank you! They’re not all mine, I credit the photographer when I can find the source of the photo πŸ˜ƒ I don’t think you have to practice yoga to read these, sometimes giving yourself the opportunity to learn something new is great!

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