23 Books Every Yogi Needs to Read

Every yoga practitioner seems to have the one book they use as part of their “yoga curriculum” for life. Since yogis come from all different schools of thought and backgrounds, we asked the Sarasota yoga community for their favorite reads. With their thoughtful feedback, we compiled this diverse list to benefit yogis everywhere! It includes books on yoga technique & philosophy, as well as books not necessarily about yoga but containing inspiration and encouragement for a mindful life.

Books to deepen your understanding of yoga: asana, pranayama, philosophy, mudra, etc:

 Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers

Tom Myers is a leading voice in the science community on understanding the role of  fascia human movement. If you are unfamiliar with fascia, prepare to have your yoga practice flipped upside-down! The in-depth look at human anatomy in Anatomy Trains will leave you stunned and wanting more!

The Science of Yoga by I.K. Taimni

A commentary on the sutras of Patajali. It goes deep into the meanings of the sutras while still being understandable. Many say this book is so full of wisdom you could study it for a lifetime!

Hands of Wonder by Iréne de Brice & Vivia Astraia

Hands of Wonder is an extremely informative book on Yoga Mudra with some of the most delicate and understandable mudra illustrations for you to learn through coloring! Iréne de Brice & Viva Astraia combined their years of knowledge and experience with mudras to create this one of a kind coloring book.

The Mirror of Yoga by Richard Freeman

Supernormal by Dean Radin

Light on Life by B.K.S. Iyengar

How Yoga Works by Gesne Michael Roach

The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope

Be Here Now by Ram Dass

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark

Books recommended by yogis for a good read or that relate to everyone’s journey in life:

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown & Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

If you’ve never read one of Brené Brown’s books, we are so thankful you’ve landed on this page! Brené has a way of relating to the reader as if she is their best friend. While she says she does not practice yoga asana, Brené’s books zero in on exactly what the yogic lifestyle is all about: showing up, being authentic and standing your sacred ground! You won’t be able to stop reading until you’ve read her every last book!

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich holds the most powerful secret of all: how to translate your desire into reality. Whether it’s wanting a successful yoga business, accumulating a certain amount of money, or however you define “riches” this book will give you actionable takeaways to make it happen. Think and Grow Rich is a great read for yogis because it focuses on the importance of intentional thought and training the mind. Through autosuggestion, feeding the mind the positive creative thoughts, persistence & faith you can create the reality you want! Be prepared for the power this book will give you, your biggest dream will be on its way to becoming reality, so dream big!

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Power Up Your Brain by David Perlmutter

In the Meantime by Iyanla Vanzant

 The Story of B by Daniel Quinn / Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Maps to Ecstasy by Gabrielle Roth

May I Be Happy by Cyndi Lee

Little, Big by John Crowley

Have you read some of the books in our list or did we forget your favorite yoga book? Either way, we love your feedback! Please let us know your thoughts in the comment section below! Namaste


**For more information on yoga reading materials and deepening your practice, fill out the form below with details on what you are looking for and your preferred contact method. We will connect you with the resources that will help you meet your needs.**

For more about the author go to SheNeedsLess.com or you can sign up for Tara’s yoga class here.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s