So you're looking for a new yoga book to read and get stuck into? Perhaps you're new to the practice of yoga, and want to learn more before you start. Or maybe you've practised yoga for years and are after a deeper understanding of the practice and yourself?
At Yogi Bare, we are continually learning and opening our minds. With hundreds and hundreds of books on this practice, it's hard to know where to start, but we're here to help. From the best yoga books for beginners to those aspiring yoga teachers, below are just three of our best yoga books 2021 that you should add to your reading list now.
Best Yoga Books 2021
1. Yoga: A Manual for Life by Naomi Annand
Best Yoga Book For: Total beginners to more experienced yogis.
When searching for yoga books to read, you will not be disappointed with this. In Yoga: A Manual for Life, Naomi Annand teaches you how to use the ancient practice of yoga to live better in today's world. Accessible and warm, it is a beautifully written book full of wisdom and hands-on experience. It gently guides you through the foundations of yoga practice, providing excellent illustrations of creative and straightforward asanas and sequences. It even contains practice notes for each posture - it's like having your very own personal yoga teacher in your front room. From photography to philosophy, this book will make you want to try a different asana and sequence on every page—a must-read for any yogi bear.
Buy Yoga: A Manual for Life here.
2. Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom by B.K.S. Iyengar
Best Yoga Book for: Absolute yoga addicts and yoga teachers.
"My life's work has been to show how this is a path that can lead the dedicated practitioner to the integration of body, mind, and soul."
If you have searched for the most popular yoga books to read before, chances are you would have come across at least one of three of Author BKS Iyengar's classic works mentioned over and over (he is one of the world's most renowned yoga instructors):
- Light on Yoga (the asana Bible - another favourite of ours)
- Light on Pranayama
- View on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and the Ultimate Freedom is a gathering of the discoveries from a master yogi nearing the end of his life. Iyengar digs a little deeper into the meaning of the yoga practice, sharing his insights and experiences - it is a rich exploration of the philosophy and methodology of yoga. It reveals how yoga can improve our lives in many life-changing ways, beyond the physical benefits. If you're a yoga addict on an inward journey to increase your 'physical health, emotional vitality, mental clarity, intellectual wisdom and spiritual bliss', this yoga book is for you.
3. The Science of Yoga by Ann Swanson, MS
Best Yoga Book For: Intermediate yogi bears and those interested in the science behind yoga.
For those interested in the science behind yoga, this yoga book is a fascinating introduction to the anatomy and physiology of yoga and yoga poses. With annotated artwork, this book explains the various fields of yoga practice in terms of not only muscle mechanics but also how your blood flow and respiration are affected. It goes through safe alignment and much more.
You might be thinking that it sounds a lot more complicated and scientific for you, but it is simple enough for all. This yoga book is suggested for all those who want to widen their understanding of yoga, as well as improve technical excellence in their practice and optimise the benefits for their individual health needs.
Buy The Science of Yoga here.