Namaste Funky Yogis, and Happy June!
Yoga Man Dan here with this week's Funky Yoga Blog. I read A LOT, I believe it to be very important to read text instead of staring at screens all day. So, I decided to compile a list of the Top 5 Yoga books I think every yogi should read :)
This text is a world-wide "bible" of yoga. It is written by Patanjali, a scholar in his times from a school of Hindu Philosophy. Also known the "The 8 Limbs of Yoga", the Yoga Sutras are a combination of various yoga traditions rolled into one book. It reveals that asanas, or poses, are only one of many paths of yoga to enlightenment, and there is much more to yoga than downward dogs and headstands.
A widely respected book about yoga therapy, this text work comes from the medical editor of the country’s premier yoga magazine, who is both a practicing yogi and a Western-trained physician.
Beginning with an overview of the history and science of yoga, Dr. McCall describes the many different techniques in the yoga tool kit; explains what yoga does and who can benefit from it; and provides illustrations and minutely detailed instructions on starting a yoga practice geared to your fitness level and your health status.
The definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of Yoga--the ancient healing discipline for body and mind--by its greatest living teacher, Iyengar. Light on Yoga provides complete descriptions and illustrations of all the positions and breathing exercises, and features techniques for yogis on all different kinds of paths and levels or practice.
Often referred to as simply the Gita, this 700-verse Hindu scripture is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna. Those names may sound confusing and intimidating, but it is a very important text for all yogis to read in terms of a yogi's life off of the mat, true enlightenment, and devotion to one's practice.
Autobiography of a Yogi introduces life of Paramahansa Yogananda and his encounters with spiritual figures of both the East and West. The book begins with his childhood family life, to finding his guru, to becoming a monk and establishing his teachings of Kriya Yoga meditation. The book continues in 1920 when Yogananda accepts an invitation to speak in a religious congress in Boston, MA, USA. He then travels across America lecturing and establishing his teachings in Los Angeles. In 1935 he returns to India for a yearlong visit. When he returns to America, he continues to establish his teachings, including writing this book.
The book is an introduction to the methods of attaining God-realization and to the spiritual thought of the East, which had only been available to a few in 1946.
Thanks for reading Funky Yogis! Let us know in the comments your favorite Yoga Books, I'm always looking for new books to read!
Wherever you are, practice! Namaste.