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Short articles and teachings for yogis:

On the meaning of Yoga

On Letting Go

On Interest, Attention and Enjoyment

On Stress and the Nervous System

On Yoga Retreats

On Yoga Books

Handouts:

Suryanamaska A & B

Standing Sequence

Home Practice Sequence

 

On Yoga Books

There are literarily thousands of books on yoga (Amazon has 9,286 titles) so any recommendation will be a personal one. These are some of the books that have interested, inspired and informed yours truly:

 

LIGHT ON YOGA
B.K.S. Iyengar

Beginners may find this book a little daunting but any list of yoga books would be incomplete if it were absent. It's about as far away as you can get from a coffee table book (the pictures and design are very dated) but a more comprehensive yoga manual has yet to be written.

YOGA - THE SPIRIT AND PRACTICE OF MOVING INTO STILLNESS
Erich Schiffmann

The first book I found that attempted to describe how yoga feels. If you can get past the author's story of his own yoga 'journey' (he's from California) you will be rewarded with sincere and straight forward explanations not just as to how to make the shapes; but also how you can feel how they are made. This book is very readable and I'd recommend it to both beginners and experienced yogis alike.

AWAKENING THE SPINE
Vanda Scaravelli

Not a yoga manual by any stretch :) but a beautiful book. Vanda Scaravelli died a short while ago but continued to teach and practice yoga well into her nineties. This is not an instructional book but it's message is very powerful and wonderfully illustrated. The only way to learn yoga is to do it, but this book will inspire you and remind you of the importance of the spine and gravity in your practice.


YOGA - MIND, BODY, SPIRIT
Donna Farhi

I once attended an intensive 5 day workshop with Donna and we didn't hit it off at all (I left after the second day by mutual agreement) but I still think her books are brilliant. This book is a perfect introduction for the beginner as it covers most aspects from breathing to dynamics.


DYNAMIC YOGA
Godfrey Devereux

Godfrey comes over a little unconventional in his approach but you soon realise that he just has a great way of explaining classical yoga practice - he gets it so right. I think he's a brilliant yoga philosopher as well as a good teacher and as such this particular book (he has many) is a wonderful introduction for those just starting. It also some good sequences that can be incorporated into a daily practice.