What are the best books about yoga?
Best books about yoga:-
1. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice:-
This is my absolute favorite yoga book of all time. T.K.V. Desikachar takes you on a journey through the art and science of yoga, beginning with the teachings he received from his father, Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Krishnamacharya is considered to be the father of modern yoga, having taught his son, Desikachar, along with two other prolific teachers of the 20th century, B.K.S. Iyengar (mentioned above), and Pattabhi Jois, creator of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. The author's account of his father's philosophy and teaching are the closest we can get to Krishnamacharya, the guru of gurus. Happily, Desikachar also happens to be one of the greatest yoga teachers of all time in his own right, so we get the benefit of both teachers' wisdom. As an added bonus, this book also includes its own translation of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, the 2,000-year-old bible of essential yoga teachings. In case I haven't been clear, this book is the literal best.
2. The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-kindness
Ahh, humans. We are just balls of stress and confusion and all sorts of other icky feelings. The good news is, yoga asana on its own will help with this. But lemme blow your mind for a sec, here: there's more to yoga than poses. For one thing, it would be argued by some (and by "some," I mean me and every guru ever) that you cannot experience yoga in its complete form without some form of meditation. Are you panicking yet? If so, Pema Chodron is the cure. A Buddhist nun who is basically the coolest, nicest person on earth, Pema will help you figure out how best to integrate meditation into your unique life. Keep in mind that this does not necessarily mean you'll need to block out an hour to sit on a cushion chanting Om (unless that's your bag, of course), and then beat yourself up when you fail to do so with any regularity. No, no, and no. Through Chodron's interpretation of the Buddhist principle of loving-kindness, you will learn the secret to a mindful, compassionate life. Spoiler alert: it has a great deal to do with not beating yourself up.
3. Yoga as Medicine
Are you under 25? Then I'll tell you something that those of us over 25 already know: your body is a ticking time bomb of ailments. It's a fact, Jack. No matter how excellently you take care of yourself, at some point, you're going to strain your back lifting some seemingly weightless object or come down with seasonal allergies out of freakin' nowhere or wake up with the Ebola virus or whatever. It's just part of having a body. On that extremely irritating day when your doctor is like, "Hey, are you aware that bad cholesterol is a thing and that you have tons of it, you cheese addict, you," you will be super glad that you own this book. It contains yogic remedies and treatments for everything from headaches to hernias. So pick it up, then briefly consider going vegan for the thousandth time on your way to the locally sourced, cruelty-free cheese shop. Don't judge me.
4. Bhagvad Gita: The Song of God
If you only ever read one book about yogic philosophy, this should be it. This book is part of the triumvirate of Hindu religious texts, and includes some of the most profound wisdom ever scribed by human hands. "The Gita," as the cool kids call it, is written in the style of an epic poem. It's essentially a long conversation between the deity Krishna and his pupil Arjuna. The two contemplate the most baffling of ethical dilemmas, from war to lust to laziness. This trove of teachings will help you to see modern yoga in its true spiritual, cultural, and historical context. There are countless translations available, but this one is a personal favorite and gets even better when you read it at the beach.