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My Ultimate, Must-Read Top 3 Yoga Books

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Yoga is a lifelong journey inside ourselves to discover and harness our own inner peace.  How do we stay motivated on the path of yoga?  By reading yoga books that continue to reinforce and deepen our knowledge of yoga.  These are my absolute favorite yoga books and I highly recommend each one, even if you are not already "into" yoga.  Reading them can help to light the fire for internal reflection through the powerful words and inspiring stories.

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Translation and Commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda. 
  • This is the most amazing and inspiring book.  It is about realizing what  is real and  leading yourself away from attachment, towards bliss.  It is  about controlling your mind to empower yourself.  And it’s a really easy  read.  Its 200 sutras (threads in sanskrit, essentially, compact ideas that  explain the entire practice of yoga) expounded with short explanations  by Sri Swami Satchitanada.  From the introduction, “[Yoga's] goal is  nothing less than the total transformation of a seemingly limited  physical, mental and emotional person into a fully illumined,  thoroughly harmonized and perfected being- from an in individual with  likes and dislikes, pains, and pleasures, successes and failures, to a sage  of permanent peace, joy and selfless dedication to the entire creation.”    The writing is extremely clear and easy to understand.  Start reading  today!!!!!
  • Jivamukti Yoga by Sharon Gannon and David Life.                  
  • This is a wonderful book that covers so much information.  It gives you sequences and sun salutations you can begin to teach yourself, instructions for meditation and pranayama (breath control) and wealth of information on yoga and spirituality.  It is filled with beautiful pictures and tons of quotes and can almost be used as a guidebook for entering into the practice of yoga.
  • Autobiography of a Yogi by Parmahansa Yogananda.           
  • This book is a magical story chronicling the life of Sri Yogananda.  We follow him from childhood, searching for a guru through his adult life and finally his founding of the Self-Realization Fellowship.  Along his journey, we travel back and forth between the East and West, witness miracles and divine messages from God and  meet saints all over the world.  The writing in this book is incredible!  On materialism, “As for me, I lie upon forest leaves, and, having nothing to guard, close my eyes in tranquil slumber; whereas, had I anything of worldly value, that burden would banish sleep. The earth supplies me with everything I need, even as a mother provides her child with milk. I go wherever I please, unencumbered by material cares.”  Upon meeting his guru, “Foam of words and spray of thoughts gushed from the fountain of his omniscience.”  On looking at one’s self, “Who am I?”- the Great Inquiry indeed. By stern rejection of all other thoughts the devotee soon finds himself going deeper and deeper into the true Self, and the sidetracking bewilderments of other thoughts cease to arise.”   Enough said, rt?