21 Great Yoga Books of 2010


As I’ve mentioned before, I have a serious weakness for yoga books.  I mean, who doesn’t? Anyhow, in a moment of complete disclosure, here’s what I’ve added to my collection so far this year (in no particular order):

  1. Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings by A.G. Mohan
    Learn more about A.G. Mohan at his website:  Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda.
  2. Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations And Techniquesby Mark Stephens
    Read the author’s bio.
    Uncover a ton of teaching and practice pointers on Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Mark Stephens.
  3. The Yoga-Sutra Of Patanjali: A New Translation With Commentary (Shambhala Classics)by Chip Hartranft
    Read Hartranft’s translation for free  right here via the author’s On-line Companion.  Excellent resource!
  4. The Inner Tradition Of Yoga: A Guide To Yoga Philosophy For The Contemporary Practitionerby Michael Stone
    To learn more about the author, Michael Stone, visit his website:  Centre of Gravity.
  5. Myths of The Asanas: The Ancient Origins of Yogaby Alanna Kaivalya, Arjuna van der Kooij
    Visit the author’s website at JivaDiva.com.
  6. Yoga Beneath The Surface: An American Student And His Indian Teacher Discuss Yoga Philosophy And Practiceby Srivatsa Ramaswami, David Hurwitz
    Learn more about Ramaswami at his website: Vinyasa Krama.
    Read Ramaswami’s article,  My Studies with Shri T. Krishnamacharya, published inNamarupa Magazine.
  7. Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practiceby Mark Singleton
    Book review and some good comments on mayaland.
  8. The Subtle Body: The Story Of Yoga In Americaby Stefanie Syman
    Book site: http://thesubtlebody.net/
    Read an interview with author Stefanie Syman at YogaCityNYC.
    Listen to author interview on On Point Radio.
  9. The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practiceby Deborah Adele
    Book site:  http://www.theyamasandniyamas.com/.
    Author’s blog.
  10. Living Your Yoga:  Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Lifeby Judith Hanson Lasater
    Author’s website.
  11. Ashtanga Yoga: The Definitive Step-By-Step Guide To Dynamic Yogaby John C. Scott
    Check out a short, but inspiring, clip of the author demonstrating and explaining Ashtanga yoga.
  12. Ashtanga Yoga: Practice And Philosophyby Gregor Maehle
    Author’s website, 8limbs.com.
  13. Yoga And The Path Of The Urban Mysticby Darren Main
    Visit Darren Main’s companion website to the book.
  14. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spiritby Deepak Chopra
    You gotta love Tara Stiles and Deepak Chopra’s “Authentic Yoga” iPhone/iPad app (I have both).
  15. The Athlete’s Pocket Guide to Yoga:  50 Routines for Flexibility, Balance, and Focusby Sage Rountree
    Take a look at Sage’s ‘Hip Flexor and Hamstring Stretch Yoga Routine’ on Runner’s World.
    Sage also has a great website and blog.
  16. The Subtle Body:  An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy by Cyndi Dale
    I have yet to spend much time in this book since I’m not getting it until Christmas, but it has great reviews on Amazon.
    Visit the author’s website for additional exploration.
  17. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:  Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutrasby Sri Swami Satchidananda
    Visit Sri Swami Satchidananda’s website.
  18. The Living Gita:  The Complete Bhagavad Gita – A Commentary for Modern Readersby Sri Swami Satchidananda
  19. Bhagavad Gita:  A New Translation by Stephen Mitchell
  20. 27 Things to Know About Yoga by Victoria Klein
    Check out Daily Cup of Yoga’s Review of 27 Things. This is really a great little yoga book!
    You will also enjoy reading Victoria Klein’s great yoga blog.
  21. The Mirror of Yoga:  Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mindby Richard Freeman
    Author’s website:  Yoga Workshop.
    I’m also a HUGE fan of Richard Freeman’s course on yoga philosophy, “The Yoga Matrix,” which is a smoking hot deal on Amazon.com if you download the MP3 version of the course.

I’m sure I left a few books out and there will probably be a few more before the end of the year. Discriminating reader that I am, I pretty much love them all!  This was definitely a standout year for yoga publishing.  Hopefully next year will continue the trend.

Feel free to leave a comment about your favorite yoga book from 2010 (or whenever).


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