Satisfy Your Yoga Book Obsession

Today was a great day because I finally received my latest yoga book order from Amazon.com.  Took almost two and a half weeks.  Luckily (?) I’ve been busy enough that I didn’t really notice the delivery delay.  I’ve sort of been stocking up on my yoga books since I’m heading to Japan for a few years.  Of course I’ll be able to order books in Japan as well, but it’s a convenient excuse for now.  I don’t really need much of a reason to buy new yoga books…

I’ve also noticed a trend with yoga books lately.  The history of yoga seems to be all the rage, especially yoga’s journey into the American mainstream.  Not that all the books in my latest order reflect this trend, but I’m definitely looking forward to summer book releases about yoga luminaries Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Through the Eyes of His Students) and Krishnamacharya (Krishnamachary:  His Life and Teachings).  I’m also very likely to succumb in the near future to The Great Oom:  The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America as well as The Subtle Body:  The Story of Yoga in America.

Anyhow, here’s a few photos and links to the new books on my shelf for your viewing pleasure.

Yoga Bookstack

Yoga Body:  The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton

Click here for a positive review of Yoga Body

Yoga Beneath the Surface by Srivatsa Ramaswami

Click here to visit Srivatsa Ramaswami’s website

The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele

Click here to visit Deborah Adele’s blog or click here to discuss The Yamas and Niyamas on Facebook

Ashtanga Yoga by John Scott

Click here to visit John Scott’s website

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Click here to visit Judith Lasater’s website or click here to follow Judith on Twitter

The Inner Tradition of Yoga by Michael Stone

Click here to visit Michael Stone’s Centre of Gravity website

Now that I have all these crisp, new yoga books lining my bookshelf, my wife informs me that I also need to read them, so I best stop blogging and get reading…  Any suggestions on which book to start with?  I’m leaning towards The Inner Tradition of Yoga.

8 comments

  1. I just read Lasater’s book (it’s a VERY easy read, and easy to integrate the suggestions to take yoga “off the mat”- see my review I just wrote: http://callahyoga.blogspot.com/2010/05/living-your-yoga-book-review.html)
    And I’ve started dabbling in The Inner tradition- (I’ve also got the Gita and Mindfulness Yoga on the go as teacher training pre-req!) I’d say either would be good, Lasater could be a “break” from some of the heavier reading!

  2. Hi, thanks for the link to my site. I’m delighted you found my review of use. You’ve got some interesting reading picked out! I’ve hit all of these but the Yamas Niyamas one. I’ll have to buzz by her blog. Michael Stone has some nice podcast lectures on the yoga sutras, I think on his site. Might be worth a listen. And for Ramaswami, don’t miss his Yoga for Three Stages of Life. A really excellent yoga book–all the limbs–imo.

  3. I’d definitely start with Inner Tradition, it’s a great book! If you’re interested in getting the light hearted AND the history/philosophy then in a shameless plug, read mine! The Incomplete Guide To Yoga (it’s on Amazon). But it might not be very good.

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