9 comments on “What’s new on my yoga bookshelf”

What’s new on my yoga bookshelf

A Few Yoga Books from 2010

A picture of some of my older yoga books…it’s hard to stack up Kindle yoga books…It’s been quite a long time since I last posted about the yoga-related books I’ve been reading. There’s no doubt that my reading habits have certainly shifted the last few years. I used to always have a book on its way in the mail, which still happens sometimes, but for the most part I’ve moved away from holding a physical book in my hands to reading or listening to books on whatever device happens to be nearby. I still love the feel of paper, and for some books the digital version just doesn’t quite do the physical copy justice, but it’s a digital world we live in and so I’ve adapted. Also, the fact that I move so frequently makes it really painful to haul boxes and boxes of books back and forth across the world. For that reason alone it’s a very good thing I live in the 21st century and love my Kindle and Audible books.

This page is an ongoing work in progress to list the yoga-related books in my collection.

If the book has something to do with yoga, meditation, or mindful living I plan to include it on the list. The newest books will periodically be added to the top of the scroll and I’ll continue to add more detail about the books and authors and maybe include some favorite quotes or videos related to each book. The fact that a book is included doesn’t necessarily mean that I read the whole thing or actually recommend it, but for the most part I mainly just enjoy gleaning what I can from any yoga book and don’t really worry too much about being a literary critic… Some of these were sent to me by publishers or authors, which is great, but I bought most of them on my own dime.

I hope you enjoy scrolling through the books–it will continue to grow–and feel free to leave a comment if you have recommendations on what I should read next!

Yoga Wisdom: Warrior Tales Inspiring You On and Off Your Mat by Stephanie Spence


The Magic Ten and Beyond by Sharon Gannon


The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru by Philip Goldberg


The Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga by Marlynn Wei and James Groves
Harvard Guide to Yoga

Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy by Sadhguru
Inner Engineering

Two Turns from Zero by Stacey Griffith
Two Turns from Zero

Go Go Yoga Kids: Empower Kids for Life Through Yoga by Sara J. Weis
Gogo Yoga for Kids

The Teacher Appears: 108 Prompts to Power Your Yoga Practice by Brian Leaf
The Teacher Appears by Brian Leaf

Ready to Run by Dr. Kelly Starrett
Ready to Run by Kelly Starrett

The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance by George Mumford
The Mindful Athlete by George Mumford

The Yogafit Athlete by Beth Shaw

The yogafit athlete--Beth Shaw

Perfectly Imperfect: The Art and Soul of Yoga Practice by Baron Baptiste

Perfectly Imperfect by Baron Baptiste

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Magic

Lilias! Yoga: Your Guide to Enhancing Body, Mind, and Spirit in Midlife and Beyond by Lilias Folan
Lilias! YOGA

Yoga for Sports: A Journey Towards Health and Healing by B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga for Sports B.K.S. Iyengar

A Killer Retreat (A Downward Dog Mystery) by Tracy Weber
Weber_cover A Killer Retreat

The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science by Culadasa (John Yates)
The Mind Illuminated

Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation by Professor Mark W. Muesse (From The Great Courses series on Audible)

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by Dan Harris

Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings by A.G. Mohan
Learn more about A.G. Mohan at his website: Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda.

Health, Healing, and Beyond: Yoga and the Living Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya by T.K.V. Desikachar

The Yoga of the Yogi: The Legacy of T. Krishnamacharya by Kausthaub Desikachar

The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards by William J. Broad
Science of Yoga

Core of the Yoga Sutras: The Definitive Guide to the Philosophy of Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
Core of the Yoga Sutras

Light on Life by B.K.S. Iyengar
Light on Life

Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois by Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern

Yoga Mala Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran

The Path of Yoga: An Essential Guide to Its Principles and Practices by Georg Feuerstein

Yoga Cures: Over 50 Simple Routines for Radiant Health by Tara Stiles
Yoga Cures by Tara Stiles

Yoga for Transformation: Ancient Teachings for Healing the Body, Mind, and Heart by Gary Kraftsow

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark

Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit by Ana T. Forrest

The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners by Jack Hawley

The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living by Stephen Cope

The Tree of Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar

Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing by Timothy McCall, M.D.
Yoga as Medicine

There is No App for Happiness: How to Avoid a Near-Life Experience by Max Strom
There is No App for Happiness

Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana
Mindfulness in Plain English

Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison

Meditations from the Mat

Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual by David Swenson

Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual

The Power of Ashtanga Yoga by Kino MacGregor

The Power of Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga: The Definitive Step-by-Step Guide to Dynamic Yoga by John Scott

Ashtanga Yoga

  • Here’s a short, but inspiring, clip of the author demonstrating and explaining Ashtanga yoga.

Being of Power: The 9 Practices to Ignite an Empowered Life by Baron Baptiste


40 Days to Personal Revolution by Baron Baptiste


The Yoga Bootcamp Box: An Interactive Program to Revolutionize Your Life by Baron Baptiste

Journey Into Power by Baron Baptiste

Yoga for Warriors: Basic Training in Strength, Resilience & Peace of Mind by Beryl Bender Birch

Yoga for Warriors

Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations And Techniques by Mark Stephens

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews

Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

Light on Prãnãyãma: The Yogic Art of Breathing by B.K.S. Iyengar

Yin Yoga: Principles and Practice by Paul Grilley

Yoga Beyond Belief: Insights to Awaken and Deepen Your Practice by Ganga White


Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope

The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling by Stephen Cope

The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh


Mindful Movements: Ten Exercises for Well-Being by Thich Nhat Hanh

My Spiritual Journey by The Dalai Lama

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber HawkeyeWhere

Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg

Yoga for Dummies by Larry Payne

The Yoga-Sutra Of Patanjali: A New Translation With Commentary (Shambhala Classics) by Chip Hartranft

The Inner Tradition Of Yoga: A Guide To Yoga Philosophy For The Contemporary Practitioner by Michael Stone

  • To learn more about the author, Michael Stone, visit his website.
  • Here’s a video of the author describing his approach to yoga.

The Inner Tradition of Yoga by Michael Stone from Toronto Body Mind on Vimeo.

Myths of The Asanas: The Ancient Origins of Yoga by Alanna Kaivalya, Arjuna van der Kooij

  • Visit the author’s website for more information on the Kaivalya Yoga Method.

Yoga Beneath The Surface: An American Student And His Indian Teacher Discuss Yoga Philosophy And Practice by Srivatsa Ramaswami, David Hurwitz


The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga: The Authoritative Presentation-Based on 30 Years of Direct Study Under the Legendary Yoga Teacher Krishnamacha by Srivatsa Ramaswami


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

  • Book review and some good comments on mayaland.

The Subtle Body: The Story Of Yoga In America by Stefanie Syman

The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele

Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Hanson Lasater

Ashtanga Yoga: Practice And Philosophy by Gregor Maehle

Yoga And The Path Of The Urban Mystic by Darren Main

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit by Deepak Chopra


The Athlete’s Pocket Guide to Yoga: 50 Routines for Flexibility, Balance, and Focus by Sage Rountree

The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy by Cyndi Dale


  • Visit the author’s website for additional exploration.

Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga by Benjamin Lorr

Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann


Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living by Donna Farhi

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchidananda


  • Visit Sri Swami Satchidananda’s website.

The Living Gita: The Complete Bhagavad Gita – A Commentary for Modern Readers by Sri Swami Satchidananda

Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation by Stephen Mitchell


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.

The Mirror of Yoga: Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mind by Richard Freeman

The Yoga of Jesus: Understanding the Hidden Teachings of the Gospels (Self-Realization Fellowship) by Paramahansa Yogananda


How to be Happy All the Time by Paramahansa Yogananda


Man’s Eternal Quest: Collected Talks and Essays – Volume 1 (Self-Realization Fellowship) by Paramahansa Yogananda


Journey to Self-Realization – Collected Talks and Essays. Volume 3 (Self-Realization Fellowship) by Paramahansa Yogananda


Autobiography of a Yogi (Self-Realization Fellowship) by Paramahansa Yogananda



42 comments on “Pocket Yoga-Practice Builder iOS App Gets a Great Update…and we’ve got redemption codes!”

Pocket Yoga-Practice Builder iOS App Gets a Great Update…and we’ve got redemption codes!


I’m sure most of us enjoy a little spontaneity in our yoga practice, but there’s also a lot to be said for showing up to a yoga class with a prepared teacher that puts on a smooth-flowing class.  I do most of my yoga at home, but I don’t have many worse yoga pet peeves than practicing with an online yoga video where the teacher goes through a bunch of asanas for one side of the body and forgets to do the same thing for the other side.

Frustrating, distracting, and seems to happen all to often given the frailty and forgetfulness of the human mind…

Fear not! Pocket Yoga-Practice Builder, an iOS app I’ve used for a long time, came out with a great update this week that adds the ability to create repeating sequences with the app and export the sequence to a downloadable PDF. Very helpful for teachers planning classes or even us home-practitioners who like to plan our practices out.  And most importantly, no more forgotten poses!  Just build the routine, roll out the mats, and practice or teach away.

The app makes it easy to create routines, adjust pose duration, and even add your own music.

PBcreate@2xHere’s a sample practice PDF and click here to check out a video with an overview of what Yoga Builder has to offer.

That’s all good news, but the best news for you is that we have 10 free download codes (currently priced at $6.99) to give away! 

To Enter:  Since yoga apps make it super simple to practice yoga just about anywhere, comment below on the weirdest place you’ve ever practiced yoga and you could be one of our random winners!

Update (12 Jan 15): Contest closed… Thanks for sharing the creative and crazy places you’ve busted out a yoga move or two! 10 lucky yogis are now having a fun time building yoga sequences with Pocket Yoga-Practice Builder. Have an amazing week!

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The Vernice Vita Yoga Mat is Absolutely Amazing!


After you’ve practiced yoga for a while it dawns on you that not all yoga mats are created equal. Most beginning yogis scoff at dropping a hundred-plus bucks on a yoga mat, but if you stick with the practice you’ll eventually begin to collect mats like they’re tupperware and you may end up with a closet dedicated just to all your yoga gear.  Now that’s a biographical statement…

Anyhow, I’ve had a ton of yoga mats sent my way over the years to try out, and yes, I have a closet full of yoga gear. I’m willing to give any mat a shot, but for the most part my go-to mats have been the Manduka Black Mat Pro and Lululemon’s “The Mat.” Those are great mats–I love them, I wash them like little babies, I spray yummy scented mat cleaner on them after I sweat all over them, I take them with me on vacation–basically they’re like family.

Well, I’ve recently added a new mat to the family–the Vernice Vita Cadillac Mat–and it’s far and away one of the coolest and most technologically advanced mats I’ve ever used. Now that’s saying something since yoga mats are basically large pieces of sticky rubber, but like I said, not all mats are created equal.  In fact, the Vernice Vita is a three-layer memory foam mat that provides an amazing layer of support and cushion unlike anything I’ve ever practiced on.

The bottom layer is a skid proof EVA material that stabilizes the mat and prevents slipping/sliding on studio floors. The innovative middle layer is 1/2″ memory foam, and the top layer is a textured, water resistant neoprene that stabilizes hands and feet under the sweatiest of circumstances.

My main test for determining the amazing-ness of a yoga mat is whether I feel comfortable upside down in a sweaty wheel pose. That’s not a position I’m interested in having my hands slip out from underneath me, which happens with a lot of other yoga mats, but the Vernice Vita handled the test with flying colors.  Zero slip issues. Zero. It’s probably the combination of the great textured top layer and the hands settling into the memory foam–it just feels stable and comfortable.

I’ve practiced on the Vernice Vita mat every day for the last month and give it my whole-hearted recommendation. You won’t know how absolutely amazing this mat is until you practice on it–it’s hard to describe it since it’s not your ordinary yoga mat. The only apparent cons are the fact that it is pretty thick and doesn’t roll up super-tight, so it’s not the most mobile of mats. It looks like you can get a special strap for it, which apparently makes it easier to tote around, but I don’t have the strap and I haven’t tried to take it anywhere. With that said, for my daily home practice, this mat has been a breath of fresh air that I look forward to enjoying as much as absolutely possible.

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Review: SIGG Active Top Water Bottle

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SIGG Active Top Water Bottle5/5 stars.

Most yogis tend to find themselves on a never ending quest to find an environmentally-friendly water bottle that’s stylish, easy to use, doesn’t leak all over, and is simple to clean.  It’s tough to find that whole combination in a single water bottle, but I think I’ve finally found it in the SIGG Active Top water bottle.  I’ve used it everyday for the past few weeks and it surpasses all expectations.

The Active Top bottle comes equipped with a rotary slide valve control system, implemented for the first time on a SIGG bottle, which combines an easy to use Open, Close, Air and Clean functions that help dictate what mode you want to be in.  If you’ve ever tried putting a fizzy drink in a water bottle you know you’re asking for trouble, but with the Active Top bottle the rotary slide valve system opens a small aperture to release pressure from drinks, avoiding disasters all over your lap, or my personal favorite, all over the inside of my backpack.  By turning the valve to the “Air” mode for a nano-second and then to “Open,” you have seamless suction and flow even with carbonated or effervescent beverages.

And since the bottle has an internal straw system, you can sip away all day without even picking up the bottle. What I especially love about the bottle though is that it’s super simple to take apart and clean. I don’t know about you, but I get a bit worried when I can’t clean all the parts of my water bottle, or I’ve taken it apart and can’t figure out how to put all of the little pieces back together.  The Active Top bottle, however, has few components making it quick and easy to dismantle and reassemble.  In the convenient “Clean” mode, the top pops right off ensuring safe and hygienic cleaning.  In the “Close” position, the bottle is virtually leakproof–never had a problem unless I had a fizzy drink and forget to turn the lid to Close before throwing it in my backpack. It’s hard to blame user error on the water bottle, so I won’t knock it for one minor incident…

I take the the Active Top with me everywhere now–it’s extremely light weight, durable and completely BPA and phthalate free.  Plus, it’s completely recyclable at the end of it’s long life due to its aluminum composition.  If you’re on the lookout for a new water bottle you won’t go wrong with the SIGG Active Top, which is available for retail in most Whole Foods locations, on SIGG’s website, or at Amazon.com .  Priced between $22.99 and $28.99 in a variety of sizes, you can learn more about the Active Top in the video below and at http://newactivetop.sigg.com/.