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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



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Yoga Book Giveaway: Two Signed Copies of Hell-Bent!

hell-bent_yoga_obsessionLike many yogis, I read/browse a crap-ton of yoga books every year because it’s just one of those things I love to do.  It makes me happy, inspires me, and (I like to think) helps make me a well-rounded yogi.  If you follow Daily Cup of Yoga on Twitter you’ll know I recently declared Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga by Benjamin Lorr as my favorite yoga memoir of 2012.

Some yoga books are great to read before bed if you have a tough time falling asleep…Hell-Bent falls on the opposite end of the spectrum–you’ll stay up all night indulging in the deep dark secrets of what it’s like to be a Bikram yoga addict.  I doubt you’ll be able to put it down either.

I’m excited to say that now’s your chance to win your very own SIGNED COPY of Hell-Bent!

Here’s how to win: 

  1. Grab a favorite yoga-related book you read within the last year, and
  2. Leave a comment on this post with an inspiring quote from the book.
  3. That’s it!…but I’d sure be happy if you also “liked” and/or “followed” Daily Cup of Yoga on Facebook/Twitter and/or shared this post so we can all enjoy a humongous banquet of yogic inspiration.
  4. There’s no scientific process to winning other than I’ll pick my two favorite quotes and those two lucky yogis will be announced the winner next Friday (18 Jan 13).

As always, thanks for reading, good luck, and Namaste!

Bikram yoga competition

1 comment on “The Science of Yoga introduces modern-day yogis to A Treatise on the Yoga Philosophy by N.C. Paul”

The Science of Yoga introduces modern-day yogis to A Treatise on the Yoga Philosophy by N.C. Paul

Devoted much of the evening to devouring William J. Broad’s soon-to-be-released book, The Science of Yoga. Not many candle-burning, page-turning yoga books out there, but this is definitely one of them.  Tough book to put down.

There’s something uniquely special about a science-focused yoga book that doesn’t induce immediate bouts of involuntary savasana. Needless to say, I’m entertained and enjoying the book.

Perhaps less exciting than some of the more hyped-up claims in the book, in the chronology section Broad introduces his readers to an Indian scientific text most yogis have probably never heard of: A Treatise on the Yoga Philosophy by N.C. Paul.

1851: N.C. Paul authors A Treatise on the Yoga Philosophy, considered the first scientific study of yoga. It seeks to explain how yogis maintain what the Indian doctor calls states of ‘human hibernation’ and looks to yoga breathing for clues to metabolic slowdowns (xxvi).

As you’ll see when reading The Science of Yoga, the treatise plays quite an inspirational role in Broad’s search for early scraps of scientific research on yoga. In his quest for early scientific yoga literature, Broad states:

The limitations of the current literature sent me casting a wide net, and I immediately made a big catch. It was a very old book–A Treatise on the Yoga Philosophy–written by a young Indian doctor and published in 1851 in Benares (now known as Varanasi), the ancient city on the Ganges that marks the spiritual heart of Hinduism. It came to my attention because a few Western scholars had referred to it in passing.

I got lucky and found that Google Books had recently scanned Harvard’s copy into its electronic archive, so I was able to download the whole thing in a flash. Its language was archaic. But the author had addressed the science of yoga with great skill, illuminating an important aspect of respiratory physiology that many authorities still get wrong today.

Well, of course I couldn’t help but go and find the book for myself and share it here on Daily Cup of Yoga. Click here or on the image below to download and read the treatise for yourself. The only question I have now is why Broad didn’t name his book The Science of THE Yoga…

13 comments on “Yoga Books in the Palm of Your Hand”

Yoga Books in the Palm of Your Hand

As most of you Kindle lovers already know, there are more and more great yoga books available in e-book format.   Although I think e-books are still a bit overpriced, I love the convenience of having a small yoga library in the palm of my hand anywhere I go.  I’ll be the first to admit that some yoga books work for the Kindle, and some just don’t.  Yoga “confessionals” are a perfect fit for the Kindle. But what makes the Kindle (in all of its variations) way cool is that every now and then Amazon has a fire-sale on a yoga e-book for a price that you would never see for a book made from trees.

Tonight I noticed that for this weekend only, Neal Pollack’sStretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude,” is available for only 99 cents!  I haven’t read it yet, but at that price it’s kind of a no-brainer. Downloaded.  From the product description and the reviews I’ve read around the web, it sounds like an entertaining read:

Stretch mercilessly lampoons the bizarre, omnipresent culture of yoga, but it’s also a story of profound personal transformation. Pollack started off mocking yoga. Now he’s become one of its most enthusiastic proponents.

Just curious, what’s your favorite yoga book you read this year?