Here is my recommended reading list for students. There is a lot here but certainly not everything. Over time every title will be of great value to have read. (Asterisks indicate reading for Teacher Trainees).

Meditation and Life:

1). A Path With Heart – By Jack Kornfield.

2). The Wise Heart – By Jack Kornfield.

(If you only read two books in your life, read these two)

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra – translations and commentary:

1.) *Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – translation by Barbara Stoler Miller ((simple and sweet)

2). Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – translation & commentary Edwin F. Bryant (scholarly yet readable)

3). Threads of Yoga: A Remix of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras  – Matthew Remski (great contemporary perspective)

4). Yoga of Heart – Alice Christensen

5). The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – A biography – David Gordon White (very interesting)

Alternative Yoga texts

1). Yoga Yajnavalkya

2). *Hatha Yoga Pradipika – Commentary by Swami Muktibodhananda

3). The Shiva Samhita – Translated by James Mollinson

4.) The Gheranda Samhita – Translated by James Mollinson


Yoga Topics

6). **From the Vedas to Vinyasa: An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Yoga – by Amy Vaughn

(very highly recommended overview!)

7). Yoga for a World Out of Balance – Michael Stone

8). *The Shambhala Guide to Yoga – Georg Feurstein

9). The Deeper Dimension of Yoga – Georg Feurstein

10). *Tantra Iluminated – Christopher Wallis

11). *The Bhagavad Gita – translation by Eknath Easwaran

12). Kundalini Tantra – Swami Satyananda Saraswati

13). Tantra: The path of Ecstasy – Georg Feurstein

14). Yoga & Ayurveda – David Faweley

15). *Yoga Body – Mark Singleton

16). *Light on Yoga – B.K.S. Iyengar

17). Cool Yoga Tricks – Miriam Austin (The use of props)

18). Light on Pranayama – BKS Iyengar

19). Prana and Pranayama – Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

20). The Breath Book – Donna Farhi

21). *Myths of the Asanas: The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition – Alanna Kaivalya and Arjuna van der Kooij


21). A New Earth – Eckart Tolle

22). A Return to Love – Marianne Williamson

23). Blessed Unrest – By Paul Hawken

24). Everyday Grace – Marianne Williamson

25). Comfortable with Uncertainty – Pema Chodron

26). Happiness – Matthieu Ricard


28). *Anatomy of Movement – Blandine Calais Germain

29). *Anatomy – Clemente (medically detailed)

30). Yoga Anatomy – Kaminoff

31). Anatomy Trains – Thomas W. Myers

32). *Visible Body (fantastic app!)