Yoga is a journey of discovery, a path towards a healthier, more peaceful life. You can find inspiration for your own journey from those who travelled the path before you. At Nirbana, we try to provide you with a wholesome experience to help you enjoy your yoga practice and svaour the best in life. Here are our top recommended reads to help you expand your understanding of yoga.
Light on Yoga is considered the ‘Bible’ of modern yoga. The greatest living yoga teacher, Iyengar describes all the yoga postures and breathing exercises with illustrations and clear explanations. The book is a comprehensive guide to those who seek to pursue healthy living through yoga. Novices and even the initiated can find a wealth of helpful information from Iyengar’s Light on Yoga.
If you are interested in learning about how your body responds to yoga, Leslie Kaminoff’s Yoga Anatomy is a resourceful read. The detailed anatomical illustrations in colour and clear instructions given in the book paint a perceptive picture of yoga postures to help you gain a deeper understanding about the underlying focus of each movement. You’ll learn about how each muscle and joint are used in the practice and potential obstacles that you may have to overcome. This book can help you become a better yogi by learning about the way postures; breathing and your spine are inter-linked.
Eric Schiffman offers easy-to-follow hatha yoga and meditation techniques to guide readers on a path to discover inner peace and good health. The book talks about over 100 yoga poses that both novices and advanced practitioners can adopt along with a comprehensive guide to meditation intended for increased self-awareness, practicing love, creativity and absence of stress. Schiffman effectively uses clear, concise step-by-step instructions and illustrations to get his points across. He goes on to explain the benefits of each exercise as well.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is an insightful guide to Raja yoga, the practice of concentration and meditation. The author is a spiritual man and his writing illustrates this fact. The sutras are written in Sanskrit followed by pronunciation and then translated into English. Satchidananda gives commentary on each sutra. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali can ease you on to a deeper more spiritual practice of yoga.
The author, son of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, one of the greatest yogi’s who lived to be 100 unravels his father’s system and his own practical approach to yoga in this book. It provides a detailed outline to help you develop the practice of viniyoga. This particular approach to yoga maintains that yoga practice must constantly adapt to the individual’s needs to enhance its therapeutic powers. In the author’s own words, The Heart of Yoga is a ‘programme for the spine at every level–physical, mental, and spiritual.’
Even the greatest yogis have different approaches and expectations from the practice. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide the extent and the depth of your practice.