In a month I’ll be packing for India to do my 200Hrs YTT. The school already sent me the list of recommended literature. Some books I already knew and had already read, others I had never heard of.
If you are thinking about doing the 200hrs YTT here is the list of books that you should read. One month is little time to take a look at all this information, so I leave the list here so that you can advance your study and prepare yourself better than I did.
Yoga Anatomy – by Leslie Kaminoff
The best-selling anatomy guide for yoga with asanas, vinyasas, full-color anatomical illustrations, and in-depth information, provide you with a deeper understanding of the structures and principles underlying each movement and of yoga itself.
Whether you are just beginning your journey or have been practicing yoga for years, Yoga Anatomy will be an invaluable resource—one that allows you to see each movement in an entirely new light.
The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga and The Key Poses of Hatha Yoga – by Ray Long
This book offers a scientific approach to understanding the practice of hatha yoga. Through four-color, three-dimensional illustrations of major muscles, tendons, and ligaments, Ray Long describes the practice and benefits of hatha yoga. Specific anatomical and physiological descriptions highlight the agonist, antagonist, and synergist muscles that come into play with each pose. Volume I of the series describes the key muscles of hatha yoga and how they are utilized. From beginners to experts, this book will become a constant companion.
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga – by David Coulter
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga is the most comprehensive and authoritative work available correlating the study of hatha yoga with anatomy and physiology. It is a must-have for anyone who is serious about studying or teaching yoga, and an invaluable resource for anyone in a field relating to physical conditioning.
Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – by B.K.S. Iyengar
BKS Iyengar’s translation and commentary on these ancient yoga sutras have been described as the “bible” of yoga. Patanjali wrote this collection of yoga wisdom over 2,000 years ago. They are amongst the world’s most revered and ancient teachings and are the earliest, most holy yoga reference.
Four Chapters on Freedom: Commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – By Swami Saraswati
Four Chapters on Freedom contains the full Sanskrit text of Rishi Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras as well as transliteration, translation and an extensive commentary. The Yoga Sutras, containing 196 epithets or threads of Yoga, is the most respected treatise on Yoga.In his commentary on each verse, Swami Satyananda Saraswati fully explains the text and the path of raja yoga. Serious yogic aspirants and spiritual seekers will find invaluable guidance within these pages.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – by Feuerstein Georg
Approximately two thousand years old, The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali is the landmark scripture on classical yoga. The translation and commentary provided here by Georg Feuerstein are outstanding for their accessibility and their insight into the essential meaning of this ancient and complex text.
The Tree of Yoga – by B.K.S. Iyengar
Iyengar developed a form of yoga that focuses on developing strength, endurance, correct body alignment, as well as flexibility and relaxation. The Iyengar method integrates philosophy, spirituality, and the practice of yoga into everyday living. In The Tree of Yoga, Iyengar offers his thoughts on many practical and philosophical subjects including family life, love and sexuality, health and the healing arts, meditation, death, and Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Practice and Teaching
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga – by Bernie Clark
Clark presents comprehensive information on how to do the practice, including a deep look inside over two dozen Yin Yoga postures showing the benefit of the pose, how to get into and out of the pose, contraindications and warnings for those who may have trouble with particular aspects of the posture, and other important information. The benefits are explored in three main sections: the physiological benefits, the energetic benefits, and the mental/emotional benefits.
Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy – by Gregor Maehle
Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy is the first book of its kind, presenting a comprehensive guide to all eight limbs of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Join author Gregor Maehle, a seasoned yogi and compassionate teacher, as he guides you through the history and lineage of yoga; the fundamentals of breath, bandhas (energy locks within the body), drishti (the focal point of the gaze), and vinyasa (sequential movement); a detailed breakdown of the asanas of the Ashtanga Primary Series, following the traditional vinyasa count; a lively and authentic rendering of the complete Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, yoga’s ancient sacred text; and a glossary of yoga terminology.
Yoga Adjustments – by Mark Stephens
The quintessential guide to yoga assisting and hands-on teaching, Yoga Adjustments introduces the art and practice of providing yoga assists to yoga students. Addressing one of the most important topics in the yoga field, expert yoga instructor and best-selling author Mark Stephens covers the philosophy of yoga practice, the sensibilities of touch in teaching yoga and improving alignment, the seven principles of hands-on yoga teaching, and the twenty-five most effective methods of tactile cueing. An invaluable resource for all yoga teachers, teacher trainers, and serious yoga students, this book includes a foreword by yoga star Shiva Rea as well as over 850 unique instructional photos and explanatory captions demonstrating precise ways of guiding a variety of flowing sequences.
Yoga Sequencing – by Mark Stephens
Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes presents the essential principles and methods for planning and sequencing yoga classes. Addressing one of the most popular topics in the yoga profession, this book offers sixty-seven model sequences of yoga poses (asanas) that cover the broad range of yoga student experience, including multiple sequences for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students; yoga for kids, teens, women across the life cycle, and seniors; classes to relieve depression and anxiety; and sequences for each of the major chakras and ayurvedic constitutions. Each sequence provides guidance for teaching the different breathing (pranayama) and meditation techniques that give yoga its transformative power.
Teaching Yoga – by Mark Stephens
Teaching Yoga is an essential resource for new and experienced teachers as well as a guide for all yoga students interested in refining their skills and knowledge. Addressing 100% of the teacher training curriculum standards set by Yoga Alliance, the world’s leading registry and accreditation source for yoga teachers and schools, Teaching Yoga is also ideal for use as a core textbook in yoga teacher training programs.
Yoga Mala – by Pattabhi Jois
One of the great yoga figures of our time, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois brought Ashtanga yoga to the West more than thirty years ago. Based on flowing, energetic movement coordinated with the breath, Ashtanga and the many forms of vinyasa yoga that grow directly out of it have become the most widespread and influential styles practiced today.
Meditation from the tantras – by Swami Saraswati
Tantra is an ancient science dealing with many different systems for increasing the speed of human evolution. It predates all of the world’s existing religions, and thus provides the esoteric basis on which many of these religions were later based. Tantra provides practical techniques applicable to men and women of every temperament and spiritual level and aims at turning every action of life into an act of sadhana, or spiritual practice. It is the aim of this book to provide a practical glimpse into the most important meditation techniques which have their original basis in tantra, so that they may practice in their original and correct form.
The Light On Yoga – by B.K.S. Iyengar
The definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of Yoga–the ancient healing discipline for body and mind–by its greatest living teacher. Light on Yoga provides complete descriptions and illustrations of all the positions and breathing exercises.
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – by Swami Saraswati
Asana Prana Yama Mudra Bandha is recognized internationally as one of the most systematic yoga manuals today. Since it’s first publication by the Bihar School of yoga in 1969 it has been reprinted seventeen times and translated into many languages. It is the main reference text used by Yoga teachers and students of Bihar Yoga/Satyananda Yoga within the International Yoga Movement, and many other traditions as well.
Best of luck on your studies!!!
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