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Best yoga books for home practice | Top picks & ultimate buying guide

Yoga is a vast discipline and it needs an incredible amount of effort and discipline to master it. That is why it is extremely easy for you to get bogged down by it’s terminology,  the width of the subject and the intense amount of effort which is required to master it. Although it is preferred to have a yoga teacher when you are just starting your yoga journey. You can still refer to the best yoga books for home practice if  training under a teacher is not a feasible option. 

You can also refer to our posts on how to start meditation at home and how to create space for yoga at home.

best yoga books for home practice

Best yoga books for home practice- Our top picks

Yoga is not only a physical journey but it also needs a lot of mental discipline. Experienced yoga practitioners are not only able to perform the most difficult poses but are also able to manage emotional stress and psychological challenges successfully.

The Yoga books that we have listed here are a mix of both these aspects. Some of these books will help in teaching you on how to kick start the physical part of your yoga journey. The others highlight The Spiritual aspect of yoga which allows you to become more self-aware and emotionally resilient.

So here are our top picks for best yoga books for home practice.

Light On Yoga By B.K.S. Iyengar

Shri BKS Iyengar is the most celebrated and well known yoga teacher from India. His book light on yoga is referred as the most authoritative book for starting your yoga practice. 

It is a relatively short book but it gives you an introduction to both the philosophy and the practice of yoga.  The book is divided into three parts. The first part introduces the readers to the history of yoga and its  basic concepts. 

In the second part of the book, the author has covered several yoga poses with step by step instructions on how to do them. All these yoga asanas come with pictures that you can refer, to ensure that you are practising them in the right posture.

The third and last part of the book talks about your breathing or pranayama and how you can make it a part of your daily life.

For me, I had kick started my journey with this book since it works for people of all skill levels and offers complete descriptions and illustrations to practice yoga successfully at home. 

This book was initially published in the sixties and has been translated into multiple languages across the world. In our opinion, this book should be your first choice from the consideration set of best yoga books for home practice.

The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali By Sri Swami Satchidananda

This book by Swami Satchidananda focuses more on the spiritual side of yoga. It provides you a complete manual for the study and practice of Raja yoga. The goal of the book is to help you in your practice of meditation and relaxation. 

Based on the teachings of Indian sage Patanjali which are at least 4000 years old,  this book tries to illuminate the readers with the yogic teachings regarding morality, ethics and physical postures.

Yoga Anatomy By Leslie Kaminoff

Yoga anatomy is a very useful resource for experienced practitioners and beginners alike. This book approaches yoga from a slightly different angle where it tries to showcase the effect that yoga poses have on different muscle clusters in your body. 

With its detailed illustrations it actually showcases every muscle that is used during every yoga asana including the headstand, handstand and for Surya Namaskar. These anatomical illustrations along with the detailed information provided with them will help you in deeper understanding of the principles of each movement.  

As a result you will be able to get most out of your yoga practice and become more aware of the things that will make your practice more fruitful. It will help you to understand any posture mistakes that you might be making in a yoga pose. This allows you to practice yoga more effectively and to avoid injuries.

Yoga for Beginners by Susan neal

If you are looking for the real beginners book, this book by certified yoga practitioner Susan neal is the perfect choice for you. It provides you with a step-by-step guide to start your yoga practice along with some of the spiritual aspects of it.

This book is suitable for  beginners and intermediate level yoga practitioners. The book gives step by step instructions for 60 basic yoga poses that you can practice to bring more flexibility in your body and for relaxation. 

Each of the 60 fundamental yoga poses come with detailed pictures so that you can practice yoga at home without worrying about incorrect posture or injuries.

It also showcases proper eating practices that you can follow which will complement your yoga practice.

Yoga – The Practice of Movement and Stillness by Eric Schiffman

This book introduces The readers to over hundred yog asanas. You can start the practice of these poses at home with the help of detailed illustrations and step by step guide which comes along with each  yoga aasan. The book claims to be the first book that combines hatha yoga and meditation. 

It has something for everyone right from beginners to intermediate users and to experienced practitioners. After each yoga pose the benefits of the yogasana are explained. It also allows you to discover inner peace through the practice of hatha yoga.

The detailed explanation that the book provides about meditation will definitely help you in reducing your stress and in improving your  mental peace. It offers several useful tips on mindful breathing. Through regular practice of techniques mentioned in the book you will find yourself more balanced, flexible and well put together in terms of body, mind and spirit. 

The Yoga Bible by Christina Brown

The Yoga Bible by Christina brown is one of the most detailed books on yoga for beginners that are available in the market today. It is illustrated in a very reader-friendly fashion and it describes 150 positions with detailed step-by-step instructions on practicing them.

At the same time, it also tells you the right breathing practice that you should follow that will lead to greater physical and mental benefits.

Yoga Body and Mind Handbook: Easy Poses, Guided Meditations, Perfect Peace Wherever You Are by Jasmine Tarkeshi

This book has been written by Jasmine Tarkeshi who has been teaching yoga for a very long time. She believes that everyone can reap the benefits of yoga if they have a good learning experience.

This book is perfect for beginners as it  explains the yoga poses, different breathing techniques that you should follow and meditation techniques in an easy to understand fashion.

All the yoga poses come with detailed instructions and helpful illustrations. This will help in practicing these yoga poses properly at home without worrying about wrong postures or injuries due to additional strain on your body.

The meditation techniques offered in the book will definitely help in reducing stress and in improving your physical and mental well-being, if practiced properly.

The Heart Of Yoga: Developing A Personal Practice By T. K. V. Desikacher

The heart of yoga helps you to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete yoga practice.  The author is considered to be one of the greatest yogi of the modern era. 

In the book he has discussed all the essential elements of yoga that you need to know about including the different yoga poses,  mindful breathing, meditation and the yogic philosophy. 

This will allow any practitioner to develop a practice in line with his/her age, health and lifestyle.

Mindfulness yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind by Frank Jude Boccio

This book focuses more on the spiritual side of yoga which is often ignored  in our culture. It is because a lot of people only consider the physical benefits of yoga to be important. 

The book has several helpful pictures and illustrations that provide readers with detailed guidance on yogic practice for body and mind.

Functional Anatomy of Yoga: A Guide for Practitioners and Teachers by David Keil

Just like the book Yoga anatomy referred above, this book by David Keil also aims to help the reader understand how their body functions while you are doing different yoga poses.

The book has been written in extremely lucid language. It provides you a better understanding of your body and showcases how different  yoga postures are connected to each other.

The book also contains multiple illustrations which explain different yoga asanas properly and their impact on the body.

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

Although yoga is more popular for the physical benefits that it imparts to its practitioners, the spiritual side of it often gets ignored. However, I personally believe that a real change in your life and your life experience happens only when you master the emotional side of yoga.

One way to do this is to practice the yogic meditative techniques. This book focuses on strengthening your mind, body and spirit. It has several meditative practices that will help you in reducing anxiety and stress.

At the same time you will become more self aware and would be able to improve your cognitive function as well.

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

Focusing on the spiritual side of yoga, this book is a great motivational book which can help you ensuring that yoga becomes a part of your daily life. Not only does it present a detailed look at the basics of yoga but also enables you to find the spiritual side of life.

Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit – A Return to Wholeness by Donna Farhi

This book by Donna Farhi is extremely reader-friendly. The author showcases over 75 yoga asanas in the book. 

Each yoga pose comes with a picture and detailed description along with it. The book has been organized in multiple groups according to the type of posture being practiced.  That is why it is useful for yoga practitioners of all levels. 

In addition to the physical side of yoga, the book also helps you to understand the basics of yoga and how practicing yoga will allow you to improve the connection between your body, mind and spirit. 

Conclusion

As mentioned before yoga is not only a physical discipline. Long term practice of yoga leads to a more integrated personality with greater connection between mind, body and spirit. It is usually advisable to start your practice under the guidance of a qualified teacher. But the books that we have listed in this article are also a good place to start.

Just choose one of the books that you like from the best yoga books for home practice list that we have put together and embark on your yoga journey. 

We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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