Yoga Schools Reviewed
This book reviews 24 Yoga Institutes in India giving a brief overview of them. It's a useful book if you are looking to find a place to pursue your yoga studies/TTC. The good thing is that this is a first-hand account as the authors travelled to each of these places. However, I would recommend doing your own research before finally choosing a place.
Mudras by Gertrud Hirschi
A brief yet comprehensive book which explains many of the hand Mudras from Tantra and Buddhism. I have mixed views on some of the claims made about the benefits of each mudra but it is a useful reference book.
Siva Sutras by Jaideva Singh
I really like this book and how it summarizes the Shiva Sutras. It's a good introduction to Kashmiri Saivism and an easier read for someone who is already familiar with Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.
Mahabharata Box Set by Bibek Debroy
A laborious but word by word translation of Mahabharata. Gets repetitive but if you are curious about the subject and not a Sanskrit speaker, it is worth exploring.
Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow
This is a book on Viniyoga and covers the therapeutic aspects of Yoga and mind-body movements. This is not like the typical yoga books with lots of postures but is a good book for stress management and mindfulness.
Sarva Darsana Sangraha
Reviews all the different schools of Indian Philosophy. For those interested in the original schools of philosophy of ancient India - this is a useful reference book to own.
Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga
While there are a lot of books that give details of postures, I particularly like this one for the overall commentary and insights into the philosophical and metaphysical aspects of Yoga. Very succinct and easy to read.
Yoga Mala by Pattabhi Jois
It's an interesting book and a worthwhile read for any student of Yoga.
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras by Swami Veda Bharti
A good reference book to have if you're looking to deep dive into the Yoga Sutras.
Yoga Therapy & Ayurveda
A strong foundational book which introduces the Vini Yoga style of practice. Do not expect to find lots of postures and advanced practices here. It is a therapy book to the core and focusses on simple breath-based movements.
84 Asanas in Yoga
A beautiful book with the history of postural yoga and a reprinted collection of 84 postures as given in a medieval book on Hatha Yoga, called Jogapradipika by Jayatarama
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
Every student of Yoga must study anatomy. I cannot reiterate this enough. Most TTCs don't really cover the subject in detail so a lot of self-study is required. This book is relatively easier to read and has clear visual images. You will need to study more, but this is a good beginning.
Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda
This is a book every yoga practitioner must read. It sets the context for the Yoga Sutras and also introduces the reader to Swami Vivekananda's adverse views on Hatha Yoga. Something to keep in mind as you start your journey of physical asana practices.
Yoga and Kriya: A Systematic course by Bihar School of Yoga
"How can I start a home Yoga Practice?" - This is the most common question I receive. I must add that nothing can compare to working with an actual teacher. But when you really have no one around here's a relatively safe book to start your practice.
An Introduction to Indian Philosophy
I accidentally came across this book one day and decided to pick it up. I’m glad I did. You could perhaps read this even before the Upanishads - It talks about the Darshanas and the schools of Indian Philosophy in a very readable manner. Even though both authors are PhDs they’ve done a wonderful job of keeping the book simple and informative.
The Vedas: Samhitas of 4 Vedas
This is one colossal compendium of all Vedic hymns from Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva Vedas. All have been translated into English. This was written in 1896 and is not a book I’d say one would read word by word…the font is really small and the content is vast. But here's to say such a book exists. :)
It is a scholarly book so can appear a bit heavy to read. But it just takes a bit of getting used to. Once you get into the flow and get familiar with his style it picks up momentum on its own.
Meditation and Mantras
A great book on the science of meditation by Swami Vishnudevananda. I'd picked up this book before going for the Sivananda TTC. I left the TTC in five days but I really enjoyed some of the books from the tradition.
Ten Upanishads of Four Vedas
It is a wonderful and well-researched summary of the key Upanishads. Unfortunately, it does not have actual Sanskrit text but it is an excellent reference book that gives a very interesting and readable overview. Disclaimer: He is my father-in-law, but even if he wasn’t I’d still recommend this book. He passed away in March 2018.