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Some Books on Yoga
Booklists for Adults 

Brunton, Paul A.  SEARCH IN SECRET INDIA.
The story of one man's spiritual quest and how he found his guru, Shri Ramana Maharshi, the Sage of Arunchala.

Christensen, Alice.  THE AMERICAN YOGA ASSOCIATION'S NEW YOGA CHALLENGE:
Powerful Workouts for Strength, Flexibility, and Inner Discovery.

The American Yoga Association's latest workbook on hatha yoga exercises.

Christensen, Alice.  THE AMERICAN YOGA ASSOCIATION WELLNESS BOOK
Yoga techniques helpful with pain management, hypertension, heart disease, stress, depression, addictive behaviors, and more.

Christensen, Alice.  TWENTY-MINUTE YOGA WORKOUTS.
A yoga program tailor-made for the busy American at home or in the office.

Dass, Ram, and Mirabai Bush.  COMPASSION IN ACTION: Setting out on the Path of Service.
Practitioners of karma yoga, these two authors recount how they became involved in helping others.

Feuerstein, Georg.  BHAGAVAD GITA: An Introduction.
A thorough examination of the historical and symbolic significance of the "Bhagavad Gita," India's most beloved devotional poem and one of the greatest expositions of yoga.

Feuerstein, Georg.  THE SHAMBHALA GUIDE TO YOGA.
Especially written for the Western student by an American scholar and practitioner, this general overview of yoga covers the major schools and practices.

Fields, Rick, et al.  CHOP WOOD, CARRY WATER: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life.
This workbook is chockfull of ideas, recommended readings, and useful organizations for anybody who wants to follow the yoga path of action or karma yoga.

Goleman, Daniel.  THE MEDITATIVE MIND.
This scholarly work looks at various meditation disciplines -- traditional ones such as those of Hindu yoga masters and Tibetan Buddhism and those developed more recently such as TM or the practices of G. I.. Gurdjieff and Krishna-murti.

Graham, Margaret.  KEEP MOVING, KEEP YOUNG: Gentle Yoga Exercises for Older People.
With its non-stress yoga exercises, this book is suitable for the "never-too-late" set, including folks in their 80s and even 90s.

Iyengar, B. K. S.  LIGHT ON YOGA.
One of the great masters of hatha yoga, the author demonstrates more than 200 asanas (yoga postures) in 600 photos.

Kogler, Aladar.  YOGA FOR EVERY ATHLETE: Secrets of an Olympic Coach
Hatha yoga techniques that can enhance all kinds of athletic performance.

Gopi Krishna.  KUNDALINI: The Evolutionary Energy in Man.
A moving account of one man's lifelong encounter and struggle with the powerful energy called shakti that is usually dormant in ordinary people.

Leggett, Trevor.  LOTUS LAKE AND DRAGON POOL.
Short anecdotes in this collection describe the pitfalls and progressions along the spiritual path of yoga.

Mehta, Mira, et. al.  YOGA: The Iyengar Way.
Former students of yoga master B. K. S. Iyengar, now yoga teachers themselves, the authors demonstrate 100 asanas (yoga postures) in clearly labeled, easy-to-follow photo-illustrations, many of them in color.

Mumford, Jonn.  A CHAKRA AND KUNDALINI WORKBOOK: Psycho-Spiritual Techniques for Health, Rejuvenation, Psychic Powers, and Spiritual Realization. Second edition, revised and enlarged.
A former chiropractic physician introduces the traditional teachings of kriya and tantra yoga that, when practiced, lead to a longer, fuller, healthier life and a firm, positive mental outlook upon which one can develop supernormal powers.

Nagarathna, Dr. R., Dr. Munro Robin, and Dr. H. R. Nagendra. YOGA FOR COMMON AILMENTS.
Yoga can help us with a host of common ailments, and this book shows how.

Radha, Sivananda.  KUNDALINI YOGA FOR THE WEST:  A Foundation for Character Building, Courage, and Awareness.
This book examines in depth the seven major chakras or energy wheels found in the human body. Provided are exercises and meditations useful for aspirants interested in developing and refining their own chaktra potential.

Satchidananda, Sri Swami.  THE YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI. (Translation and commentary by Swami Satchidananda).
Contains almost 200 sutras or "threads" (short sayings) organized into four books by the ancient yoga master, Patanjali. Swami Satchidananda provides the reader with each sutra in the original Sanskrit, the Sanskrit phrase in modern alphabet, the English translation, and finally a long insightful commentary on each sutra.

Stewart, Mary, anal Kathy Phillips.  YOGA FOR CHILDREN.
Beautifully illustrated with color photographs of children in yoga postures, this joyful book is a great way for the whole family to get into a hatha yoga practice.


"WITHOUT YOGA THERE IS NO ESCAPE FROM THE LAW OF KARMA. "
Nityananda, The Master of Ganeshpuri.

 

Compiled by Janet Buda, North End Branch, Boston Public Library, 1997.