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10 Great Books for Beginner Yogis

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We are spoilt for choice when it comes to yoga books. From philosophy to asana, there is a yoga text out there to support you on your journey. To get you started, here are some of our most loved books for beginner yogis. Some of these have been with us from the start and despite their tattered pages and being covered in handwritten notes we never seem to tire of them, others are new kids on the block that have had raving reviews from students and teachers alike. We hope this list will inspire your practice from the start both on and off the mat – happy reading!

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

This book provides a wonderful insight into yoga poses and philosophy for beginner yogis. With step-by-step instruction it allows readers to explore their practice in the comfort of their own home with a thoughtful guide illustrated by 240 photographs and illustrations. Farhi discusses the 7 movement principles behind all human motion as well as the 10 ethical precepts that form the foundation of yoga teaching. This book has been regarded as a seminal text and is often required reading on yoga teacher trainings.

‘Light on Pranayama – The Definitive Guide to the Art of Breathing’ by BKS Iyengar

If the breath in yoga has left you confused or curious, this book is sure to shed light on the art of pranayama. Written by one of the world’s most respected teachers, this book promises to be a resource for years to come.

‘A Year of Living Your Yoga’ by Judith Lasater

With a considered thought or suggested practice for each day of the year, this little book is sure to bring you a sense of presence and joy for the next 365 days. It’s a wonderful first step into yoga off the mat.

‘Practice You’ by Elena Brower

This beautiful journal is the perfect accompaniment to a yoga practice and mindful living. The pages are designed to inspire thoughtfulness, self-reflection and a deep listening to self. Be warned, once you’ve used it you might just want to buy a copy for every friend and family member you have.

‘The London Wellness Guide’

The ultimate guide to all your wellness needs from innovative spaces to delicious cafes. If you don’t live in the capital it will make you want to plan a trip. Prepare to nurture your mind, body and soul.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (swami Satchidananda)

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the basis of Raja Yoga, is a complete manual for the study and practice of Yoga.  The classic sutras are presented here in the purest form, with the original Sanskrit, English translation, transliteration, and commentary. An easy to digest book that will be the perfect gateway to  discovering yoga philosophy.

‘The Book of Mindfulness’ by Lizzie Cornwall

An easy to read, uplifting pocket book to inspire daily presence and happiness – perfect for reading on route to and from class.

‘Yoga Anatomy 2nd Edition’ by Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews

This best-selling book has been updated and expanded by popular demand. If deep down you’re a bit of an anatomy geek, this book is sure to get you inspired.

‘Meditation for Beginners Book & CD’ by Jack Kornfield

Learn the fundamentals of vipasana meditation and calming the mind in this thoughtful course created specifically for beginners. You will be guided step-by-step as you learn the skills to integrate meditation into your every day life.

‘The Heart of Yoga – Developing a Personal Practice’ by T.K.V Desikachar

A modern classic derived from ancient practices, this book promises to support a complete and holistic practice from the physical to the mental and spiritual.

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