Asana, Pranayama, Mudra & Bandha
I love this book for an overview of these four elements of the yoga practice, it is very simple and basic but not at all patronising.
The Aquarian Teacher
From the godfather of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan. In love.
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika
An ancient text, the origins of classical Hatha, yoga by ancient yogi Svatmarama, a lovely prologue and translation is provided alongside the original Sanskrit in this recommended English translation by Brian Dana Akers.
The Heart of Yoga: Developing A Personal Practice
Perhaps one of the top five recommended books on yoga of all time. I love T.K.V. Desikachar’s way of explaining and writing. He was actually Leslie Kaminoff’s teacher, which says a heck of a lot about his teachings. A lot of yoga wisdom and no jargon in this book.
Kundalini Yoga Sadhana Guidelines
Yogi Bhajan’s entirely practice-centred book, in which routine upon routine is detailed here. Be warned, some of the explanations and drawings for the yoga poses are a little confusing if you’re a beginner, so you might want to supplement with the corresponding Kundalini website www.3ho.org too or some face-to-face Kundalini Yoga classes.
Light on Yoga: The Definitive Guide To Yoga Practice
Perhaps everyone’s favourite book, it is inspiring and it might encourage you to take a more delicate approach to your practice (as it did me).
The Path Of Yoga: Commentaries On The Sutras Of Pantanjali
Easier to read than The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Osho and Ananda Preem.
Tending the Heart Fire: Living in Flow with the Pulse of Life
Extremely well-known, a little gender-centred and rather overly romantic, but some of Shiva Rea’s work is definitely worth exploring. I like this one at least.
The Science Of Pranayama
This book provides the reader with a solid overview of pranayama, from art to science to application.
The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice
Not enough books focus on the first two limbs of the eight limbs of yoga, this book is one of a kind. Nicely written too.
The best book on the deconstruction of the classical yoga poses in existence in my opinion. More about authors Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews coming below. If you’re a yoga teacher especially, you need this book.
Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization
To be honest, I would like to list everything written by Dr.David Frawley. He is especially insightful when it comes to self-inquiry meditation I find. I listed this one because it is rather unique as far as these types of books go (and trust me, I’ve explored many). Check out his website for The American Institute of Vedic Studies too, lots and lots there to explore.
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
A must-read. Full stop. The ancient book of yoga.
Subscriptions for yoga classes and much more, one of the leaders in yoga teaching online. Very developed and offers something for everyone.
You cannot not know about the work of Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews if you love yoga. This website is great, their books are great and their newsletters are great. Sign up and get informed from these pair, they send out newsletters containing videos and yoga poses ‘deconstructed’. Very informative indeed.
A modern approach, some trashy content in my opinion but still worth taking a look, there’s plenty of it at least.
Solid foundations for a classical practice, lots of free resources and a wonderful interactive yoga pose library that really makes this website a great reference point. Especially but not exclusively for beginners. There is also a membership option that is good value for money in order to gain access to all of the content online.
A modern approach to yoga online with a great deal of variety on offer here.
I am not a fan of yoga challenges, and they’re all over this website, but a nice modern website with plenty of free resources to draw upon.
High quality yoga guidance accessible here, I particularly like the featured content articles on the home page. Subscription for around $150 per year is definitely worth the money, a number of high quality videos, audios and other resources that are constantly being added to, are made available to those with subscriptions.
Yoga in Daily Life
Lots of interesting well-developed content, ideal for building community (offering events and groups for example) and supporting technique (offering a number of well-described step-by-step techniques). This is also one of the few yoga websites, alongside Off The Mat, Into The World, that emphasises self-inquiry meditation.
Perhaps the most famous and widely available yoga magazine. I have to admit, I am totally underwhelmed with the paper copy, it is overpriced and contains more advertisements than actual content. However, the online version does have some good stuff.
Who doesn’t love Elephant Journal? So much excellent free online content here.
Yoga Music & Audios
Do Yoga With Me
Some really nice meditation and yoga music available here. Not my favourite but it’s well worth a visit.
Whenever I want some inspiration, I purchase something from this website. I have never been disappointed. Two free gifts (a collection of meditation music and some guided meditations) are available upon signing up to the mailing list too. It sells everything from meditation and yoga music to audio teachings, all accessible instantly online after purchase.
Beautiful kundalini music and other gifts (yoga wear and jewellery for example) are available here. A record label that kindly offers one free music track every Friday (known as Gratitude Friday) if you sign up to the mailing list.
Yoga Music Collection
Created by an independent music trust, which is enough reason to take a look at what they offer online if you ask me. Inexpensive and good quality stuff can be found here.
I love this concept, some wonderful images of daily practices in modern urban spaces.