Given the occupational stress of recent times, many of us have started suffering from anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraine and more. As a result of this, people across the globe – regardless of gender, age, experience, and profile are suddenly interested in ancient health traditions like Yoga. Here’s a list of five books that explains how regular practice of Yoga enables you to keep your mind and body balanced.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika: Regarded as a classic text on yoga, Hatha Yoga Pradipika is a Sanskrit manualwritten during the 15th century by Swami Svatmarama. This textbook on hatha yoga focuses on both meditation and postures and includes important information on purification, breathing techniques, symbolic gestures, physical power, and spirituality. It could be a great book for you to learn the philosophy of yoga and how it is applied to practice.
Light on Yoga: For many people who practice yoga regularly, ‘Light on Yoga’ has become a bible. Commonly referred to as yoga guru, B.K.S. Iyengar explains asanas (postures) emphasising alignment, breathing techniques, duration, sequencing, and the use of props. Apart from proper physical alignment, this book helps you cultivate inner awareness and inspires you to live a disciplined life.
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha: Appreciated internationally, Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha is considered one of the most methodical yoga books published so far. Coupled with clear instructions and illustrations, this comprehensive guide to yoga is divided into four key segments. Providing a therapeutic index, a chapter on cleansing exercises, and advice on how to control energy, this yoga book deepens your understanding of the postures and their benefits.
Yoga: The Science of Living: Yoga is not only about physical postures, it’s also about how to live a healthy and meaningful life. Yoga: The Science of Living by Osho describes the transformational powers of yoga. To Osho, postures are just a part of yoga. Alignment, control, discipline are equally important in the practice to achieve a higher level of consciousness and inner peace.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: This is a book you should read if you want to dive deeper into the topic. Sutras are philosophical rules that slowly lead you toward a greater achievement and a purposeful life. By explaining two hundred Sutras with metaphors and examples, Sri Swami Satchidananda teaches his readers to get their environment and senses under control.