Yoga Books Recommendation

Yesterday someone asked me for a Yoga book recommendation. So I decided

to make a short personal review about all the books that came into my life

in the last years. So this is what I can recommend:

These authors have been shaping my  my personal yoga / life philosophy.

Wow, it became a top 36 list!

  1. Rod Stryker – The Four Desires  – Relax into your Greatness my dear. 
  2. Elena Brower – The Art of Attention – a beautiful artistic yoga book with a few asana sequences 
  3. before I forget: mine of course – Stefanie Honeder – Heartbeat A Yoga Symphony Mixtape   – a poetical interpretation of the yoga of sound to listen to your intuition, the whispers that guide you to live your own creative life.
  4. Derek Beres – The Warrior’s Path: Living Yoga’s ten Codes  New School – Derek Beres bridging old wisdom with modern life
  5. Derek Beres – Sound Against Flame  New School – about the power of SOUND / Nada Yoga, how music connects us all worldwide
  6. Derek Beres – Global Beat Fusion: The History of the Future of Music New School – about the power of SOUND / Nada Yoga, how music connects us all worldwide 
  7. Matthew Remski – Threads of Yoga: A Remix of Patanjali-s Sutras-s, with Commentary and Reverie  New School – Matthew Remski connects yoga philosophy with  a deep research connecting old wisdom with modern philosophy and psychotherapy, ancient texts into a revitalized form for our modern world
  8. Matthew Remski – Yoga 2.0 -Shamanic Echoes – New School blending ancient wisdom with modern thoughts and approaches
  9. Joachim Ernest Berendt – The World Is Sound: NADA Brahma: Music and the Landscape of Consciousness – Nada Yoga – The Power of Sound – well, there is a bigger force connecting us all, about the power of sound/music
  10. Vanda Scaravelli – Awakening the Spine – beautiful layout, short texts, fascinated that even plants help each other in the evolutionary process, Take care of your spine my dear!
  11. Baptist de Pape – The Power of the Heart. Finding Your True Purpose – Bhakti Yoga – Why our heart is super-intelligent; Follow your Heart!
  12. Ronald Alexander – Wise Mind, Open Mind: Finding Purpose & Meaning in Times of Crisis, Loss & Change  – Why meditation helps us to find new solutions and approaches towards life. Meditation equals Creativity!
  13. Judith Hanson Lasater – Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life – The Yoga Sutras connected to everyday life.
  14. Christopher Sartain – The Sacred Science of Yoga & The Five Koshas – good desription about the Koshas, various layers of our SELF.
  15. David Lynch – Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity – Easy to read, quotation-style about Meditation and the Creative Process. Meditation equals Creativity! & Why everything falls into its place in the end, when we catch the Big Fish! 
  16. Anodea Judith – Wheels Of Life – Insights about the Chakras
  17. Douglas Brooks – Poised for Grace – Philosophy, Non-Dual  
  18. Gary Zukav – The Seat of the Soul – Why Your Soul has incredible answers and you should trust those whispers of your soul!
  19. Ram Dass – Be Here Now – a beautiful artistic poetical work: be here now
  20. Christina Sell – My Body is a Temple: Yoga as a Path to Wholeness – Why Yoga helps us to find our home in our body.
  21. Steve Ross – Happy Yoga: 7 Reasons Why There Is Nothing to Worry About – New School – easy going, easy philosophy intro into the yoga world
  22. Em Claire – Home Remembers Me:  – beautiful poems
  23. Desikachar – The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice – individual humans means individual practice
  24. Anna Trökes – Neuro – Yoga – Anna Trökes offers a research about yoga and its effects on our brain and neurolgy.
  25. Iyengar – Light On Yoga  – old school classic – yoga philosophy in an elegant way
  26. Iyengar – Light On The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali old school classic – Patanjali’s interpretations
  27. Iyengar – The Tree Of Yoga: The Definite Guide to Yoga in Everyday Life – old school classic – yoga philosophy in an elegant way
  28. Sally Kempton – Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga – for the ladies, but also for men about symbolic use and ideas of “goddesses” in the practice
  29. Bernie Clarke, Sarah Powers – The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga – all about Yin Yoga
  30. Judith Lasater – Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times – all about Restorative Yoga. Deep Relaxation with many bolsters and blankets 
  31. KRS One – The Gospel of Hip Hop: The First Instrument  – kind of a Hip Hop Version of Yoga Sutras, about the process of self-knowledge, health and the power of music
  32. Ram Chandra – Reality at Dawn – Raja Yoga: Meditation creates a different Reality: Peace and Freedom
  33. Alan Watts – The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are – self knowledge, self inquiry
  34. Carol Horton, Roseanne Harvey – 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice – Ancient texts need to adjust to a modern world, a lot of bullshit is  happening & a lot of good stuff happening…Run away, if you feel manipulated in any Yoga Class! 
  35. Debra Diamon, David Gordon White, Tamara Sears, Carl Ernst , Sir James Mallinson – Yoga: The Art of Transformation – Exhibition Catalogue – Oh a really heavy book with beautiful ancient images and a good overview of all the ages
  36. Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa – Art&Yoga – a nice book about Creativity and Yoga based on Kundalini Yoga, good material for kids I would say

 

 

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Easy Going

Yoga allows us to connect to the inherent intelligence of life, whether you call it prana, love, a form of god or goddess. It is the force that I call the “self-organizing principle” of love that is streaming through everyone and that is surrounding everyone and everything. It is a force that is breathing you, it is a force that guides you. It is a force you can surrender to and trust (sraddha) in every circumstance of life.

Ishvara – Pranidhana is the term in yoga philosophy that expresses this feeling of surrender to that greater force.

Yoga also describes ” skill in action” , which means to connect something, or (re-) act in the right moment. This brings more ease into (y)our life.
You learn to use your energy wisely  .

You are not using strength, you take action, you respond in the right moments when it is needed. So you learn to not using your strength and willpower until you are exhausted. Do you know these moments, when you just keep trying and trying and feeling like losing your energy? Then you need to foster patience and trust this intelligence to unfold. You need to release your own will and allow the intelligence to align and synchronize with the outer world.

Easy going.

Nobody can do it alone. You are already doing your best. You just need to listen and be aware and (re-) act and respond in the right moments. Then allow the intelligence to unfold.

Easy going.

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