Ashtanga Yoga


Among the huge flood of literature on the subject of yoga, there is today a broad offer available also on Ashtanga Yoga and associated with this on anatomy, yoga philosophy and the effect of yoga in general:

Ashtanga Yoga

The selection of books specifically on Ashtanga Yoga is so large that the following list is definitely not comprehensive:

Sri K. Patthabi Jois: Yoga Mala
R. Sharath Jois: Astanga Yoga Anusthasana
Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor: The Art of Vinyasa
Kino MacGregor: The Power of Ashtanga Yoga
Kino MacGregor: The Power of Ashtanga Yoga II
Gregor Maehle: Ashtanga Yoga – Practice and Philosophy
Gregor Maehle: The Intermediate Series – Mythology, Anatomy and Practice
Lino Miele: Ashtanga Yoga
Linda Munro and Gérard Disse: Ashtanga Yoga – The Primary Series, Yoga Chikitsā
Petri Räisänen: Ashtanga Yoga
Petri Räisänen: nāḍī śodhana – The intermediate series practice manual
John Scott: The definitive step-by-step guide to Dynamic Yoga
David Swenson: Ashtanga Yoga – The Practice Manual

Each book has its individual advantages and disadvantages, one may have a large theoretical background, another almost none, one many pictures, another focussing mainly on the exact sequence.

The classic is certainly Yoga Mala. The other books are also all interesting – I could not objectively chose “the best Ashtanga book”. This is also a question of taste. Personally, I like the two books from Petri most, as he has written them in close exchange consultation with Patthabi Jois and his grandson.

History of Yoga

Peter Conolly: A Student’s Guide to the History and Philosophy of Yoga
James Mallison und Mark Singleton (Hrsg.): Roots of Yoga
Geoffrey Samuel: The origins of Yoga and Tantra

Yoga Anatomy

Simon Borg-Olivier, Bianca Machliss: Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga
David Keil: Functional Anatomy of Yoga – A Guide for Practitioners and Teachers
Ray Long: Anatomy for Vinyasa flow and standing poses
Ray Long: Anatomy for hip openers and forward bends
Ray Long: Anatomy for backbends and twists
Ray Long: Anatomy for arm balances and inversions

Yoga Philosophy

Edwin F. Bryant: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Richard Freeman: The mirror of Yoga
Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor: When love comes to light – bringing wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita into modern life
Sri Swami Satchidananda: The living Gita
Sri Swami Satchidananda: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Ken Wilber, Georg Feuerstein: The Yoga Tradition

Effect of Yoga

Richard Freeman: The Mirror of Yoga – Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mind
Eddie Stern: One Simple Thing – A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How it Can Transform Your Life