Book Recommendations

"Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory."

-Sri Pattabhi Jois

Yes. Absolutely. Nothing replaces practice. Nothing. But that 1% of theory better be solid too. Especially if you are a teacher. 

Note: I am not connected to these books in any way. Like, I'm not sponsored or anything. I am writing this because I personally enjoy book recommendations from people, so I'm sharing what I have really liked, and what has worked for me and my practice.

Also- I have a ton of books- I keep many and reread them over and over and donate what isn't quite right. But the list below is really just a very select few- my VERY favorites. The ones that I truly trust, that I think are authentic and legitimate and that I know really well and return to over and over. I have lots of books I "like" - these are the books I "LOVE".

Alex Rosenblum 


​ACE Personal Trainer

Certified Plant-based Holistic Nutritionist

Anatomy- Gross Body

Human Anatomy (DK Publishing)

Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy (Contreras)

Yoga Anatomy (Kaminoff) (Good and concise)

Your Body, Your Yoga (Clark) (long read but worth it) (Ok its only half the body but still totally worth reading)

Anatomy Trains (again, loooooong and technical read, but worth it if you are a teacher of any body art)

Anatomy- Subtle Body

The Subtle Body (Dale) (simple but excellent overview of many systems)

Marma Points of Ayurveda (Lad) (encyclopedic/textbook style, not for the casual student)

Theories of the Chakras (Motoyama) ( includes info on asanas, pranayama, nadis, bandhas and mudras, as well as more "classical" (lets say pre-Judith??) Chakra information, all in one place)

Eastern Body Western Mind (Judith) (a massive summary of what I think of as the 'modern'/western concept of chakras- very psychologically based- i.e- you're not gonna read about the number of lotus petals or flows of energy through the nadis here )

A Chakra and Kundalini Workbook (Mumford) 


Mudras for Healing and Transformation (includes guided meditations for each one and goes into the effects on each Kosha (5 layer)

Mudras of India (Carroll) (very straightforward, and there are some in here I've NEVER seen anywhere else)

Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands (Hirschi)

... (clearly I like mudras:)  ...some of these books disagree- you'll have to use your personal experience with the mudras for more clarification)


Prana and Pranayama (Saraswati)

Light on Pranayama (Iyengar)

Pranayama: The Breath of Yoga (Maehle)

Buddha's Breath (Hanson) (a more scientific look at the power of the breath)

Meditation ( I really don't want to suggest much here- just DO. don't read so much. just DO. its so tempting to want to learn learn learn. but learning doesn't ever replace doing ESPECIALLY when the doing is meditation. just DO. )

The Wisdom of Yoga (Cope) (I read this right when I started practicing and I think it is the reason I was able to cultivate a home asana and meditation practice)

The Issue at Hand (Fronsdal- which I mention on the main page is available free online but of course you should still buy it if you can. I have read this so so many times. To pay for it once is hardly compensation for the support and insight I have taken from it)

Mindfulness with Breathing (Bhikkhu) (for Anapanasati /Vipassana practice- you should be familiar with meditation and Buddhism before doing/reading this maybe)

How to Meditate (Chodron) I can not recommend this book enough. just get it.

Yoga Meditation (Maehle) (just a massive amount of amazing and helpful information/ for the serious student)

The 21 stages of Meditation (Khalsa) (just in case, you know, you ever feel alone .... you're not)

Classic Texts you just SHOULD read  (there are waaaaaay more you SHOULD read, obviously, I still have a lot of reading to do! and again- this is just a list of -out of all that I've read- what has helped me the MOST)

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika (I have a few translations- I like the translation by Akers best, but I do NOT read Sanskrit so I am not a fair judge)

Yoga Yajnavalkya

The Gheranda Samhita

The Siva Samhita 

Bhagavad Gita (I prefer GREATLY the translation and commentary by Ravi Ravindra- again i don't read Sanskrit so it is just due to his commentary- but- if you are able-and you ARE - read it more than once, with different translations/ commentary, compare them, think about it, take it into yourself, make it your own)

The Ramayana (I like the translation by Linda Egenes and Kumuda Reddy- I read most of this to my kids and we had a LOT of discussions about many things out of this book)

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (favorite translation/commentary: Bryant, FOR THE WIN. just a really complete reference with the classic commentators and a lot of exposition for a complete understanding. Swami Satchitananda , also good, and shorter:) , Desikachar's translation is lovely for the beginner,  Iyengar's is also worth reading- honestly I suggest reading many translations and comparing so you can see how it comes together. it was not meant to stand alone. it was not meant to be an island. it was meant to be understood by people who had a ton of other complimentary knowledge which we, reading it, for the most part don't have. for better or worse, thats just what it is. but you need to know that going in)


Light on Yoga (Iyengar)

Yoga: Tradition of Unification (Andrey Lappa) this is a necessary read. not optional.

Kids Yoga

The Wishing Star (short guided visualizations/meditations- my kids used to literally BEG for these at the end of class)

A Handful of Quiet (Thich Nhat Hanh)


Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition 

How Not to Die (Greger)

Proteinaholic (Davis)
In Defense of Food (Pollan) 

The China Study
(Campbell and Campbell)
Food Politics
The Whole Foods Diet
(Mackey, Pulde, Lederman)
Body into Balance

Everything Else

Radical Dharma (williams/Owens/Syedullah)

Skill in Action (Johnson)

Yoga Sequencing (Stephens) ( this helped me a lot when I first started teaching- I haven't pulled it out in a long time- my style is not this style anymore- but if you're a new teacher and not feeling super confident in your flows, this can help.)

The Heart of Yoga (Desikachar) (just a book you need to read, and includes his translation/commentary of the Sutras too. beautiful insight into developing a personal practice)

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry (Kornfield) ( speaks a little bit to the loneliness and confusion of being a householder on the spiritual path, especially if you are crazy serious about the path to enlightenment, but have no designs to ever be a monk on a mountain)

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (Trungpa) ( we all know it is so easy to get caught up in so much bullshit.... this book is a way to help you return to the path)

Torah Yoga (Bloomfield) (if you're Jewish....)

Yoga from the Inside Out (Sell) ( this book really changed the way I looked at my body and my practice- and I REALLY thought I'd gotten through that 'stuff' in college)

Jonathon Livingston Seagull

The Alchemist

...GEEEEEEZ that was a REEEAAALLLY long list! Wow did you really make it all the way down to the end? I feel like you deserve a prize but I don't have one for you:( As a prize you should go procure one of these excellent books!