30 Dr. Seuss Quotes for Yogis to Live By

Thoreau the Yogi

 “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” – Gandhi

This morning while reading the newspaper over breakfast at my hotel, I came across a review of a book I hadn’t heard of yet. The book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, purports to extol the value of those who shun the spotlight and instead seek solitude, simplicity, and quiet contribution in the noisy world around them. The book sounds intriguing and probably has appeal for a lot of yogis out there who understand the virtue of inner reflection. It’s now on my list of books to read.

The review also got me thinking about the great American introvert, Henry Thoreau, and his two year experiment of living simply and alone at Walden Pond. Although many of us might not have the same fortitude or desire to shut ourselves away in a cabin for a couple years, I think many of us yogis share similar spiritual and contemplative aspirations. As the following passages illustrate, much can be said for the inner conversation that takes place in the heart of one whom the world would describe as an introvert.

Indeed, Thoreau is considered by many to be America’s first self-described yogi. In a letter penned in 1849, Thoreau wrote:

“Free in this world as the birds in the air, disengaged from every kind of chains, those who practice the yoga gather in Brahma the certain fruit of their works. … Depend upon it that, rude and careless as I am, I would fain practice the yoga faithfully. … The yogi, absorbed in Contemplation, contributes in his degree to creation; he breathes a divine perfume, he hears wonderful things. Divine forms traverse him without tearing him, and, united to the nature which is proper to him, he goes, he acts as animating Original matter. … To some extent, and at rare intervals, even I am a yogi.”

In Walden, Thoreau further described his meditative reverie in this beautiful passage:

“Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise to noon, rapt in revery, amidst the pines and hickories and sumachs, while the birds sang or flitted noiseless through the house until by sun falling in at my west window, or the noise of some traveller’ s wagon on the distant highway, I was reminded of the lapse of time. I grew in those seasons like corn in the night, and they were far better than any of the work of the hands would have been. They were not time subtracted from my life, but so much over and above my usual allowance. I realized what the Orientals mean by contemplation and the forsaking of works.”

Beautiful words for “quiet” hearts who want to shake the world, but in a gentle way…

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The Science of Yoga’s Recommended Reading List

It’s a bit of a costly habit (well worth it though), but one of the first things I do when I read a book is check whether the author provides additional reading recommendations. I’m currently reading The Science of Yoga and was happy to find a list of science and yoga history related books for further reading. As the author states, “The list makes no claim of being comprehensive but simply offers entree to a growing literature that draws on demonstrable fact and reasonable inference to illuminate yoga.”

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Some of these look well beyond my attention span in the science of yoga–glad Mr. Broad read them all and summed them up so nicely–but I definitely plan to add a few of these to my shelves.

The Science of Yoga introduces modern-day yogis to A Treatise on the Yoga Philosophy by N.C. Paul

Devoted much of the evening to devouring William J. Broad’s soon-to-be-released book, The Science of Yoga. Not many candle-burning, page-turning yoga books out there, but this is definitely one of them.  Tough book to put down.

There’s something uniquely special about a science-focused yoga book that doesn’t induce immediate bouts of involuntary savasana. Needless to say, I’m entertained and enjoying the book.

Perhaps less exciting than some of the more hyped-up claims in the book, in the chronology section Broad introduces his readers to an Indian scientific text most yogis have probably never heard of: A Treatise on the Yoga Philosophy by N.C. Paul.

1851: N.C. Paul authors A Treatise on the Yoga Philosophy, considered the first scientific study of yoga. It seeks to explain how yogis maintain what the Indian doctor calls states of ‘human hibernation’ and looks to yoga breathing for clues to metabolic slowdowns (xxvi).

As you’ll see when reading The Science of Yoga, the treatise plays quite an inspirational role in Broad’s search for early scraps of scientific research on yoga. In his quest for early scientific yoga literature, Broad states:

The limitations of the current literature sent me casting a wide net, and I immediately made a big catch. It was a very old book–A Treatise on the Yoga Philosophy–written by a young Indian doctor and published in 1851 in Benares (now known as Varanasi), the ancient city on the Ganges that marks the spiritual heart of Hinduism. It came to my attention because a few Western scholars had referred to it in passing.

I got lucky and found that Google Books had recently scanned Harvard’s copy into its electronic archive, so I was able to download the whole thing in a flash. Its language was archaic. But the author had addressed the science of yoga with great skill, illuminating an important aspect of respiratory physiology that many authorities still get wrong today.

Well, of course I couldn’t help but go and find the book for myself and share it here on Daily Cup of Yoga. Click here or on the image below to download and read the treatise for yourself. The only question I have now is why Broad didn’t name his book The Science of THE Yoga…

Leslie Kaminoff Shares His Two Cents on Whether Yoga Will Wreck Your Body

Here’s the cover of the soon to be released book whose author recently set the yoga community’s tail on fire  with his New York Time’s article, “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body.”

While I’ll reserve my response until I read the book, I thought I’d share Leslie Kaminoff’s video response to the article:

Leslie Kaminoff is the author of Yoga Anatomy, 2nd Edition.

Santa’s Christmas Yoga Routine

Fun little Christmas e-book for kids and those still young at heart…

Yoga Books in the Palm of Your Hand

As most of you Kindle lovers already know, there are more and more great yoga books available in e-book format.   Although I think e-books are still a bit overpriced, I love the convenience of having a small yoga library in the palm of my hand anywhere I go.  I’ll be the first to admit that some yoga books work for the Kindle, and some just don’t.  Yoga “confessionals” are a perfect fit for the Kindle. But what makes the Kindle (in all of its variations) way cool is that every now and then Amazon has a fire-sale on a yoga e-book for a price that you would never see for a book made from trees.

Tonight I noticed that for this weekend only, Neal Pollack’sStretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude,” is available for only 99 cents!  I haven’t read it yet, but at that price it’s kind of a no-brainer. Downloaded.  From the product description and the reviews I’ve read around the web, it sounds like an entertaining read:

Stretch mercilessly lampoons the bizarre, omnipresent culture of yoga, but it’s also a story of profound personal transformation. Pollack started off mocking yoga. Now he’s become one of its most enthusiastic proponents.

Just curious, what’s your favorite yoga book you read this year?

Yoga Makaranda by Sri T. Krishnamacharya

As I’ve recently been learning more about the modern patriarch of yoga, Sri T. Krishnamcharya, I decided to dive into the Internet to see if I could track down translations of his longer writings, such as the Yoga Makaranda, Yoga Rahasya, Yogavalli, or Yogaasanagalu. Although my initial search proved fairly unfruitful, yesterday I happily discovered on one of my favorite yoga blogs that a translation of the Yoga Makaranda is now freely available for download.

What exactly is the Yoga Makaranda you ask? As described in Krishnamacharya, pp 133-134, A.G. Mohan writes:

The  Yoga Makaranda was written by Krishnamacharya in 1934 at the behest of the maharaja of Mysore, when Krishnamacharya was running the yoga school there.  Krishnamacharya’s wife once mentioned that her husband wrote the entire book in three nights! Despite that, the Yoga Makaranda is a very interesting and informative text on hatha yoga. If there was anyone who could write with authority on this subject, it was Krishnamacharya. In the introduction to the Yoga Makaranda, he lists twenty-seven yoga texts–apart from his own personal study and experience–as references. Some of the listed texts are standard works on yoga, like the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, and the Yoga Upanishads. A few are no longer in common knowledge; they are perhaps lost or exist only in manuscript somewhere.

The Yoga Makaranda applauds the virtues of yoga, embellishes its benefits, and enjoins all to practice it. When I read this text many years after it was written, I was reminded of how Krishnamacharya had striven hard for som many decades to disseminate the teachings of yoga and of the difficulties he faced. His teachings were to benefit millions, yet the book is one more example of how he struggled to spread these teachings. He was a visionary with a message that was yet to see its time.

The Yoga Makaranda covers the nadis, chakras, prana, mudras, and bandhas. It also explains all the kriyas, or cleansing techniques, though Krishnamacharya did not instruct his students to practice them. The eight limbs of yoga are listed, summarized, and then taken up for discussion in the order of the Yoga Sutras, starting from the yamas and niyamas. Approximately a third of the book consists of asanas. Forty-two asanas are described–with instructions on their method of practice, with breathing and vinyasa–and accompanied by photographs.

The detailed explanation of the eight limbs ends with the third limb, asana. The 1934 Yoga Makaranda is only the first part of the work; the second part has not been published.

Click on the image below for a free PDF copy of the Yoga Makaranda.

Yoga Makaranda

As a footnote, apparently there is quite some controversy between the translators of this edition and a translation recently published by the Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation (KHYF). Read the links below if you dare…Kinda sad, but fairly entertaining reading…

Click to read the Translators background information about this translation
Click to read the online KHYF Statement in Response to the above
Click to read the Translators Response to the online KHYF Statement

Photograph of the great yoga master, Krishnamacharya, that hangs in the main practice room of the Krishnamacharya Yoga mandiram

Who Doesn’t Love a Good Yoga Book? ~ Fanning the Obsession in 2010

Just a few yoga books from 2010. Find more yoga inspiration on Daily Cup of Yoga Market

As I’ve mentioned before, I have a serious weakness for yoga books.  I mean, who doesn’t?  Anyhow, in a moment of complete disclosure, here’s what I’ve added to my collection so far this year (in no particular order):

  1. Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings by A.G. Mohan
    Learn more about A.G. Mohan at his website:  Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda.
  2. Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations And Techniques by Mark Stephens
    Read the author’s bio.
    Uncover a ton of teaching and practice pointers on Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Mark Stephens.
  3. The Yoga-Sutra Of Patanjali: A New Translation With Commentary (Shambhala Classics) by Chip Hartranft
    Read Hartranft’s translation for free  right here via the author’s On-line Companion.  Excellent resource!
  4. The Inner Tradition Of Yoga: A Guide To Yoga Philosophy For The Contemporary Practitionerby Michael Stone
    To learn more about the author, Michael Stone, visit his website:  Centre of Gravity.
  5. Myths of The Asanas: The Ancient Origins of Yoga by Alanna Kaivalya, Arjuna van der Kooij
    Visit the author’s website at JivaDiva.com.
  6. Yoga Beneath The Surface: An American Student And His Indian Teacher Discuss Yoga Philosophy And Practice by Srivatsa Ramaswami, David Hurwitz
    Learn more about Ramaswami at his website: Vinyasa Krama.
    Read Ramaswami’s article,  My Studies with Shri T. Krishnamacharya, published inNamarupa Magazine.
  7. Yoga Body:  The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton
    Book review and some good comments on mayaland.
  8. The Subtle Body: The Story Of Yoga In America by Stefanie Syman
    Book site: http://thesubtlebody.net/
    Read an interview with author Stefanie Syman at YogaCityNYC.
    Listen to author interview on On Point Radio.
  9. The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele
    Book site:  http://www.theyamasandniyamas.com/.
    Author’s blog.
  10. Living Your Yoga:  Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Hanson Lasater
    Author’s website.
  11. Ashtanga Yoga: The Definitive Step-By-Step Guide To Dynamic Yoga by John C. Scott
    Check out a short, but inspiring, clip of the author demonstrating and explaining Ashtanga yoga.
  12. Ashtanga Yoga: Practice And Philosophy by Gregor Maehle
    Author’s website, 8limbs.com.
  13. Yoga And The Path Of The Urban Mystic by Darren Main
    Visit Darren Main’s companion website to the book.
  14. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit by Deepak Chopra
    You gotta love Tara Stiles and Deepak Chopra’s “Authentic Yoga” iPhone/iPad app (I have both).
  15. The Athlete’s Pocket Guide to Yoga:  50 Routines for Flexibility, Balance, and Focus by Sage Rountree
    Take a look at Sage’s ‘Hip Flexor and Hamstring Stretch Yoga Routine’ on Runner’s World.
    Sage also has a great website and blog.
  16. The Subtle Body:  An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy by Cyndi Dale
    I have yet to spend much time in this book since I’m not getting it until Christmas, but it has great reviews on Amazon.
    Visit the author’s website for additional exploration.
  17. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:  Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchidananda
    Visit Sri Swami Satchidananda’s website.
  18. The Living Gita:  The Complete Bhagavad Gita – A Commentary for Modern Readersby Sri Swami Satchidananda
  19. Bhagavad Gita:  A New Translation by Stephen Mitchell
  20. 27 Things to Know About Yoga by Victoria Klein
    Check out Daily Cup of Yoga’s Review of 27 Things. This is really a great little yoga book!
    You will also enjoy reading Victoria Klein’s great yoga blog.
  21. The Mirror of Yoga:  Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mind by Richard Freeman
    Author’s website:  Yoga Workshop.
    I’m also a HUGE fan of Richard Freeman’s course on yoga philosophy, “The Yoga Matrix,” which is a smoking hot deal on Amazon.com if you download the MP3 version of the course.

I’m sure I left a few books out and there will probably be a few more before the end of the year.  Discriminating reader that I am, I pretty much love them all!  Not all of these books came out in 2010, but this was definitely a standout year for yoga publishing.  Hopefully next year will continue the trend.

Feel free to leave a comment about your favorite yoga book from 2010 (or whenever).

Book Review: 27 Things to Know About Yoga

Welcome to Day #3 of the Blog Book Tour for Victoria Klein’s new yoga book, 27 Things to Know About Yoga!

I couldn’t be happier to share and recommend this gem of a yoga book with each of you. Part how-to book, part intro to yoga philosophy and lifestyle, 27 Things is that book you wish you had in your bag with you at the airport when you really need something fun and interesting to read and don’t feel like tying your brain into knots. Open the book anywhere and you’ll find bite-sized bits of wisdom that will inspire your practice both on and off the yoga mat.

Perfect for Yoga Newbies! I especially recommend 27 Things for those just getting into yoga. As Ms. Klein states in the introduction, “Think of this as a gateway book: a great starting point or quick reference in your ongoing journey for intelligent and useful information about yoga.” That’s a perfect description of the book.

For the yoga newbie, 27 Things should give you the confidence and direction you need to go to your first class, delve into a variety of yoga styles, or seek out a teacher that suits you. 27 Things also gives straightforward answers about what to wear, what to eat, and what to bring to class. With a little bit of practical wisdom from the author, you won’t have any more excuses for not giving yoga a try.

Also Great for Yoga Vets! I may still struggle to look natural when touching my toes (due to hamstrings about as stretchy as a piece of dry wood…), but I do consider myself somewhat of a veteran in the world of yoga book reading. Although 27 Things is probably geared more towards breaking the ice with the curious about yoga crowd, it contains plenty of insight that a seasoned yogi can also appreciate. Motivation to practice doesn’t grow on trees, and you can certainly expect to receive a good dose of it in this book.

Thing 21 reminds the reader that yoga is very much about discipline, and that “No matter your schedule, budget, or location, yoga is meant to be practiced every minute of every day….It may be hard to imagine meeting yourself on your yoga mat every day, but that is what needs to be done.”

This is a great little book. It’s cheap (less than 10 bucks on Amazon), it’s an easy read, and it just may be the book you need in your bag to help you survive your next plane ride.


Satisfy Your Yoga Book Obsession

Today was a great day because I finally received my latest yoga book order from Amazon.com.  Took almost two and a half weeks.  Luckily (?) I’ve been busy enough that I didn’t really notice the delivery delay.  I’ve sort of been stocking up on my yoga books since I’m heading to Japan for a few years.  Of course I’ll be able to order books in Japan as well, but it’s a convenient excuse for now.  I don’t really need much of a reason to buy new yoga books…

I’ve also noticed a trend with yoga books lately.  The history of yoga seems to be all the rage, especially yoga’s journey into the American mainstream.  Not that all the books in my latest order reflect this trend, but I’m definitely looking forward to summer book releases about yoga luminaries Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Through the Eyes of His Students) and Krishnamacharya (Krishnamachary:  His Life and Teachings).  I’m also very likely to succumb in the near future to The Great Oom:  The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America as well as The Subtle Body:  The Story of Yoga in America.

Anyhow, here’s a few photos and links to the new books on my shelf for your viewing pleasure.

Yoga Bookstack

Yoga Body:  The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton

Click here for a positive review of Yoga Body

Yoga Beneath the Surface by Srivatsa Ramaswami

Click here to visit Srivatsa Ramaswami’s website

The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele

Click here to visit Deborah Adele’s blog or click here to discuss The Yamas and Niyamas on Facebook

Ashtanga Yoga by John Scott

Click here to visit John Scott’s website


Click here to visit Judith Lasater’s website or click here to follow Judith on Twitter

The Inner Tradition of Yoga by Michael Stone

Click here to visit Michael Stone’s Centre of Gravity website

Now that I have all these crisp, new yoga books lining my bookshelf, my wife informs me that I also need to read them, so I best stop blogging and get reading…  Any suggestions on which book to start with?  I’m leaning towards The Inner Tradition of Yoga.

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali — Sanskrit-English Translation & Glossary (trans. Chip Hartranft)

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali — Sanskrit-English Translation & Glossary (trans. by Chip Hartranft)

The Yoga Sutra as Practice – an Interview with Chip Hartranft

It’s Time to Recycle Your Old Yoga Journals

Every few years I find my stack of yoga magazines piling up.  Eventually I convince myself to pull out the scissors and cut out my favorite yoga articles, which I then place in three-ring binders for reference.  I recycle the rest of the magazine.  It’s a bit painful to chop up the magazines, but it certainly proves a useful exercise in non-attachment…

Happily, I recently discovered that every single page of Yoga Journal, all the way from issue number 1, which was 10 pages and cost 75 cents back in 1975, to the glossy-covered December 2008 issue, are chronicled on Google Books for our reading pleasure.  Hundreds of issues available at the click of a button.  The entire issue, for free!   Certainly makes the eventual separation from the physical copy less difficult.  I highly recommend checking out Yoga Journal on Google Books and enjoying a veritable journey through the history of yoga in the United States over the last 35 years.  It’s definitely interesting to observe the evolution of the magazine cover.

Self-Discipline and the Yogi

Excerpt from The Shambhala Guide to Yoga by Georg Feuerstein.

In order to gain the unsurpassable bliss of the Self, the yogin willingly adopts a life of strict discipline.  The aspirant begins by carefully regulating his or her moral behavior.  This forms the bedrock of all types of Yoga.  Reduced to its bare bones, yogic morality is the recognition of the universal Self in all other beings.  The various moral rules expounded in the Yoga scriptures are a symbolic bow to the Self within the other person.  Thus Yoga morality is inseparable from Yoga metaphysics.  In their moral conduct, the yogins aspire to preserve the moral order of the cosmos within the limited orbit of their personal existence.  In other words, they seek to uphold the ideals of harmony and balance.  This endeavor is by no means unique to Yoga.  Rather the moral code followed by its practitioners is universal and can be found in all the great religious traditions of the world.

As the American social critic Theodore Roszak correctly understood, the yogin’s first step must necessarily be a moral one:

“[H]igher consciousness is born out of conscience.  ‘Consciousness’/’conscience’: the very words are related, reminding us that we cannot expect to expand spiritual awareness unless we also expand our moral awareness of right and wrong, good and evil.  Later perhaps there will be ecstatic harmonies beyond the description of words in which the good and the evil of the world will be revealed as, mysteriously, the two hands of God.  But only the soul that has honestly cast out violence, greed, and deception may begin the ascent to that lofty vision…

“Surely too many Western practitioners of yoga are playing trivial games with the psychic and physiological spin-off of the divine science.  They learn to clearn their sinuses, to mitigate their migraine, to flirt with the joys of the kundalini.  Perhaps, besides achieving an enviable muscle tone, they even happen upon occasional intimations of samadhi.  But all these achievements become barbarous trifles if we forget that yoga, like all spiritual culture, is a life discipline and a moral wisdom.”

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Use LibraryThing to Virtually Organize Your Yoga Book Collection

I guess there could be worse things to be addicted to than books.  Every time I walk into a book store, the yoga section in particular tends to keep me occupied weighing the pros and cons of whether I need to buy another yoga book.  While I don’t think I’ve ever regretted purchasing a new yoga book, over time I’ve recognized that there are certain books I return to over and over again such as David Swenson’s Ashtanga Yoga Manual and B.K.S. Iyengar’s classic  Light on Yoga.  I can find answers to most of my yoga questions from those two books alone.  Even still, there are tons of other yoga books that I’ve enjoyed and am happy to include in my collection.

Although it’s nice to have the books sorted neatly on shelves at home, I’ve also found it’s nice to have them virtually organized on one of myfavorite book websites, LibraryThing.com.  I bought a lifetime membership to LibraryThing for $25 over three years ago (still the same price) and have happily enjoyed adding books to my virtual book collection ever since.   For book lovers, LibraryThing becomes an extra valuable resource after they’ve entered most of the books from their personal library, wishlists, library books read, e-books, etc., because of the powerful recommendation/anti-recommendation features LibraryThing incorporates.  Want to find a new book?  Look no further than LibraryThing to steer you in the right direction.

I love shopping for books on Amazon.com, but LibraryThing takes book hunting to a whole new level with its “will you like it?” feature.   For example, I ran across the book, Yoga for Wimps,” clicked on the “will you like it” button, and LibraryThing told me with a “low” degree of certainty that I will probably like the book.  From there I searched through the book recommendations on the same page, thought Donna Farhi’s book, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit looked interesting, clicked on the “will you like it” button, and found out that I will love the book.  Hmmm…I might have to check that out next time I’m at a decent bookstore (as in, not in Iraq…).

So even though I love buying and reading new yoga books, I also love keeping them organized, recalling what I enjoyed about each book, and finding future reading material in a fun, simple manner.  LibraryThing has a ton of other features, and for the yoga book lover, or just plain old bookaholic looking for a little virtual book organization, I highly recommend LibraryThing.

Ashtanga Yoga First Series Video by David Swenson

I happily surfed my way into David Swenson’s Ashtanga Yoga First Series video on YouTube the other day.  The whole thing!  I enjoy reading  and practicing with Swenson’s Ashtanga Yoga book, — it’s one of my favorite yoga books of all time — but have never had a chance to preview his yoga videos.

I haven’t watched the entire film yet, but so far I have a very favorable impression of both the video and Swenson as an instructor.  That’s pretty much what I expected based on his book.  Nothing flashy, but Swenson is very easy to listen to and his knowledge and wisdom of yoga seems to just kind float out of his mouth in a humble, yet authoritative way.

If you enjoy this first clip of instruction on breathing and bandhas, check out the rest of the video here in one convenient location.

Book: Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Find out what Hatha yoga is all about by reading the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

From Wikipedia

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika (Sanskrit: Haṭhayoga Pradīpikā) is a classic Sanskrit manual on Hatha Yoga, written by Svami Svatmarama, a disciple of Svami Gorakhnath. Said to be the oldest surviving text on the Hatha Yoga, it is one of the three classic texts of Hatha Yoga, the other two being the Gheranda Samhita and the Shiva Samhita.

The text was written in 15th century CE. The work is derived from older Sanskrit texts and Svami Svatamarama’s own yogic experiences. Many modern English translations of the text are available.

The book consists of four Upadeshas (chapters) which include information about asanas, pranayama, chakras, kundalini, bandhas, kriyas, shakti, nadis and mudras among other topics. It runs in the line of Hindu yoga (to distinguish from Buddhist and Jain yoga) and is dedicated to Lord Adinath, a name for Lord Shiva (the Hindu god of destruction and renewal), who is alleged to have imparted the secret of Hatha Yoga to his divine consort Parvati.

Read the e-book here…

Book: Illustrated Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar

A little free yoga knowledge right here.

B.K.S. Iyengar: Light on Yoga

Yoga for Men

I love books! I especially love free books! If you don’t mind reading books in PDF format, I ran across Yoga for Men by Thomas Claire on Scribd. It’s probably not the top book on my list of places to start reading about yoga, but it’s pretty hard to beat free! In perusing the book, I was surprised at how much information Yoga for Men contained, especially concerning different styles of yoga. While some of the information is targeted towards men, most of the book just deals with yoga subjects that would appeal to anyone interested in yoga. One of my favorite parts of the book was the depth of resources the author provided for further study. If you’re looking for a good list of yoga books to read, I highly recommend checking out the additional resources at the end of each chapter.

There are quite a few books uploaded on Scribd (some yoga related), making it a decent place to look if you want to preview a book.  I also found Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, one of my all-time favorites.  If you’ve never read it, you’ll eventually end up buying you’re own copy.  I like the Scribd version because I can put it on my Pocket PC for reading late at night in bed.  Good stuff!