Yoga Books

Click here to download a PDF of the Required + Recommended Books for Alchemy of Yoga’s 200-Hour Teacher Training Program.

REQUIRED BOOKS: In preparation please purchase or obtain on loan the books below and be reading them in the order listed, either as hard copies or electronic versions on your e-reader or tablet device:

  1. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz*
  2. How We Choose To Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People by Rick Foster + Greg Hicks*
  3. Living Your Yoga:  Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Lasater*
  4. Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
  5. The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele
  6. The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant Lad
  7. Wheels of Light by Anodea Judith
  8. Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow
  9. Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship by Donna Farhi
  10. The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga: Scientific Keys Volume 1 by Dr Ray Long
  11. The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi

*Please read before training
Pack hard copy for immersion

You are REQUIRED to bring the following books (hard copy) with you to training:

  1. Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow
  2. The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele
  3. The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi

RECOMMENDED BOOKS:

The Heart of Yoga: Developing A Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar
Yogi Bare by Philip Self
Yoga from the Inside Out by Christina Sell
A Path With Heart: A Guide through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
Wherever You Go There You Are by Jack Kornfield
The Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman
Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
Anatomy Coloring Book

Alchemy of Yoga Resource Library:

Meditation:

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness and Faith by Sharon Salzberg
A Path With Heart: A Guide through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Hatha Yoga Practice

Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
Jivamukti by Shannon Gannon and David Life
Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow
Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Lasater
The Heart of Yoga: Developing A Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar
The Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman

Pranayama and Breath:

Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar
Refining the Breath: Pranayama in the Anusara Style of Yoga, Doug Keller

Ayurveda:

Ayurveda: A Life of Balance by Maya Tiwari
What’s Your Dosha Baby? by Lisa Marie Coffey
Yoga and Ayurveda by Dr. David Frawley
Prakriti: Your Ayuredic Constitution (2nd Edition), by Dr. Robert Svoboda
Ayurveda Revolutionized: Integrating by Edward Tarabilda
Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization by Dr. David Frawley
The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant Lad
Yoga for your Type: An Ayurvedic Approach by Dr. David Frawley
Ayurveda for Women by Maya Tiwari

Teaching Skills:

Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship by Donna Farhi
Anusara Yoga Teacher Training Manual by John Friend

Yoga History:

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchitananda
The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Swatmarama

Mantra:

Chakra Mantras: Liberate your Spiritual Genius Through Chanting by Thomas Ashley-Farrand
Healing Mantras: Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Power, Creativity and Healing by Thomas Ashley-Farrand

Tantra:

Tantra: Path of Ecstasy by Georg Feuernstein
Inner Tantric Yoga by David Frawley

Spirituality and Healing Arts:

When the Drummers Were Women by Layne Redmond
Shaman, Healer, Sage by Alberto Villoldo
Awakening to The Spirit World by Sandra Ingerman & Hank Wesselman
The Medicine Way by Kenneth Meadows
Animal Speak by Ted Andrews

Astrology:

The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need by Joanna Martime Woolfolke

Anatomy/Physiology:

Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain
The Anatomy Coloring Book by Kapit & Elson

Testimonials:

Yogi Bare:Naked Truth by Philip Self
Yoga from the Inside Out by Christina Sell
Yogini: the Power of Women in Yoga by Janice Gates

Inspirational:

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
Go In and In: Poems From the Heart of Yoga by Danna Faulds
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra
Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections by Rolf Gates
Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das
Shantaram: A Novel by Gregory David Roberts
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Poetry:

The Soul of Rumi by Coleman Barks
The Gift by Hafiz
Sweat Your Prayers by Gabrielle Roth
The Essential Rumi, New Expanded Edition by Jalal al-Din Rumi

Nutrition:

Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Polland, (Food history, politics, and local food movement)
Staying Healthy with Nutrition by Elson Haas (Major nutrition resource book)
Radical Healing by Rudolph Ballentine (Wide view of nutrition as a path for transformation)
Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford (Best blend of oriental traditions and modern nutrition)
Food and Healing by Annemarie Colbin (Great food and lifestyle book)
If the Buddha Came to Dinner by Sofia Hale Schatz (Nourish body and spirit)
Feeding the Body Nourishing the Soul by Deborah Kesten (Just as the title promises)
Creating Health by Deepak Chopra (Mind/body medicine)
Food & You by Sari Harrar and Barbara Loecher (Emotional eating related)