My Ashtanga Bookshelf

There is a wide range of books on Ashtanga Yoga that have been published. Here is my personal Ashtanga Yoga library. If you’re coming to any of my classes and would like to look through any of these books, just let me know and I’ll bring my copy to class. I’m still building this list out so not finished yet!

Book | Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by H David Coulter

Book | Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by H David Coulter

This is a detailed look at the anatomy of the human body, primarily structured around different types of yoga asana: standing postures, backbending postures, forward bending postures, twisting postures, and so on. There is a huge amount of anatomical...
Book | Ashtanga Yoga by John Scott

Book | Ashtanga Yoga by John Scott

John's book is a great text on Ashtanga Yoga and the primary series. Following introductory material it has a clear presentation of the asana of the primary series, with step-by-step photographs and the vinyasa count. There's no fluff and has a real...
Book | Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy by Gregor Maehle

Book | Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy by Gregor Maehle

Gregor Maehle's book is an interesting combination of a description of the history, philosophy and techniques of the Ashtanga Yoga method, the asana of the Primary Series with photographs, vinyasa count, and anatomical illustrations, and a translation...
Book | Ashtanga Yoga: Yoga in the Tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois by Petri Räisänen

Book | Ashtanga Yoga: Yoga in the Tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois by Petri Räisänen

Petri  conducted a series of interviews with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois during his visits to practice in Mysore in 2003-2004. From these interviews, and a collaboration with New York portrait photographer Alexander Berg , and of course P...
Book | Aṣṭāṅga Yoga Anuṣṭhāna by R Sharath Jois

Book | Aṣṭāṅga Yoga Anuṣṭhāna by R Sharath Jois

I was lucky enough to get a first edition of Sharath's book while in southern California in May 2013. In fact Sharath and family were staying in the same hotel as me! Sharath was in the area teaching at Jois Yoga Encinitas , and although I couldn't ...
Book | Aṣṭāṅga Yoga As It Is by Matthew Sweeney

Book | Aṣṭāṅga Yoga As It Is by Matthew Sweeney

Containing Matthew's recognisable photographic sequences showing the vinyāsa movements and breath between each posture, Matthew's book also includes information on the philosophy, history and techniques of Ashtanga Yoga. I remember when I first sa...
Book | Aṣṭāṅga Yoga by Lino Miele

Book | Aṣṭāṅga Yoga by Lino Miele

Lino's book, first published in 1994, is a classic. Lino started to practice Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore in 1988 with Sri K Pattabhi Jois. His book was written when there were hardly any other published texts on Ashtanga Yoga beyond Yoga Mala . Published...
Book | Astanga Yoga by Liz Lark

Book | Astanga Yoga by Liz Lark

I got this book in 2002 when I was looking for my first Ashtanga Yoga beginners course. After some introductory material on the history and philosophical basis of Ashtanga Yoga, Liz steps through each asana of the primary series giving instruction...
Book | Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi

Book | Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi

I believe the concept of finding aspects of 'flow' within your life is fundamental to personal happiness. Csíkszentmihályi book on Flow describes it as completely focused motivation: a single-minded immersion. Harnessing the whole self in the service o...
Book | Functional Anatomy of Yoga by David Keil

Book | Functional Anatomy of Yoga by David Keil

David Keil taught anatomy on my Ashtanga Yoga teacher training , and he also taught the workshop where I first truly started to understand the counted nature of the vinyasa in Ashtanga Yoga. He is both anatomist and Ashtanga practitioner. David's...
Book | Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Through the Eyes of His Students by Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern

Book | Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Through the Eyes of His Students by Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern

Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern's book Guruji contains interviews with over thirty Ashtanga practitioners, who were direct students of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and recounts his life and teachings through their experiences. Included in this group is John...
Book | Introduction to Vedanta by Swami Dayananda

Book | Introduction to Vedanta by Swami Dayananda

Vedānta is a body of teaching found at the end of the Vedas, a large body of texts originating in ancient India. It forms one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. Vedānta asserts that one's true nature is completeness and limitlessness. S...
Book | Relax and Renew by Judith Hanson Lasater

Book | Relax and Renew by Judith Hanson Lasater

At the end of a traditional Ashtanga Yoga asana practice we 'take rest'. In Sharath's book he writes, "It is important to take rest after the practice. [...] No asana is being done here; one is only resting from the asana practice." Relax and...
Book | Step-by-Step Astanga Yoga by Jean Hall

Book | Step-by-Step Astanga Yoga by Jean Hall

Jean qualified as a Iyengar yoga teacher in 1995 and since then has studied a number of forms of yoga including Ashtanga. Her book contains a description of the history and techniques of the Ashtanga Yoga method. Asanas in the Primary Series are g...
Book | Teaching Yoga, Adjusting Asana by Melanie Cooper

Book | Teaching Yoga, Adjusting Asana by Melanie Cooper

Melanie's book is primarily written for newly qualified yoga teachers working in gyms and is presented using the Ashtanga Yoga primary series, however the concepts in the book are relevant outside of this remit. It is broad in its reach, covering mat...
Book | The Power of Ashtanga Yoga by Kino MacGregor

Book | The Power of Ashtanga Yoga by Kino MacGregor

Kino's passion for the Ashtanga Yoga method permeates every page of her book. As well as a detailed account of the asana of the Primary Series, the book contains Kino's own personal story. In August 2013 I attended an immersion with Kino and her...
Book | The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali by Edwin F Bryant

Book | The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali by Edwin F Bryant

The first four lines of Patañjali's Yoga Sūtras are so direct, so clear. It's not uncommon to get caught up in all the peripheral aspects of what we call 'yoga' today, but coming back to this simple definition still opens a whole lifetime of exploration a...
Book | Yoga for Life by Liz Lark

Book | Yoga for Life by Liz Lark

It was through this book by Liz Lark that I first discovered Ashtanga Yoga. By April 2002 I had been practicing yoga at my gym pretty regularly each week for almost two years, and I was feeling 'different': physically I was definitely more flexible,...
Book | Yoga Mala by Sri K Pattabhi Jois

Book | Yoga Mala by Sri K Pattabhi Jois

First published by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in 1962, Yoga Mala outlines the traditional ethical principles and philosophy underlying Ashtanga Yoga, and then steps through the vinyasa method for each asana in the primary series. The Ashtanga technicians...
Book | Yoga Sadhana for Mothers by Sharmila Desai and Anna Wise

Book | Yoga Sadhana for Mothers by Sharmila Desai and Anna Wise

The emphasis on self-practice within the Ashtanga Yoga tradition provides a basis for a yoga practice that can provide support through the journey to motherhood and beyond. For all practitioners, our yoga practice changes and adapts as we change as...
Book | Yoga: The Art of Adjusting by Brian Cooper

Book | Yoga: The Art of Adjusting by Brian Cooper

Using the asana of the Ashtanga Yoga primary series, Brian presents a set of observation points and adjustment techniques for each asana. The book also includes a set of partner yoga and Thai yoga massage techniques. I find this a great resource for...
योगिशतवृितिनरोधः

yogash chitta vritti nirodhah

yoga is controlling the changing states of the mind Patanjali

Yoga Sutra 1.2

Jois has been known to say that yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory, learning from direct experience and practice

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