|Do Your OM Thing – Bending Yoga Tradition To Fit Your Modern Life by Rebecca Pacheco (Buy on AbeBooks) (Buy on Amazon)
This book is one of my favourite way to introduce my students to the idea of what yoga really is about. It’s very accessible (definitely more accessible than some of the books written but the greatest masters of yoga… but those are really worth the effort too!) and I find myself often going back and re-reading some chapters.
| The Heart of Yoga – Developing Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar
In The Heart of Yoga Desikachar offers a distillation of his father’s system as well as his own practical approach, which he describes as “a program for the spine at every level–physical, mental, and spiritual.” This is the first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to the age-old principles of yoga. Desikachar discusses all the elements of yoga–poses and counterposes, conscious breathing, meditation, and philosophy–and shows how the yoga student may develop a practice tailored to his or her current state of health, age, occupation, and lifestyle.