5 Books Every Urban Yogi Should Read
Yoga is not just about Asanas, but it is a combination of the holistic growth of your mind and
soul. Reading is a hobby and habit for many of us, and thankfully, Yoga is full of old scriptures
and books are written by Yogis that talk about all the aspects of Yoga.
There is an absolute treasure of knowledge and wisdom that you can attain by reading books,
many of which are available in all the yoga schools in Rishikesh, we discover the top 5 Books
which every urban Yogi should read.
We have handpicked these books after analysing and reading hundreds of books in this niche.
We will also be giving you the gist of each book so that you can get an idea of what to expect
from each book and it is also helpful in preparation if you are planning to join any yoga school in
Rishikesh or anywhere else in the world.
Without any further ado, let's dig deep into the list and uncover the best ones -
1. Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
Light on Yoga is considered the bible of Yoga by a lot of Yogis in India and the world. B.K.S.
Iyengar is regarded as one of the greatest teachers of Yoga the world has got.
He is also known for "Iyengar Yoga" which he invented in his long career and influence of Yoga.
This book talks about his journey, and he talks about every aspect of Yoga by which it impacts
your body and mind at the same time.
B.K.S. Iyengar also talks about the philosophy of Yoga and the way Yoga helps in healing your
body from various diseases and even preventing them by creating better neuron connections in
He has beautifully explained everything in detail with pictures and the steps to perform every
Asana. His books can be found in the library’s of many yoga schools in Rishikesh.
2. Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
Yoga Anatomy is another detailed book on Yoga which will make you an expert about how Yoga
affects different muscles in the body.
Kaminoff goes into details while talking about the impact of each Asana on joints and all parts of
Kaminoff talks about different Asanas and the best takeaway from the book is that by the time
you finish the book, you will be an expert on the Yoga Asanas that you should choose for a
particular part of your body. This is a rare sight in many yoga schools in Rishikesh but it’s a
book that you need to have in your reading list for sure!
3. The Yoga sutras of Patanjali
Raja Yoga is one of the most influential and famous forms of Yoga which is focused on
concentration and meditation.
There are a lot of versions of the Yoga Sutras, and all of them are written in Sanskrit and given
with translation. You will find many variants in which the writers also give their opinions and
thoughts along with translating the Sanskrit version of the Sutras.
The Yoga Sutras were compiled initially between 500 BCE and 400 CE. These sutras are one of
the oldest and describe the most potent forms of meditations which will help you to connect with
your soul. Many of the great saints who now have their own yoga school in Rishikesh have tried
to translate the yoga sutras of patanjali in their books.
4. The Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita
The Upanishads are late Vedic Sanskrit texts which talk about the Yogic lifestyle and
Becoming a Yogi is less about knowing how to perform Asanas and practise them, but it is also
about understanding the Yogic lifestyle.
This book talks about you reaching your inner self and understanding the things that impact
your mind and soul. You have to adopt a different mindset to fully evolve your mind and make it
free from all health and mental issues.
The enlightened sages in the Upanishads talks about spirituality, consciousness and wisdom. It
will enable you to develop a relationship between your body and inner self.
Understanding the forms of meditation and having a level of communication with your inner self
will enable you to attain a different level of happiness!
Another book that you should read along with it is the Bhagavad Gita. You will find many
versions of this book written by writers from all over the Globe.
This does not talk specifically about Yoga but will teach you important life lessons which will
help you to make everyday decisions and improve the quality of your and your loved ones' lives!
5. Yoga – The Practice of Movement and Stillness by Eric Schiffman
The practice of movement and stillness is one of the most famous books on Yoga. It is also one
of the most detailed and referred to by the yoga schools in Rishikesh.
Some of the concepts discussed in the book are -
● Lines of energy
● The essence of Yoga practise
This black and white book is full of images, and the best part of the book is that every Asana is
defined in detail in all the sections.
You can find the steps to perform the Asanas and the benefits to a different part of your body for
that particular Asana of Yoga.
We would define this book as a comprehensive combination of everything that you will need to
be a Yoga expert!
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