Best Books on Yoga for Beginners: A Review

Have you really decided to learn yoga to improve your lifestyle? If yes, then you have made one of the best decisions of your life. As a newbie, the first question that comes to your mind is about how to start yoga by yourself at home. So, here in this review, I have compiled the top 5 best books on yoga for beginners by some famous Yogis to start your yoga journey.

Overview

Several research studies reveal that yoga practices enhance muscular strength and body flexibility, promote and improve respiratory and cardiovascular function, promote recovery from and treatment of addiction. It reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic fatigue, improves sleep patterns, and enhance overall well-being and quality of life.

As a beginner, in order to cultivate some personal practices, books can be really helpful in guiding you and giving in-depth information about yoga. However, finding the best yoga books to read is not an easy job, since there are so many available in the market.

This review listed some of the best books on yoga for beginners to start with. The books here are about the basics of mudras, meditation, pranayama, kriya and asana, and a little history of the yoga practice and philosophy. I hope the list will be helpful to choose the one best suited for your needs.

Here is the list of best books on yoga for beginners.

Best Books on Yoga for Beginners

List of Best Books on Yoga for Beginners

Book Name

Author

Price

Guide to Yoga Boxset (Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama)

B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga and Kriya: A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques: 1

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Mudras for Modern Life: Boost your health, re-energize your life, enhance your yoga and deepen your meditation

Swami Saradananda

The New Book Of Yoga

Sivananda Yoga Centre

Yoga For All: Discovering the True Essence of Yoga

Hansaji J. Yogendra

1. Guide to Yoga Boxset ( Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama)

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About the Author

B.K.S. Iyengar is one of the world’s most renowned and respected yoga gurus who has written several yoga books. His dedication towards practising and teaching yoga led him to receive the prestigious Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2002. Also, he was listed among the World’s 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine.

About the Book

This is a combo pack of two books: Light on Yoga and Light on Pranayama. This set of B.K.S. Iyengar’s books are considered the best books on yoga for beginners.

Light on Yoga: This book provides reliable and accurate information on the subject of yoga and tells you about the correct techniques for practising yoga. It is written in simple language to make it easy to understand and practice yoga by yourself at home without any trouble.

Light on Pranayama: This book describes the ancient practice of Pranayama, the breathing techniques. It elaborates on different types of Pranayama, such as bhastrika, kapalbhati, and nadi shodan. Research shows that the regular practice of Pranayama is beneficial in dealing with asthma as well as stress-related disorders like anxiety and depression. It can help bring harmony between the body, mind and spirit, making you physically, mentally, and spiritually strong.

2.Yoga and Kriya

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About the Author

Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati was a pioneer of yoga. He took yoga to each and every corner of the world, to people of every caste, creed, religion and nationality. He founded the International Yoga Fellowship in 1956 and the Bihar School of Yoga in 1963.

He authored over 80 yoga books, many of which are accepted as textbooks in schools and universities throughout the world. These books have been translated into Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Yugoslavian, Chinese, French, Greek, Iranian and most other prominent languages of the world.

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About The Book

This book is the most comprehensive and systematic text ever published on yoga that presents yoga in a scientific manner. It includes a complete course of 36 structured lessons on all the teachings given by Swami Satyananda Saraswati.

Yoga and Kriya provides techniques of pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, asana, pranayama, mudra and bandha in such a methodical and simple manner that it become possible for everyone to experience their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual development. 

So, if you want a healthy and happy life and to attain perfection in one’s life then this book is for you.

3.Mudras for Modern Life

About the Author

Swami Saradananda is an internationally renowned yoga and meditation teacher who has inspired thousands of people to practice. She has been teaching yoga for almost 40 years and is the author of several yoga books.

For 26 years, she worked with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and directed their facilities in New York, London, New Delhi and the Himalayas.

Swami Saradananda teaches yoga worldwide, leads pilgrimages to India and writes extensively. Some other yoga books by Swami Saradananda include The Power of BreathChakra Meditation Relax and Unwind with YogaYoga Mind and Body, The Essential Guide to Chakras.

About the Book

Mudras for Modern Life contains a series of highly useful mudra routines for a range of both physical and emotional health issues from anxiety and chronic fatigue to arthritis and headaches. An easy to understand and practice book with colourful illustrations. Each mudra is beautifully explained.

The introduction lays the foundation for mudra practice with chapters showing why and how to do the mudras by yourself. Chapters also illustrate the holistic benefits, like boosting inner strength, relieving stress, enhancing creativity, and increasing concentration. Each mudra entry includes an accompanying chant, meditation, pranayama, asana, or visualization.

4. The New Book Of Yoga

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About the Author

‘The New Book Of Yoga’ is published by The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. It was founded by renowned authorities on Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga, Swami Vishnu-Devananda in 1957. He was sent to the west by his Master, Swami Sivananda to spread the ideals of yoga and Vedanta with the words ‘people are waiting’.

About the Book

This book contains all the basic teachings of yoga based on the Five Principles of Yoga (Proper Relaxation, Exercise, Breathing, Diet, Positive Thinking and Meditation). Its chapters include Introduction to Yoga, Relaxation, The Basic Session, Breathing, Diet, Meditation, Asanas and Variations, The Cycle of Life, and Yoga and Health. 

The New Book Of Yoga illustrates different poses of yoga step by step with colourful photos. This yoga book is useful for beginners who want to start practising yoga at home. It teaches you how to:

  • Develop a fit and beautiful body
  • Improve your health
  • Keep youthful in every stage of life
  • Enjoy a troublefree pregnancy
  • Eat wisely and well
  • Banish stress and tension
  • Breathe for life and vitality
  • Increase your power
  • Experience peace of mind concentration 

5. Yoga For All: Discovering the True Essence of Yoga

Yoga For All: Discovering the True Essence of Yoga by [Hansaji J. Yogendra]

About the Author

Hansaji J. Yogendra is the director of the Yoga Institute, a 100-year-old organisation that has been at the forefront of the modern yoga renaissance. It is the world’s oldest organized yoga centre. Being at the forefront of the yoga fraternity for over five decades, she has significant contributions to yoga education, research, experiential learning, and standardization of yoga practices. She has authored numerous books on yoga that are widely recognized.

She also serves as a yoga expert to many prestigious organizations and government committees and has bagged numerous awards and accolades. She has brought about key revolutionary changes in the field of yoga by spreading yoga education, especially for women. The approach and techniques taught at the Institute have benefitted several renowned celebrities.

About the Book

Yoga for All is one of the best comprehensive books on yoga for beginners. In this book, Hansaji revisits the idea of yoga and presents it in an all-inclusive role where the person is considered in totality. The book brings forth the joy, freshness and wholesomeness of yoga, and repositions the traditional techniques of yoga in a new and unique dimension.

Yoga for All makes yoga easy for all irrespective of gender, body type, ability or age. This book is ideal for both beginners and advanced yoga practitioners. All the practices are classified as beginner, intermediate or advanced so one can practice the techniques according to one’s individual ability and comfort. The pictorial representations of different yoga postures are supplemented with easy-to-follow instructions to suit the modern yoga practitioner.

This book depicts the integration of ethical and spiritual values within the physical practices of yoga, which is the exceptional contribution of yoga guru Dr Jayadeva Yogendra. It is one of the best yoga books for home practice. Yoga for All is an enriching journey of wellness of the body, mind and spirit.

Conclusion

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” –The Bhagavad Gita. Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means ‘union’. It teaches you how to unite your body and mind with your soul. Yoga not only makes you physically fit but mentally and emotionally strong. It is the only tool that can enhance your mind power, self-discipline, self-awareness and self-motivation.

Many people start learning yoga with a lot of passion but somehow lose hope in the middle. Sometimes they make some major mistakes too.  These top 5 yoga books are some of the best books on yoga for beginners. Go through the reviews and grab the one which suited you most. 

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