Reading list

Essential Reading for Teacher Trainees

BKS Iyengar: Light on Yoga
Light on Pranayama
Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali                                                                                                                                                                             

Yoga the Iyengar Way - by Shyam & Silva Mehta

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras - (many issues available:George Feurstein is good as is Edwyn Bryant's try to get translation with Sanskrit transliteration, it's good to have more than one translation to cross reference. BKS Iyengar’s version - Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is also good)

Tantra Illuminated - Christopher Wallace (also available as an audio book)

Copies of the Satipattana, Bhadekerrata, Kalama and the Heartwood Suttas, from the  Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Majimma Nikaya)

Yoga in Practice - Princeton Readings in Religions

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika - Brian Dana Akers


The Muscle Book by Paul Blakey
The Visual Dictionary of the Human Body
Color Atlas of Human Anatomy by Professor Peter Abrahams (or other equally clear anatomy book if already purchased)
Human Anatomy Colouring Book  by Margaret MattPocket Atlas of the moving body  -   Mel Cash
The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long

*Note - these books do not have to be all purchased at the start of the course but as soon asfinances allow. Many are available secoond hand. You will need two anatomy books (chose from the list) and light on yoga from the begining


The Fall - Steve Taylor

Sapiens -  Yuval

The Shiva Sutras - Swami Lakshmanjoo/Jai Deva Singh

The Traidic Heart of Shiva - Paul Muller Ortega

Tantra the Path to Ecstasy - Georg Feurstein

The Spanda Karika - Daniel Odier

A History of Modern Yoga - Elizabeth de Michelis

The Vijnana Bhairava Tantra - various versions available

The Horse, the Wheel and Language - David W Anatony

Eighty-four Āsanas in Yoga - A survey of Traditions - Gundrun Bühnemann

The Roots of Yoga - James Mallinson

The Holistic Path to Health - BKS Iyengar

The Miracle of Mindfulness  by Thich Nat Hahn

Freeing the body Freeing the mind - Edited by Micheal stone

Meditation: Buddhist Way of Tranquility and Insight - Dharmachari Kamalashila

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice - TKV Desikacha

Awakening the Spine: The Stress-free New Yoga that Works with the Body to Restore Health, Vitality and Energy -  Vanda Scaravelli

Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness -  Erich Schiffmann

Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti, The: A Mahayana Scripture - Robert Thurman

The Way of the Boddhisattva: A Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara (Shambhala Classics) - Shantideva

How We Live Our Yoga: Personal Stories by Valerie Jermiijenko

Yogi Bare: Naked Truth from America’s Leading Yoga Teachers - Philip Self

Meeting the Buddha: Meeting the Buddhas - Vessantara

The Upanishads (Classics) - many versions available

A good book on Ayurveda - many available

Any writings by Ajhan Chah or Sumedho

The Psoas Book - Liz Koch

Yoni Shakti - Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners

Songs of Milarepa (Tibet’s great yogi) - various editions available

Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism (Mythos) - Miranda Shaw



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