NEED TO KNOW YOGIC TEXTS
Kiana Ng Yoga
There are many famous ancient texts that have contributed to the documentation and understanding of yoga. Here, I have listed those as well as a few other books on yoga that I think are quite noteworthy!
- The Vedas. These are the most ancient scriptures that contain hymns, guidance and philosophy. They are made up of the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda, and Atharva Veda.
- The Upanishads. A part of the Vedas that contains more than 200 scriptures on philosophy.
- The Bhagavad Gita. A part of the Upanishads as one of the longest scriptures it contains. The story is about a conversation between a man named Arjuna and another named Krishna. The scene takes place in a battle field with the message of the story focusing on spiritual lessons Krishna tells Arjuna.
- Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. This text explains the 8 limbs of yoga and covers methods on how one can attain enlightment.
- The Hatha Yoga Pradipika. One of the oldest texts on hatha yoga, this text describes the purpose of hatha yoga.
- Light On Yoga by B.K.S Iyengar. This book covers many asanas with their alignment, as well as pranayama, yoga sequences and philosophy.
- Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda. This autobiography covers Paramhansa’s spiritual path and life journey.
- Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff. This book is one of the leading books that goes over detailed anatomy and alignment for yoga asanas.
- The Heart of Yoga by D.K.V Desikachar. This book is based off of viniyoga and establishing your own yoga practice that best suits you. It covers sequences and methods to help you develop your own personal practice.