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Kimberly Wilson

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Best Yoga Books & Yoga Poses Books

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Twists, triangles, and transformation! Yoga offers numerous ways to explore the relationship between your mind and body, live more mindfully, and challenge yourself. As a self-proclaimed bibliophile currently immersed in at least 50 books (yes, I have a problem), author of a yoga lifestyle book for the modern girl (“Hip Tranquil Chick”), and yoga studio owner, I’m delighted to share my top picks for yoga books. It was hard to narrow it down, as the shelves are chock full with yoga books these days that promise serenity, smooth abs, and success. Both “Best of the Best” and “Best of the Rest” picks are sure to provide you with a well-rounded approach to your yoga practice – from the novice to advanced yogi alike. Namaste.

With the best yoga books, you'll learn the best techniques in no time. These yoga poses books are illustrated and offer a guide to how you improve your practice or start a yoga practice.

Best Yoga Books by Kimberly Wilson

The Best You Can Get

  • Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life

    Kimberly says: Lasater is a longtime yoga practitioner who relays the wisdom of the “Yoga Sutras” and “Bhagavad Gita” in an insightful, inspiring way. This book is a gem when wondering how best to take your practice of yoga into your office, home, relationships, and more!

    • by Judith Lasater
    • 21 chapters focused on ways to live yoga in everyday
    • Three main parts: yoga within yourself, yoga and relationships, yoga in the world
    • Written by a yogini who has been teaching since 1971
  • Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul

    Kimberly says: This book explores the five tenets of yoga: ahimsa, bhakti, meditation, nadayoga, and scripture in a very authoritative way. Gannon and Life share a depth of knowledge regarding all the components of yoga. In addition, they provide a very challenging asana practice that will leave you sweaty and happy.

    • by Sharon Gannon and David Life
    • 12 chapters
    • Photographed sequences for all levels
    • Recommended resources
  • The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras

    Kimberly says: Devi captures the “Yoga Sutras” in a heartfelt way that leaves the reader full of joy. In the first translation of the “Yoga Sutras” by a woman, the author shares stories and ideas on feminine ways to explore the heart of the “Sutras” deeper.

    • by Nischala Joy Devi
    • Yoga Sutras translated by a woman
    • Practical suggestions for everyday
    • Lots of connection to your emotional, intuitive side
  • Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breathe, Body and Mind

    Kimberly says: This book written by an interfaith minister captures a beautiful blend of yoga and meditation. With a genuine focus on the spiritual side, the author offers four mindfulness sequences, describes mindfulness, dives into the “Sutras,” and touches on the Eightfold Paths and Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. A great find for exploring the intersection of yoga and Buddhism.

    • by Frank Jude Boccio
    • Ten chapters on blending meditation and yoga
    • Four mindfulness yoga sequences
    • Suggested resources
    • Over 100 photos
  • Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy

    Kimberly says: This book offers an impressive breakdown of a challenging series. Maehle includes an applicable translation of the “Yoga Sutras” that is useful to the beginner to advanced yoga student. He also addresses more subtle aspects of the practice such as bandhas and drishti. This well-developed book takes the practitioner deep into their practice and understanding of yoga.

    • by Gregor Maehle
    • Breakdown of the Ashtanga Primary Series with helpful photos
    • Exploration and translation of the “Yoga Sutra”
    • Description of history of yoga

You will be happy with any of these

  • Yin Yoga

    Kimberly says: Grilley serves up a wonderful offering of the yummy yin yoga practice. With detailed descriptions about the practice coupled with photos and details about the poses, anyone has access to the great benefits offered through this obscure practice that is becoming more and more mainstream.

    • by Paul Grilley
    • 35 photos of yin poses
    • Great description of yin versus yang yoga
    • Three sample routines
  • Yoga Body, Buddha Mind

    Kimberly says: This book is a beautiful blend of Buddhism and yoga presented with a playful spirit. Lee takes yoga a step deeper by sharing with readers how to have a “Buddha mind” to open your heart, reduce anger, and develop clarity.

    • by Cyndi Lee
    • Three vinyasa classes with drawings
    • Numerous photos and pose descriptions
    • Descriptions of breathwork
  • Happy Yoga: 7 Reasons Why There’s Nothing to Worry About

    Kimberly says: Ross brings a joyful spirit to his practice of yoga. Having practiced at his studio in LA, I see his passion for a play shine through in this book, too. He offers tips for experiencing true love, perfecting the body, remembering who you really are, and more. Jam-packed with inspiring ideas for living the yoga lifestyle.

    • by Steve Ross
    • Seven reasons why there’s nothing to worry about
    • Touches on love, diet, politics, and more
    • Additional reading list
    • Suggested musical playlists
  • Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic

    Kimberly says: This book brings the eight-limbed path of yoga to life in a simple, yet inspiring way. Main touches on chakras, relationships, the ego, and breaks down the yamas and niyamas into clear dos and don’ts for the modern day yogi.

    • by Darren Main
    • Written by an urban yogi
    • Provides examples of modern day living
    • Philosophy in an easy-to-grasp style
  • Living Yoga: Creating a Life Practice

    Kimberly says: Turlington shares the benefits of yoga, how yoga has assisted her spiritual journey, has gorgeous photos, and provides an in-depth look at the history of yoga. She also explores how to create a sacred space for your own practice.

    • by Christy Turlington
    • Beautiful coffee table book
    • Glossary
    • Covers history of yoga to her personal story

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