9 Books a Yogi Can’t Live Without


The thing about yoga, is that you’re never done learning about it. Sure the physical aspect is what we see all the time. Handstands on the beach flood our social media feeds. And don’t get us wrong, we don’t have a problem with rad poses and a great view (I mean, take a look at our Instagram. Perks of a La Jolla yoga practice include sick beach sunsets). But yoga is so much more than poses. That’s what we took into consideration when putting together a list of books we, as yogis, can’t live without. Yes there’s some classics like Light on Yoga, but we wanted to include material on philosophy, the ego, and more.

What you’ll find in our bookcase

You Know Me the Gita by Irina Gajjar — The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient yogic text that tells the story about Arjun, a warrior who faces many challenges. The original book can be a tough read, but with this translation understanding these vary important topics will be a breeze.

The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard – Gary is a student of A Course in Miracles and in this book he explains his experience with the lessons of this powerful book in a simple, conversational style that is easy to read. Change your perspective from ego-centered living to a more connected and spiritual point of view.

Light Emerging by Barbara Ann Brennan — learn the basics of energetic anatomy and the power of personal healing by taking a close look at interpersonal relationships.

Light on Yoga by B.K.S Iyengar — the yoga bible with full overview of the 8 limbs of yoga and instructions on hundreds of poses. The back has a glossary and appendix that allows you to search for ailments and the poses that ease them.

Yoga for Partners by Jessie Chapman – a great book on partner yoga poses with beautiful pictures and precise directions.

Light on Life by BKS Iyengar — this book teaches you how to apply the principles of yoga to your life and gives in-depth tips on how to free oneself from the cycle of karma.

Advanced Course in yogi philosophy and oriental occultism by Yogi Ramacharaka — A highly intellectual and deep account on how yoga changes is on a psychological level. Dense by powerful.

The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts — one of the best books we have found on existentialism. It teaches us that security is a concept that doesn’t really exist and how we all sacrifice our freedom for its perceived benefits.

Your Owner’s Manual by Burt Hotchkiss – a small, short and simple book that explains the concepts of a course in miracles and leaves us questioning our reality.

How many of these have you read? We’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations via social media, email, or drop by our La Jolla yoga studio to chat!

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