Books about yoga:
Beat Fatigue with Yoga by Fiona Agombar
An excellent book that defines many causes of fatigue and how yoga can be used to deal with fatigue, stress and depression. The book explains how to restore physical and mental health and gain renewed energy through yoga postures, breathing exercises and meditation. The book also contains helpful information on the meaning of yoga, the yoga diet and chakra energy centers relevant to the cause and improvement of physical and mental fatigue.
Yoga for Beginners by Mark Ansari and Liz Lark
This is a very good book for beginners. It includes two series of exercises; one for the beginner and another for the intermediate beginner. I especially like the unique binding which allows it to stand up on a table or on the floor so you can follow the illustrated directions while performing the postures. It also contains some very interesting general information about yoga.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Yoga by Joan Budilovsky & Eve Adamson
I highly recommend this book. It is a very good introduction to yoga with loads of interesting and useful information. Joan has her own website you may wish to check out.
Yoga For All Ages by Rachel Carr
This is one of the first yoga books I bought and is still one of my favorites. It contains a yoga course in six stages so the beginner can start with simple poses and work up to more advanced ones. It also contains exercises you can do in a chair and yoga for children.
Yoga Journal's Yoga Basics by Mara Carrico
This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it to all yoga beginners. It has lots of interesting information about yoga as well as explanations and illustrations of poses suitable for beginners.
The American Yoga Association 20-Minute Yoga Workouts by Alice Christensen
This is a very good and useful book for putting together a 20-minute yoga workout. A 20 minute workout is fairly easy to fit into a busy day. This book includes a basic workout in addition to workouts for special situations and it explains and illustrates the poses in each very well.
The American Yoga Association Beginner's Manual by Alice Christensen
This is a very good yoga manual for beginners. It has lots of basic information, plus several programs of exercises for different levels. All the postures are thoroughly explained and illustrated and have variations for beginner to more advanced. There are also programs of exercises for special situations like pregnancy, stress relief and improved sports performance. The book is spiral bound which I like because it will lay flat to easily follow directions for the postures.
The American Yoga Association Wellness Book by Alice Christensen
This book is similar to the 20-Minute Yoga Workout book above. This book has 30-minute routines for maintaining wellness by reducing stress; enhancing relaxation; relieving symptoms of back pain; arthritis; depression and many more problems with easy-to-follow instructions and illustrations of yoga poses.
Yoga Cards: Create Your Own Yoga Program by Tim Clark & Loretta McArthur
I really like these yoga cards; I highly recommend them to everyone who does yoga. There are 57 cards with yoga poses that are very attainable for beginners, 4 warm-up program cards and cards with practice routines for beginners, advanced beginners, busy day, stress release, flexibility, strength, back release and neck and shoulder release programs. You can select the cards with instructions, pictures and guidelines for one of the included routines or combine just the ones you want to do. I use them all the time.
Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss by Suzanne Deason
This book was written by a yoga instructor and contains a series of yoga poses that you can follow, regardless of age or fitness level and are specifically for weight loss. It also contains information on diet and nutrition.
15-Minute Yoga: Yoga For A Busy World by Godfrey Devereux
This is a very good book containing six flowing, dynamic yoga routines for various situations which can be done in 15 minutes. They include an energizing routine, a grounding routine, an opening routine, a rejuvenating routine, a balancing practice and a centering, meditation practice. It also gives an excellent explanation of yoga theory and practice.
The Little Yoga Book by Erika Dillman
This is an excellent little book for beginners. It contains basic information about yoga and instructions on more than 40 poses for beginners and intermediate students along with several basic yogic breathing exercises. I especially like the many sample workout routines from 5 minutes to 40 minutes long and the posture suggestions to prepare and enhance sports performance, to exercise specific areas of the body, and to benefit many health conditions.
Instant Stretches for Stress Relief by Mark Evans
I really like this book. It provides yoga stretches to help with specific problems such as tension; backache; fatigue; anxiety; poor posture; headache and many more.
Yoga for Dummies by Georg Feuerstein and Larry Payne
This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it. It is a very good introduction to yoga with lots of interesting and useful information. I especially like the chapter on designing your own yoga program based on the amount of time you have each day to spend doing a yoga routine. It also has a very good resource section at the end with lists of many types of yoga organizations, lists of sources for yoga props, and lists of yoga web sites, books, audio and video tapes.
Yoga Zone Introduction to Yoga by Alan Finger and Al Bingham
This is a good introductory book on yoga with a brief explanation of what yoga is and some history of the different types of yoga. The book primarily deals with the ISHTA style of hatha yoga - a new style created and taught by Alan Finger at his New York-based Yoga Zone studios. It includes a very good chapter on the theory and philosophy of ISHTA yoga. The book outlines two series of beginners programs with illustrated photos and instructions for those plus additional poses and variations. It also covers relaxation, meditation and breathing techniques.
Total Yoga--A Step-by-step Guide To Yoga At Home For Everybody by Tara Fraser
This book is a good introductory guide to yoga. It explains what yoga is, discusses several of the basic yoga texts and details a recommended, healthful yogic diet. It defines several styles of yoga and explains how to begin a yoga practice including finding and working with a teacher. It contains over 30 postures with instructions and photographs suitable for the beginner as well as the more experienced yoga student with adaptations for the less flexible. It gives several yoga posture sequences: for morning, for evening, a gentle routine, a strong routine, as well as the sun salutation, and closing your practice. It also includes chapters on breath control, meditation, yoga with a partner and yoga for common ailments.
Yoga for Busy People by Dawn Groves
This book starts out with some basic information about yoga. Then it provides two simple, three-part routines that take only a few minutes to complete and can be incorporated quite easily into anyone's busy day. It is a good book for someone who wants to include some yoga poses into their daily routine but thinks they are too busy and don't have the time.
Kiss Guide to Yoga by Shakta Kaur Khalsa
This is an informative book on how yoga can improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. You will discover the best type of yoga for you whatever your age or level of fitness. It also conatains information about meditation for mental and spiritual well-being.
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