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Here is a list of Yoga Books, reference materials, and a few bits of literature PYP staff members recommend as you explore your relationship with yoga. Some of these books are referenced throughout the YTT. These are not required reading, but for those of you looking to borrow books from your local library or add to your personal collection, the selections listed here may be a good place to start. You may also visit the PYP Bookshop. We will continue to add selections for easier access if you choose to purchase. 


The resources listed below consist of our work citations for the YTT program as well as personal favorites we may reference throughout the program.

Yoga Sutras-

  • A Seeker’s Guide to the Yoga Sutras by Ram Bhakt
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchidananda
  • Inside the Yoga Sutras: A Comprehensive Sourcebook for the Study & Practice of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras by Jaganath Carrera
  • The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali: A New Translation with Commentary by Chip Hartranft

Suggested Books - Yoga Philosophy and Science Texts

  • Bhagavad Gita (There are many translations to choose from!)
  • A Path for Healing and Recovery by James Fox
  • Freedom From the Inside by Josefin Wikstrom & James Fox
  • Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffman
  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
  • The Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikichar
  • Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma by Dr. Gail Parker
  • Embrace Yoga's Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Practice by Susanna Barkataki
  • The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender by Zenju Earthlyn M. Manuel
  • The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel Van der kolk
  • Accessible Yoga, Jivana Heyman 
  • Anger, Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Healing, Health, & Beyond, T.K.V. Desikachar
  • Your Body, Your Yoga, Bernie Clark
  • Functional Anatomy of Yoga A Guide for Practitioners and Teacher by David Keil
  • Anatomy and Asana: Preventing Yoga Injuries, Susi Hately
  • Key Poses / Key Muscles of Yoga, Ray Long
  • Mudras, Gertrude Hirschi
  • The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga, Bernie Clark
  • Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche.


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