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Recommended reading for yoga teachers

The path of a yoga teacher is one of continuous learning. It is only by committing to expanding our knowledge that we can begin to advance our practice and teaching ability. 

Reading a variety of yoga texts and research is one way to inform your teaching and develop your connection to yoga. 

To set you on your way, Yoga Alliance Professionals has compiled a recommended reading list for all yoga teachers, with suggestions from our members and the wider yoga community. 

  1. Bhagavad Gita 
  2. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  3. The Upanishads 
  4. Light on Yoga, by B.K.S Iyengar
  5. Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa 
  6. Hatha Yoga Pradipika, by Swami Satyananada Sawaswati 
  7. Roots of Yoga, by Mark Singleton and James Mallinson 
  8. Breath: The essence of Yoga, by Sandra Sabatini 
  9. The Art of Adjusting, by Brian Cooper 
  10. Yoga Body, by Mark Singleton 
  11. Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha, by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  12. The Heart of Meditation, by the Dalai Lama 
  13. Yoni Shakti, by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
  14. The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel Van der Kolk
  15. Yoga Sequencing, by Mark Stephens

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