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The Top 7 Must-Read Books for Yoga Teachers

May 04, 2023β€’3 min read

As a yoga teacher, I often get asked how I know so much about yoga and it's interconnectedness to other traditions, science and life. And the answer is simple - I love to learn. Teaching allows me to keep learning and growing alongside my students.

Of course, with yoga, learning isn't about just gathering information and data. Our learning and practice is a journey of self-discovery that unfolds over time. But, as with any area of life, a dedication to studentship is crucial if we want to offer something of true value.

When we approach our practice with an open mind, a willingness to question our assumptions, and a desire to learn, we expand and grow in ways we never thought possible.

So, in the spirit of learning, I'm sharing with you some of my favourite yoga books that have helped me deepen my understanding and practice.

These 7 books are a great place to start if you want to expand your knowledge and grow as a student of Yoga and life. πŸ€“

1. Tantra of the Yoga Sutras by Alan Finger

This book offers a fresh and modern interpretation of the ancient text, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The authors blend the wisdom of the sutras with Tantra philosophy and modern psychology to create a powerful guide for yogis seeking to deepen their practice and transform their lives.

2. The Universal One by Walter Russell 

While not specifically a yoga book, The Universal One is a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of science and spirituality. Walter Russell's groundbreaking work challenges our understanding of the universe and our place within it, offering a vision of a world that is more interconnected and harmonious.

3. Breath:The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor

Breath is a fascinating exploration of the power of the breath and how it impacts our physical, mental, and emotional health. Nestor combines scientific research with personal anecdotes and ancient wisdom to offer practical tips for improving our breathing and unlocking our full potential.

4. The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall

For those interested in esoteric knowledge and ancient wisdom, The Secret Teachings of All Ages is a treasure trove of information. Manly P. Hall delves into the symbolism and hidden meanings of various religious and mystical traditions, offering a rich tapestry of knowledge for the curious reader.

5. The Kybalion

The Kybalion is a classic text of Hermetic philosophy that explores the principles of mentalism, correspondence, vibration, polarity, rhythm, and cause and effect. While not specifically a yoga text, the principles outlined in The Kybalion can be applied to deepen our understanding of yoga and the universe around us.

6. Karma by Sadhguru

In Karma, Sadhguru explores the concept of karma and how it influences our lives. He offers practical advice for how to break free from negative karmic patterns and create a life of joy and fulfilment.

7. The God Design by Kelly Marie Kerr

The God Design is a fascinating exploration of the science and spirituality of the universe. Kerr explores topics such as consciousness, energy, and the nature of reality, weaving together scientific research and spiritual insights to offer a holistic understanding of the world we live in.

These resources have all profoundly impacted my understanding of yoga and life, and I hope they will do the same for you.

Remember, we are all students on this journey of life. Let's approach it with curiosity, openness, and a desire to learn and grow. And if you have any resources that have helped you on your journey, feel free to share them with me.

Keep practicing yogis!

Mark Breadner
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