“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. “- Joseph Addison
 
As we spend our days at home, one way to deepen our practice can be through reading. Today, we have compiled a list of book recommendations that have been read and loved by our instructors!
 
Check out the post for the list of book recommendations and share with us what you are reading in the comment section down below.

 

The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Recommended by: Krishna

This acclaimed autobiography presents a fascinating portrait of one of the great spiritual figures. With engaging candour, eloquence, and wit, Paramahansa Yogananda narrates the inspiring chronicle of his life. Autobiography of a Yogi is a written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and its time-honoured tradition of meditation.

The author clearly explains the subtle but definite laws behind both the ordinary events of everyday life and extraordinary events. His absorbing life story thus becomes the background for a penetrating and unforgettable look at the ultimate mysteries of human existence.

Considered a modern spiritual classic, the book has been translated into more than twenty languages and is widely used as a text and reference work in colleges and universities.

 

Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

Recommended by: Basava

Light on Yoga is a 1966 book on the Iyengar Yoga style of modern Yoga as an exercise by B.K.S. Iyengar. With more than 600 photographs depicting all the postures and breathing exercises, it remains the fullest, most practical, and most profusely illustrated guide by the world’s foremost yoga teacher. Light on Yoga is a comprehensive and definitive source-book for yogis looking to understand more about the philosophy beyond asana.

 

The Sivananda Companion to Yoga by Swami Vishnu-devananda

Recommended by: Hazel

The Sivananda Companion to Yoga is a clear, comprehensive and superbly illustrated guide to yoga. With clear instructions and authoritative teaching cover all aspects of this timeless discipline — an inspiration for the beginner and expert alike.

 

Light on Yoga

The Tree of Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

Recommended by: Hazel, Krishna

Iyengar Yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, which is a form of Yoga that focuses on developing strength, endurance, correct body alignment, as well as flexibility and relaxation. The Iyengar method integrates philosophy, spirituality, and the practice of Yoga into every aspect of one’s daily life. In The Tree of Yoga, B.K.S Iyengar offers his thoughts on many practical and philosophical subjects including family life, love, health and the healing arts, meditation, death, and Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras.

 

Three Steps to Awakening by Osho

Recommended by: Mahendra

Three Steps to Awakening contains Osho’s entire teaching from an early period of his public life and teachings. Through this book, he brings us through three steps on the journey to awakening. These steps help us to get out of our conditioning, our limitations and frustrations.

“There are only three steps: freedom of consciousness, simplicity of mind, and emptiness of mind.” For freedom of thought, for the liberation of thought, and for the awakening of intelligence, the first thing, the first awareness that is needed is: “No thought is mine. No thought is mine.”

As we progress throughout the book, Osho takes us through this experience of letting go of identification. Thereby, allowing us to get a glimpse of what a life of awakening can be.

 

Tiya: A Parrot’s Journey Home by Samarpan

Recommended by: Mahendra

Tiya: A Parrot’s Journey Home is a delightful fable that is a deep and thought-provoking fable written by a monk with several years of learning and experience as a teacher. It is an imaginative rendering of Vedantic and Yogic philosophy and yet you will find no serious sermons – only the story of a simple parrot and his formless mentor Hans.

The perky parrot Tiya’s secure world is shattered when he hears an unknown voice urging him to leave his home, the old banyan tree. As he launches into an adventure-filled journey through strange lands, meeting fantastic creatures along the way. Tiya comes to terms with his strengths and weaknesses. He discovers that no one int his universe is ordinary, and that life is a series of experiences that ultimately unshackle you from your own narrow existence. It is up to you to take on this adventure and come out of it as a free spirit.

 

The Great Challenge: Exploring the World Within by Osho

Recommended by: Mahendra

‘Meditation means going into the unconscious: diving into it, being in it. It is to be chaotic in the chaos. It is to be without form within the formless. It is to let go of oneself, to float in the clouds, untethered…’ Osho continues to inspire millions of people worldwide in their search to define a new approach to individual spirituality that is self-directed and responds to the everyday challenges of contemporary life. His unique perspective encompasses both the timeless wisdom of the East and the highest potential of western science and technology.

In The Great Challenge, Osho encourages us to delve into our own minds to find the strength and the resolve to face the challenges of life. In his answers to the questions asked of him by believers and skeptics alike, Osho covers it all – from God and faith to existence and consciousness, from intellect and intelligence to the significance of the master-disciple connection. An excellent introduction to Osho and his vision, this book also tells us about his revolutionary and scientific creation of Osho Active Meditations for the modern person.

 

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