The best yoga and meditation books have the power to change our lives. There are some books that stick with us long after we’ve finished turning the pages. These are the books that become a part of who we are— a fabric of our being, so to speak. They influence us when we think about our practice (and our lives as a whole, really), and they affect our headspace and outlook every time we step on our mats and sit for meditation.
They’re the kind of books that are worth reading again and again. Let’s dig into the power that the best yoga and meditation books can have to change our lives. Read on for the 10 recommended yoga and meditation books.
Summary of Contents
1. The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts
The book argues that the cause of human frustration and anxiety is people’s inability to live fully in the present and their futile quest for psychological security. With an emphasis on Buddhism, Watts explores why humans are so dissatisfied and unhappy.
2. The Living Gita by Swami Satchidananda
The message of the Gita comes to teach us that it is only when we rise above human schemes and calculations and awake to the presence of the indwelling Spirit that we can hope to find the answer to our need.
3. Yoga and the Quest for True Self by Stephen Cope
The book demystifies the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga, and shows how it applies to our most human dilemmas: from loss, disappointment, to the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship. It shows us that in yoga, “liberation” does not require us to leave our everyday lives. Life itself is the path.
4. Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi
Expanding upon the teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Donna describes yoga’s transforming power as a complete life practice. Drawing upon her years of teaching with students, Donna guides readers through all the pitfalls and promises of navigating a spiritual practice.
5. The Secret of the Yoga Sutra by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
This book presents an eloquent interpretation of the classical yogic philosophy of Pantajali. Tigunait succeeds admirably in his intent to present a straightforward explanation of yogic wisdom.
6. Do Your Om Thing by Rebecca Pacheco
In Do Your Om Thing, Pacheco shows us what the true practice of yoga is. In her warm, personal, and often hilarious prose, Rebecca translates yogic philosophy for its twenty-first-century devotees, making ancient principles feel accessible.
7. Training in Compassion by Norman Fischer
Lojong is the Tibetan Buddhist practice that involves working with short phrases (called “slogans”) as a way of generating bodhichitta, the heart and mind of enlightened compassion. In this substantive work, Fischer offers his take on the Tibetan system of mind training with its 59 slogans designed to cover all dimensions of modern life.
8. The Journey Home by Radhanath Swami
Within this extraordinary memoir, Radhanath Swami weaves a colorful tapestry of adventure, mysticism, and love. The Journey Home is an intimate account of the steps to self-awareness and also a penetrating glimpse into the heart of mystic traditions and the challenges that all souls must face on the road to inner harmony and a union with the Divine.
9. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
This valuable book provides a complete manual for the study and practice of Raja Yoga, the path of concentration and meditation. The classic Sutras, at least 4,000 years old, cover the yogic teachings on ethics, meditation, and physical postures, and provide directions for dealing with situations in daily life.
10. Meditation & Mantras by Swami Vishnu Devananda
This book from the Sivananda Ashram explains what meditation and Mantras are and how they can be effectively used to recharge oneself with divine energy, so that the tension of body and mind are gradually reduced.
This article is inspired by the original article by Yoga Journal published here.