Whether you’re just introducing yoga into your life or are a yogi master we’ve compiled our best list of books to fit into your journey. Read on to find the best books that will allow you to deepen your understanding of the healing powers of yoga, your body, nutrition and more.
1) Gravity and Grace: How to Awaken Your Subtle Body and the Healing Power of Yoga
Written by: Peter Sterios, Manduka Founder and Global Ambassador
A gifted yoga visionary, architect, devoted family man, and author, Peter Sterios’ book features a rich collection of his personal stories about his yoga journey and detailed explanations about the anatomy of the subtle body. It’s a wonderful read for all Yogis who wish to deepen their understanding of the healing power of yoga.
2) Your Strong Sexy Pregnancy
Written by: Desi Bartlett, Manduka Global Ambassador and Director of Yoga Media
Desi Bartlett MS CPT E-RYT is dedicated to empowering women throughout pregnancy and beyond. Her book is a tremendous resource for as she shares her unique 3+1 fitness philosophy which integrates yoga, strength training, cardiovascular training, and nutrition. Desi shares comprehensive fitness programs for all every trimester and postnatal recovery. We recommend this book for a mom to be or new mom.
3) The Courage to Rise
Written by: Liz Arch, Manduka Global Ambassador
Liz Arch is passionate about personal empowerment and shares her dedicated message to the cause. Liz’s book beautifully illustrates how to use movement, mindfulness, and healing foods to triumph over trauma. Following her own experience with domestic violence and an ensuing struggle with anxiety and panic attacks, Liz created an integrated approach to healing that weaves together the body, the brain, and the gut. Liz and her book are an inspiration to survivors of trauma.
4) The Yoga Plate
Written by: Tamal and Victoria Dodge, Yogi couple and Manduka Community Ambassadors
This Yogi duo explores their passion and dedication to vegan cuisine in The Yoga Plate: Bring Your Practice Into the Kitchen. Guided by the yogic principle of ahimsa (non-harming), they share 108 delicious, easy to make recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Together, this power couple guides us to make wise choices with our nourishment and to purchase and consume clean and organic food. We have tried some of these recipes and they are super yummy!
5) The Roll Model
Written by: Jill Miller, Manduka Community Ambassador and creator of Yoga Tune Up
Jill Miller is the creator of Yoga Tune Up and was dubbed by Vogue magazine as the “the High Priestess of the moving sphere movement.” Her passion for connective tissue and release of tension is unparalleled, and a must read for anyone who has ever experienced any type of issue with muscles and tissues. The photos included are extremely helpful and her strong and clear teacher’s voice comes through on every page.
6) Yoga for Athletes
Written by: Ryanne Cunningham, Manduka Community Ambassador
As a dedicated yogini and teacher, Ryanne Cunningham understands that from the gridiron to the hard court, many of today’s top athletes integrate yoga into their strength and conditioning programs. Her step-by-step instruction demonstrates physical poses, breathing, and guided visualization to improve strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and performance.
7) Yin Yoga
Written by: Travis Eliot, Manduka Community Ambassador
Travis Eliot is a gifted guide in the world of Yin Yoga. This highly specialized field of this soft and receptive style of yoga is a gift to all yoga practitioners, and he shares his knowledge on how to decompress and relieve stress. Yin Yoga includes 46 poses with beautiful photos and detailed instruction, along with inspiring quotes and stories from celebrities, doctors, and athletes. Thoughtful, and thorough, it’s an inspiring read for all yogis.