An advanced yoga practice is much, much more than pretzelesque asana. A truly elevated practice combines dedication to the 8 Limbed Path, living the Yamas + Niyamas, honoring your own physical practice, and embodying Aum. Here you’ll find an eclectic collection of advanced yoga books with ego-conquering exercises, advanced yoga poses, a focus on the heart of yoga, and how to fully live yogically. (New books are added often — subscribe to stay updated!)
“Yoga is an inward turning. It is a total about-face. . . . First, yoga is not a religion — remember that. Yoga is not Hindu, it is not Mohammedan. Yoga is a pure science just like mathematics, physics, or chemistry.” This exquisite work is, hands-down, my favorite yoga book on the face of the planet. It is INCOMPARABLE.
by Dharma Mittra
“There are an infinite number of poses — this is what makes yoga a living tradition. . . . In the 35 years I have been teaching, I have developed many poses, but in yoga no one puts his or her name on a pose, because in reality I didn’t do anything. I am just a body through which the intuition has passed.” Two words: EPIC ASANA.
by Judith Lasater
“…to practice is to pay attention to your whole life: your thoughts, your bodily sensations, and your speech and other actions. As you do, you will discover that nothing is separate from anything else. . . . Each moment of your life is a moment of potential practice.”
by T.K.V. Desikachar
“When we are swimming in a river and cannot see the bank; it is difficult to notice the current. We are moving so much with the river that we may scarcely see its flow. But if we go to the bank where we have firm ground it is much easier to see how the river is flowing. . . . The practice of yoga encourages this unhampered seeing to simply happen.” This book has so many brilliant layers. Unfold them. The learning is endless.
by Erich Schiffmann
“As you move into the depths of stillness, subtle and powerful changes will become apparent in your life. . . . It will seem as though you have undergone an important change, a rebirth, as though you’ve become a new person, and yet you will feel more yourself than ever before.” Erich is an old soul with the keen ability to make complex concepts crystalline. A must-read.
by Shyam Sundar Goswami
“Yoga is for saints and spiritual pupils. It is also for worldly men and women. Yoga should be applied in everyday life and in every phase of life to hasten human advancement toward health, happiness, harmony, and peace.”
“We will be talking about many inward ways here — the ways into the divine you. How to really open things up. . . . If you don’t want to become divinely inspired or divinely addicted, better stay away — because the best means are here. And then nothing will ever be the same.”
“There are nearly 200 additional lessons here for assisting the serious practitioner to realize a life filled with abiding inner slence, ecstatic bliss, outpouring divine love, and unity.”
by Jessie Chapman
“From the elastic flexibility of War God, to the unflinching strength of Peacock, to the balancing act of Scorpion, Extreme Yoga adds excitement and depth to your yoga routine by challenging you to elevate every aspect of your practice — breathing, focus, and physical technique.”