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EkhartYoga teachers' favourite books

18 mar 2014 by Ekhart Yoga

We asked our teachers on EkhartYoga: What are your favourite yoga or meditation books and
why?

Esther Ekhart
“I am that” by Sri Nisgardatta Maharaj - So beautiful, so true, not an easy read, but will stay
interesting for the rest of your life!
Anything from Ramana Maharshi - loving, wise and understandable.
I keep coming back to “Insight Yoga” by Sarah Powers - great info on Yin Yoga especially.
"Inside the Yoga Sutras" by Jaganath Carrera or The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami
Satchitananda - If yoga is your path, read the yoga sutras!
“Moving into Stillness” by Erich Schiffmann - one of the first yoga books I read, I learned so
much from it, it still influences my teaching now.

Sandra Carson
Right now, much of my inspiration comes from Tantric philosophy teacher Douglas Brooks. I
have some lectures of his that I frequently listen to and they are so rich, I keep coming back to
them over and over again and gain an new insight every time.
For my Yoga Therapy, I rely on my Anusara training books and notes and Doug Keller's
book "Yoga as Therapy" and Thomas Meyer's "Anatomy Trains". I have just started Sally
Kempton's book "Awakening the Shakti" and already it is captivating me!
Apart from that, it is life itself that inspires me; things that happen, conversations that I have with
people often stir my curiosity and become a source that inspire my practice and teaching.

David Lurey
"How Yoga Works" by Geshe Michael Roach - Amazingly deep profound wisdom presented in a
very entertaining fiction story.
"The Yogi's Roadmap" by Bhavani Maki - Amazingly deep profound wisdom presented in a
tangible and accessible modern day fashion. Chapters of the Sutras are broken down into modern
day examples and the writing is excellent.
"Tree of Yoga" by BKS Iyengar - This classic analogy of the path of Yoga is like a tree, it holds
so much inherent insight that it is truly timeless.
"Fire of love" by Aadil Palkhivala - He is a genius (in my opinion!) and this book captures many
aspects of deep truth on the varied path of Yoga.
"Manuscript Found in Accra" by Paulo Coelho - Every chapter of this entertaining book is a
lifetime of Yoga philosophy in daily life application.

Yogasutras." His other book "The Inner Tradition of Yoga" is also excellent if you want to delve deeper into Yoga philosophy and psychology. When we give up the notion that practice leads to something. recognizing in a flash what Nisargadata was talking of. Avadhuta Gita. we find a stack of dishes right in front of us. Mahasatipatthana sutta. as where Jeru helped me find my way myself. ethics. Dhammapada. Very much food for the thinking Yogi. My all time favourite book and first ever Yoga book is "Moving Into Stillness" by Erich Schiffmann. It was like every tree. It is funny. was about 15 years ago on a winter holiday in France. Shiva Samhita and the scholarly works on Indian philosophies. The practice is never complete. parenting. Again. Jeru very gently explains to you what creates the veil and how you can help relax the deeper mind yourself. both stillness and action arise side by side.Taetske Kleijn One of my favourite books is "Pointers From Nisargadatta Maharaj" by Ramesh S. Whether those dishes consist of back bending. He brings in philosophy. Jeru works on the plane of the Bodhisattva. Balsekar. another meal brings more dishes. This book is truly inspiring. Nisargadatta kind of threw me through the door. chopping wood or fixing a tire. I return to it time after time and always find something new to inspire me. Anyone who really truly wants to understand what Yoga is should read this book. I have reread the book many times. and finding a gentle honest way to truth. Practice moves back and forth between the two because yoga is nothing more than what's happening right here and right now. Why? They provide the raw uncensored truth about the various traditions. If you are interested in understanding yourself more. Another book that is in my hands very often is 'Finding Clarity' by my teacher Jeru Kabbal. The stack of dishes is our practice. so it will be open to step out of the way when perceiving reality. enlightening and has a hidden power to lift the veils of ignorance. I was at that time in intense daily meditations. Where Nisargadatta works on the plane of bare naked truth. combined with being outside in nature most of the day. it’s the source books like Hathapradipika. It's the first yoga book that I've found that really talks about how to take your Yoga practice off the mat and into your everyday life. every piece of the mountain talked to me about the truth of reality. I often refer to it when teaching and this quote is one of my favourites: "No matter how many times we finish a meal and wash the dishes. Where Nisargadatta sort of rips the veil away. The book opened my eyes. I can highly recommend it! Olav Aarts For me. this is our practice in the moment. social and cultural perspectives in a very easy to read style. and it never lost its freshness. Nichi Green "Yoga for a World Out Of Balance" by Michael Stone. The first time I read it. To be fully in each moment. easy to .

B. Also. It offers advice. A novel that explains clearly what yoga is and how it works. "The Red Book . "Bridge to the Soul" is fantastic. I'm reading quite a bit by Alan Watts at the moment.. "Jivamukti Yoga" – Sharon Gannon & David Life. but here's a short list of my favourites: "The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" – translated by Sri Swami Satchidananada.. "The Hope . A very complete overview on all aspects of yoga.understand and has asana practice and sequences in it too so is also a practical guide. it's a clear and inspirational book to go deeper into the journey toward our selves. He says in the book's introduction that "It aims to map out a path that all may follow.. I keep on going back to Sarah Powers "Insight Yoga" for wonderful sequences and thoughts on Yin and Yang Yoga. Iyengar uses simple personal examples. and a philosophical . Yogi(ni) or not. "The Book" are his philosophical musings and is well worth a read if you are interested in Philosophy.K.A must read for everyone who breathes.Andrew Harvey" . As far as inspirational words anything by Rumi is wonderful. to teach key concepts. I bought it 13 years ago when I started yoga.K. I also enjoy Donna Farhi's writing style: her "Yoga. My favourite translation of these inspiring words.. Rumi lifts me up anytime of the day and I'm always astonished that he was writing this stuff over 800 years ago.Sparkling spirituality for women (oh well… and men too). "It’s Here Now (Are You?)" – Bhagavan Das. her "Teaching Yoga" is very enlightening if you are a yoga teacher. This book has everything. Irina Verwer Whew. Veronique Gauthier Without any hesitation: "Light on Life" by B. Mind. often with humour. "How Yoga Works" – Geshe Michael Roach & Lama Christie McNally. One of those books you just have to read in one day.S. tough question! I've read so many amazingly inspiring books.Sera Beak" ..S. methods. He doesn't lean in one direction or another but puts across a good balanced understanding which really makes a lot of sense. Body. where yoga is expanded beyond the asana and beyond the mat. Francesca Giusti I quite like "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle. Iyengar. I then lost it when I moved country and bought it again! What I love about "Light on Life" is that it is very accessible. Spirit" is always a reference and I really appreciate "Bringing Yoga to life".

Perhaps because every book sparked something. an intimate little book with beautiful insights. It's for free. .. a brilliant short writing about how the mind works. but I always find it strangely difficult to recommend one. poetic style of writing. Having said this. I love his clear. If you have a suggestion for a question you would like to put to the teachers please let us know in the comments. many books on the subject of spirituality. but never covers the whole "load". And this is of course very personal. "I am life itself" by Unmani Liza Hyde. "Emptiness dancing" by Adiashanti.Things people write can resonate deep within. here are some of the books that come up that inspired me: "The wonder of being" by Jeff Foster. you can download it on her website.. And something I really liked: a "book" by Lisa Esile. a spiritual teacher with a clear voice. called "Seven secrets your mind doesn't want to know". suddenly opening a door that was ready to open.framework at a level that even a newcomer to the practice of yoga may grasp." And that's exactly what it does! Esther Teule I have been reading many.