As the weather warms up, we’re hearing students asking for great book recommendations that allow them to dive deeper into yoga while relaxing in the sun. Our instructors came together to recommend some yoga-­inspired books that have enhanced their yoga practice. Check out the list below.

Let us know what your favorite books are and let’s allowing this conversation to continually flow!

Yamas and Niyamas

Recommended by Caroline Crawford Macdonnell, Robin Pastor and Darcy Providente.

Darcy says: “Every time we read it in the 200 teacher training it helps reveal more about me to me.”

Autobiography of a Yogi

by Paramahansa Yogananda

Recommended by Shaun Sterling: “I read this book at least once a year!”

Did you know: “Autobiography of a Yogi” has inspired popular figures such a Steve Jobs, Elvis Presley and George Harrison!

God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita

by Paramahansa Yogananda

Recommended by Brian Paquette

The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga

by Ray Long

Recommended by Kathy Hammons: “It demystifies the science of yoga and helps to illuminate the work that we do with great illustrations and succinct explanation. I use this book when I teach movement workshops and during private therapeutic sessions so that the student can create a visual of what is happening inside their body. I recommend this book to anyone interested in healing chronic physical issues.”

Yoga Anatomy

by Leslie Kaminoff

Recommended by Greta Insolia

“Your body is always trying to communicate with you. The real question is, are you going to be able to listen?” ­ Leslie Kaminoff


by Claire Dederer

Recommended by Greta Insolia: “The perfect coffee ­table book for a yogi!”

Meditations from the Mat

by Rolf Gates

Recommended by Dawn Holst: “I love this book because it’s an honest, simple read for everybody! It’s unintimidating and inspirational.”

Journey to the Heart

by Melody Beattie

Recommend by: Melanie Tessmer

Excerpt from Journey to the Heart

Yoga Bible

Recommended by Caroline Crawford Macdonnel: “This book is great for learning new poses, and Yamas & Niyamas is my go-­to for simplified philosophy.”

The Power of Breath

by Swami Saradananda

Recommended by Vishali: “I use it every day”

Light on Yoga

by B.K.S Iyengar

Recommended by Erin Cornell: “Indispensable and a constant reference point for me”

Did You Know: B.K.S. Iyengar was known as “The Lion.” He was very strict in classes because he wanted people to be disciplined and to respect the form of the practice.

Thank you for reading our first installment of our favorite yoga books. Let us know what yours ours and we’ll keep the recommendations going! Books not your thing? You can always dive deeper into your yoga practice by attending a Chagrin Yoga Workshop!