As requested, here are more details on the books mentioned in class this week.

Inner Yoga: Selected Writings of Sri Anirvan

This book explores the meditative aspects of yoga. It might be of particular interest if you are experimenting with or beginning to think about sitting meditation. Written by Sri Anirvan, who was a monk, scholar and philosopher, this book includes the meditation which you might do during savasana this week: breathing the vastness of the sky in on the in-breath and breathing oneself out into that vast sky on the out-breath. This book is not at the Bellingham Public Library unfortunately, but you can order it through Village Books here.

Yoga-for-a-World-Out-of-Balance-coverThis book, written by Michael Stone, activist and ethicist, explores how yoga can help us to live an ethical, sustainable and just life. The book has been described as an explanation of “how yoga belongs in our world and how the world belongs in our yoga.” The Bellingham Public Library has it here. Or you can order through Village Books here.

Yoga The Iyengar Way

This book, published a couple decades ago by Silva, Mira & Shyam Mehta (with the blessing of Mr. Iyengar), is very useful for home practice. It has large, informative photographs of asanas and detailed instructions about how to work in the poses and how to work toward the poses with props. The text includes sanskrit names for poses,  sequences for a variety of ailments, as well as discussion of breathing practice and overall yoga philosophy. And it’s all in very much the Iyengar style. This book is available at the Bellingham Public Library here if you want to try it out before purchasing. It’s also available at Village Books (at the moment there’s one sitting on the shelf there).

If you have a book that you’ve found helpful in your yoga practice or in understanding and exploring yoga philosophy, please share it in the comments.