When I have Jason on the show, we talk a lot about postures and technique, so I thought it would be interesting to talk yoga philosophy on the podcast this week. I asked Jason to share his favorite yoga books (that are not focused on the physical practice). These are just a few of his favorites, spanning yoga philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, and neuroscience.
Books mentioned in this episode:
The Upanishads with commentary by Eknath Easwaran
The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran
How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite non-asana yoga books through Instagram #yogalandstories. I compiled a list of YOUR favorites, which are listed below.
The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele
Healing Mantras: Using Sound Affirmation for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing by Thom Ashley-Farrand
Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul by Melodie Beattie
Mindfulness and Surfing: Reflections for the Saltwater Soul by Sam Bleakley
The Essence of Yoga: Reflections on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translation by Bernard Bouanchaud
The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living by Stephen Cope
Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guide Book by Ram Dass
The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras by Nischala Joy Devi
Yoga and Ayurveda by David Frawley
Dharma Delight: A Visionary Post Pop Comic Guide to Buddhist and Zen by Rodney Alan Greenblat
Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice in an Unjust World by Michelle Cassandra Johnson
The Roots of Yoga by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Living Gita: The Complete Bhagavhad Gita, a Commentary for Modern Readers by Sri Swami Satchidananda
Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
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