7 Interesting books every Yoga TTC Practitioner should read.

Anna Lunyegova shares a list of books about yoga that inspired and changed her.

Yoga – practice is not only physical. One day, after attending a yoga lesson, many gradually become interested in books about self-knowledge, harmony and wisdom. To find the right literature did not turn into a complex quest, we asked our trainer, the leading teacher of jiamukti yoga in Russia, Anna Lunyegov, to compile a list of books about yoga that inspired and changed her.

“When choosing literature, close attention should be paid to classical yogic texts. Although they were written many millennia ago, their relevance increases every day. It is also important to understand whose comments on these texts are in your hands, since the interpretation is different, says Anna. “That’s why my list of books is like that.”

1- “Autobiography of a Yogi by  Paramahansa Yogananda

Autobiography of a Yogi

The author of the book, the outstanding yogi Paramahansa Yogananda, who brought out the practice of yoga to the West, describes not only his life’s path, but also the stages of the formation of kriya yoga. In particular, he talks about the Himalayan holy Babaji, who introduced the term “kriya yoga” himself and conveyed knowledge about it. Much of the book is devoted to Yogananda’s talks with leading spiritual figures such as Theresa Newman, Hindu Sri Anandamoyi Ma, Mohandas Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Sir CW Raman, the famous American botanist Luther Burbank, the book is devoted.

“Autobiography Yoga” has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, because everyone who turns to her at the time of spiritual search, invariably draws strength and inspiration.

“When my relations with India were just forming, I was in Varanasi and went to the house where Lahiri Mahasaya lived and practiced, the one Babaji passed on to the knowledge of kriya yoga. It was there that I merged with India, “says Anna Lunegova. “Reading this book many mystical moments falls into the field of perception, which inspires cognition.”

2 – “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” with comments of Sri Shailendra Sharma

patanjali-Sri Shailendra Sharma
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Book by Sri Shailendra Sharma

“Yoga Sutras” Patanjali is the main canonical text of Yoga Darshan, one of the systems of orthodox Indian philosophy. The text consists of short and capacious sayings – sutras, each of which describes the purpose of yoga and the path leading to its attainment. Comments on the text was made by the outstanding realized yogi Sri Shailendra Sharma, due to what this work becomes even more significant.

“Sutras are theorems that have concrete practical applications,” Shailendra Sharma notes. “You really can come to their understanding only by making them part of your practice.”

3 – Merging with Shiva.” Sadguru Shivaya Subramuniyaswami

Merging with Shiva by Sadguru Shivaya Subramuniyaswami

Merging with Shiva” is the metaphysics of modern Hinduism. This book will largely clarify the understanding of the most significant issues related to the ancient Indian spiritual tradition. The book tells about the directions of yoga, which influence the discovery of new perspectives – yoga of life, jnana yoga, yoga of the knowledge of the true essence of man and yoga of interrelations – and helps to find new goals and horizons to achieve which one wants to strive for.

“I advise you to” take “this text one chapter a day. Reading the book in the evening, it is very interesting to note how the events of the day were accompanied by what is written in the text, “- notes Anna Lunegova.

4 – Hatha Yoga Pradipika” with comments by Shri Shailendra Sharma

Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Shri Shailendra Sharma
Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Hatha Yoga Pradipika” is the most mysterious of the known works on yoga, detailing in detail and in detail the ancient techniques of achieving self-realization.

Text structure and some forms of words in Sanskrit allow to attribute this work to the XIV-XV centuries, but for the first time it was published only in the middle of the XIX century. in the translation of the Brahmananda Brahma. Nevertheless, many of the techniques described in “Hatha Yoga Pradipika” have long been interpreted in a distorted way because the original translation of the text was not entirely accurate. To eliminate the misinterpretations of the ancient yogic practices of Shri Shailendra Sharma wrote to the work comments that made him an advanced yogic text. Priceless, if your aspirations in yoga are sincere.

5 – Jivamukti Yoga.” Sharon Gannon and David Life

Jivamukti Yoga – by Sharon Gannon and David Life

This book is interesting and important both for those who are just starting to master yoga, and for practitioners with significant experience of any direction of yoga. “Jivamukti Yoga” is written in a simple and easy way, but it also contains all the necessary scientific justifications and methodological recommendations for the main sections of yoga. It describes the methods of purification (kriya), breathing exercises (pranayama), work with sound (nada) and meditation (dhyana). Much attention is paid to the principles of constructing asanas (vinyasa-krame), as well as to the moral and ethical basis of yoga (yama, niyama, isvarapranidhana). It also tells about the famous yoga teachers, their lives and the lives of their mentors, as well as the connection of modern yoga with culture, science and art.

“It is especially important that the book has well-formed sequences of exercises that anyone who practices yoga can use,” Anna Lunegova notes.

6 –  “Bhagavad Gita” with the comments of Paramahans Yogananda

Bhagavad Gita by Paramahans Yogananda

It is believed that the Bhagavad Gita contains the infinite wisdom of all the scriptures of the world. This work literally overturns consciousness and opens new facets of perception of the surrounding space. And the comments of Paramahansa Yogananda, the author of the famous “Autobiography of Yoga”, reveal the profound meaning of this book for personal practice and consciousness.

7 – Sweeping the Dust”. Ruth Lauer-Manenti (in English)

“The author of this book, the leading teacher of jivamukti yoga, Rus Loire-Manenti, has a unique ability to clarify the most complex and incomprehensible sutras through life stories. The book is easy to read, and you always find in it something personal, “- says Anna Lunegova.