Books

Recommended reading for the journey:

‘Stone Junction’ by Jim Dodge. Published 2004 by Canongate Books Limited. An inspiring tale of transformation and love. And wickedly funny as it is just beautiful.

‘Dancing the Body of Light’ by Dona Holleman. Published 2000 by Orion Books. This is the book I turn to for many ideas for classes and inspiration for my practice. She talks of gravity and how we relate to the earth through our practice, with some very very interesting observations about the Future of Yoga. And what she says has weight. Incredible.

The Yoga Tradition’  by Georg Feuerstein. Fabulous book, especially  chapter 17, the Esotericism of Medieval Tantra Yoga.

‘The Tree of Yoga’ by Iyengar. Wonderful book, especially the bits where he maps out the Yamas and Niyamas of Yoga as a tree model. Very readable and I refer to it often and theres always someting there I swear wasn’t last time.

‘The Bhagavad Gita’. I like the Penguin Classics versions, interpreted by Juan Mascaro. It is not as long as other versions but succinct and beautiful.

‘Yoga Mala’ by Pattabhi Jois. The essential book for any Ashtanga student. A classic guide to the primary series with some interesting observations on lifestyle.

‘The Heart of Yoga- Developing a Personal Practice’ by TKV Desikachar. Really wonderful interpretation of the Yoga Sutras suitable for all levels. Insightful and a key book in the tradition of ViniYoga.

‘The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga’ by Srivatsa Ramaswami. Amazing and creative book of the asana approach as developed by Krishnamacharya and if you want to develop the ‘Vinyasa flow’ element of a class this book is invaluable for interesting variations on asanas…

‘Natural Druidry’ by Kristoffer Hughes. Published 2007 by Thoth Publications. Beautifully written book on the Druidic Tradition. To me this is hugely relevant to Yoga as Druidry is so much about freeing oneself from the restrictions of the everyday mind, realigning oneself with the divine and becoming inspired, realizing the true nature of Love and becoming who you were truly meant to be. And in the Druidic Tradition, as in the Yoga tradition, we do not deny the dark. Or go ‘dolphin bothering’. GREAT book.

‘Tantric Yoga and The Wisdom Goddesses’ by David Frawley. Published 1998 by Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, Delhi. Unbelievably good book- and quite short- outlining the ‘Tantric’ tradition- even though the word ‘Tantra’ is an umbrella term. If you are interested in learning more about Kali it is essential reading.

‘Yogic Secrets of the Dark Goddess’ by Shambavi L. Chopra. Published 2007 by The Wisdom Tree. Very readable, and beautiful, exploration of the transformative aspects of Ma Kali written from an experiential perspective.

‘Kali Kaula. A Manual of Tantric Magick’  by Jan Fries. Published 2010 by Avalonia. Like all books by this author this is fresh, funny and insightful. In it he dispels the ideas we have about whatever ‘Tantra’ is and offers a way of bringing the the experiential aspects of this tradition into our lives. Great drawings too. For any serious practitioner of Yoga and meditation this is great stuff.