A short list of essential Iyengar yoga books – if you click on the images you will be taken to the relevant page of amazon.com.
Light On Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
An essential text for practitioners of Iyengar yoga and an invaluable resource for any yogi today. The photographs of the author demonstrating the asanas are truly inspiring. There is a useful and readable introduction to yoga philosophy followed by a detailed description of 200 postures. Following this there is a description of some pranayama exercises and then some practice sequences at the back.
Includes an introduction by Yehudi Menuhin – the man who first brought Iyengar to international attention.
Light On Life by B.K.S. Iyengar
This book shares the fruits of a lifetime of intensive yoga practice, study and teaching. Intending to shed the same light on the mental and spiritual aspects of yoga that he did on the physical aspects in Light On Yoga, Mr Iyengar invites both those new to yoga and those who are experienced practitioners on an Inward Journey designed to increase their physical stability, emotional vitality, mental clarity, intellectual wisdom and spiritual bliss.
A dense but delightfully written modern classic that bears repeated re-reading.
Light On Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar
BKS Iyengar explores the art of breath and energy control with the subtlety and attention to detail that it deserves. This book discusses the respiratory system from the point of view of contemporary anatomy and the ancient yogic texts. A variety of pranayamas are described and each is broken down into simple components so that the practitioner can build themselves up without strain. There is also a comprehensive section on relaxation. The end of the book contains some excellent practice sequences.
Yoga – A Gem for Women by Geeta S Iyengar
Written by B.K.S. Iyengar’s daughter, who has followed in her fathers’ footsteps to become a massively respected teacher in her own right. ‘Yoga – A Gem for Women’ explores the main biological stages of a woman’s life and identifies which poses should be practiced or avoided at those stages. The book is divided into three sections that create an integrated path of yoga suitable for both the beginner and advanced student:
Theory – Yoga and Women A natural bridge to health and well-being
Practice – Knowing Your Body Techniques and benefits of over 80 asanas complete with photographs and detailed instructions.
Experience – On the Threshold of Peace Relaxation, breathing and the practice of meditation.
Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by B.K.S. Iyengar
This book is an in-depth exposition of the philosophy behind the science of Yoga. It provides the student with the original sutras (verses) as written by Patanjali, the Indian sage who compiled the knowledge of yoga into written form over 2,000 years ago. The book then offers a translation and explanation of these sutras, effectively filling in the gaps of knowledge left by the intensely compact form of the original sutras
“BKS Iyengar is renowned throughout the world! his inspired commentary on the ageless treatise by the ancient sage speaks to the soul of every dedicated yogi.”- Phil Catalfo, Yoga Journal