Yoga Resources

On this page Ive listed some useful resources related to Yoga. Ive grouped these into four sections to jump to a particualr section click the link or scroll down the page:

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Yoga Books

The Yoga Sutras

This is the key yogic text and is attributed to the sage Patanjali  5000 years ago. It comprises of 196 short verses setting out what yoga is – focusing on the non physical side of yoga . There are numerous translations and commentaries out there but I would particularly recommend
Light on the Yoga Sutras – BKS Iyengar

The Bhagavad Gita

This is part of the Indian epic Mahabharat and is considered to be the key Hindu text. It centres on the discussions between Arjuna a fearless warrior and his charioteer – the Hindu god Krishna - as he is about to enter battle in the midst of a family feud.  Arjuna loses his nerve and cannot fight knowing that he will fight his relatives.

It sets out the basic ideas of Indian philosophy such as Karma, reincarnation and yoga freedom. Again there are numerous translations and commentaries but I would particularly recommend:

  • The Bhagavad Gita – Eknath Easwaren or
  • Talks Between the Soul and God – Ranchor Prime
Ashtanga
  • The Practice Manual - David Swenson
  • Ashtanga Yoga - Art and Philosophy Gregor Maehle
  • Ashtanga Yoga - Intermediate Series - Gregor Maehle
  • The Art of Vinyasa - Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor
  • Nadi Shodhana - the Intermediate Series - Petri Raisenen
  • The Power of Ashtanga Yoga - Kino Macgregor
  • Ashtanga Yoga 2 - Kino Macgregor

Pranayama and Meditation 

  • Pranayama - the breath of Yoga - Gregor Maehle
  • Yoga Meditation - Gregor Maehle General

More general books on how to live a yogic life etc:

  • Bringing Yoga to Life – Donna Farhi
  • Light on Life – BKS Iyengar
  • The Yoga Bible – Christina Brown – straightforward compilation of asanas with instructions, modifications , counetrposes etc. Useful if you are building a home practice
  • The Roots of Yoga – Jim Mallinson – an indepth look at historical yogic texts from all traditions. Some knowledge of yoga and toga philosophy would be useful before reading this book
  • Autobiography of a Yogi – Paramahansa Yogananda – the life story of probably the most famous modern day yogi who brought yoga to the West
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Yoga Dvd's

  • Awake – the Life of Yogananda
  • Leap of Faith  - the life of BKS Iyengar
  • Yoga Unveiled – Evolution and Essence of a Spiritual Tradition
  • Breath of the Gods – A journey to the origins of Modern Yoga
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Yoga Music

One of the forms of yoga is Bhakti yoga – the yoga of devotion. A key part of this path is the chanting of mantras and their singing to music  known as  Kirtan. I wrote my dissertation /project on Kirtan for my teaching training qualification.

Anything by:

  • Krishna Das
  • Jai Uttal
  • Tim Chalice
  • Deva Premal
  • Brenda McMorrow
  • Nikki Slade
  • Dave Stringer
  • David Newman
  • Girish
  • Snatam Kaur
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Places to go

Places to go – all visited by me and highly recommended:

  • Shekinashram – Dod Lane Glastonbury – an ashram where you can stay on a B and B basis or where you participate as a volunteer for a reduced rate.  There is a full programme of events including ceremonies , prayers , fires , sound baths , Kirtan , concerts and yoga  - shekinashram.org
  • Bhaktivedanta Manor – Dharam Marg , Hillfield Lane Radlet Watford – the HQ for ISKCON ( Hare Krishnas ) – a beautiful mock Tudor Manor House donated by George Harrison . There is a full programme of events or you can just spend time in the beautiful gardens, tea rooms , cruelty free dairy farm or shop  krishnatemple.com
  • London Radha Krishna Temple – Soho Street London. London temple , shop and Govindas restaurant of ISKCON iskcon-london.org
  • The Barn ( part of the Sharpham estate ) near Totnes. A Buddhist / mindfulness  based semi silent work retreat centre. You live as part of a small community working in the gardens , woodland or poly tunnels in the morning with time to yourself in the afternoon . Full programme of meditation, teachings and yoga. Some weeks are specialist retreats sometimes led by prominent Buddhist monks. sharphamtrust.org – the barn retreat
  • Brahma Kumaris global retreat centre  - Nuneham Park Oxford. Meditation Centre which runs a varied programme of retareats and talks – globalretreatcentre.org
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Yoga Websites

There  are lots of sites out there supplying yoga equipment , books , clothing etc . The one I prefer and the one which has by far the largest selection of products is yogamatters.com

If you are lucky you can also pick up decent bits of clothing, mats and props at TK Maxx but like anything at TK Maxx you cannot guarantee that it will be in stock when you visit .

I also like yogamasti.co.uk for funky hand painted yoga clothes.

lululemon.co.uk is also worth a look  for clothes and accessories but only their “ we made too much “ section as the rest is so expensive .

To find out more or to book a class, call me on 07803 586161 or get in touch via my contact page.

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