There are many books on Hatha Yoga practice, so we’ve selected a few that we think are particularly useful especially to those beginning a practice or wanting to gain familiarity with the some of the major styles and approaches to the practice of Hatha Yoga. Many of these books and other resources on our website are available from our sister site: Integral Yoga Distribution and, of course, from Amazon.com.
Integral Yoga Hatha by Swami Satchidananda
“Integral Yoga Hatha has probably started more people [on Yoga] than any other book. It is simple, clear, and well-illustrated.” –Whole Earth Catalogue
In print constantly since 1970, this large format Hatha Yoga instruction guide is now recognized as a classic in its field. Over 160 large photographs show Hatha expert Sri Swami Satchidananda performing more than 80 postures, breathing practices, relaxation, cleansing and concentration techniques. Instructions are easy to follow and describe how the body and mind benefit from each pose. Practice routines for beginning, intermediate and advanced students are suggested.
Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
The well-known Yoga manual in its most recent edition. It contains 600 pictures and a wealth of detailed information on Hatha Yoga.
Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul by Sharon Gannon and David Life
Complete guide to the popular, vigorous method of yoga deeply rooted in ancient wisdom and scriptures. Intensely physical and spiritual system of flowing postures expertly taught by Jivamukti founders.
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners by H. David Coulter
A manual for students, teachers, and practitioners — an authoritative and comprehensive correlation of Hatha Yoga with anatomy and physiology. A cornucopia of readable and reliable information by a Ph.D. anatomy professor and long-time Yoga practitioner. Detailed analysis of postures, breathing, and other practices with many photos and illustrations, full glossary, and anatomical index.
Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language by Swami Sivananda Radha
Working with metaphor, symbolism, imagery and visualization, Swami Radha explores twenty-two of the most common asanas. She guides the student to discover the inner meaning of the asanas to gain a deeper appreciation of the power of Yoga as a tool for transformation.
Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda
A classic book that has taught Yoga to generations of Westerners, by one of the world‘s foremost authorities on Hatha and Raja Yoga. Yogic cleansing, breathing techniques, diet, Kundalini Yoga and the spiritual essence of yoga are detailed. Suitable for both beginners and the most advanced students. Illustrated throughout with photos and drawings.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika Commentary by Swami Muktibodhananda & Swami Satyananda. Swatmarama’s original Sanskrit text, plus translation, and thorough commentary of the seminal scripture on Hatha Yoga. Elucidates the entire science of Hatha Yoga (asana, pranayama, shatkarma, mudra, and bandha) conceived and practiced for health and fitness and for awakening the vital energies: pranas, chakras, and kundalini shakti for cellular transmutation from gross to subtle to Divine.
This video taught by Sri Swami Satchidananda (Integral Yoga) gives you the rare opportunity to learn from a master who has taught millions of students in countries around the world. It’s actually three classes in one. The first part is 45 minutes of yoga postures that not only increase flexibility but also train the mind to become clear and steady. Next comes 15 minutes of guided deep relaxation to leave you feeling tranquil and centered. The class ends with breathing practices.
Yoga Feels Good with Meenakshi Angel Honig
Integral Yoga Hatha Intermediate class with Swami Asokananda