Last year I started Liverpool Yoga Book Club with the help of one of my senior students Ashley Bromilow. The aim of the club is to encourage reading and discussion of yoga books within the city of Liverpool. We discuss our reading online on our Facebook page and meet up in person every 2 months. Our first event will be on January 12th where we will discuss our first book Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Fahri. This is a great book and I have really enjoyed re-reading it as well as discussing it with the community both online and in person. Ashley and I are really excited about our first event. We are meeting this week to plan it and will announce more details on the Facebook page this week. If you are not on Facebook and would like to come, email me and I will keep you updated.
We thought we would open the decision of our next book to the community so I have created a poll, you can vote here. I have written this post to give you a bit more information about the books you can choose from. They all sound great, I will do my best to be impartial and give you a brief summary of each with a link to find out more.
Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffman
A practical guidebook to yoga and meditation by World renowned yoga teacher Erich Schiffman. Useful regardless of the style of yoga you practice.
Yoga and the quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
A psychotherapist and yoga teacher, Stephen’s book explains the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga, and how it applies to our most human dilemmas.
Autobiography of A Yogi by Paramahabsa Yogananda
Paramahansa Yogananda autobiography, shares his encounters with many saints and sages during his youthful search around India for a teacher, ten years of training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in America.
Heart of Yoga- Developing a Personal Practice by TKV Desikachar
An exploration of yoga philosophy and practice, includes a translation of the yoga sutras at the end.
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
The yoga sutras compiled prior to 400 CE by Sage Patanjali are one of if not the most important text on yoga. Sri Swami Satchidananda’s book has the original Sanskrit followed by a translation, transliteration and commentary.
Yoga for A World Out of Balance by Michael Stone
Using the five yamas described in the Yoga-Sutra’s of Patanjali, Michael Stone explores ethical action and the spiritual path in the modern world.