Our Top Ten Iyengar Books

Light on Yoga – BKS Iyengar

Regarded by many as the Bible of modern yoga, this book is the definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of yoga. The book includes classic photos and instruction on asana and pranayama, a 300-week practice and development programme and yoga sequences to help heal a range of illnesses and conditions.

Light on Life
– BKS Iyengar

The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace & Ultimate Freedom. The structure of the book follows: The Physical Body, The Energy Body, The Mental Body, The Intellectual Body, The Divine Body to Living in Freedom and provides a learning framework for yoga as well as an invaluable discourse on life. A wonderful guide for anyone who wants to deepen their practice and realize their full potential.

A Gem for Women
– Geeta Iyengar

Published in 1983 and now a classic book for women. Describes the milestones in a woman’s life, and gives an explanation on the physiological changes that a woman undergoes and the problems that she may encounter. A special section has been devoted to “Yoga Kurunta”, practising asanas with the help of ropes. The other important sections are on savasana, pranayama and asana and pranayama practice during pregnancy.

Yoga – The Iyengar Way
– Silva, Mira and Shyam Mehta

An all-time classic instruction book. Suitable both for beginners and advanced pupils packed with detail on over 100 postures, sequences and therapeutic class plans. Each of the postures included is illustrated by clear step-by-step photographs, graded according to ability, described and accompanied by detailed instructions

The Tree of Yoga
– BKS Iyengar

In this book B.K.S. Iyengar offers his thoughts on many practical and philosophical subjects including family life, love and sexuality, health and the healing arts, meditation, death, and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. 

Light on Pranayama
– BKS Iyengar

The definitive guide to yogic breathing it offers the most comprehensive and instructive work available in the world. With 190 photos of B.K.S. Iyengar himself, the book highlights a progressive 200-week practice, highlighting the best techniques and the common errors in them.

Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
– BKS Iyengar

Patanjali wrote this collection of yoga wisdom over 2,000 years ago. The Sutras are short and to the point – each being only a line or two long. BKS Iyengar has translated each one, and provided his own insightful commentary and explanation for modern readers. The Sutras show the reader how we can transform ourselves through the practice of yoga, gradually developing the mind, body and emotions, so we can become spiritually evolved. The Sutras are also a wonderful introduction to the spiritual philosophy that is the foundation of yoga practice.

Yoga – The Path to Holistic Health
– BKS Iyengar

This is the only yoga book featuring full colour step-by-step photographs of yoga poses demonstrating Iyengar Yoga. Over 60 step-by-step sequences of asanas, pranayamas and chakras were supervised by B.K.S Iyengar himself and over 20 include unique 360 degree images of classic Iyengar asanas. Yoga is made accessible to everyone with a special 20-week yoga course for beginners to yoga sequences specifically designed to treat over 80 ailments, from asthma and arthritis to varicose veins.

BKS Iyengar Yoga:The Path to Holistic Health is suitable for every age and ability, allowing everyone to enjoy the benefits to mind, body and spirit that are drawn from Iyengar Yoga.

A Chair for Yoga
– Eyal Shifroni

This practical guide will teach you everything you need to know about using a chair to improve your practice of Iyengar Yoga.


Yoga for Sports – A Journey Towards Health and Healing – BKS Iyengar

With precise discussion on the human anatomy and detailed techniques for performing over 100 asanas and pranayama, Yoga For Sports shows how yoga can train the mind and body and help sportspeople become more agile, stronger and focused. Yoga is based on the principle of integrating the body as a whole and shifts the emphasis to the quality of the movement.


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