Top Ten Essential Books for New Yoga Teachers

Yoga Minded: 16 May 2014: Top Ten Essential Books for New Yoga Teachers.

Here are my suggestions for the top ten books recommended for newbie Yoga teachers. I’d be very interested to hear other people’s suggestions and ideas…
heart of yoga
‘Heart of Yoga’ Desikachar – very beautiful classic intro to yoga.

‘Teaching people not poses’ Jay Fields – great tips on how to find your voice as a teacher.

‘The practice manual’ David Swenson – great for how to modify poses to make them accessible to all.

‘Yoga Anatomy’ Leslie Kaminoff – very practical yoga oriented take on anatomy.

‘Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’ Swami Satchidananda – accessible look at the Yoga Suttras from an Indian perspective but relevant to the west.

‘How Yoga Works’ – lovely take on the Yoga Sutras and how to teach more than just poses.

‘Teaching Yoga’ Donna Farhi – a look at the ethics of teaching yoga – food for thought.

‘Yoga The spirit and practice of moving into stillness’ Eric Schiffman – I found this hugely helpful and inspiring when I first started teaching.

‘Bringing Yoga to Life’ Donna Farhi – short accessible and useful.

‘The Tree of Yoga’ Iyengar – an accessible into to yoga philosophy – all Iyengar’s books are great.

Melanie-CooperMelanie Cooper has been teaching yoga for 16 years, and training yoga teachers for eight years. She divides her time between London and Goa, practicing and teaching yoga and sometimes dancing on the beach. She currently runs the morning ashtanga self practice at The Life Centre in Islington and runs an annual teacher training at Brahmani Yoga in Goa and at Zolder Studio in North London, She has practiced at Ashtanga Yoga London for many years, and has also studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Melanie lives in North London.
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