I am often asked by teachers, trainees and students to recommend useful yoga texts and other resources. But there’s so much out there and soooooo much to learn, it can be a minefield…..so where do you start? Here are just a few resources, my staples, that I continue to find really helpful and inspirational, returning to them again and again.
1. These 4 texts provide a very practical and easy to follow introduction and foundation for yoga asana (the postures), pranayama (the breathwork), background to yoga and yoga philosophy.
2. For a more in depth look at the background to yoga and historical context on and off the mat I have found these texts to be very useful.
3. I believe these texts are the ‘must reads’ for all aspiring yoga teachers and provide the nitty gritty detailed background to the history, background and yoga philosophy.
4. A few years back I participated in a week long teacher training intensive in Yoga Therapy with the renowned Doug Keller. It’s one of the best trainings I have ever attended in terms of its practical application. Since then I have found his 2 Yoga Therapy volumes an invaluable tool particularly when working with students who are presenting with injuries, recovering from injury or have other issues such as low back pain.
Other resources that I dip into regularly include online sites like Yoga Journal and Yoga International for all sorts of inspiration ranging from class themes and sequencing, gemming up on yoga philosophy, meditation, etc.
For online classes I like Movement for Modern Life.
For podcasts Triyoga have recently started airing Triyoga Talks which feature inspirational interviews with experts from the yoga world like Richard Rosen and Maty Ezraty.