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Top Yoga Teacher Training Book List

Getting ready to embark upon your path of teaching.  Check out our top picks for books that should be on your list.  Each one will deepen your practice and infuse your teaching.

 Teaching Yoga:  Mark Stephens

Our go-to guide for all things teaching.  We love the focused sequences that Mr. Stephens offers in the back, as well as, the thorough asana (posture) breakdown. This comprehensive text book is used as an essential resource in teacher training programs. Readers will find detailed information on the philosophy and history of yoga, aspects of anatomy, and nearly 200 instructional photos and illustrations, making it a must.


   Light on Life:  B.K.S. Iyengar

A Master Teacher and Modern Day Guru, B.K.S. Iyengar has given us not only a manual for our practice, but his own personal journey of transformation to inspire our own.  Light on Life conveys discoveries of a lifetime of yoga practice and explains the role that postures and breath play in our search for wholeness.  Here we learn the potential for enlightenment lies in every person and the inward journey through yoga will illuminate that path.


Sun, Moon, and Earth:  The Sacred Relationship of Yoga & Ayurveda:  Mas Vidal

Mas Vidal explains + embraces a universal understanding of Yoga + Ayurveda, and how weaving these two traditions together, allows us to lead a balanced lifestyle. Mas Vidal brings clarity to topics that are often misunderstood and misrepresented of the “twin sciences”. Here he shares with us the deep approach to reform these wrongly spread traditions + promotes an informative and enlightening approach to this lifestyle!


The Bhagavad Gita:  Eknath Eswaran

As part of the Great Indian Epic the Mahabharata, The Bhagavad Gita is one of the world’s greatest spiritual classics. It explores the dualities of conflict and peace, evil and good, suffering and joy. Presented in eloquent dialog between the warrior-prince Arjuna and Lord Krishna, this is a story anyone with any background can enjoy.


The Key Poses of Yoga:  Ray Long

A huge part of any training is posture work, and we can’t think of a more qualified anatomy teacher than Dr. Long.  As an orthopedic surgeon and founder of Bandha Yoga, Dr. Long helps integrate the science and art of yoga poses for your maximum benefit. In this manual he presents both the anatomical and physiological truths of 55 fundamental yoga asanas through detailed, full color illustrations, to help the budding teacher translate this knowledge into their practice and class.

Yoga Anatomy:  Leslie Kaminoff 

This second edition of Yoga Anatomy is now updated and expanded with more full-color anatomical illustrations and immerses the yogi/ yogini into a deeper understanding of yoga itself.  See how the spine, breathing, and body position are all fundamentally related, and how internal alignment is just as important as external alignment.   We consider this the ultimate reference for yogis, instructors, and enthusiasts alike!


The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:  Sri Swami Satchidinanda

Perhaps the ultimate manual  manual of yoga studies and practice.  In this version, Sri Swami Satchidananda shares his down-to-earth advice  and spiritual insight on mental, physical, and emotional harmony in life through Raja Yoga.  Read little-by-little or front to back, this text continues to provide a lifetime of transformational insight on the path to enlightenment and self-realization.


The Teacher Appears:  Brian Leaf

As apart of the Om On Yoga Teacher Training, we encourage journaling as a form of self-reflection and clarity inducing exercise.  In this journal  yoga practitioners are guided on a journey to write about and deepen their yoga practice by following self-guided prompts . This workbook is filled with fun activities + suggestions designed to be thought provoking and inspirational.


Teaching People Not Poses:  Jay Fields

The perfect, personable resource for yoga teachers of all levels to find the truth of your own teaching and unlock the potential of yoga as a personal and collective healing force. Learn to move past insecurities, nerves of students expectations of you and the fear of failure through Jay Fields personal stories and experiences. This guide will help you to be the most confident, real and inspiring teacher you can be!


Yoga FAQ:  Richard Rosen

You know all those questions where your yoga teacher left you hanging, like “who was Patanjali?” and all those questions you’ve been dying to to ask like, “where did the asanas come from?”,  well all of these, and more, are clearly and methodically hashed out with ample research to back it up. We’re sure this read is going to hit teacher training programs everywhere, and for all you avid yogis and yoginis, this should be on your night stand.



Ready to take the next step on your yoga path?  Join the Om On Yoga Fall Teacher Training starting August, 2018 in Richmond, VA!

July 23, 2018 BY omon_admin // 0 COMMENT

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