10 of the Best Yoga Books to Add to Your Shelf (or You Know, Use As a Makeshift Block)

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Maybe you’re looking to brush up on your yogic knowledge, or perhaps you know a handful of yogis who would appreciate a yoga book for the any gifting occasion that pops up. Whatever the case, finding the best yoga books in a sea of Amazon reviews is no easy feat...that's where I come in.

After hours spent scouring Amazon, I found 10 of the top yoga books for you to consider adding to your collection. Because whether you're looking to get through a yoga sequence or refine your technique, it can be nice to have a read on hand. No matter if you're a total beginner or an advanced practitioner, these are the ones that you should add to your library right here and now.

Keep scrolling for the top 10 yoga books that you should add to your library right now.

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Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley

Jessamyn Stanley made waves in the yoga space when she said that every type of body could practice yoga, which is exactly what Every Body Yoga is about: letting go of fear, getting on the yoga mat, and loving the body that you're in.

Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

If you’re new to yoga, Light On Yoga is a great place to start. Written by world-renowned yogi B.K.S. Iyengar, Light On Yoga not only gives readers a background on the philosophy of the ancient art of yoga, but it provides pose descriptions, breathing exercises, and detailed illustrations to get you started.

The Little Book of Goat Yoga by Lainey Morse

There’s no doubt about it: Goat yoga is having a major moment, and goat yoga classes are now being held all over the country. The Little Book Of Goat Yoga is written by Lainey Morse, a farmer who started hosting goat yoga without knowing she was about to launch a global fitness craze. In case you’re wondering, yes: Goat Yoga does include adorable goat yoga photos.

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Spiritual Graffiti by MC Yogi

If there was any doubt about the transformative power of yoga, Spiritual Graffiti will squash them quickly. In this touching and honest memoir, MC Yogi tells the story of how he went from being wrapped up in drug abuse and vandalism to a world-famous yoga teacher and hip-hop artist.

The Yoga Bible by Christina Brown

The Yoga Bible is a lot like what it sounds like—a complete book of yoga postures (170, to be exact), along with a guide to finding mental and physical balance through the art of yoga. Complete with descriptive photographs, The Yoga Bible is perfect for beginners and seasoned yogis alike.

2,100 Asanas by Daniel Lacerda

Did you know 2,100 yoga poses even existed?! Now you do. Organized into eight different categories of poses—standing, seated, core, backbends, and more—The New York Times bestselling book 2,100 Asanas will give you a complete picture of just how many Asanas really exist.

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Your Spine, Your Yoga by Bernie Clark

In a world of too much sitting and craning our necks toward our phones, our backs often take a bit of beating. That’s why Your Spine, Your Yoga is such a crucial book for our time: It takes a look at how to take better care of the spine both from the perspective of Western medicine and a regular yoga practice.

Namaste The Hard Way by Sasha Brown-Worsham,

Namaste The Hard Way tells the story of Sasha Brown-Worsham, a woman raised in the Bible Belt by a yoga-practicing, macrobiotic-loving mother. When her mom passes away when she’s just 16, Brown-Worsham initially runs as far away from yoga as possible, until a running injury sends her back to the mat. It’s there that she finally starts the long-delayed process of coming face-to-face with her grief.

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The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi

If you’re looking for a yoga book about how to achieve certain poses, this isn’t it. The Secret Power of Yoga is written for women, and it’s all about the emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga. In The Secret Power of Yoga, Nischala Joy Devi guides readers through exactly how to capture the spirit of each sutra.

Yoga as Medicine by Timothy McCall, M.D.

Ah, the healing power of yoga! In Yoga As Medicine, a book published by Yoga Journal, readers are treated to a history and science lesson on the power of yoga—and how we can use it to heal and move more easily in our day-to-day life.

Oh, BTW: Here are the Jessica Biel-approved yoga poses that combat all of the leg tightness you might be suffering or you know, try couch yoga.

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