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Napa Valley Yoga Center / READING LIST

These books are not required for our Yoga Teacher Training Program, but we recommend them for those enrolling in our program or for anyone looking to expand and deepen their understanding of yoga. Click any of these books to be led to book’s page on Amazon; we receive a commission if you purchase.

From the Vedas to Vinyasa
From the Vedas to Vinyasa: An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Yoga

by Amy Vaughn

This is the best book we’ve found on the complete history of yoga. It spans the traditions and philosophies of yoga starting over 5,000 years ago in India and continuing today in America and beyond. It’s easy to understand, humorous at times, and profound in its observations and explanations. A perfect foundation for understanding what yoga is all about.

Gita Wisdom
Gita Wisdom: An Introduction to India’s Essential Yoga Text

by Joshua Green

The Bhagavad Gita is a central sacred text of the yogic tradition and is one of the most read and most beloved stories of all time. This enlightening translation makes the Gita accessible and explains its insights and lessons in a way that can be applied to life easily.

The Upanishads
Translation and commentary by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell

An elegant translation of one of the most ancient and sacred texts of the yogic tradition. The Upanishads hold profound lessons that are the philosophic foundations of yoga.

The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume II

by Ray Long and Chris Macivor

Written by a medical doctor with a dedicated yoga practice, this book features amazing 3D illustrations of the muscles at work in the key poses of yoga. The figures clearly show which muscles engage and which muscles release in each pose.