Books are a good tool to use when you want to get pointers and good advice. Millions of books out there explore the wonderful theory and techniques of yoga and cover everything from teaching techniques to philosophy to practical knowledge.
This is a comprehensive list of the books that can be helpful at some point in your yoga instructing career.
1.Yoga Anatomy – it breaks down each pose so you can see what parts of the body are being worked. It has full-color anatomic illustrations that will help you and your students grasp the concepts in a fun and easy way.
2. Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation – An important book on Hindu scripture that for more than two millennia, has served as a guide to liberation through the yogi life.
3.The Heart of Yoga: Developing A Personal Practice – a guide for developing a personal practice. By a world-renowned yoga teacher, the first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for creating a yoga practice – your way.
4.Living Your Yoga: Finding the spiritual things in everyday life – Want to get in touch with yourself? No need to retreat to a cave in the Himalayas. Author of Living Your Yoga will take you through stretches, poses and breathing techniques you can include in any of your classes.
5.Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformational Yoga Classes – Especially useful for new teachers or just for any yoga instructor that has reached a point in their career where they need to change things up a little bit.
6. Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship – About the ethics in the teacher-student relationship, how to build boundaries, how to target different types of students and make your classes the best possible for your desired audience.
7. Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques – a must-have among new and experienced teachers, addressing 100% of the teacher training curriculum standards set by Yoga Alliance. You’ll be able to teach up to 108 different yoga poses, breathing and meditating techniques and much more once you’re through with it.
8. Adjustments: Philosophy, Principles, and techniques – A good book for new or more experienced yogis to adjust their classes and achieve a level of teaching that includes the theory as well.
9. Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends: Teachers often refer to this book in order to design classes that focus on going deeper into the hips. Give your students tools to achieve their yoga goals.
10. Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A guide for anyone who teachers anything – This isn’t specifically targeted to yoga instructors, but it is a good guide on how to teach and become a good teacher.