Pre-Training Reading

*There is a translation of the Yoga Sutras in the back of your copy of Heart of Yoga by Desikachar. If you would like an alternative version to compare and contrast, there are many translations available online (such as this handy compendium) as well as affordable hardcopy versions. For the Yoga Sutras as well as for the Bhagavad Gita, we recommend that you browse a few different translations and settle on one that you feel good with, since different translators can have very divergent interpretations!

Reading List


  • Heart of Yoga - Desikachar

  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

  • The Bhagavad Gita

  • Light on Yoga - B.K.S. Iyengar

  • The Inner Tradition of Yoga - Michael Stone

  • Yoga Anatomy 2nd Edition - Kaminoff & Matthews

  • Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses - Ray Long

  • How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will talk - Faber & Mazlish


  • Light on Pranayama - B.K.S. Iyengar

  • Meditation: The First and Last Freedom - OSHO

  • Autobiography of a Yogi - Yogananda

  • The Ramayana - Ramesh Menon translation

  • Mahabharata - Ramesh Menon translation

  • Anatomy of Hatha Yoga - H. David Coulter

  • Yoga and the Quest for the True Self - Stephen Cope

  • The Courage to Teach - Parker Palmer

  • Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution - Svoboda

  • The Deeper Dimension of Yoga - Georg Feuerstein

  • Lovingkindness - Sharon Salzberg