What books are best read for those who start practicing yoga? I will share with you the literature that influenced my worldview.
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The first book to open the world of yoga for me was the Vedas – collections of ancient sacred writings of Hinduism.
Bhagavad-gita is a famous monument of ancient Indian literature. This text will be clear to everyone. He teaches the unity of all aspects of life, you need to consider all the options for the development of the situation, even if it seems possible only one. This simple truth inspired me.
The second text that made a strong impression on me was the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali. This is the main text of the yoga school. It examines a wide range of problems, starting with the moral precepts, the physical and mental aspects of human life, and ending with self-realization.
Another ancient text is Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Swatmarama. It was written in the framework of the Hindu philosophical school of yoga and is dedicated to Shiva, who transferred the secret knowledge of hatha yoga to his divine wife Parvati.
These books are necessary for understanding the origin and development of yoga, they convey its deep meaning and are accessible to everyone.
The technique of yoga is described in many modern works. Here are books that, in my opinion, form the correct attitude to the body in practice:
2. Anatoly Pakhomov “Hatha Yoga: the correct approach to the spine.”
3. Pavel Bely, Tatyana Belaya “Anatomy of Yoga” (it can be purchased at the LIVE! Online store).
4. Ar Eddar “Treatise on Nutrition.”
In conclusion, several books from the field of spiritual literature that have influenced me very much (I list from more accessible to complex):
1. Paramahansa Yogananda “Autobiography of a Yoga.”
3. Nisargadatta Maharaj “I am That.”