With the sheer number and large breath of books out there, it is easy to get lost. Here are some books that we found especially helpful when we began to learn more about the 8 limbed path.
The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali – BKS Iyengar’s Translation and Commentary
Ground zero for a person wishing to deepen his/her practice is The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
BKS Iyengar’s translation and commentary on the ancient yoga sutras has been described as the “bible” of yoga.
Patanjali wrote this collection of yoga wisdom over 2,000 years ago. They are amongst the world’s most revered and ancient teachings and are the earliest, most holy yoga reference.
The Sutras are short and to the point – each being only a line or two long. BKS Iyengar has translated each one, and provided his own insightful commentary and explanation for modern readers.
The Sutras show the reader how we can transform ourselves through the practice of yoga, gradually developing the mind, body and emotions, so we can become spiritually evolved.
The Sutras are also a wonderful introduction to the spiritual philosophy that is the foundation of yoga practise.
The book is thoroughly cross-referenced, and indexed, resulting in an accessible and helpful book that is of immense value both to students of Indian philosophy and practitioners of yoga
Yoga for the Practice of Christian Meditation – by Father Joe Pereira
Father Joe Pereira, an ordained Catholic Priest and a student of BKS Iyengar, describes how to use yoga to deepen our relationship with God.
The body as a temple of God’s spirit needs a process of cleansing and awakening not only to make it a worthy dwelling place of God but also as the most effective and authentic vehicle for the journey towards the heart. A simple guide for meditators, this is an attempt to include the major systems in the body in the work of shifting the locus of control from the ego to the antaryamin (“inner controller”), the Spirit of the Risen Lord.