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Aug 22




Just to give you a little picture of my passion for books: a few years ago I towed with my old 4wd a fairly big tradie’s trailer, half filled with books around Australia. It probably cost me hundreds of dollars for extra fuel and a new head gasket, too.


Being a teacher means being an eternal student. I love this. There is nothing better than diving in to the unknown, to experience the never experienced and to share my new enlightenments with my students.

Below is a little selection of my favourite books to which I frequently return.




(It’s not a printed book yet, but I really hope it will be one day) my teachers blog:


Richard Freeman

The Mirror of Yoga: Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mind


Donna Farhi

Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living


Judith Hanson-Lasater

Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life Living Your Yoga


T.K.V. Desikachar

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice


Stephen Cope

The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living (Hardcover)


Stephen Cope

The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling






Parker J. Palmer

The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life, 10th Anniversary Edition


Deborah Schoeberlein David and Suki Sheth

Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything


Donna Fahri

Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship


Mark Stephens

Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques


Mark Stephens

Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes


Nicolai Bachman

The Language of Yoga: Complete A to Y Guide to Asana Names, Sanskrit Terms, and Chants [With 2 CDs] by Nicolai Bachman (Oct 1 2005)


Jon Kabat-Zinn

Wherever You Go, There You Are


Shunryu Suzuki and Trudy Dixon

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind




Vanda Scaravelli

Awakening the Spine: Yoga for Health. Vitality and Energy by Vanda Scaravelli ( 2011 ) Paperback


B.K.S. Iyengar

Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga… [Paperback]


David Swenson

Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual


Muktibodhananda Saraswati

Hatha Yoga Pradipika


Paramahansa Yogananda

Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha/2008 Fourth Revised Edition


Michael Roach

How Yoga Works by Michael Roach





Nischala Joy Devi

The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras



Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: Experience the Natural Power of Pregnancy and Birth with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation


Yogi Bhajan

I Am a Woman: Creative, Sacred & Invincible–Essential Kriyas For Women In The Aquarian Age


Linda Sparrowe, Patricia Walden, Judith Hanson Lasater

The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness


Geeta Iyengar

Yoga: A Gem for Women





Tom Myers

Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists, 2e


Leslie Kaminoff

Yoga Anatomy-2nd Edition


Ray Long

The Key Muscles of Yoga


The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume II


Yoga Mat Companion 1: Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses


Yoga Mat Companion 2: Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends


Yoga Mat Companion 3: Anatomy for Backbends and Twists


Yoga Mat Companion 4: Anatomy for Arm Balances and Inversions


Yoga: Fascia, Anatomy and Movement


Judith Hanson Lasater

Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana





Leslie Kaminoff

Freeing the Breath: Health, Relaxation, and Clarity Through Better Breathing


Donna Fahri

The Breathing Book: Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work





Gary Kraftsow

Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga


Caroline Myss

Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing


by Nancy Liebler , Sandra Moss

Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way: Creating Happiness with Meditation, Yoga, and Ayurveda


Timothy Mccall

Yoga as Medicine





Sue Flamm (Puja)

Restorative Yoga: with Assists A Manual for Teachers and Students of Yoga


Judith Hanson Lasater

Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times






Thomas Ashley-Farrand

A Beginner’s Guide to the Power of Sacred Sound (Audio CD)


Thomas Ashley-Farrand

Healing Mantras: Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing (Book & CD)





Gertrud Hirschi

Mudras: Yogas in Your Hands (Paperback)





Georg Feuerstein

The Deeper Dimension of Yoga: Theory and Practice Kindle Edition


Georg Feuerstein

The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali: A New Translation and Commentary (Paperback)


Deborah Adele

The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice (Paperback)




…. and surely these are not all. You can also have a look at my resources page.










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