Books

The following books are usually available in the boutiques of our Centres and Ashrams, and at the online store.

The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga

Complete Illustrated Book of YogaWorld-renowned treatise on yoga and its practice, the book provides a complete training programme for tapping yoga's power to relax and rejuvenate the mind; to improve concentration, to prevent illness and to increase physical strength and flexibility.

Meditation and Mantras

The most complete sourse on mantras, meditation and other techniques of self-inquiry readily available. It contains all the techniques for understanding and controlling the mind. Raja, hatha, karma, kundalini, jnana and mantra yoga are all discussed in detail along with the Raja Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The book contains the key to the most priceless treasure a man can own - intutive wisdom.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika

With commentary by Swami Vishnudevananda. The classic work, essential for those who wish to learn the advanced practices of Hatha Yoga from a qualified teacher.

Sivananda Upanishad

A collection of letters, prefaces and open letters written by Swami Sivananda and compiled by Swami Vishnudevananda when he was the Master's personal secretary. Reprinted here in the sage's own handwriting, and accompanied by inspiring photographs of him, each letter provides, guidance, solace and peace of mind.

The Sivananda Yoga Training Manual

A comprehensive booklet outlining the five points of yoga. With clear diagrams illustrating how to do the 12 basic postures as well as bringing attention to commonly made mistakes. An excellent guide for beginners and more advanced students alike.

Learn Yoga in a Weekend

An inspirational guide to this ancient discipline. The specially commissioned colour photography takes the reader through each pose in detail. Excellent background information is provided.

101 Essential Tips on Yoga

Using step-by-step colour photographs, this handy pocket volume brings expert advice breaking down hatha yoga techniques in to 101 easy-to-follow steps.

Puja

A new book about Puja, the ceremonial worship of God, which was compiled by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. This book is for all who tread the path of devotion, Bhakti Yoga. It contains hymns like Purusha Suktam, Sri Suktam, Arati, 108 names of Krishna, Siva, Durga, Ganesha, Hanuman, Swami Sivananda, Swami Vishnudevananda and others. Symbols and rituals are explained.

The New Book of Yoga

The complete step-by-step guide contains, clear, comprehensive, easy-to-follow instructions plus authoritative teaching on diet, meditation and relaxation. Includes full colour photographs and diagrams. it has now been reformated with a modern design and full colour pictures throughout. The book has sold over 800,000 copies and it is considered the most beautiful book of Yoga worldwide.

Yoga Mind & Body

This is a well illustrated introduction to yoga. Beautiful step by step photographic sequences take the reader through both basic and more advanced postures, with chapters on diet, positive thinking, meditation and relaxation. It includes exceptionally detailed instructions with full explanation of the benefits of the asanas and breathing techniques.

The Sivananda Book of Meditation

This recently published book offers a twelve-step guide to the practice of meditation and shows you how to make it a part of your everyday routine. It is geared to both beginners and those already established in the practice and has already gained a reputation as a superb overview of the theory and practice of meditation.

The Yoga Sutras of Pathanjali

By Swami Durgananda. The Raja Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Maharishi is a complete manual for the exploration and control of one's own thoughts. It is a classical scripture of yoga and a holistic guideline for the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of meditation as well as a precious source for the study of the spiritual psychology of yoga. Swami Durgananda is Yoga Acharya for Europe, and one of the most senior disciples of Swami Vishnudevananda.

The Yoga Cook Book

Vegetarian Food for Body and Mind. The first authentic cookbook for the millions who use yoga's fivefold path to peace: exercise, relaxation, breathing, diet and meditation. Full of recipies as well as advice on fasting, The Yoga Cookbook is for all who care about healthy eating.

Lighting the Lamp of Wisdom: A Week Inside a Yoga Ashram

by John Ittner, David, Dr Frawley, This installment in SkyLight Paths' "Week Inside" series opens the doors of an ashram, introducing a community of yoga practitioners as taught by venerable Indian guru Swami Sivananda. The author is himself a yoga teacher, freelance journalist and veteran of the New York Post, who offers testimony from his experience of the healing and cleansing power of yoga practice. As serious students know, yoga is the Sanskrit word for "yoke," implying discipline. The sets of postures that many Americans know as yoga are only one part of a comprehensive system of mind-body training, which Ittner outlines by explaining key concepts and activities that characterize yoga practice. Chapters explore different aspects of the disciplined life, including diet and work, making for an appropriately holistic approach.

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