When studying for yoga teacher training you will be recommended a few important texts to study. Whilst the choice of yoga teacher training material will depend on the style of yoga you are studying to teach, there are many books that are relevant to all. Most are available these days in printed or digital form to read on any device.

This list of suggestions for 15 yoga teacher training books contains a good mixture for all forms of YTTC. These yoga books cover many topics that all combine together for a good introduction to the many tools of yoga. Covering yoga philosophy, anatomy, asana, pranayama, meditation, chakras, teaching, adjusting, yoga therapy, spirituality and general reading.

These books should have you covered for years to come.

Heart of Yoga Book by TKV Desikachar

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by TKV Desikachar

Based on the teachings of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and written by his son T. K. V. Desikachar who established the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandrim (KYM) in Chennai India. This was our yoga teacher training text book for Viniyoga. It teaches not only about asana, but about all the concepts of yoga and also includes the first two chapters of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Desikachar discusses yoga poses and counterposes, conscious breathing, meditation, and philosophy and shows how the yoga student may develop a practice tailored to his or her current state of health, age, occupation, and lifestyle.

bks iyengar light on yoga book

Light on Yoga: The Classic Guide to Yoga by the World’s Foremost Authority by BKS Iyengar

Light On Yoga is a classic text on the philosophy and practice of Yoga. Aimed at beginners as well as advanced practitioners of Yoga. The book begins a foreword by Yehudi Menhuin, a famous violinist and a friend of the author. It is divided into three parts. The first part contains an introduction to Yoga, tracing its historical origin to ancient India. The second part is dedicated to yogasanas, bandhas, and kriyas. It covers numerous asanas or poses in great detail. Each asana is illustrated by a photograph. This is followed by step-by-step instructions that will help with perfecting the asana. The benefits of each pose, the ailments it cures, and the precautions it requires are also included. The third part of the book is dedicated to the concept of Pranayama.

Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha yoga book by Swami Satyananda Saraswati