Books to Read if You’re Considering the YTTC200
If you’re considering embarking on a journey to become a certified yoga teacher, congratulations – even considering this means you are on a path to exploration and growth. As you consider a Yoga Teacher Training (YTT), you’ll soon discover that yoga is not just a physical practice but also a profound philosophy that encompasses ancient wisdom and spiritual insights. To deepen your understanding and reach an informed decision, reading can form an essential aspect of your enquiry. Here’s a comprehensive reading list of must-read books for aspiring yoga teachers:
1. “The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice” by T.K.V. Desikachar
T.K.V. Desikachar, the son of the legendary yoga teacher Krishnamacharya, provides profound insights into the essence of yoga practice. This book emphasizes the importance of tailoring yoga to individual needs and explores the philosophical underpinnings of yoga as a transformative practice.
2. “Light on Yoga” by B.K.S. Iyengar
Considered a classic in the world of yoga, this book by B.K.S. Iyengar covers a wide range of yoga postures (asanas) with detailed explanations and illustrations. It’s a comprehensive guide for refining your alignment and deepening your practice.
3. “The Bhagavad Gita” (Any translation)
An ancient Indian scripture, “The Bhagavad Gita,” presents profound philosophical teachings and insights into life, duty, and the nature of reality. It is a timeless guide that can inspire your personal growth and guide your teachings.
4. “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” by Swami Satchidananda
This classic text by Patanjali is the foundation of classical yoga philosophy. Swami Satchidananda’s commentary makes the sutras accessible and applicable to modern life. It delves into the ethical principles and practices that guide a yogic lifestyle.
5. “The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice” by Deborah Adele
Yamas and Niyamas are the ethical guidelines of yoga. Deborah Adele’s book explores these principles in-depth, providing practical insights on how to integrate them into your life and teaching.
6. “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” by Don Miguel Ruiz
Though not directly related to yoga, this book’s wisdom can greatly benefit yoga teachers. It outlines four powerful agreements that can lead to a life of freedom and authenticity.
Remember, reading is an ongoing journey, and this list is just a starting point. (If you sign up to our YTTC200, we will send you a compulsory Reading List we use as Course Texts) Engaging with these books will deepen your understanding of yoga, its philosophy, and its transformative power. As you dive into these texts, allow them to enrich your practice and assist you in making a decision about the YTT with a heart full of knowledge and inspiration.