Book List for Teacher Training Course 2021/2022

Below are the books we recommend if you are joining us for the Teacher Training Course. It is not necessary to buy all of them to begin with. We have categorised then into recommended for the ‘Foundation Course’, the full ‘Teacher Training Course’ and Additional Reading.


Recommended for the Foundation Course and the Full Teacher Training Course

Intelligent Yoga by Peter Blackaby

In Intelligent Yoga, Peter Blackaby describes his humanistic approach to yoga, firmly rooted in the here and now and underpinned by scientific research. In this second edition, he seeks to distance himself further from the biomechanical view of the body, revealing instead his more integrative perspective, focused on the neurological basis for movement and on the relationships between things. Rather than approaching yoga as an exercise system, it is seen here as a tool for self-exploration. 

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Functional Anatomy of Yoga by David Keil

David Keil is both an authority on the subject of anatomy and a skilled yoga teacher and practitioner. He has been presenting the subject of anatomy in a way that is interesting, meaningful, and applicable to teachers and students alike since 2000.

Written with a conversational tone, his book delivers the complex subject of human anatomy in a way that is both provocative and clear. Beautifully illustrated throughout with colour images and photographs to clearly explain the concepts and asanas, Functional Anatomy of Yoga will assist you in reaching new heights in your yoga practice using the ‘laboratory’ of the body and the tools of yoga asana.

Functional Anatomy of Yoga is a rare gem. This book enables both the casual reader and the seasoned practitioner to understand and implement the anatomical structure and function of the body in yoga.

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Illustrated Yoga Anatomy: Key Concepts For Everydamnday!

This is a book for yoga practitioners, whether teachers or students and irrespective of style. It is about the doing of yoga, not abstract theory. Stu’s focus throughout the book is on providing useful insights into what influences movement, and stability in the human body, and the implementation of those ideas into a physical yoga practice. Many students can be put off the subject of anatomy because in the wrong hands it can be dry and hard to relate to, but that won’t happen here. 

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The Bhagavad Gita – A Walkthrough for Westerners by Jack Hawley 

The Bhagavad Gita has been called India’s greatest contribution to the world. For more than five thousand years, this great scripture has shown millions in the East how to fill their lives with serenity and love. In these pages, Jack Hawley brings these ancient secrets to Western seekers in a beautiful prose version that makes the story of the Gita clear and exciting, and makes its truths understandable and easy to apply to our busy lives.

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Your Quest for a Spiritual Life by Michelle Corrigan

Your Quest for a Spiritual Life is an easy to read version of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. It is aimed at those on their spiritual journeys who are seeking, and need guidance. These words have been channelled from Masters in Spirit and will inspire you to have the discipline needed to keep walking your spiritual path. Many questions will be answered and help is given to keep you focused. You will see how far you have come on your path and which direction you are going, and what to do when you get there!

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Embodying the Yoga Sutra by Ranju Roy and David Charlton

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is the key text of yoga. Yet for many contemporary practitioners, its deeper treasures remain either unknown or mired in obscurity. Ranju Roy and David Charlton focus on 18 of the most important sutras and show how each one illuminates the relationship between the body, the breath and the mind in a practical, clear and contemporary manner. The sutras are carefully deconstructed, put into context and then developed into ideas for practice.

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Recommended for the Full Teacher Training Course

The Yoga Teacher Mentor by Jess Glenny

How do we generate enlivening relationships with our students? Create welcoming and inclusive spaces? Navigate common ethical issues? Remain inspired as we encounter the routine challenges of teaching yoga day-to-day? Full of practical information for new teachers, this book is also much more than a beginner’s guide, considering questions that continue to arise through the course of a teaching life.

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Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses by Sage Rountree and Alexandra Desiato 

Create yoga class themes with yoga philosophy, inspirational quotes, and simple concepts that inspire and motivate students.

New yoga teachers are often taught the poses but not themes or phrases that will make students come back and seasoned instructors often want a fresh approach or new theme to explore. 

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Suggested Additional Reading

Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith

As portals between the physical and spiritual planes, chakras represent the sacred architecture of your body and psyche.

Wheels of Life takes you on a wondrous journey through the progressively transcendent levels of consciousness. View this ancient metaphysical system by the light of new metaphors: quantum physics, elemental magic, and the Kabbalah. Learn how to explore your own chakras using poetic meditations, physical expression, and visionary art. 

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The Meditation Handbook by Georgia Keal

Help yoga students to access a deep state of relaxation with this guided meditation handbook. Offering yoga teachers scripts for guided meditations, students can learn how to cultivate positive emotions and let go of negative ones. Including practical information on how to set the scene for meditation in a yoga class, using music, lighting and props, the book also advises on how to introduce a meditation practice to yoga students. It explores the benefits of meditation for people from all walks of life.

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