There are thousands of books available on yoga and to choose the right one(s) amongst them is no easy task. After all there is no formal qualification required to write a book on yoga!
I have found these texts immensely useful, as they preach the holistic yoga we talk about. . No doubt there are many more books but these are the ones I have come across.
Do send us information of other books for inclusion in this list...
A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya
by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, pp834 (large size, available in both English & Hindi).
This is the most comprehensive text ever published on yoga. It contains a complete course of 36 structured lessons on all the practices of integral yoga. The lessons were compiled from the teachings given by Swami Satyananda and are useful as a practical and theoretical guide to all levels of yoga teachers and aspirants. The book presents a synthesis of yoga in a scientific and systematic manner. The different branches of hatha yoga, raja yoga, mantra yoga, karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga and kriya yoga are progressively introduced with special emphasis on practice, theory and application in day to day life.
The books is large, heavy and expensive (Rs. 2000/$40 plus postage which also costs a lot) - but worth every penny for serious students of yoga. If you have only one book on yoga, this can be it.
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha
by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, pp543 (English & Hindi).
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha is recognised internationally as one of the most systematic yoga manuals available today. This enlarged and revised edition provides clear illustrations and step by step directions which smoothly guide the practitioner through the simplest to the most advanced practices. In addition, it includes the benefits and contra-indications of each technique along with focal points and breath awareness, to deepen the benefits and experience of the practices. A therapeutic index has been included for use by doctors and yoga therapists which incorporates the findings of yoga research. Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha is a central textbook for all Bihar Yoga Bharati undergraduate and postgraduate courses.Suitable for all teachers and practitioners.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika
by Maharishi Swatmarama, translation and commentary by Swami Satyananda Saraswati and Swami Muktibodhananda, pp573.
This book is a thorough commentary on the original text by Maharishi Swatmarama. It elucidates the entire science of hatha yoga as it was conceived and practised, not for health and fitness only, but for awakening the pranas, chakras and kundalini shakti. This text points out that hatha yoga is not just a physical practice but a process of cellular transmutation from gross, to subtle to divine. Thus hatha yoga was considered the foundation of all higher yogas. This text clearly shows the link between tantra and hatha yoga, and also emphasises that hatha yoga leads to raja yoga, otherwise it is practised in vain.
The Original Yoga
By Shyam Ghosh
An authentic translation and commentary on the three great ancient Sanskrit Yoga Classics the Shiva Samhita, Gheranda Samhita and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
All books on Yoga by Swami Vivekananda
Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Gyana Yoga.
The Bhagwad Gita
Translations and Commentary by Shri S. Radhakrishnan, or Shri Rajagopalachari...