Invocation to Sage Patañjali PDF

Iyengar Yoga Websites:

The Official Website of BKS Iyengar

Iyengar Yoga Association of the United Kingdom

Dorset and Hampshire Iyengar Yoga Institute

Purchasing your own props:



Cork Spirit on Ebay for cork bricks

Zebedee Fabric Store for foam blocks

Yoga Blogs:

Thoughts on Teaching Yoga and Philosophy


Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Fransisco

Getting Started with a Home Practice:

Beginner Home Practice Sequence by Kathleen Pringle

Intermediate Home Practice Sequence by John Schumacher

Level One Home Practice Sequences (IYI New York)

Level Two Home Practice Sequences (IYI New York) – audio and video classes with John Schumacher, Lois Steinberg, Bobby Clennell and others – videos with Carrie Owerko

Reading List: Students frequently ask me what reading I recommend to enrich their practice. Here is a list of my favourites.

Yoga In Action: Preliminary Course by Geeta S Iyengar

This booklet describes the preliminary course taught at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India. There are illustrations of all the introductory poses and describes what each student should learn how to do in each pose and stage of the pose.

Yoga in Action: Intermediate Course I by Geeta S Iyengar

This booklet is the next volume in the Yoga in Action series and covers more intermediate poses.

Yoga: The Iyengar Way by Silva Mehta, Mira Mehta and Shyam Mehta

Very clear pictures and instructions; shows suggested uses of props; sequences for practice.

Light on Yoga: The Definitive Guide to Yoga Practice by BKS Iyengar

The seminal text of Iyengar yoga practice; great photos and descriptions of the classic yoga asanas and pranayamas.

Yoga: A Gem for Women by Geeta S Iyengar

Many photos and instructions especially helpful to women in all stages of their lives (puberty, menses, pre- and post- natal, menopause, and post menopause.

Light on Pranayama: The Definitive Guide to the Art of Breathing by BKS Iyengar

The seminal text on Iyengar pranayama practice. Very clear descriptions of all the breathing techniques.

Iyengar Yoga for Motherhood: Safe Practice for Expectant and New Mothers by Geeta S Iyengar, Rita Keller, Kerstine Keller and foreword by BKS Iyengar

This pregnancy book is wonderful for both those who are new to yoga and those who have had a regular Iyengar yoga practice prior to becoming pregnant. It is very thorough and clear.

The Tree of Yoga by BKS Iyengar

The absolute best introduction to yoga philosophy. Mr Iyengar discusses the 8-limbed path of yoga.

Light on Life: The Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace and Ultimate Freedom by BKS Iyengar

Mr Iyengar guides our understanding of yoga practice and philosophy through the lens of the five sheaths of our being from the outermost physical sheath to the innermost spiritual sheath.

The Bhagavad Gita (Classic of Indian Spirituality) translated by Eknath Easwaran

This classic Indian text is a conversation between Prince Arjuna and Krishna. Many philosophical concepts are discussed between them.

Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by BKS Iyengar

Mr Iyengar gives his commentary and translation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The sutras are the basis for our yoga practice, guiding practitioners to experience the state of yoga, union of the individual self with the infinite.

Core of the Yoga Sutras: The Definitive Guide to the Philosophy of Yoga by BKS Iyengar

This book further delves into the Yoga Sutras.