The Yogini from Manila

My Current Yoga Reads (Feb 2008)


Intermission from blogging. Short plug.

Reading is becoming a luxury due to work. But just before going to bed lately, I have tried to squeeze in a few pages of readings. There are 2 yoga books which I currently read alternately. One of them addresses the health benefits of yoga; the other one feeds my soul.


Probably due to my painful experience with kidney stones and after having seen how yoga has actually improved my gynecological condition, I have been having this growing desire to continue studying how various asanas affect the different organs, limbs, muscles and body systems. More and more it seems as though almost every ailment can be addressed by one, several or a combination of various asanas when practiced regularly. Yoga as Medicine, which I mentioned in a previous post, is helping me understand more and appreciate the benefits it brings to me health-wise.


The Secret Power of Yoga was something I discovered today at Fully Booked. Thumbing through the first few pages, I knew in my heart that this was one I just had to read.

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the principles at the heart of all yoga practice, have always been translated and interpreted by men. As a result, the author Nischala Joy Devi writes, it is not easily understood by the women who practice yoga as these address what she calls the “left brain” or logical side. In her book, Devi (who has studied the Yoga Sutras for many years under Yogiraj Sri Swami Satchidananda, interprets them “from a heart-centered, intuitive, feminine perspective, resulting in the first translation intended for women.”

Do you have favorite yoga books you wish to recommend? Leave me a comment here.

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  1. Hi Jane!

    Chona lent me her copy of The Secret Power of Yoga. I’m having a really hard time understanding it. Hope you can share your insights on the book. 🙂

    My favorites lately are Asana (The author/model did self portraits of himself doing 600++ postures) and this book on Iyengar (a compilation of essays from his students speaking of how they were mentored by the guru).

    One thing I remember from the Iyengar book: “When you walk into class and you see your student, say ‘Thank God I have someone to teach.’ When you walk into class and see that there is no student, say ‘Thank God I am free.'”

    I’m paraphrasing because I don’t have the book with me now but that’s the general thought. 🙂

    — Crissy

    Jane: I will try to digest the books slowly, Crissy. It’s possible the meanings may not immediately hit us at first reading. But over time, as we go over the words again and again, we may just have a eureka moment. I look forward to those eureka moments to share with you.

Thanks for reading! I'd love to know what you think.

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