Books & Resource Lists – Mantras, Mudras, Ayurveda, Astrology & More

Yoga of Sound & Mantras

Recommended Book

Mantras: Words of Power by Swami Sivananda Radha  link
Why We Recommend This Book

I’ve consulted 18 books on the Yoga of Sound and Mantras. They are each valuable, and all so different from one another! What I love about this one is that it has some of the qualities I find in the teachings of my favorite teachers: it’s clear and accessible, reads like a fascinating tale told by a clearly experienced storyteller, offers context, theory and history while also focusing on practicality and practice. – Shelly

Book Quote

Learning to surrender to the mantra and to the energy of the mantra puts in motion the process of purification of the self, facing up to and eliminating selfishness, self-glorification, self-justification and self-gratification. Do not let the intellectual mind distract you from attempting the practice of Mantra and Japa. No amount of words or book knowledge can give you the experience. You have to practice yourself for the effect to be understood.


While we have highlighted a few outstanding books, there are many wonderful books and we encourage you to peruse the entire list. Any one of these may be just what you need!

  1. Ashley-Farrand, Thomas — Chakra Mantras: Liberate Your Spiritual Genius Through Chanting  link
  2. Ashley-Farrand, Thomas — Healing Mantras: Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing  link
  3. Ashely-Farrand, Thomas — Shakti Mantras: Tapping into the Great Goddess Energy Within  link
  4. Devi, Nischala Joy — The Secret Power of Yoga  link
  5. Easwaran Eknath — The Mantram Handbook: A Practical Guide to Choosing Your Mantram & Calming Your Mind  link
  6. Frawley, Dr. David — Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound: Secret of Seed (Bija) Mantras  link
  7. Freeman, Richard — Yoga Chants  link
  8. Gass, Robert — Chanting: Discovering Spirit in Sound  link
  9. Girish — Music and Mantras: The Yoga of Mindful Singing for Healthy, Happiness, Peace & Prosperity  link
  10. Graves, Harrison MD — The Mystical Chakra Mantras: How To Balance Your Own Chakras With Mantra Yoga  link
  11. Hernandez Ana — The Sacred Art of Chant: Preparing to Practice  link
  12. Kaivalya, Alanna — Sacred Sound: Discovering the Myth & Meaning of Mantra & Kirtan  link
  13. Kaivalya Alanna & Arjuna van der Kooij — Myths of the Asanas  link
  14. Hersey, Baird — The Practice of Nada Yoga: Meditation on the Inner Sacred Sound  link
  15. Michael, Edward Salim — The Law of Attention: Nada Yoga and the Way of Inner Vigilance  link
  16. Paul, Russill — The Yoga of Sound: Tapping the Hidden Power of Music and Chant  link
  17. Radha, Swami Sivananda — Mantras: Words of Power  link
  18. Ustaine, Richard P. — Yoga RX: A Step-by-Step Program to Promote Health, Wellness, and Healing for Common Ailments  link

Teaching Tools



  1. Carroll, Cain — Mudras of India: A Comprehensive Guide to the Hand Gestures of Yoga and Indian Dance  link
  2. Carroll, Cain — Mudras of Yoga: 72 Hand Gestures for Healing and Spiritual Growth  link
  3. Hirschi, Gertrud — Mudras for Body, Mind and Spirit: The Handy Course in Yoga [With 68 Cards for Practice]  link
  4. Hirschi, Gertrud — Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands  link
  5. LePage, Joseph & Lilian — Mudras for Healing and Transformation  link
  6. Mesko, Sabrina — Healing Mudras: Yoga for Your Hands  link

Teaching Tools



  1. Chopra, Deepak — Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide  link
  2. Frawley, Dr. David — Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization  link
  3. Frawley, Dr. David & Sandra Summerfield Kozik — Yoga for Your Type: An Ayurvedic Approach to Your Asana Practice   link
  4. Kelley, Peggy — Physical Poetry: Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda  link
  5. Lad, Dr. Vasant — Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing: A Practical Guide  link
  6. Remski, Matthew — Studying Ayurveda: A Manual in Progress  link
  7. Silcox, Katie — Healthy Happy Sexy: Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women  link
  8. Stiles, Mukunda — Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy  link
  9. Stillman, Cate — Body Thrive: Uplevel Your Body and Your Life with 10 Habits from Ayurveda and Yoga  link
  10. Svoboda, Dr. Robert E. — Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution  link
  11. Tiwari, Maya — Ayurveda: A Life of Balance: The Complete Guide to Ayurvedic Nutrition & Body Types with Recipes  link
  12. Warrier, Gopi & Deepika Gunawant MD — The Complete Illustrated Guide to Ayurveda: The Ancient Indian Tradition  link

Teaching Tools

Biography & Autobiography


  1. Boyd, Doug — Swami: Encounters with Modern Mystics  link
  2. Dederer, Claire — Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses  link
  3. Forrest, Ana T. — Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit  link
  4. Leaf, Brian — Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi: My Humble Quest to Heal My Colitis, Calm My ADD, and Find the Key to Happiness  link
  5. Gates, Janice — Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga  link
  6. Goldberg, Philip — The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru  link
  7. Greene, Joshua M. — Swami in a Strange Land: How Krishna Came to the West: The Life of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada  link
  8. Iyengar, B.K.S. — Astadala Yogamala: Collected Works Volume 1 (this volume focuses on Iyengar’s biography plus definition of yoga & sutras)  link
  9. Lee, Cyndi — May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind  link
  10. Marchildon, Michelle Berman — Finding More on the Mat: How I Grew Better, Wiser and Stronger through Yoga  link
  11. Mohan, A.G. — Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings  link
  12. Morrison, Suzanne — Yoga Bitch: One Woman’s Quest to Conquer Skepticism, Cynicism, and Cigarettes on the Path to Enlightenment  link
  13. Pollack, Neal — Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude  link
  14. Rama, Swami — Living with the Himalayan Masters  link
  15. Sabatini, Sandra — Like a Flower: My Years of Yoga with Vanda Scaravelli  link
  16. Self, Philip — Yogi Bare: Naked Truth from America’s Leading Yoga Teachers  link
  17. Sell, Christina — Yoga from the Inside Out: Making Peace with Your Body Through Yoga  link
  18. Swami, Radhanath — The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami  link
  19. Tigunait, Pandit Rajmani PhD — At the Eleventh Hour: The Biography of Swami Rama  link
  20. Tigunait, Pandit Rajmani PhD — Touched by Fire  link
  21. Yogananda, Paramahansa — Autobiography of a Yogi  link

Astrology & Yoga


  • Astrology & Yoga  link
  • Yogastrology (website)  link
  • Yogastrology: Yoga Meets Astrology (book)  link

Teaching Tools

Music & Musicians

  • The Alive Musical Yoga Experience  link
  • Craig Kohland Shamans Dream – DJ, live performance & yoga music  link
  • Music Girish  link
  • Jay on the Drums – live drums for yoga classes  link
  • Jim Beckwith – live music for yoga classes  link
  • Lokah Music  link
  • MC Yogi  link
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead  link
  • The Steve Gold Exerience  link
  • Wade Imre Morissette  link
  • Wah!  link
  • The Yehoshua Project: Josh Brill, Musician and Teacher  link
  • Ziggy Marley  link

Teaching Tools

Business, Marketing & Accreditation


  1. BizplanDB — Yoga Studio Business Plan – MS Word/Excel  link
  2. Blanco, Brenda — Career Yogi: Marketing Wisdom for Yoga Teachers  link
  3. Main, Darren — The Yogi Entrepreneur: 2nd Edition: A Guide to Earning a Mindful Living Through Yoga  link
  4. Ippoliti amy & Taro Smith, PhD — The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga  link
  5. Payne, Larry — The Business of Teaching Yoga  link
  6. Tanner, Andrew — So You Want to Open a Yoga Studio  link
  7. Thatcher, Ron — Selling Yoga: A Handbook for the Ultimate Yoga Business Professional  link

Teaching Tools

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