This photography book, by Linda Sparrowe and Yoga Journal, is an absolute must-have. Simply titled Yoga, this book hasn’t been in print nearly as long as, say, Dharma Mittra’s 608 Yoga Poses, but it is quickly becoming a classic among yogis worldwide. It comes in a large, hardcover version, and a smaller paperback version. As far as I can tell, the content of the hardcover and paperback versions is identical.
The book contains a fairly substantial and informative introduction that tells the history of yoga, including how it evolved in India and how it came to take shape in America. Anyone who has even a casual interest in yoga will be interested to read this introduction. The remainder of the book consists of photographs of famous yogis demonstrating a wide range of asanas. Set up roughly in the same manner as Dharma Mittra’s 608 Yoga Poses, this book has one image per page, along with the Sanskrit name and the English name. The photography is absolutely beautiful, and the images are a testament not only to the yoga practice, but also to the human body and its potential to assume some incredible forms.
This book can make a great gift for a yoga practitioner in your life, and it should also be something that any serious yogi has on his/her own bookshelf. The photography is absolutely beautiful, and, in my opinion, the history of yoga in the introduction is worth the price of the book alone.