Why this book?
This book is my go-to source for authentic, clear information about the theory and practice of yoga. Written by a world-renowned yoga teacher—who was the son of one of the greatest yogis of the modern era—The Heart of Yoga is a classic that belongs on every yoga teacher’s shelf. The first half offers essential information about how to practice, including specifics on postures, breathing, and meditation. The second half presents the author's translation and commentary on the Yoga Sutras, a classic text written about 400 CE by the sage Patanjali who synthesized and organized information about yoga into 195 Sanskrit sutras (aphorisms). I had the privilege of interviewing Mr. Desikachar for a Yoga Journal article back in 2007 and deeply appreciated his kindness, intelligence, humility, and warmth. He died in 2016, and his timeless wisdom lives on in this extraordinary book.