Embodying the Yoga Sutra by Ranju Roy and David Charlton

Ranju Roy and David Charlton are UK-based yoga teachers and teacher trainers.  ‘Embodying the Yoga Sutra’ is not a translation of the sutras, but rather they pick out certain sutras (mostly from Chapters 1 and 2) which they feel are key to supporting us in our practice, both on the mat and in the way we live our lives.  Their interpretations are very much allied to (one of their teachers) Peter Hersnack’s understanding of the text underpinned by his formulation of: Support, Direction and Space. It is, in my opinion, extremely well written, exploring ideas which are very familiar to me, having studied with them for my teacher training, but which will be new to many teachers (and serious yoga students who want to go into more depth).
If you are interested, it is available through Amazon and here is a link, and the first few chapters can be read on the ‘Look Inside’ option:

 

The Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar

An excellent foundation book for this tradition, outlining the principles of yoga – why we practice asana and pranayama, how a yoga practice is constructed, the obstacles we face and how to apply the yoga principles in our everyday life.  It includes a translation of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.

 

Liberating Isolation (The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali) by Frans Moors
A long time student of Desikachar, Frans Moors offers a beautiful translation of the sutras with detailed breakdown, word by word, of the Sanskrit. For more in-depth study of the Yoga Sutras.

 

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali by Chip Hartranft

This is an interpretation, rather than a word-for-word translation, in plain, accessible language with much relevance to 21st century life.  This is a very clear and comprehensive understanding of what lies at the heart of Patanjali’s, sometimes cryptic, Yoga Sutras.