My Top 5 Kundalini Yoga Books of ALL time
One of the most frequently asked questions from my kundalini yoga students is
“What are your favourite kundalini books?”
So I thought I’d share my top 5 kundalini books that I’ve read over the years so you don’t have to spend all your precious time scrolling through amazon pages.
When you’re new to the magical spiritual science of kundalini yoga or even just ready to learn more, it can be a bit frustrating to know where to start. But don’t fear, it’s pretty simple really and it is all about just starting and getting stuck into the physical practice.
Before we get started with this fabulous selection of books those looking to know a bit more about the kundalini yoga, here we go:
Kundalini Yoga is a holistic practice that works the body, mind, and spirit. The practice includes physical exercises as well as meditation and a lot of breathwork. It is fabulous to help you unlock your true potential, reveal the true authentic you, and help you become your most excellent self. Sounds good right?
In fact it’s one of the oldest of all traditional forms of yoga and is considered to be the mother of all yogas. It is often called the yoga of awareness because it brings us to more consciousness. Kundalini yoga is a comprehensive practice that includes pranayama (breathwork), asana (posture), kriya (a series of exercises) and not to forget the wonderful mantra, and meditation. It’s a spiritual practice as well as physical one and this is precisely why it is so effective.
The benefits of kundalini yoga include strength and flexibility, brain function, strengthening your nervous system, immune system support, helps with anxiety and depression, lowers stress, works well for addiction recovery, fertility, support during pregnancy, focus.
The list could go on, but that’s for another day.
You don’t NEED to read all the books before you start a kundalini class and you don’t NEED to know everything about the subject to start becoming a well seasoned kundalini lover! Finding a teacher you like and gel with and just getting to the mat is the best way to start but if you’re a convicted bookworm like me and love to read and learn then these are great books to help you enhance your practice.
Now, I realise everybody is different (thankfully) and everybody enjoys a different style of book. I am of the eclectic type when it comes to reading so I’ve handpicked a selection that I think will suit different people and styles of learning.
OK, so let’s get to the good stuff!
The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga by Carl Jung
“Kundalini yoga presented Jung with a model of something that was almost completely lacking in Western psychology–an account of the development phases of higher consciousness…. Jung
This book is one of my favourites, but it’s not an easy read. If you are interested in psychology, the study of the human mind, as well as learning about higher consciousness from a spiritually scientific series of lectures then this is a VERY interesting read. Carl Jung (the father of psychology) leans on the eastern kundalini teachings and the need to connect to our own divinity for sound mental health and healing.
He talks about the development of human consciousness being somewhat of a missing link in the west and something which is much needed.
The blend of Eastern and Western practice here is a fabulous.
Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System As a Path to the Self by Anodea Judith
If you’re like me and are a curious creature who loves the magic in life and learning about the connectivity of all things through science and spiritual practices then this is a beautiful book.
The revised edition of the groundbreaking New Age book that merges Western psychology and science with spirituality, creating a compelling interpretation of the Eastern chakra system and its relevance for Westerners today
It’s well written and pretty easy to understand really with some wonderful references.The book is the perfect blend between magical and practical and gives an approachable understanding of the self and the world around us.
Sacred Therapies: The Kundalini Yoga Meditation Handbook for Mental Health by David Shannahoff-Khalsa
After the first kundalini yoga class I ever did, I suddenly went out and bought this book. So I can confirm this is the very first kundalini yoga book I ever read and I used it like a little manual to help me with various issues I had at the time; anxiety and OCD.
This is a really convenient handbook that offers readers an innovative but systematic approach using different Kundalini Yoga meditation techniques that are specific for various psychiatric disorders such as Anxiety and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, Phobias, Panic Attacks and Panic Disorders, Acute Stress Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the Abused Psyche, Major Depressive Disorders, Grief, the Bipolar Disorders, the Addictive, Impulse Control, and Eating Disorders, Insomnia and other Sleep Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ADHD….. And the list goes on.
A practical book for every living human.
I am a Woman Creative, Sacred & Invincible: Essential Kriyas for Women in the Aquarian Age by Yogi Bhajan PhD
One for the ladies!,
This yoga manual is great for obviously women because it works with some of the Kriyas (exercise sets) that are very helpful for the woman’s overall health and womens organ health, as well as balancing out the hormonal system (oh yes please! 🤣)
It’s easy to follow as a student of kundalini yoga, but it’s also a nice book for kundalini yoga teachers or enthusiasts focusing on women’s health.
A must have for any female who loves kundalini & wants to seek more.
Kundalini Yoga - by Shakti Para Khalsa
This book is easy to read and describes kundalini yoga in a way that is digestible and understandable. Focusing on the physical practice and life changing toolkit that is kundalini yoga, this book explains how when kundalini yoga is practiced regularly, it can strengthen the nervous system, balance the glandular system, and harness the energy of the mind and emotion as well as the body.
This definitive guide, fully illustrated with photographs, is an accessible introduction to this ancient practice, with information on poses and positions, diet and lifestyle, breathing and stretching techniques, chanting and meditation exercises, and general guidelines that can help anyone–beginner or advanced–gain the greatest benefit from yogic practice.
A must go to for the newby kundalini student.
So there you have it, my go to top 5 books to help you on your merry way to integrating this life changing yoga practice into your daily routine.
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