Asana-Pranayama-Mudra-BandhaThis comprehensive and easy to understand book was published by the reputable Bihar School of Yoga. With clear instructions for each pose, it is must have for every yogi and yogini where ever they are on their journey.

Although it is primarily written for ‘Satyananda’ or ‘Bihar’ Yoga, this book is used by many schools of yoga. It is divided into four main sections (as it says on the cover!) and also includes a chapter on Shatkarma (cleansing exercises), and an introduction to Chakras (energy centres in the body). For the ‘beginner’ it offers a great introduction to what yoga encompasses and for ‘intermediate’ and ‘advanced’ students it enhances deep understanding of individual poses.

The Asana section is divided into ‘beginners group’, ‘intermediate group’, and ‘advanced group’- which offers a good foundation for self-study. Furthermore, each pose details both the Sanskrit and English name then clear instruction on how to conduct the pose, the counter pose, detail about breathing, where to place awareness, benefits of the pose and when a particular pose is not recommended.

The Pranayama section details various breathing exercises. Here the detail for each exercise is as thorough as for the asana section. It again includes how to do the exercise, for how long, where to place awareness, when to do it, when not to do it. It illustrates how a practitioner can progress through to some of the more advanced techniques.

The book then goes on to describing Mudras, translated in the book as ‘gesture’ or ‘attitude’. After categorising Mudras into five groups it goes into similar detail as the previous two sections.

The final part of the book describes the four Bandhas- ways to lock your body and channel energy.

Overall, there are few books that I have come across that gives a clearer overview and in my opinion Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha is a book that any yoga library is incomplete without.