All items in the GuildfordYoga shop are my personal recommendations.
My favourite yoga clothing brands are: Prana and Asquith. Both brands are famous for their ethical take on clothing for yogis. They use organic cotton and recycled materials and have ethically approved production methods (no slave labour here!). The clothing is also beautiful, hardwearing and practical.
Both are available from the YogaMatters website.
Yoga: The Iyengar Way
A really good starter book, shows yoga poses and offers suggestions of how you can work within the pose depending on your ability level. Also has a good beginners guide to yoga philosophy and history.
Yoga Mind and Body
This is also a really good book to start with, shows postures in great detail and touches on yogic breathing and philosophy in the Sivananda tradition.
Light on Yoga: The Definitive Guide to Yoga Practice
The definitive guide to Iyengar yoga postures. Suitable for serious yogi’s.
Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health
A brilliant resource for all women (not just yogi’s) describing how we change during the various phases of our lives and what yoga tools can help manage these changes.
Yoga at Your Wall: Stretch Your Body, Strengthen Your Soul, Support Your Practice
If you practice yoga regularly at home and are looking for something to help you think differently.
Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing
Therapeutic approach to yoga, suitable for committed yogi’s.
Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha
Many yoga books are full of expensively-styled, western-looking models – this isn’t. It is, however, an excellent, very easy- to-read, authentic Indian yoga text book.
Excellent overview of human anatomy, the dynamics of how muscles work and which muscles are being used in each of the main yoga poses.
The Heart of Yoga: Developing Personal Practice: Developing a Personal Practice
A classic book covering yoga philosophy (despite its name there is almost no yoga posture detail here, so it is only suitable if you want to know about yoga in a broader sense).
This amazing relaxation technique is fully explained in modern scientific language. Includes many of the scripts used in the GuildfordYoga Yoga Therapy classes.
Preparing for Birth with Yoga
The definitive guide to how yoga can support you during pregnancy written by Janet Balaskas the founder of the Active Birth Movement.
The Power of Now
Eckhart Tolle’s account of how to quieten the mind and live in the present, based on ancient yogic wisdom.
The Happiness Hypothesis
Intelligent summary and discussion of all literature written on the subject of happiness, ancient and modern. It’s simple conclusions represent a useful guide for living a happier life.
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
Well written scientific presentation of how stress is caused and what practical steps we can take to avoid it.
Yoga Nidra Yoga Nidra is a deep relaxing meditation technique that has to be experienced to be believed. Deeply restful and healing, yoga nidra is helpful for anyone who will illnesses, injuries or who is stressed or anxious. This recording is one of my favourites.
Yoga For Beginners
Patricia Walden is one of the best known and loved yoga teachers in the world, and this is a great introduction to yoga.
Beginners Yoga and Beyond: with Tara Lee
This DVD has 3 x 20 minute routines for you to follow at home.
Elements of Yoga: with Tara Lee (3 Disc Set)
Elements of Yoga, Tara Lee – This is a collection of 3 discs each with several routines, provides more seasoned yogis which a challenge.
Women’s wildflower yoga mat bag
Pretty yoga bag
Large Yoga Equipment Kit Bag
Huge yoga bag
Yoga mat strap Lightweight alternative to using a yoga bag, fits any size mat.
Light-weight but cosy fleece blanket to keep you warm during relaxation.
Warrior yoga mat The most popular yoga mat, with great cushioning.
Manduka pro® yoga mat
Consistently voted the best yoga mat available, an investment for committed yogi’s.
Easimat yoga mat
Probably the best value mat ever.
Yoga Mad Tree Mat
Made with natural rubber it is the environmentally friendly option.
Yoga eye pillow – filled with flax seeds and lavender
Place these over the eyes during savasana for a deeper relaxation.
Grips the floor to stop your hands from slipping in Down Dog.
Yoga Toe Socks Will keep your feet warm and has grippers on sole (not as good as bare feet but much cosier!)
Bevel-edge yoga block
Amazing value, best shape to assist with standing poses.
Standard yoga block
Best priced, multi-purpose block.
Standard yoga brick
Best priced brick, useful for back-arching.
Egg-shaped yoga block. Support legs in cross-leg positions but NOT good for back-arching
Place this under the heel of the hand to support the wrist in Down Dog.
Yoga Back Arch Use this for a healthy, caffeine-free pick-me-up. It also feels great after a hard day.
Yoga Easy Arch A gentler version of the standard back arch, with a lower gradient.
Whether you are looking for yoga kits, yoga jewellery, scented candles, yoga books for children or are just searching for ideas, the YogaMatters website is the best place for great quality, ethically sourced yoga-related products.
Epsom Salt Epsom salts are great for relaxing sore muscles and soothing the nervous system.
Ceramic neti pot
Best quality and my favourite neti pot, with full instructions.
Plastic neti pot
Best budget/beginners or traveling neti pot. No instructions, but checkout YouTube how-to video’s.
Nosebuddy neti pot
Amazon customer’s favourite.
Neti pot salt
Recommended for use with neti pots (non-iodized).
The Yoga Matters website has the best selection of mats, blocks and belts and they sell almost every yoga book available, so if you haven’t found what you want in the recommendations above then try here.