The following gurus and masters are largely responsible for bringing yoga in its various forms to the west.  These sometimes controversial spiritual leaders, have written a virtual library of books.  This is but a sampling of their more popular writings.  

Mata Amritanandamayi (AKA Amma or ‘Mother’)

1953-Present- • About

Love Is the Answer Volume 1 by Mata Amritanandamayi

Love is the Answer Volume 2 by Mata Amritanandamayi


Amrit Desai
1932-Present • About

Amrit Yoga: Explore, Expand, Experience the Spritual Depth of Yoga by Yogi Amrit Desai

Kripalu Yoga: Meditation-in-Motion, Book 1 by Yogi Amrit Desai

Kripalu Yoga: Meditation-In-Motion – Focusing Inward, Book 2 by Yogi Amrit Desai

Working miracles of love: A collection of teachings by Amrit Desai

Amrit Yoga and the Yoga Sutras by Yogi Amrit Desai

The Yoga of Relationships by Yogi Amrit Desai

A Yogic Perspective on the 12 Steps by Yogi Amrit Desai


B. K. S. Iyengar
1918-2014 • About

Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika  by B. K. S. Iyengar

Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom by B. K. S. Iyengar

The Tree of Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar

Core of the Yoga Sutras: The Definitive Guide to the Philosophy of Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar

B.K.S Iyengar Yoga the Path to Holistic Health by B. K. S. Iyengar

Light on Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing by B. K. S. Iyengar

Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by B. K. S. Iyengar

Yoga Wisdom & Practice by B. K. S. Iyengar


Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
1955-Present- • About

The Yoga of Discipline by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

Courage and Contentment: A Collection of Talks on the Spiritual Life by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

Sadhana of the Heart: A Collection of Talks on Spiritual Life by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

Kindle My Heart by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

Kindle My Heart Vol 2: Wisdom and Inspiration from a Living Master by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda


Swami Muktananda 
1908-1982 • About

Play of Consciousness: A Spiritual Autobiography by Swami Muktananda

Where Are You Going?: A Guide to the Spiritual Journey  by Swami Muktananda

Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri  by Swami Muktananda

Meditate, 2nd Edition  by Swami Muktananda

From the Finite to the Infinite  by Swami Muktananda

God Is with You  by Swami Muktananda

Secret of the Siddhas  by Swami Muktananda

I Am That: The Science of Hamsa from the Vijnana Bhairava  by Swami Muktananda


Paramahansa Yogananda
1893-19528 • About

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita  by Paramahansa Yogananda


Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda by Paramahansa Yogananda

Where There is Light

The Science of Religion by Paramahansa Yogananda

How You Can Talk With God by Paramahansa Yogananda

Man’s Eternal Quest: Collected Talks and Essays – Volume 1 by Paramahansa Yoganand

The Divine Romance – Collected Talks and Essays. Volume 2 by Paramahansa Yogananda

Journey to Self-Realization – Collected Talks and Essays. Volume 3 by Paramahansa Yogananda

The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita: An Introduction to India’s Universal Science of God-realization by Paramahansa Yogananda

The Yoga of Jesus: Understanding the Hidden Teachings of the Gospels by Paramahansa Yogananda|

The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You (2 Volume Set) by Paramahansa Yogananda


Swami Rama
1925-1996 • About

Meditation and Its Practice by Swami Rama

Living with the Himalayan Masters  by Swami Rama

The Art of Joyful Living  by Swami Rama

Path of Fire and Light, Vol. 1  by Swami Rama

Path of Fire and Light Vol. 2  by Swami Rama

Science of Breath  by Swami Rama

Samadhi: The Highest State of Wisdom: Yoga the Sacred Science  by Swami Rama

Royal Path: Lessons on Yoga  by Swami Rama

Yoga and Psychotherapy: The Evolution of Consciousness  by Swami Rama

Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad-Gita  by Swami Rama

Conscious Living: A Guidebook for Spiritual Transformation  by Swami Rama


1836-1886 • About

Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna  by Swami Nikhilananda

Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna  by Ramakrishna


Swami Satchidananda Saraswati
1914-2002 • About

To Know Your Self: The Essential Teachings of Swami Satchidananda by Swami Satchidananda

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchidananda

The Living Gita: The Complete Bhagavad Gita – A Commentary for Modern Readers by Swami Satchidananda

The Golden Present: Daily Inspirational Readings by Sri Swami Satchidananda

Integral Yoga Hatha by Swami Satchidananda

Meditation: Excerpts from talks by Sri Swami Satchidananda

Beyond Words by Swami Satchidananda



Swami Vivekananda
1863-1902 • About

Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda 8 Vol. set by  Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda: Essential Writings by  Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda on Himself by  Swami Vivekananda

Pathways to Joy: The Master Vivekananda on the Four Yoga Paths to God by  Swami Vivekananda

Raja Yoga by  Swami Vivekananda

Meditation and Its Methods by  Swami Vivekananda

The Science of Breathing by  Swami Vivekananda

Vivekananda: The Yogas and Other Works by  Swami Vivekananda