A woman reading a book on yoga and meditation while seated in Lotus Pose on a light-gray yoga mat.

This is one of the several things that cannot be replaced: plunging into a life-changing book, being inspired, taking notes, and underlining every page. We often resort to these books because they are just that good.

If you’re searching for inspiring books, I have compiled a list of well-known and thoughtful meditation and yoga books that you may freely download.

I really hope you would like this collection of free yoga books.

23 Free Yoga and Meditation Books

Books by Sri Swami Sivananda

1. Amrita Gita

In an original and memorable way, Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj summarizes the essential teachings of all religions in this short book and ties together a collection of impressive yoga claims that will inspire and uplift the reader.

2. Autobiography of Swami Sivananda

This book is all about honesty, straightforward, humility, and inspirational stories of the successful and prominent Swami Sivananda known for his virtues.

3. Bhagavad Gita for Busy People

Students, physicians, lawyers, and other individuals who are strapped for time can benefit from this book of condensed version of the Gita, which includes its essential teachings.

4. Conquest of Anger

The most significant authority on conquering anger is Sri Swami Sivananda. He has never lost his temper, even in situations when the great have! According to Swami Sivananda, this book is all about persuasive techniques of reformation and change that are less successful than positive ways of soul education. 

5. Conquest of Fear

The book is classified into two parts: fear and the methods on how to eradicate it. It discusses the origins of fear, its subtle expressions and workings in diverse people and situations, and its after-effects and subconscious impressions, etc.

Asserting God’s presence, devotion to God, and meditation on the fearless atman all assist in overcoming fear.

6. Easy Steps to Yoga

Swami Sivananda helps readers who are just beginning in yoga to learn the fundamental concepts using this guidebook. Even the beginner may reach the heights of spiritual achievement with these simple methods.

A female meditating on a chair in Lotus Pose after reading the fundamental concepts and principles of yoga from a guidebook.

7. Essence of Yoga

“Beginner’s Guide to Divine Life” is what yoga enthusiasts call this book. Wishful thinking put this book in the hands of seekers across the globe in the hopes that it would help them find God’s realization.

8. God Exists

Swami Sivanandaji uses lively examples and persuasive reasoning to demonstrate the presence of God, even in the face of an openly atheistic person in this book. All their thoughts and feelings have been compiled together in one book, making it useful for spiritual propagandists, teachers, and everyone in the world—believers and non-believers alike.

9. A Great Guru and His Ideal Disciple

Letters from Swami Sivanandaji to Swami Prananvanandaji are collected in this book, which is filled with wisdom and inspiration.

10. Guru Tattva

Is a guru a must? What is a disciple’s role? The lack of clear and definitive solutions to these and similar issues frequently stifles spiritual development. The reader will discover an authoritative, concise, and forceful explanation of the guru-disciple connection inside this book.

Books by Sri Swami Chidananda

11. A Guide to Noble Living

Among the issues addressed in this short book of the life spiritual is the true goal of life, the meaning of genuine yoga, the spirit of true renunciation, and how to begin with virtue, progress through holiness, and end up in godliness.

12. Advices on Spiritual Living

Swami’s first 60 Sivananda Ashram letters from October 1963 to January 1969 are included here. Swami recounts his travels and experiences in this book, which reads like an autobiography.

Read about Swami’s 29-year-old encounter with Gandhiji, his trips to Malaysia, South Africa, and other countries, as well as his Christmas and New Year festivities at Holy Ashram.

13. Eternal Messages

This book is a compilation of spiritual counsel, which President Sri Swami Chidananda sometimes delivers to sincere searchers via his letters. His long-time aide and secretary, Swami Vimalananda, has collected and organized the thoughts and statements that provide inspiration and motivation to searchers.

14. The Gita Vision

This book includes enlightening lectures on the first three chapters of the Bhagavad Gita, which is considered to be the core of Vedanta knowledge.

The Bhagavad Gita in red hardcover on top of a surface, with prayer beads on the side.

15. God as Mother

An insightful series of lectures on the importance of worshiping the Divine Mother, given during the Navaratri festival (festival of Mother worship), is included inside this book.

16. The Path beyond Sorrow

This is a book that delves deep into the spiritual qualities of life and suggests ways to overcome the limitations of ordinary existence.

17. Path to Blessedness

This book provides the core of the Ashtanga Yoga of Sage Maharshi Patanjali, including the well-known eight steps or limbs of yoga.

18. Ponder These Truths

With this book, Swami Chidananda addresses a wide variety of topics related to spirituality and spiritual life. This is an exceptional source of inspiration and motivation for those who seek a spiritual path of personal development.

19. The Role of Celibacy in the Spiritual Life

With vivid detail, this book explains the basics of spiritual life and accomplishes the goal of providing some practical and helpful knowledge in this area.

20. Students, Spiritual Literature, and Sivananda

In this book, you will find a list of questions and answers relating to the study of literature, the selection of books, the advantages of Svadhyaya, and other topics.

Books by Sri Swami Venkatesananda

21. All about Sivananda

Stunning insights into the illustrious life of Gurudev Swami Sivananda may be gained by reading this book.

22. Inspiring Talks of Gurudev Sivananda

An uplifting account of Gurudev’s lectures and discussions with disciples and guests to Sivananda Ashram is included inside this book.

23. Sivananda Yoga

This book is an inspirational work on the teachings of the Gita for both seekers and Sadhakas. Swami explains how Gurudev Sivananda puts the Gita teachings into practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I learn yoga through books?

A beginner yogi reading an illustrated hardbound book on yoga and meditation on her purple yoga mat.

Even though it is doable to learn yoga through books, the procedure is not uncomplicated. As well as doing the required yoga practices and postures, you will need to thoroughly research the various yoga traditions and their underlying concepts.

2. Can I learn yoga without a teacher?

Yoga is an ancient and spiritual discipline that is complicated and nuanced, and it may take a lifetime to fully perfect the practice. However, even if you are not pursuing a career as a yogi, it is clearly conceivable to learn about yoga on your own and develop a daily practice that is effective in all of the ways you need.