"Sva" means Self and "dhyaya" stands for contemplation or reflection. Svadhyaya  or the path of self study can be done through every inspiring piece of work or activity who sets you on a journey of intentional introspection and allows you to gain a deeper insight about yourself, your psychological imprints, patterns and views of the world, as well as your true nature and eternal soul. The path of selfstudy is often compared to a book with pages as mirrors, each page revealing new aspects of your true self, your dharma, destination and connection with the Universal consciousness.  

The practice of Svadhyaya can be done by studying with an spiritual teacher, study of the of the Classical Yoga scriptures, the Yoga sutra's of Patanjali, texts of the Ayurvedic system, Buddhism, but also by reading poems, listening to music, chanting of mantra's , walking in nature, taking time off for yourself, meditation, ... 

Below you can find an overview of books who have inspired me on my own personal path of self development and self realization, on and off my yoga mat. 

To know oneself is to know one’s own body, mind and soul. There is no better way to understand the Self then by first taking a glimpse at those who have passed before us and studying with our hearts, then delving deep into our thoughts, ideas, emotions without judgment or fear; but with an open mind and open heart
— 'Light on life', B.K.S. Iyengar


  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika - Swami Muktibodhananda (Bihar School of Yoga)
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Sri Swami Satchidananada
  • Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha - Swami Satyanananda Saraswati (Bihar School of Yoga)
  • Pranayama for selfhealing - Vasant Lad
  • The illustrated Light on Yoga - B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Health, Healing & beyond: Yoga and the living tradition of Krishnamacharya  - T.V.K. Desikachar
  • Who am I? - Bhagavad Sri Ramana
  • I am that- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Autobiography of a yogi - Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Insight Yoga - Sarah Powers
  • The complete guide to yin yoga: philosophy & practice of yin yoga - Bernie Clark
  • Relax and renew - Judith Hanson Lasater
  • Yin yoga, an individualized approach to balance, health, and whole self well-being - Ulrica Norberg
  • Yoga anatomy - Leslie Kaminoff 
  • Freedom from the known - Krishnamurti
  • Life Ahead - Krishnamurti
  • Tantra, the supreme understanding - Baghran Shree Rajneesh
  • Jivamukti Yoga - Sharon Gannon and David Life
  • The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice - T. K. V. Desikachar
  • Yoga Girl - Rachel Brathen
  • Yoga of the heart, the healing power of intimate connection- Mark Whitwell
  • Serenity yin yoga - Magdalena Mecweld
  • Yoga and the living tradition of Krisnamacharya -T.K.V. Desikachar with R.H. Cravens
  • ...



  • Yoga and Ayurveda- Selfhealing and self realisation - David Frawley
  • Ayurveda vanuit het hart - Lies Ameeuw

Taoism, Mindfulness and Traditional Chinese Medicine 

  • The web that has no weaver - Ted Kaptchuk
  • Chi Nei Tsang I - Mantak Chia
  • Vuurman & watervrouw - Schwitzer Silvana
  • Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu
  • The psyche in Chinese Medicine - Eric Nguyen, Giovanni Maciocia & Dan Panosian
  • Eastern body, western mind -Anodea Judith
  • Selfcompassion -Kirstin Neff
  • Silence- Thich Nhat Hanh


  • The Tibetan book of living and dying - Sogyal Rinpoche
  • De Hart Soetra - Geshe Sonam Gyaltsen
  • Shambala: The sacred Path of the warrior - Chögyam Trungpa
  • The Great Eastern Sun -  Chögyam Trungpa
  • Living Dharma - Jack Kornfield
  • In de voetsporen van de Boeddha -Thich Nhat Hanh
  • How to see yourself as you really are - Dalai Lama
  • De kunst van het geluk - Dalai Lama
  • The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
  • Stilness speaks -Eckhart Tolle
  • Freedom through understanding - Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche
  • The places that scare you - Pema Chödron
  • Silence - Thich Nhat Hanh